• Memories,  Portland

    Gephyrophobia in Bridgetown

    Join me as I explore my gephyrophobia in a city that has thirteen bridges. I talk about my earliest bridge dreams, some incidents that have fueled my phobia, and what the basis of this phobia might be. I also call on others with gephyrophobia to share and talk about their own fears.Let's heal together!

  • Coffee,  Food and Drink,  Social Commentary

    Third Wave Coffee and Beyond.

    As I write this, I’m in a Starbucks. I have a few excuses. For one, they’re everywhere. There’s also the fact that I have a few Starbucks cards loaded with various amounts, as well as a bevy of free drinks coming my way. I’m poor – so these things are important! That is not to say that I snub my nose on a good, local coffee shop. No, far from the truth! I love visiting independent coffee shops. Third wave, and fourth wave coffee is both delicious and rewarding. I’ll admit – while I’m a caffeine addict, I’m also a coffee connoisseur, and I’m happy that there are others out…

  • Advice, Information

    Maybe it’s time to laugh

    Wait – why would I say it’s time to laugh? It’s January. The world is cold and depressing. The sun goes down at 5:30 in the evening and the nights go on forever. The democrats and republicans are fighting each other tooth and nail, and neither of them want to concede. People hate each other in a way I’ve never seen before. It sounds like there’s been interference by Russia on our own government elections and there will probably be more interference in the 2020 election. The next Watergate is probably happening this year and it’s going to tear the country apart even more than it already has. In my…

  • Other writings

    2018: A Year in the Life

    It seems like 2018 just started, yet here we are – about to enter 2019. My 2017 was probably the hardest year I’ve ever had. I lost my mom )(not to mention my cat). I also had to cope with, and come to terms with my deformed feet. This was something I put off for way too long – mainly because a cure for my deformity does not exist. Still – I had to do something, as some of the symptoms were out of hand. So yeah – despite all the good things that happened in 2017, and there were a few good things, 2017 really took its toll on…

  • Holidays,  Memories,  Other writings,  Social Commentary

    The holidays: more than just the individual.

    I’ll be honest – this year, Christmas isn’t really exciting to me. My mom died just over a year ago, and the holidays are so much harder than I ever imagined they would be. Perhaps if I had kids or a bigger family, I’d be more into the holiday despite my mom no longer being with us. Now it’s just my dad and I, as well as my girlfriend.  I remember several years ago, I was playing a goofy Christmas song. A family friend asked “can we please stop the Christmas music?” He had no family left, save for a brother whom he barely talked to. I now understand his…

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