She works out, has three young children, and wants to ask you, “What’s your excuse?” Apparently, people are freaking out about this. There really is no reason to do that. I think it’s just great that people who love fitness and working out have found something they enjoy and find rewarding. I confess that they… Read More What’s Your Excuse?
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance. – Ecclesiastes… Read More To Everything, Turn.
I prefer the road to the left after crossing the Kanawha River. Today a spiral staircase appears out of the rock face, and the last step drops just in front of my car. My eyes have seen these delicate tiers, must have seen them, thousands of times. I was conceived in these hills. Only now… Read More Nowhere to Stop | a short essay on place
I have done something awful to my back. It feels familiar, like the resurrection of an injury from 20 years ago when I was a very physical gardener. I remember my huge front yard in North Carolina, and my youthful zeal to conquer it and all of the stones just under the surface of the… Read More Of Disability & Dreams
I noticed a new vibe at this reunion, one that said all bags had been checked before boarding the weekend. One lovely consequence of getting older is that we are just too weary to lug around all of the issues we dragged along to the previous reunions.… Read More Check Your Bags. And I Love You.
We think we are born naked, but we’re not really. We are wearing tiny, invisible, game day uniforms. Little knee pads, wee helmets, grippy cleats, the whole ensemble. … Read More The Big Game – Suited Up at the 40
I miss that greater sense of entirity about my friends’ lives. When we all were in the same physical space more often, I knew that you said that dumb thing in front of an important person. I knew your mom was mad at you, that your dog was really sick, that you wondered why I hadn’t called. … Read More Real Friends: Manning Up to Curve Balls, Together