The no fly zone.

As Americans, we are particularly aware of what we usually call our own “personal space.” Elevators make us want to die, we don’t like talking to strangers, and we each have a four to five foot bubble that must not be breached. This is our common social contract—stay out of my no-fly zone and I’ll…

Go up, you baldhead!

In part as an attempt to connect myself to the great poet and author Shel Silverstein, and in second part to draw association with Matthew McConaughey from his role in Reign of Fire (I know, wishful thinking), I decided to shave my head and leave the beard. Surely the new cut would only bolster this…

Learning to hear again.

When it comes to life, any stage of significant growth naturally means that not everything fits together just perfectly in the middle of such transition. Sometimes it makes for awkwardness, like with the teenager whose voice creaks during the onset of manhood, laughably caught somewhere between being a boy and an adult. For my two-year-old,…

Brave seeking.

Last week I received a phone call at work from a lady insistent that she get her set of pizzas made and delivered promptly. She seemed rather undaunted when I told her that we were an automotive facility, or when I used our company name twice in my greeting. “Well I know,” she said confidently,…

Let that be enough.

I wish I had what I needed To be on my own ‘Cause I feel so defeated And I’m feeling alone And it all seems so helpless And I have no plans I’m a plane in the sunset With nowhere to land And all I see It could never make me happy And all my…

The art of striking out.

Albert Pujols is perhaps the game of baseball’s most decorated hitter of all time, with something to the tune of 2,140 career hits, a .325 batting average, and 455 home runs. That puts him in 34th place on the all-time home run list after just 1,775 games in 12 years. Yet for all that success,…