Today is International Biographers Day. In recognition of biographers and sharing our stories, I have a story to tell. “Where do you get your ideas from?” Sometimes I get asked where my ideas come from. My best answer is that life is a writing prompt. Creativity is like reading in the darkness. Imagine that you … More How Your Writing Wants to Change You
Camping can teach you and me some important things about recovery. ___ When I get home from most camping trips I am in need of recovery. Not because I drink a lot, but because I have not eaten properly or slept well, because I have more blisters than I need and because I have a … More 10 Ways that Recovery is Like Camping
What is it That Makes a Good Dad? ___ I took my kids camping this weekend and it rained for most of the trip. The rain made me sleepy and thoughtful. In between naps, I thought about the question: “What is it that makes a good dad?” Is it personality, skills, what you do or how … More 12 Things that Good Dads Do
My family bought a camping trailer and it made me feel young again. It’s like your big brother is right behind you making awkward noises, staring at you in the mirror and ready to flatten you if you do something stupid. __ People say that they love having a trailer, it makes you feel more alive. … More 13 Things I Learned from Buying a Camping Trailer
Citydumb (Sity-dum) is on the rise. Citydumb is a communicable disease that creates dis/ease. It occurs when individuals, groups or an entire society lacks exposure to commonsense, nature and hard work. It intensifies when combined with WiFi. Rick Grimes is baffled by Citydumb. “Whatever it is” he says, “we are all infected. We all carry it.” How to know … More Citydumb: Rick Grimes says “We are all infected, we all carry it.”
What do our texts say about us? What do our texts reveal about us: about our fears, our desires and our needs? Our texts are like free associations, quick and uninhibited statements. If Freud were alive, he would probably ask to see your phone. He would wonder about the size of your phone and what … More What do our texts say about us?
One weekend, four people, one tent: Family camping. Do I need to say more? My family and I are reclaiming camping as a family activity. It’s a love-hate thing: Sticky-matted hair, camping breath, smoky-smelling armpits and feet that smell like outdoor bathrooms. I think you understand why we have taken a vacation from camping for … More Camping and the Stories that Make Us