The Orange Juice  Treatment

The Orange Juice Treatment

Family road trips, I have long learned, are microcosms of internal family dynamics. No matter what the particulars of the journey each trip tends to capture the roles each family member plays in relation to each other. Sometimes they can create family lore. Before my...
The DDC

The DDC

  Welcome to the DDC, the Dead Dad’s Club, where membership got closed as soon as it was founded, capped at two, when it instantly flooded with unyielding grief, anger, sadness, and fear. No room for more. The idea for the club got hatched late one evening as my...
When Leprechauns Were My Friends

When Leprechauns Were My Friends

  Imagine my shock at the ripe age of fourteen, after being religiously indoctrinated that imbibing alcohol was a sure-fire way to get an express ticket to hell, when I received from my parents at Christmas a set of funky little leprechauns filled with whiskey....
What’s in a Question?

What’s in a Question?

  Most if not all of us have been there before. Someone asks a probing question that throws us out of kilter, not because we don’t understand what they’re asking, but because it strikes us as incredibly brash and personal, even confrontational, the kind of...
An Introduction

An Introduction

 This is my first blog, one of many to come. I aim to be transparent, direct, and unvarnished. In The Untethered Soul, Michael Singer asks a simple but universal question: “Who are you?” I have wrestled with that question for as long as memory reaches. I am...
WWJD

WWJD

 My upbringing, like that of so many others in my small Arkansas community, was shrouded in religious instruction. Church attendance wasn’t a one-time weekly check-the-box make-the-parents-happy affair. We rolled into church several times a week, primarily each...