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 myContinue 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 sinceContinue 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%. AtContinue 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 andContinue reading “Right Down The Line”