Month: May 2016


Most Problems Can’t Be Solved in the Dark

I declared bankruptcy when I was 28 years old. It had been a long time coming, to be honest.  Like most private catastrophes, it was the product of a long line of poor decisions and even worse reactions to the consequences of those decisions.  When things started to go wrong, I doubled down instead of […]


The First Rule of Religion Club…

There’s something most people would consider noble about adhering to a religious tradition which comes with certain rules or sacrifices which must be kept.  We generally respect people who are able to adhere to certain dietary restrictions while the rest of us indulge, who can avoid activities the rest of us enjoy, or who keep […]


Don’t Fear the Future

I tend to have a bit of a problem with the all-too-common rants against “modern technology” and “today’s society” or even “kids these days”.  For every major shift in how humans live their lives (and these shifts do seem to be coming faster and faster as the years go by), many of us become filled […]


Stop Dreaming the Impossible Dream

About three years ago some friends finally convinced me that purchasing a house wasn’t the impossible proposition I’d always considered it.  My sister pushed us further, taking us on driving tours of neighborhoods to look at houses to prove to us that we could find a house we liked for a price we could afford. […]


On Origins and Meanings

I joined a sorority when I was in college, and Greek organizations (for those who are not familiar) utilize a formalized set of rituals for bringing new members into the group.  These rituals were created by the founders of each group, written by young men and women with the intent of these traditions being kept […]

About the Books

About the Books, Part 4

It’s probably not normal for an author to work on two books simultaneously, but I’m not known for doing things the normal way.  Also, I never intended to work on two books at the same time because I didn’t initially have the ideas for both.   The first book has been in the works for […]


It’s My Party, And I’ll Cry If I Want To

This past year, I had big plans for my birthday.  My actual birthday fell on a Thursday, so I took that Friday off and had plans to celebrate over the extended weekend.  I was going to leave as early as reasonably possible on Thursday so I could have a nice sushi dinner and then enjoy […]


Strangers in the Night

Spirituality is one of those topics which I absolutely adore talking about, as long as I’m with people who are open to opposing points of view and recognize the difference between tossing around ideas and trying to convert people.  Unfortunately, I also know that these people are hard to find.  This means that, under most […]