Personal Writing

“Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.” ― Simone de Beauvoir

Reasonable Success for Week 1 of Operation Marshmallow 7.0

Week one was not exactly an unqualified success as I have had an inexplicable craving for the biscuits and gravy at Gil’s Goods in Livingston that might be the first sign of incipient madness and I ate a Dive cookie before 10:00 a.m. yesterday. Despite those shortcomings, I met my calorie goals for the week and managed to drop 7 pounds in week one, my first sustained...

Thirty Seconds. Every Student. Every Day

It’s hard to be a teenager. On Thursday, some of my students were trying to process their fears about what happened in Florida while others were dealing with the no less real pain of hearts left just a little battered by Valentine’s Day and the pangs of unrequited love. Whether it’s the fear that their schools might not be safe places or the world...

100 Days Health Challenge: February 10-May 21

Right before I left for a job interview, I expressed some concern to my most honest friend that I was feeling apprehensive about the trip, largely because I didn’t feel great about the shape I was in. Rather than assuage my fears, my friend told me that I “definitely wasn’t at my best.” Everyone should really have at least one friend that...

My Father: A Rememberance

December 20 will always be one of those uncomfortable anniversaries for me: it’s the anniversary of the day that my father passed away. No matter how many years have passed, I’ll always wish that I could talk to my Dad just one more time today, but even with his absence, every year is an opportunity to take stock of my life and think about whether I’ve become...

As My Books Fly Out, My Treasures Remain Shelved: The Elfstones of Shannara

When I was very young, I dreamed that I would one day own a home with a library. It was a strange dream for a kid from a working class family, but I had rather vivid and specific expectations for what my library would one day look like. It would have been filled ceiling to floor with heavy, leather-bound books, hold a reading chair with perfect light, and definitely...

A Bit More Personal Reflection Than Normal

The photo on the right was me six years ago. After years of failing to control my weight and pretending that I was going to do something about it, something clicked and I was able to shed weight rapidly and reasonably healthily. After a six-month diet (that extended to eighteen months) I lost a significant amount of weight, and more importantly, felt better than I...

Best Reads of 2016

While this was the year I finally read the Harry Potter series and revisited some old favorites like Jose Saramago’s The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis, I also managed to read a collection of surprising and interesting titles that were neither about wizards and witches nor books I had read and loved before.  Of the 80 or so books I read this year, these were...