After moments of violence born out of racism and prejudice, as our country grapples with how to move forward, I often tell myself that the last thing the national conversation needs is yet another blog, especially one from a white male—not exactly an underrepresented voice. I might follow the news obsessively, feeling righteous in my … More Lament and the Privilege of Silence
The other day a Bradenton friend called and asked if I wanted to grab lunch. While my normal answer would be a resounding yes, especially since the invitation involved Chipotle, I had to inform him that I no longer live in Bradenton…that, in fact, I am about as far away as I can possibly get … More Seattle
Image from sarasotamagazine.com. I have a friend who, once a week or so, sends me an ominously straightforward text, something along these lines: “10 days.” “15 days.” “25 days.” “A month!” The reverse countdown is a running tally of the amount of time since I’ve last posted here. This thing is like a pet that’s … More Happy here
My last post was about the Fourth of July. Not even two months in, and I’m already neglecting this thing. So here are some quick highlights of the past week or so…I’ll have something more substantive by the weekend, I promise hopefully. My friend Connor got married on Saturday, which was wonderful, and now wedding … More Highlights
A few years back, I was driving through a small town somewhere in New Mexico, where there was an apparently prominent real estate agent named Wendy Golightly. I wrote at the time that her signs, which were everywhere, made me really happy. Each time I saw her name I felt like it was encouraging me … More Go forth, and go lightly.
Earlier tonight I drove back from Jacksonville, where I was visiting a friend nearing the end of a battle with a brain tumor. (Sorry, I lied when I promised a light post this time.) I’ll try not to dwell on it here, except for three thoughts. 1. There was so much love in that building, … More Humans are awesome.
Sometimes Father’s Day sucks. There have been some years where it kind of sneaks by…maybe it causes a couple of quick pauses, then that’s all. Other years, it comes on like a slow tide with a crazy strong undercurrent, and you see it coming from miles away but suddenly you’re upside down and that’s all … More Father’s Day and Slowly Rising Tides.