Tag: change

  • My Selfishness as it Relates to Hamburgers

    It all happened when I was mid-burger, 2 minutes in and 3 minutes left on the clock to consume the 67% remainder of the tomato-lettuce-cheese-pickle-beef creation in my hands. I sat there with the tomato-y mayo dribbling down my hands and thought, “How selfish I am! Here I am, scarfing down a 1/4 lb burger […]

  • Pain is Holy

    “I was on tour, and a friend who was on tour with me went through a really rough valley. She experienced a miscarriage. I was with her the day after, and I asked her how she was…. what was going on for her inside. She said, “You know, the only words that keep rising up in […]

  • My Best Addiction

    Now that you all know I’m addicted to gummy bears….. (and oh happy day, I got a whole 1-lb bag of them for my birthday) I gotta tell ya’ll about my FAVORITE addiction. The one I plug into when I get upset at my boss. Or when I’m preparing to teach. Or when I’m bored by […]

  • The Time When I Started a Church

    Driving along a cold, forsaken road one dark night, my radio croaking out a mournful song,  I saw a church. A church that had a lighted cross by the highway, and warm, welcoming lights on inside, as if it was open to strangers and a crackling fire was burning in the hearth. “How strange!” I […]

  • 5 Mantras I Live By…. (most of the time)

    I was filling pots with dirt yesterday. For most of the day. Filling pots with dirt is very different from any job I’ve had in the past. It’s good for my pride, I’m sure. But I realized that no matter where I am or what I’m doing, I always think about and use my same old […]

  • There’s One In Every Crowd…

    “Hello, welcome to Verizon Wireless Tech Support.” —–(Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzztttt–chinga-changa—-bbbbbbzzzzzzzzzz)—– “Please state your reason for calling.” –(brrrrrrrrrr—zzzz—-zzzzz)—– “What was that? Did Mr. Z– give you permission to make these changes? I’ll need to speak to him before we can proceed.” —(BZZZZZZZZZZZ—-ZZZZZ——TTTSHHHHHHHH)—– “You know what, Ma’am, I’m just like any other normal person, just trying to do my […]

  • I hope you {dance}

    Life is short. But I’m not afraid. When I die, I hope you dance. I hope you do a full-out jig. Stop giving me that awkward stare. I’m really not that crazy. I attended a funeral last fall. Unfortunately, I’ve been at quite a few in the last year. But this one was traumatizing, unlike anything I’ve experienced […]

  • Guardian of a million dreams

    Life is a comedy for those who think; a tragedy for those who feel. Unfortunately, dream molders are feelers. “Teachers. You are the molders of their dreams. The gods who build or crush their young beliefs of right or wrong.You are the spark that sets aflame the poet’s hand, or lights the flame of some […]

  • Goodbye Innocence

     I drove past a boy today, and as I looked at him, he swiftly turned his head in shame. Who was he? Just a long-haired kid in a gangster hat, his tee ultra-baggy and his shorts sagging. He must have been, say, thirteen? As he stood there on the edge of a shady patch of woods […]