Stump is back

Stump is back

I took a long walk last Friday. Exactly 2.3 miles one way to the courthouse downtown.  I wore my new tall brown boots which gave me horrendous blisters.  It was a painful exercise from which no one but myself benefited.  I got to the courthouse at 8:45 am, filled out some paper work, handed over […]

Don’t tell me to don’t

“Don’t tell me to don’t” was something my mother said to my father when they were a new couple back in high school.  He was drinking water from a drinking fountain and she came up behind him and pushed his head in.  His response was “don’t”.  Her response was “don’t tell me to don’t”. Remember […]

Cry your ugliest cry

Cry your ugliest cry

We live in a world where watered-down suppressed emotion, or the lack there of, is a symbol of stability and strength.  I feel constantly and it causes me to wonder if I am weak.  Meanwhile, those whose feelings remain deep down, only to be taken out in a moment of eclipsed expression behind tinted car […]

My coffee shop office

I’m working amongst my fellows.  Over half the people in this coffee shop are sitting with their work.  It’s a suitable scene to write about.  I chose a spot by the window facing the street.  There is a grand steepled church of an indeterminable denomination across the street.  Two kids play on the wet grass […]

My Sweet Summer is gone.  Overall a pretty good one.

My Sweet Summer is gone. Overall a pretty good one.

I have made some impressive progress on my bucket list this summer/fall.  So many bucket list bands to check off, not to mention getting so close to Dave Grohl I could have tied his shoes. August Arcade Fire – Formal attire recommended at the Gorge Amphitheater, my favorite of all concert venues.  Thanks to my well […]

Its a false summit

Its a false summit

I learned about false summits the first time I climbed Mt. Adams.  Waking up to violent winds at twilight after 3 hours of sleep at 9000 feet elevation and I my muscles are already sore from yesterdays climb.  Day two starts at the tree line and within an hour, every step is taken on snow.  […]

I quit Facebook

I’m trying to stay positive in my own personal little hurricane.  So far its been more of a process of elimination than one of inclusion.  Getting rid of possessions, trimming down my financial obligations, relinquishing toxic friendships, and now limiting exposure to social media.  It isn’t social media that’s the problem, it’s what counts as […]

Anatomy of a Choice (a fictional story)

Anatomy of a Choice (a fictional story)

When I open my eyes I know he’s gone.  Not because I turn my head to look, but because all I wanted was for him to stay.  The blue above me stretches the length and width of my peripheral vision.  Not a bird, plane, nor cloud in sight.  I am utterly alone.  I came out […]

The gluttony of making plans

The gluttony of making plans

Plans are like junk food.  Actually, plans are like any food because you need to have some.  Survival rations would be the equivalent of knowing where you will sleep and what you will eat for the next 24 hours.  The gluttony of making plans comes when you know where you will be, who you will […]

My broken femur

I’ve been living for years with a broken femur.  Walking, running and writhing through my days with two splintered and jagged edges pretending to be a new joint.  Denial isn’t the right word, because the ability to deny requires awareness of the problem.  It definitely hurt, it wasn’t the pain I lacked awareness of, it […]