Oct

07

Fire Sirens

This is National Fire Prevention Week (October 5 – 11, 2014) and so I wanted to help bring attention to fire safety and prevention. I was a firefighter many years ago, and I saw first-hand how quickly fire can spread throughout a house—and how devastating the consequences can be. Please take some time to check […]

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Jul

27

Addressing an Ex

If one has have lived long and passionately enough, there are likely a number of former loves tucked away in the recesses of one’s heart. Perhaps one or two occupy more space, but nevertheless are firmly ensconced along with the others in the past, along with the particular intimacies that had sprung up between them. And […]

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Jun

20

On Being Misunderstood

Whether in writing or in speech, in life or in love, exposing one’s thoughts carries inherent risk. No matter how good one’s intentions might be, how genuine their efforts, how articulate their reasoning, there are times when they won’t be understood–whether because of some shortcoming on their part, or because the audience reads or listens with a […]

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May

13

The Smell of Rain

It’s been raining here since midnight, a thick and steady pelting. By morning, the flora had greened, and the air was thick with a pungent, earthy aroma. Technically, that particular scent is caused by a filamentous form of bacteria known as actinomycete that gets kicked up into the air by the force of rain, and perfumes it […]

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Feb

03

How To Catch A Cat

“Did you lose your cat, Mr. Parkhurst? Is that why you’re standing out here?” Richard said, rocking his enormous weight back and forth, as though the sidewalk were a surfboard. He could only maintain eye contact for a second at a time before his gaze drifted elsewhere. “I haven’t seen him since day before yesterday. […]

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Sep

06

In Case of Emergency

A 39-year-old hiker from Las Cruces, NM emailed me last night to tell me that he’d been bitten by a snake and that I’d saved his life. Well, I certainly didn’t, not literally. But turns out he’d read the article I’d written in the May 2013 issue of Men’s Fitness magazine: Be Your Own EMT: […]

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Jul

13

Kisses from Heaven

I can’t remember ever seeing my grandmother without lipstick. Bright pinks and corals to match her scarves and complement the floral patterns she loved to wear. Even without lipstick, her mouth would be memorable. Her smile was wide and generous; her laugh, easy and often. And kisses! She always kissed hello and goodbye and regularly […]

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Jun

14

The Angry Bee

Poor Jelly Jack was having a typically shitty day. He was only happy when he could make somebody cry. But when this angry bee stung a sweet boy named Miles, something unexpected–and magical–happened. This one of the original camp stories goes out to all the angry bees out there. I love you and hope your shitty […]

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May

28

Everybody Needs Help Sometime

A toddler sat in the shopping cart, fussy and crying. His mother shushed him gently as she unloaded her items onto the checkout counter while also trying to keep her other son from wandering off. She needed another pair or two of arms, but short of that, she could’ve used some help. Then the store […]

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Mar

22

Interpretation of Dreams

Last night, I was pushed out of the depths of a dream by a voice from within it. That happens a lot. A strong voice or a provocative statement flips my wake-up-and-write-this-down switch, and I’m vaulted from the province of preconsciousness, through the id and the ego, to conscious awareness where I keep my pens […]

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