Be There Now

Be there now.   Do not accept reality as it is. Life can be better than this. You could be more content, more comfortable, and have better thoughts. You could have more. You could appreciate life more. You could breathe better, love more, and be more. You could...

An Ode to my Son

An Ode to My Son After Accidentally Beating Him in Chess       My boy, I didn’t know the incidental check I put you in was mate. You had me. Your first, legit, truly-earned victory was certainly no more than a half dozen moves away. It had been a...

Becoming

Setting the Stage    It is 8:42 am. I’m in the office overlooking NE Broadway and 18th. I have just unpacked my biker-style, faded, powder-blue backpack of: a computer an insulated water bottle a pear a diminutive 7.5 ounce can of Coca-Cola a pencil box a...

Shauna After Death

08/30/1998 Dear Diary,  I met the remarkable Shauna Jean Malone today.  And she is remarkable.  I can even prove it, Dear Diary.  Of course she’s remarkable! I’m remarking upon her right now, am I not? Anyhow, today is her birthday.  We were introduced at the Wren...

Road Rage and the Rabbi

After a pause Jon continues:   “Then, I won at road rage a second time.”   I’m at the market shopping for the family Friday night, shabbat dinner.   I respond into my headset:   “A second road rage story? I’m not certain I have space in my psyche...