• Memories,  Other writings

    Shouting “Poopie” and the Crash that Followed

    When I was 19, I was quite unhinged. You never knew what I might do in any given situation. This should not surprise anyone who knows me well now, as I can still be pretty random at times. However, I guess I have matured a bit over the years as the story I am about to tell you would not happen today. I would be too shy to repeat these actions, and I would worry about looking like a dork. I mean, what if someone important saw me? Besides, today, I would also be afraid of annoying strangers. I guess these are all concerns that, did not cross my mind…

  • Advice and how to

    The Neverending Battle Against Writer’s Block

    Writer’s block. I have it right now. I am writing on my computer right now, unsure what I’ll type out. But you know what? That’s ok. I’m listening to Chicago, drinking water, sitting at my dining room table – and writing. Writer’s block happens to every writer. So, what do we do to combat writer’s block? Chicago battled writer’s block with 25 or 6 to 4 Like I said – I’m listening to Chicago, mostly because I watched a rockumentary on Chicago the other day (Now More than Ever, The History of Chicago). In this rockumentary, they explained the song “25 or 6 to 4” as a song about dealing…

  • 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…