The First Anniversaries of a Dog & a Living

September 1st, 2021 Today, I celebrate not one, but two one-year anniversaries: my employment at Harry’s, and the surprise release of my fifth book, Theia. Losing my job at Old Chicago forever was awful, particularly the way that it happened. To use a exceptionally bad metaphor, it was like I was married for almost 13Continue reading “The First Anniversaries of a Dog & a Living”

Heartbreak Weather

July 15th, 2021 I’m still on the Old Chicago email list. For more than a few months, when I’d open one, I would feel heartbreak for what I lost. After a while, though, I would start to feel a new kind of heartbreak; I’d think of all the things I would have never experienced ifContinue reading “Heartbreak Weather”

2020: A Lesson, A Curriculum, An Education

December 31st, 2020 It is fair to say that this year sucked. It is damn fair. And it is a truth that we will have wasted our time if we decide to learn nothing from it. So, with that in mind, here is some of what I learned. – I learned not only is tomorrowContinue reading “2020: A Lesson, A Curriculum, An Education”

America Hearts Criminals

December 18th, 2020 America loves criminals — as long as they have the right color skin and their subjective ideals align. This post has been a long time coming, but better late than never. I’ve heard, too many times, this era being compared to prohibition. Besides being an absolutely baseless and embarrassing comparison, it remindedContinue reading “America Hearts Criminals”

The Breakup Breakdown

September 25th, 2020 Someone at my new work asked me tonight if I missed my old work. I have been avoiding this question since March. It’s been asked in abundance and in different keys. And my response is usually an acute tweet that confirms I am fine and it was just a job. But itContinue reading “The Breakup Breakdown”

Season Premiere

September 6th, 2020 When you’ve worked somewhere long enough, you start to develop your own ways to describe what it’s like when your workplace hires new people. I’ve always compared it to watching new seasons of your favorite TV show. Some seasons are better than others. They always have some sense of familiarity to them,Continue reading “Season Premiere”

A Nut is a Circle

April 2nd, 2020 I’m always saying it: the universe is too strange and too perfect to be random. I just had to go on a grocery store run, and there at Target, I ran into Eric. You would be easily excused if you don’t know who Eric is. But if you do know, you wouldContinue reading “A Nut is a Circle”

No Joke

October 9th, 2019 Two guys walk out of a bar. It doesn’t really matter why they walked out. And this isn’t the start of a joke. No, this is something entirely different. So, two men tried leaving the restaurant tonight. The reasons themselves don’t matter and don’t even appear clear to me; but they areContinue reading “No Joke”

Danish

August 3rd, 2019 Let’s say you make a really good blueberry Danish. And you want to share your Danish with the world. So you decide to write down the recipe. But then you quickly realize that nobody actually makes this Danish like you do. But how could you make all these pastries and share themContinue reading “Danish”

Know Your Potential

July 29th, 2019 I think a lot of people undervalue their potential to change people’s lives, especially at their jobs. I’ll make this one short & sweet. I got my last table tonight less than an hour before close. If you’ve ever worked a job with posted hours, you know that this is less thanContinue reading “Know Your Potential”