Fear is a powerful emotion. It literally causes changes in body and brain chemistry, prompts visceral, physical reactions, and can provoke us to react in ways that are less than, well, rational and kind.
Sadly, I know this firsthand. Continue reading “Of Fear and Apologies”
Hope is a verb.
It is an action.
A MARCH. Continue reading “Hope is a Verb – For Cincinnati and Beyond”
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
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…”
I cried through church today.
This is not all that an uncommon occurrence, though it hasn’t happened in a good long while…which was nice.
My dry eye streak ended this morning.
And I wasn’t even wearing waterproof mascara.
Shit. Continue reading “When Everyone Means EVERYONE”
I do not have a bucket list.
I do not plan on kicking the bucket any time soon.
I do, however, have something I call my “Crazy Awesome Life” list.
That’s what I want to do.
I want to have a crazy awesome life. Continue reading “A Visit to Stonewall”
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”
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”
Seismic shifts can sneak up on you.
We can’t predict earthquakes.
Scientists try, but when the earth decides to shift beneath us, there’s no warning.
It just happens. Continue reading “An Earthquake of Normal Proportions”
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”