American Exceptionalism At Its Best

“American Exceptionalism At Its Best” E Pluribus Unum. Out of many, One. The American democratic experiment has indeed been exceptional. Although our deadliest war was the one against ourselves—with over 600,000 Americans dying while fighting fellow Americans in the Civil War—we are also a nation of tremendous compassion. We lead the world in developing and…

Just Never Thought

I never thought I’d come back to a country–our nation–that shoots rubber bullets point blank at journalists and peaceful protesters. Point blank. A country tear gassing peaceful protesters–one painting on an easel, others playing music–so that the president can walk into a staged photo op, Bible held aloft. A desecrated prop. A military attack helicopter…

Screams from Next Door…What Will You Do?

There is a kindergarten class of 20 bright-eyed four and five year olds. A gas leak occurs in their school building. You live next door. You are incredibly comfortable, watching a movie, eating takeout from your favorite restaurant. Several friends are lounging with you. You hear children screaming for help. What will you do? My…

How Has YOUR Life Changed During the Pandemic?

I want to hear from YOU. How has YOUR life changed during the pandemic? Here’s a quick rundown for me: ~Firstly, I want to honor those lives lost. I am consistently shocked by the deaths here in the United States. At least 40,000 lives lost as of today. By the fact that at least 3…

The Crossroads

It’s taken around 12 hours in the past two days, not to mention more time over days before, to finally secure a reasonable route out of New Zealand. Very few flight routes are available. Every Southeast Asian nation I can name has closed its borders, even to transiting passengers. Prices are so outrageous you’d be…

8 Week Anniversary in New Zealand

I know I’ve been in New Zealand for a while because… The trees are changing from green to red, gold, yellow. Seasons have changed from my mid-summer arrival, to early-mid fall weather now. Early mornings here on the South Island have been around 33F. My full tube of toothpaste has been depleted: Even though I…

Charlie Forever

Dear Son–Charlie, We could not even see you at first. You were curled up in the back of the cage, behind the other really cute cat that everyone wanted. After he was pulled out, your first human Mom and I peered in, seeing you looking so helpless, eyesight obscured by redness. You looked so sick….

What if I Fall?

I could fall straight down Through to oblivion Crumpled, broken at the bottom Fuck that! I’m moving up! This thing is bigger than each of us Trashed, abandoned, hopeless (?) Never Catch yourself Allow yourself to be caught Never lose sight of the One… There is a passage ahead Get back into it Hold each…

I’ve (almost) Made It

XXXXVII days in the gym post-injury, pre-run. That first run did not go quite as I’d hoped. Naively, perhaps, I believed with all my might that I’d fly directly from air cast into running. “I’ll average about 5 miles a day by the time I come back into new year,” I told several folks. Hahahaha…