Tonight, so bright


Tonight I left my class and I didn’t go to work. Instead I went and met my mom and my little girl and had dinner and a conversation. She was happy and talkative and the worry that I’ve been feeling balled up in my chest dropped away. School is okay. She started Sparks and that […]

September 23, 2015

And so it goes


I’m working 50 plus hours a week. I have 12 hours of classes. I’ve got readings to do, and assignments. I’ve got to move from place to place, eat occasionally. Oh, and sleep. Sometimes I get to see and talk to my kid, though not enough. We’re both struggling there. I spend most of my […]

September 21, 2015



In 1976 my parents bought a house together. It was where they lived when I was brought home from the hospital. It was where they lived when the marriage ended. And then when I was four I remember my sister and I helping with the move by filling up our red wagon and pulling it […]

September 11, 2015



When I decided to go back to school, and again when I decided to work and do school at the same time, I knew I was going to be making tough choices. Having to tell my daughter that this year I would not be there to put her on the bus on her first day […]

September 8, 2015

Losing and finding

Issues, Personal

I cried at work this week. More than once actually. That photo, that story, thousands of people walking from one country to the next. Thousands of people in a situation I can’t even imagine, and one father having an experience I can imagine too well. I always enjoyed watching the news for a living. Wanting […]

September 7, 2015