642 Things #25 – How To Eat At Thanksgiving

Lucas, Some day, you too will reach the age of pure joy, excitement and pleasure of overeating at Thanksgiving. Sure, you’ll hear from plenty of people that overeating at the holiday is bad. Of course it is! No one should overeat, but if you live an active and healthy life … Continue reading

642 Things #24 – Silence

For twelve weeks the basement has been under construction. Monday through Friday and a number of Saturdays, the sounds of construction and renovation have plagued silence and any sense of calm. No amount of pleasant music, fans, doors shut, or dedicated meditative concentration could defeat the noise. And while those random … Continue reading

642 Things #23 – Ziggy Dog Day Afternoon

A day of comfort in the warmth of the sun Ziggy rests joyfully in the fallen leaves Street noises and passersby bring no distraction It isn’t long before sleep overcomes him Dream settling in swiftly The fence looks aged Once bright golden cedar has faded to soft brown Posts slightly shrunk … Continue reading

642 Things #22 – Halloween

Like most origin stories, mine is filled with tragedy, dark tales and began on a stormy fall night. Wind, rain and thunder rattled the windows of our old house. Violence and tragedy gripped the city, news and citizens. Police were helpless to stop the wave of insanity. It was classic, … Continue reading

642 Things #21 – Skeletons

Dear Constituents, First, I have to begin by mentioning that the reports coming out are unsubstantiated. The media is out to get me, always have been. My kind has been persecuted for centuries, and this recent turn of events is no different. Everyone has skeletons in their closet. In my … Continue reading

642 Things #20 – All The Things

Furiously I can hear all the things Perceived whispers translate loudly to screams Echoing endlessly they rattle my brain Awake or dreaming Impossible to know which My eyes scan for meaning My ears splintering in pain Covered ears provide no relief The sounds are in my head Voices of joy, anger, … Continue reading

642 Things #19 – The Banana

Alright, this one is less about why the banana is an excellent fruit – because it is – and more about when it’s actually ripe. Some may argue that ripe is a preference. I’m hear to argue that ripeness is not subjective. At least when it comes to bananas. The … Continue reading

642 Things #17 – Point A To Point B

Going from point A to point B is standard. It’s the logical thing to do. It’s straightforward. It’s without adventure. It’s without mystery. It’s what you do to meet expectations. It’s what you do routinely. Do the illogical thing. Take the winding road. Embrace adventure. Entertain the mystery. Defy expectations. … Continue reading

642 Things #16 – Time To Go

I’ll admit it, the biggest challenge to being thousands of miles away from where I grew up is the distance to our family. Both my wife and my immediate families all live in the same city where we grew up. A large number of our closest childhood friends do as well. For us though, … Continue reading

642 Things #15 – Adhere to cliché

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Dropping the words like bombs on the Middle East A delectable dichotomy on which to feast Directed to adhere to cliché Rise above and and challenge the day The theme matters not Clear the message from the rot It asks for a cop As expected as the wet on a … Continue reading