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”

My Bad Luck With Women: A Brief History

I had not planned on spending more than one post on my past dating woes, but there was some interest in hearing more, so what the hell? Maybe my bad luck in the past will help somebody else avoid a disastrous relationship in the future. Either that, or you’ll all laugh at me. Things are greatContinue reading “My Bad Luck With Women: A Brief History”

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”

5 Rules for Peaceful Cohabitation

One year ago today, I woke up to a living room that looked like this: Fortunately, it’s considerably less cluttered today: Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of Tara moving in. We were well aware of the date, and periodically throughout the day would recall where we were and what we were doing one year earlier.Continue reading “5 Rules for Peaceful Cohabitation”

Birth (day) and Death

It’s been an odd past few days. A weird juxtaposition of birth and death. Rarely have the two commingled so closely together in my life. This all began on Thursday, when I learned a member of my ex-wife’s family had been shot and killed in California. I didn’t know this person, had never met himContinue reading “Birth (day) and Death”

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”