It’s funny that I am titling this essay Working Poor Chronicles #1, because I have decades-worth of these stories. But this is the first essay on this topic in this essay project, so there you have it. I usually keep these stories to myself, or share them with close friends who get it, or occasionally…Read more 52 Essays 6: Working Poor Chronicles 1: Adventures in Plasma Donation
So I’m sitting here writing as the Pink Full Moon is rising. Every few minutes I get up and take another pic with my cell phone. I don’t know why I do this. I know damn well my cell phone camera is not sophisticated enough to take good shots of the night sky. But somehow…Read more 52 Essays #5: Pink Is Not My Color
I’ve been through a lot in my time on this planet so far. Sometimes I feel like I have had more than my fair share of struggles and burdens and challenges. And then I think about how many have it so much worse than me, in this country and around the world, and I struggle…Read more 52 Essays #4: Resilience and Tenacity
There are a lot of virtues that I possess: compassion, kindness, integrity, honesty, responsibility, authenticity, self-reflection. There is one I have always struggled with: self-discipline. I remember back to the days when I was an adolescent and my family attended a fundamentalist Baptist Church. Mom had become a Born-Again Christian through the Pentecostal movement in…Read more 52 Essays #3: Self-Discipline
I know better by now, than to think I am just no good at this. I know better by now than to to think I’m a talentless hack, with nothing to say, and nothing now desirable or attractive way to say it. I know better by now than to just give up, and smoke a…Read more I Know Better By Now
You know how the FacePlace has the memories feature now, reminding you of the fun you used to have, the horrible exes you moved away from, the challenges you have overcome, and the people you miss? Yeah, it’s fun and not so fun. Just like the FacePlace itself. Well, at the end of the Year-That-Shall-Be-Named,…Read more What’s Your Purpose, Anyways?