When the Introvert Dances


I took a little poll on Facebook today. I wanted to ask my personal collective hive-mind what they thought about me. Specifically, I wanted to know if they thought I was an introvert or an extrovert.  The answers, surprisingly, were all over the map. I got everything from extreme extrovert too extreme introvert, and lots of in between.

I was mildly amused to see the wide range of answers, and kept a running tally on a Post-It note on my desk. When I left work today, the introverts had it by 4 votes.

So, who was right? Continue reading “When the Introvert Dances”

Taking Stock of What I Have and What I Haven’t…

Taking stock of what I have and what I haven’t
What do I find?
The things I got will keep me satisfied
Checking up on what I have and what I haven’t
What do I find?
A healthy balance on the credit side…

It’s that time of year when I find myself taking stock of the past 12 months, running through a mental exit interview of sorts, as I prepare for my next trip around the sun. You’ve probably noticed my lack of posts the past few months. It isn’t because I haven’t had anything to say – I’ve just been busier in the real world than I have online, and, well, the past month or so has been rough on all of us. That, especially has been weighing on my heart as I both take stock of the last year and look ahead at what’s to come. Every time I think over the past 12 months, I have the same reaction:

Man, 2016’s been a bit of a year, hasn’t it?  Continue reading “Taking Stock of What I Have and What I Haven’t…”

Chocolate Factory Philosophy

If you want to view paradise – simply look around, and you will.

Anything you want to, DO IT.

Want to change the world? There’s nothing to it.

Ah, the immortal words of Willy Wonka.

I loved that movie as a kid. Heck, I love it now. But only the old one – the REAL one – the one with wild haired, mischievous, philosophical Gene Wilder as the candy man himself.  Forget the remake; give me the original.

It’s the first movie I remember having an effect on the way I related to the world. Continue reading “Chocolate Factory Philosophy”

To Stand in Awe


How many times a day do I use this word?

Way too many.

“Hey Chris, I got this project done.”


“It’s 6 PM! We get to leave!”


“How was the catfish last night?”

It was awesome!

It’s become something of a flippant response to anything positive or remotely great.

I didn’t realize how much that word has been cheapened in my own life, and on the world’s stage as a whole, until this morning at 3:30 AM. Continue reading “To Stand in Awe”

The Summer of the Scary


Sometimes, I giggle when I’m nervous.

It’s a coping mechanism.

I don’t giggle when I’m frightened. When I’m frightened, I cry.

But when I’m nervous, in that “I really want to do this, but I don’t know what’s going to happen, and I’m excited, but a little scared, and I’m going to try, but holy crap this is out of my comfort zone” kind of way….I giggle. Continue reading “The Summer of the Scary”