June 2011


Photo by Maciek Sliwinski

I love Cedar Point. The taller and faster the ride the greater the adrenaline rush. I can close my eyes and imagine the wind blowing up against my skin, the smell of the overpriced food from the food courts, hear the screams of excitement and fear that come from the people on the rides.

I can even feel the queasy feeling in the pit of my stomach after getting on a ride too soon after I eat. It is my guilty pleasure. If I could ride roller coasters everyday for the rest of my life I would die a really happy man.

I will stand in line for 40 minutes or longer just to get on a ride that lasts 30 seconds. Each step that I take brings me closer and closer to my opportunity to go on a ride of a lifetime. The excitement and anticipation has me bouncing around like a 4 year old who just ate an economy size bag of M&M’s with extra chocolate. All I can do is anxiously talk about the ride I am about to get on. Continue reading “The Rollercoaster of Life” »

undercover agent t shirtHave you ever wanted to change the way people view you without changing who you are? I have. Why? Honestly, I’m not the most outgoing person in the world. I’m also not the most spontaneous. Don’t get me wrong, I love who I am and have no intentions of “pretending” to be something that I’m not. However, I know that the way I’m perceived by others plays a huge role in what they expect out of me.

If I’m not careful, in the minds of many, I am easy to typecast: The quiet guy who loves his immediate family and keeps to himself. That’s me, but not all of me. I don’t care who you are, being labeled and shoved away neatly into a corner, with no wiggle room for growth, is no fun. I believe we all should fight labels and norms. We don’t need to be categorized. There is only one person to compare you to and that “you” is constantly changing!

So how did I rehab my image with the people I see the most without ruffling any feathers or stirring a wake the fact that this was a conscious effort? Simple step by simple step… These three easy steps were the foundation to a revitalization that I always wanted but didn’t know was possible.  Continue reading “The Stealth Approach to Image Rehab” »

Sunrise on a Lake

Photo By John Nyberg

I Messed Up.

I did something so stupid, disrespectful, and arrogant that for days I didn’t have the nerve to look at my face in the mirror. I was disappointed in what I saw. My mistake was immature, reckless and careless.

What Did I Do?

I passed judgment on a man I didn’t even know. I ignorantly joined a philosophical mob carrying a pitch fork and torch demanding to get the beast out of town. I was seeing red and a whole lot of it. I thought I was doing what was best for my family, spiritually and naturally, but in all honesty I was selfishly doing what I felt was best for me.

The man whom I had lined up in my “cross-hairs,” that I was at an instant ready to fire upon, had just returned home from a stent at the local rehabilitation facility for people with tainted pasts aka prison.  His past offenses were severe enough for him land on a nationwide watch list for the acts he committed. Not only is he being nationally observed but he served a long 29 year sentence for what he did.

People don’t do that type of time for minor acts. Continue reading “I Deserve A Second Chance” »

Deja Vu

I’ve been here before. -On the cusp of destruction and total hopelessness. Where every move I make feels like it is leading me farther away from my desired outcomes. I’ve been to that bleak place where confusion and complaining commingle to create the perfect storm of fear, frustration, and darkness. Yeah, the walls look different […]

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Capture the Frozen Moment

MY NEW FAVORITE THING There are only a few things that I like to do other than writing. Let me rephrase that. There are tons of things I like to do other than writing but one thing that gives me almost as much joy is photography. I think that in a fight (not physical) my […]

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