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If You Never Met Freida…

If you were never among the privileged souls who spent some time with my dog and best friend Freida, please let me tell you about her now. We met outside of the HEB supermarket on the corner of Manchaca and Slaughter, August 2006.  I was pulling into the parking lot when I saw a very animated family, a very large box, and a very big sign saying “Free Puppies.”

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I Miss You. Thanks for the Visit.

December 9, 2016

Dear Charles,

It’s been two years since we lost you, and it still reverberates more than you know with more people than you might imagine. You are still so loved. Continue reading “I Miss You. Thanks for the Visit.”

Trump Won. I Wept. Then This Happened. Now What?

Less than 48 hours ago, Donald J. Trump became President-Elect. I join the majority of U.S. voters* who were knocked to our knees by this unexpected turn. Continue reading “Trump Won. I Wept. Then This Happened. Now What?”

The Cubs, Marriage, and America

Just over an hour ago, millions of Americans watched the Chicago Cubs break a 108-year old losing streak in the 10th inning of the 7th game of the 2016 World Series.

It. Was. Beautiful. Continue reading “The Cubs, Marriage, and America”

My NYC Marathon: NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo: it’s not a foot race, but it is definitely a marathon. Ever heard of it? It’s National Novel Writing Month. Every year, tens of thousands of fools commit to writing a 50,000 word first draft in the month of November.

This year, I’m one of them.  Continue reading “My NYC Marathon: NaNoWriMo”

NYC: Every Square Inch Matters

I was up in NYC for a few days in September and was reminded wholly and dearly of just how much I miss the city. Continue reading “NYC: Every Square Inch Matters”

Doves Are Crying Across the World

Doves are crying, and so am I. We’ve lost one of the most important artists of the last 100 years. This one hurts, worse than Michael Jackson, worse than David Bowie, worse than any I can remember.

I only saw Prince in concert once, but it was a private show in NYC at 3 AM in some unimpressive warehouse in Chelsea in 1993. Here’s how I got in, it’s a pretty decent story: Continue reading “Doves Are Crying Across the World”

Highly, Highly Endorsed: ArtResin!

If you’re a painter who wants a seriously high gloss but doesn’t want to breathe in the toxic fumes of a traditional two-part epoxy resin, then I’ve got to turn you on to the product that is changing my life: ArtResin.

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The Beach in Winter

Last week I wrote about why I’ve left a good job (Plan B) to start living  purposefully (Plan A). In a week or so, I’ll post about how I pulled that off, but this week… I’m at the beach.

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