The rest of the universe

Go ahead. Unclench your shoulders. Open your fists for a handshake. Take a deep breath. Feel the connection of a hug. Relax your grip on “reality.” There is more to this world than you can see with your eyes, touch with your hands, hear with your ears, smell with your nose, or taste with yourContinue reading “The rest of the universe”

Jackpot – based on a true story

The place was a dive. Old photographs of famous people who once ate there hung on the walls, but none of the pictures was newer than somewhere in the mid 1970s. Faded wallpaper was starting to peel at the seams. The place smelled somewhere between a campground latrine and the morning after a frat houseContinue reading “Jackpot – based on a true story”

The would-be wordsmith’s nightmare

He cracked his knuckles and started writing, and his curiosity was piqued by the character who appeared on the page before him. “Ya think I’m some circus animal who can just pop out of nowhere and do my tricks, don’t ya?” said the curious being. It was an amazing sight. The voice sounded like aContinue reading “The would-be wordsmith’s nightmare”

Here I sit, surrounded by detritus of human endeavor

I was born on a Sunday evening, and so I have seen 67-times-52-plus-change Sundays in my life. Do the math later if you’d like. I have piles and piles of debris to show for it. Well, “debris” is the wrong word for what’s piled in my little home office. These are shelves of books andContinue reading “Here I sit, surrounded by detritus of human endeavor”

What do you need to do even when no one else cares?

What would you do if it was only you — you were all by yourself and no one was watching/reading/listening but you had to do it anyway? That’s your passion. Someone said that once: Your passion is what you would do even if nobody cared or paid attention. Work on getting better at that thing,Continue reading “What do you need to do even when no one else cares?”

Choose your boss

I try not to write about politics anymore. Once upon a time, I was a rabid Republican. That was when Republicans said things like “government should defend our shores and deliver the mail and otherwise stay out of our lives” and “In this present crisis, government isn’t the solution to our problem; government is theContinue reading “Choose your boss”

Reminders at my work station

“Small steps are great. But you gotta keep walking.” A guest on Joanna Penn’s “The Creative Penn” podcast said that some years ago, and I wrote it down and posted it above my writing station. I forgot to write down who said it, though. My bad. At the time I didn’t have a lot ofContinue reading “Reminders at my work station”