A Tree Stump By a Lake

There's an unassuming tree stump in a park I like to visit on my lunch hour. It's situated by a picturesque lake, surrounded by red cedars and Douglas firs. There is nothing special about this tree stump...except for the fact that it once served as the backdrop to a family Christmas card photo, many years ago. … Continue reading A Tree Stump By a Lake

Don’t Rest on Your Laurels

I came across this blog post the other day. Apparently, it's gone viral. When I saw it, I immediately thought of stealing this guy's idea, only instead of talking about a mistress as the title alluded - it's called I'm Dating Someone Even Though I'm Married - I would turn things around and talk about dating my … Continue reading Don’t Rest on Your Laurels

Holy Matrimony!

As I write this post, I can hear waves crashing on the shore. I'm in a hotel room in Newport, Oregon, with the balcony door open and the cool salt air wafting in. I can hear the occasional cries of seagulls over the roar of the surf. It's been a constant in my ears since … Continue reading Holy Matrimony!

This Time it was Really Right

By all accounts, I should be a very cynical man. But instead of shying away from the prospect of a second marriage, I embrace it with a confidence normally reserved for poets, philosophers, and greeting card manufacturers. Why is this so? Last night, my brother and his girlfriend/life partner flew into town for our wedding. … Continue reading This Time it was Really Right

We’re Such Groupies

Last weekend, when I wasn't busy proposing to my girlfriend or chatting with rock stars,* I was buying peanuts from WinCo. A handful of peanuts makes a perfect mid-morning snack, and eating an ounce a day, in fact, can cut your risk of heart disease in half, and decrease your diabetes risk by 25%. At … Continue reading We’re Such Groupies

Right Down The Line

During my trip to Ely in December 2011, Tara and I were shopping at Ridley's supermarket one evening, and a song started playing over the loudspeakers. It was an old 70s pop classic - Gerry Rafferty's "Right Down The Line." One of my favorite mellow pop hits from that decade. I turned to Tara and … Continue reading Right Down The Line

The Proposal That Wasn’t

Monday morning, a coworker approached my desk and congratulated me on my engagement to Tara. Twenty miles away, on the other side of the river, at about the same time, Tara was receiving similar felicitations. (Lovely word, that. First time I’ve ever used it in a sentence). This, following a weekend of “congratulations!” and well … Continue reading The Proposal That Wasn’t

Mayberry Forever

Today is my daughter's birthday. Audrey turns eleven. While I'm happy to be celebrating this milestone with her, it also makes me feel a bit nostalgic for the past. My life was very different 11 years ago. As if to drive this point home, I recently stumbled across a shoebox full of 8mm videotapes from … Continue reading Mayberry Forever