The Best Advice So Far - fake: part one

fake: part one

Due to a lack of sound sleep over the past couple of days, my brain is in a strange, swishy sort of place. Rather than fight it, I figure I’ll just ride the wave of weirdness and see where we land. By and large, the word “fake” has a negative connotation: Lucio’s new girlfriend is so fake....


puzzles

Many of you know that I just returned from the longest vacation of my life — a full five weeks on Florida’s West Coast. Prior to the trip, I began concocting plans for all I wanted to do, see and accomplish while away: Get the audiobook up and available online. Visit Captiva and Sanibel...


The Best Advice So Far - happy sad

happy sad

I’m writing mid-flight, on my way back from the longest vacation of my life — five weeks in Southwest Florida. After so long away, it feels more like a move than merely returning from someplace I’d been visiting. Late last night, I drove to the beach for one last walk. The main street...


The Best Advice So Far - i spy

i spy

My tank top clung to my skin with sweat. After temperatures that had topped 100° over the last several hours I’d been exploring, the air conditioning that wooshed out to greet me as I opened the metal and glass doors felt like an ice bath. I settled briefly onto a blue sofa, across from a young...


The Best Advice So Far - un-dumb frog

un-dumb frog

With age comes wisdom, but sometimes age comes alone. ~ Oscar Wilde As I start this post, there are just a few more hours left until my birthday. Birthdays for me are still a time of celebration. They are also a time of reflection: Where have I been? What have I done? Where am I going? This time...


The Best Advice So Far - adventure

adventure

In May of this year, the dare-based television show Fear Factor was revived by MTV. I don’t think I ever watched a full episode of the show during its original run from 2001 to 2006, though catching snippets at a friend’s house or while at the gym was virtually unavoidable. I recall an episode...


The Best Advice So Far - tripping

tripping

I was running behind for a meet-up with one of the kids I mentor. It’s become a tradition that I pick up iced coffees for us before we meet. “Two medium iced coffees: one cold brew, caramel swirl, black with three sugars; one decaf, coconut and raspberry, with skim milk and one...


The Best Advice So Far - poison

poison

A few weeks back, I nearly died. I don’t mean this in any figurative sense. I. Nearly. Died. I didn’t write about it close to the event, because it felt a bit glib to do so at the time. But now that we’re a few weeks out, I’m more of the mindset that “all’s well that ends well.”...


The Best Advice So Far - golden ticket

golden ticket

I’ve got a golden ticket I’ve got a golden chance to make my way And with a golden ticket, it’s a golden day …   OK, so the ticket wasn’t golden. It was orange. And it wasn’t a free ride to the Chocolate Factory. It was a $40 ride to the poorhouse. I drove up to...


The Best Advice So Far - two and five

two and five

My brain has been in a perpetual fog for the latter half of this week. Any semblance of a regular sleep schedule has been obliterated since Wednesday, when I made the choice to stay up all night. I had my reasons. They seemed good reasons at the time. But the result was that I wound up going about...