👇 What’s Below 👇
On Men and Crying 😭
Why I write ✍🏻
Back Crackin’ 👨⚕️
So here’s a thing I sometimes hate about myself: I cry. Like, easily. And often. Or at least it’s “often” in comparison to how often men normally cry. At least, I think it’s often in comparison to the frequency men normally cry. I dunno. We as a gender are not generally very up-front about our softer sides.
How many times in my life as a storyteller have I heard “I saw my dad cry only once in his life, and it was…”? A lot of times. That’s how many. Hell, I can say that about my own dad. I’ve seen actual tears falling from his eyes maybe twice.
I’ve cried two times today.
He cried because his dad died. I cried because I felt the music from Dear Evan Hansen, not once but twice, and it’s not even noon as I’m writing this.
There’s this part of me that I’m struggling to deal with, and I’ve been struggling with it for 47 years. This is problematic in its longevity and in the fact that the timeframe encompasses my entire life as a breathing human. Things always have moved me deeply. I remember as a small child going to bed with a wind-up tiger stuffed animal that played some sort of lullaby that I can’t place right now and crying myself to sleep because the song made me feel sad. Not for myself, but for other kids out there. I know. It sounds crazy. It probably is.
Music and movies still move me more than the average person. I don’t listen to music. I don’t watch movies. I feel them. And if you play the right (wrong) song or put on the right (wrong) movie at the right (wrong) time, I’m going to at the very least tear up and the very most ugly-cry.
And inside of me, as this is happening, there’s this voice that screams, “THIS! IS! NOT! MANLY! What are you, a girl?” and that brings us into this conversation about men and emotions and gender stereotypes and even, in some, evokes questions about my sexuality, which puts me in the awkward position of saying, “No, dude. I like chicks. Like, really like chicks,” which is exactly what someone would say if he were hiding a secret love of dudes, so you’re just going to have to trust me that, as Seinfeld would say, “Not that there’s anything wrong with it,” but I’m not into dudes in any sort of sexual way.
Now that we have that settled …
I just seem to feel … what’s the word? … bigger? Yes, that’s it. When it comes to feelings, I feel bigger than the average guy — than the average person. So things like Dear Evan Hansen’s plot of existential questioning and heartbreak and mental illness and longing and of screwing everything up despite having great intentions, well, I feel that. I feel that a lot.
And that’s the thing: I feel a lot of things a lot. A lot and loud. And sometimes, I can’t shut it off. I can’t close my eyes. I can’t cover my ears. I just… can’t… stop… feeling.
It frustrates me.
It frustrates me because there aren’t many (any) people who are on my level of feeling, nor even in my ZIP code when it comes to feeling the feelings of others — even fictional freaking characters. I spent more than 40 years wondering why people do the horrible things they do to each other only to fall back on “Well I didn’t mean to…” I always thought, “How could you not see what was going to happen?! How could do that when you knew how much it was going to hurt him (or her)?”
But they didn’t see. They didn’t know.
I see, I know.
And that’s a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing because I can easily relate to others’ deepest heartaches, and in me, people tend to find the lone voice who understands their worst moments. It’s a curse because I can’t shut it off and I can’t keep seriously damaged, really fucked-up people away. Like the zombies in The Walking Dead, they just keep coming.
One might think that, with this hypersensitive awareness of how actions and inactions create deep and lasting hurt I would be an expert at not hurting the people closest to me.
Oh, were that only the case.
Worn down by the cares of others and the deep pain in my own heart, I sometimes can having stunning blind spots for how my own actions are going to hurt those I love the most. So I hurt them. And then I see that I’ve hurt them. And I feel it. Not just my regret but their pain and not just their pain but my regret.
Long after they might have forgiven me, those feelings of hurt remain in me.
Yes, I know it’s a weakness. Yes, I know I’m supposed to forgive myself. I wish it were easy. It’s not.
And so I find myself in front of a computer monitor wondering why the hell it is that I cry so damn much and feel so damn big. But if given the opportunity to change, would I?
It’s an interesting question. I think maybe I would. I’d turn down the nob to, like, seven from its traditional home at 14. But I wouldn’t want to swing wildly the other direction. Because if I didn’t feel like I felt, who would I be, really?
Why I Write
It’s hard for even me to believe, but there was a good three-year stretch in the last decade where I didn’t write. I didn’t write any blogs, didn’t write any stories, didn’t attempt to write any books, didn’t journal and really didn’t even like writing anything more than the most perfunctory emails.
Now, I write a lot. I’ve got this little daily journal thingy and I have my own personal journal that I hand-write because I’m old-school like that.
I write a life-in-business blog and Longhaul COVID blog and a whole host of other blogs in different characters with different backgrounds.
Now, it’s as if I will die if I don’t write.
But why the hell do I do it?
Every writer has a bit of an ego in him. Each of us gets a nice little hit of dopamine when someone says they liked something we wrote. I’m no different. But that’s not exactly why I write.
I write because I think stories have power. Our brains don’t work well if the situations in our lives don’t have story structure. There’s a beginning, a middle and an end. Think of those situations in your life that have made you the most uncomfortable. It’s likely because they came out of nowhere (no beginning), didn’t follow a predictable path (no middle) and/or went on forever and ever without a finish line in sight (no end).
I would even put forward that our brains are so hardwired for this story structure that we create them where they don’t necessarily exist just so we can continue to function. I look back at the most trying period in my own life — the time from when Wifey Poo and I found out there was something wrong with our first son, Jacob, when she was 20 weeks pregnant with him to the years following his death after six short hours of breathing — and I have tangible evidence of my brain’s attempt to put that which does not make any sense — the death of a child — into some sort of story structure.
It’s called Jacob’s Story: A Journey of Faith, and it’s the book I wrote in the aftermath of Jacob’s death. I looked back at it recently with the benefit of more than two decades between the events of the time and now. In Jacob’s life, I found a beginning. I wrote a ton about the middle. And I thought I had found the end — that the purpose of suffering is because we all are going to suffer at some point, so we suffer so that we can be of greater assistance to those who follow us. I called each of us sufferers a “link in the chain.”
To a large extent, I still believe that. I lived it. My suffering through Jacob’s life and death enabled me to be of assistance to others who came after me who lost a child.
So why do I write? Because I hold onto this hope that these twenty-six symbols I arrange in a particular order to form larger symbols that represent things and how I arrange these larger symbols into strings of larger symbols is going to help people make sense of this puzzle known as life, that they’re going to matter.
Honestly, I don’t know if they do. I have ready plenty of books and articles that I thought were going to create revolutionary change in my life but that now I fail to recall the name or the author. Maybe it all happens on a subconscious level, this mattering of which I’m writing.
But even if I knew no one ever read these words, would I still write? Yes. These days, I feel like I have to write, almost like I have to keep breathing if I don’t want to seriously inconvenience the few people who genuinely love me. And in the end, on some level, I keep writing because I have this hope that one day the people whom I most want to read these words and be touched by how revealing they are of the man who writes them will see their significance and cherish them as a window into his soul.
So I write…
The ‘What Did You Say?’ of the Day
Snap, Crackle and Pop
Today started off with a trip to the chiropractor. I hadn’t been to one with any sort of advanced training in quite a while. I jacked up my back way back in 2008, when Boy The Elder’s life was devoid of a younger brother and he was, thus, just Boy. Before leaving for work one morning, I picked him up under the armpits and swung him around like dads do.
Three minutes later I collapsed to the ground in excruciating pain that led to an ER visit and some dang awesome muscle relaxers that kept me loopy for three days until I could haul my carcass back to work.
The condition of my neck and back right now are not that bad. But they’re not that good, either. It’s been very much like slowly turning up the heat, just slow enough that I didn’t realize how damn hot it was in here until I paused to take stock of the temperature.
The long-and-short of my initial visit was that I have some sort of bulging neck disc that is pinching some sort of nerve and causing some sort of pain. So after a variety of noisy adjustments and a few exercises, I now have a follow-up appointment next week — and some homework. I have to sit upright in a chair every two hours and do these push-back-on-your-chin exercises that, if you’re not aware that they were prescribed by an actual doctor, make me look like I’m having some sort of mental episode.
The good thing is that the adjustments provided some immediate relief and made that “kinda-sorta-like-it-fell-asleep” feeling in my hands go away. I hadn’t even associated that with the neck stuff. Thanks, Longhaul COVID.
In Other Writing …
When the Popular Vote Doesn’t Matter in Marketing
⬇️ What’s Below ⬇️Marketing: Science or Art? 🔬🎨The nature of feelings 🤗😭😡How to measure success in marketing 📊 Here’s one thing that doesn’t impress me much as a marketing guy: The popular vote. This might seem crazy, considering the goal of marketing is, at its core, to inspire the most people to buy your product…Keep reading
Today’s Reasons to Keep Living
- I’m going on a behind-the-scenes tour of Busch Stadium tomorrow.
- Boy The Elder is home from college for the weekend.
- I gotta believe I’m feeling all these feelings for a reason, and I’d like to be around long enough to figure it out.
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🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Sadness 😥Annoyance 😠Disappointment 😞 When Boy The Elder was Boy The Only in our home, he watched one of the Air Bud movies featuring a basketball-playing dog. Or maybe it was football. Or soccer. By the time that series was over, that dog had played them all. Anyway, whichever Air Bud…Keep reading
Animal Updates — Jan. 12, 2023
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Thor’s Blurry Hammer 🍆Pigeon Delivery 🕊️Idiot List 🤪 Thor is really, really good with his hammer. And by that, I mean that Thor the walrus in Scarborough, England, is really good at masturbating and ruining New Years Eve. If you haven’t heard about this story, stop reading stupid news like politics…Keep reading
Bad Boys— Jan. 11, 2023
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Bruising Basketball 🏀Poke ☝️Six?!? 🔫 I grew up in the NBA era of the Bad Boys Detroit Pistons while loving a New York Knicks team that was, to put it mildly, quite physical. Guys like Steph Curry and LeBron James can makes basketball seem like artistry these days, but give me…Keep reading
Done — Jan. 10, 2023
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩What There is Like! ⛅’Modern Policing’ 🚨Xylophone Time! 🎵 When you decide to talk about a time in which you truly believe you more-or-less died and saw what comes after this life, you have to be comfortable with the fact that people might think you’re nuts. Hell, talking about it on…Keep reading
Media Landscape — Jan. 6, 2023
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Grace Ashford! 📰Idaholy Shit! 🥔Story of the Year! 🍆 The three most influential people in my life as a journalist are, sadly, all part of the Great Newsroom in the Sky now. Professors Michael Perkins and Bob Woodward (AKA Bob Woodward-Not-That-Bob-Woodward) helped educate me at Drake University, and Lisa Warren was…Keep reading
Santos Kills Puppy — Jan. 5, 2023
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Poor Puppy 🐶Romeo and Juliet 🤴👸Meta Mistake 🙊 Disturbing news out of Washington, D.C., today as Republican Congressman-elect George Santos (if that’s his real name) brought a 6-month-old puppy to the house floor and screamed “Hey, look at me!” before slitting its throat and lapping up its squirting blood like a…Keep reading
Institutions — Jan. 4, 2023
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩A Pretty Good Rant 😠Tesla Plunge 🚗Missed Lasts 😥 Those of you who regularly read my drivel (I see you, DirtySciFiBuddah) might have become aware of the fact over the past year or so that I am not a huge fan of our world’s modern institutions. All of them might, in…Keep reading
Finishing — Jan. 2, 2023
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Incomplete 🕮Frustration 😠Bowl Bust 🏈 To say that I know how to write is like saying I know how to breathe. No one considers that they know how to breathe. They just … breathe. No one is particularly good at breathing or bad at breathing. Again, they just … breathe. I’ve…Keep reading
Fifty Intentions for 2023
Welcome to Issue No. 15 of Listicles, the feature that presents the Top 10, Top 5, Top 3, Top 100 or Top 1,000,000 of whatever it is you want to know about. Email your Listicle suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org. So last year, I had a list of 100 intentions for 2022, and I did fairly well,…Keep reading
Vision Board — Dec. 30, 2022
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩2023 📅Helping 🧠The Universe 🔭 I’m not much for long-term plans and goals. This isn’t to suggest I don’t think they’re important. I just think that spending a lot of time on them is futile. What’s the saying? Man plans, God laughs. Something like that. Anyway, I’ve learned through experience that…Keep reading
The Point of Suffering — Dec. 27, 2022
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Chain Links 🔗”Work” 🧑💼Popular Toys 🧸 After my first son died in December 2000, I spent a lot of time wondering why. Why me? Why Wifey Poo? Why Jacob? Why this level of suffering in a world supposedly created and run by an all-loving, all-knowing, all-powerful God? So I did what…Keep reading
Freezing Fans — Dec. 26, 2022
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Chiefs! 🏈Indy Tickets 🏎️Bank Visit 💰 When I bought the tickets to the Christmas Eve contest between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Seattle Seahawks as a gift for Boys The Elder & Younger, it was sometime in September and temps hovered around 90 degrees. The thought that the game might…Keep reading
Jacob at 22 — Dec. 20, 2022
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Timelines 👶Extinctions 🌋Sin City 👌 As I fall deeper down the rabbit hole learning more about theories on space and time, the concept of alternative timelines comes up again and again and again. Whether it’s the stuff of science fiction or one day will be proven to be the stuff of…Keep reading
Joe(y) the Comedian — Dec. 18, 2022
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩’Cousin’ Laughs🎤Improv!?!? 🎭Drake Hoops 🏀 Back when I was a boy, I had a favorite Cousin-Who-Wasn’t-A-Cousin. His name was Joey DeVito, and he was in no way a blood relation to me, though I called his father Uncle Frankie and his mother Aunt Celia. I’m pretty sure this is an East…Keep reading
Doughnut Guy — Dec. 17, 2022
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Glazed 🍩Bingo! 🖥️Disappearing Christians ⛪ I didn’t intend to bring doughnuts for my co-workers yesterday morning. It just sorta happened. How it happened and how it played out is a window into my weird mind. First, an explanation: I have a card purchased from Boy The Younger that entitles me to…Keep reading
James and Stinky — Dec. 15, 2022
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩STL’s Homeless 😥Snake Hoo-Hoos 🐍That Was Epoch 👴 I found James huddled underneath a blanket as he sat, knees to his chest, head bowed, just outside the doorway of a CVS in the Delmar Loop section of St. Louis. If you’re not familiar with the area, it’s a fun place filled…Keep reading
Paul Silas — Dec. 14, 2022
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Knicks Memory 🏀JBM LLC 🧑🏼💼Brain Drain 🧠 My most memorable interaction with Paul Silas occurred when I was a 17-year-old kid with big dreams of being a sports reporter. I’d talked with Paul before — his wife and Mother Dearest were active in the local Make A Wish Foundation chapter and…Keep reading
Humbug — Dec. 13, 2022
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Piped-In Music 🎵Astronomy 🔭Fusion ☢️ Here’s the thing about Christmas: I want to love it, and in many ways, I do. I love giving gifts and, to be honest, I love getting gifts. There’s something so cool about the magical times when someone knows you well enough to get you that…Keep reading
Aunt Pauline — Dec. 9, 2022
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Familial Reflections 👪Career Rebuild 🛠️Andrea 📱 It’s hard to think of my Aunt Pauline as old, hard to imagine how it is that she’s just about to leave her 80s and, thus, it’s hard to understand how she could be in such poor health right now. Aunt Pauline is Father Dearest’s…Keep reading
Bye-Bye, Zombies — Dec. 8, 2022
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩The Walking Dead 🧟Nose B Gone 👃Turkey Trouble 🦃 I spent Tuesday night watching the final episodes of The Walking Dead. I have always been the type who can get so lost in a good story that I have really strong emotions (shocker, I know) when it ends. It happens with…Keep reading
Redefining Family — Dec. 6, 2022
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Who’s Family? 👪Music Speaks 🎵Wedding Websites 👨❤️👨 I was raised as an East Coast Italian, despite being a mixed bag of ethnicities born in Denver, Colorado. That meant that there was this huge importance placed on family that’s not necessarily shared with the same ferocity by others. Yet as I grew…Keep reading
Grief — Dec. 5, 2022
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Messy Grief 😔Hear Ye! 👂Die Trump Die 😡 I am acutely aware that I am hardly alone as a 48-year-old man when I say that I am well acquainted with grief. I’m not sure if it was always this way — though I imagine it was — but I don’t think…Keep reading
Human Jewel Beetles — Dec. 3, 2022
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Beer Bottle Connections 🍺Ear Concerns 👂BTE vs. Deer 🦌 What exactly is reality? Is there a limit to the universe? How can something as heavy as the Earth be just sort of suspended … and what exactly is it suspended in? This is the rabbit hole I’ve fallen down, all while…Keep reading
Be Yourself — Dec. 1, 2022
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩A Good Self 👋Urgent Care, Revisited 👩⚕️Slow Down 🐢 I remember this time back in sixth grade when a trusted adult was talking to me as I struggled through what turned out to be a pretty life-defining traumatic experience. The friends I’d grown up with since I was a small boy…Keep reading
Deer Drama — Nov. 30 2022
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Shooting a Fake Deer 🦌Time Spent Poorly ⏰Child Support 💸 About midway up my left shin underneath my leg hair is a scar about three inches long and the width of a deer antler. Well, a fake deer antler, anyway. “Deer-antler width” is hardly a standard unit of measurement, I know,…Keep reading
Metallica! — Nov. 29 2022
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Gods of Music Deliver! 🎸Insta-Anger 😠Unpleasant 😓 I was in need of something good to happen yesterday. Desperate need. The gods of music delivered. Metallica is coming to St. Louis in concert in 2023 for a two-day show at the Dome at the America Center. I found out about this at…Keep reading
Double Ear Infection — Nov. 27, 2022
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Urgent Care 👂👂Alone Update 😔Rest 🛏️ It’s never a good sign when, less than two seconds after sticking a light in your ear and gazing through the little viewfinder thingy (patent pending), the doctor says, “Oooooooooh.” That was followed by a diagnosis of a “nasty” left ear infection and the question,…Keep reading
Fitting in — Nov. 25, 2022
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Alone 😔Christmas Changes🎄My Two Skillz 🔪 I would venture to guess that most of us like the feeling of fitting in somewhere. Even the most self-confident, secure person likes to have a tribe. We’re social creatures, and to have a place we just seem to slide into safely is a blessing.…Keep reading
Spouse+ Subscription — Nov. 23, 2022
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Marriage Talk 💑Requesting Money 💰Murder-Free 🔪 If you’ve been married as long as I have (rounding the corner and heading toward 26 years), you understand that conversations between spouses can sometimes be awfully weird. I mean, Wifey Poo and I have known each other more than 30 years now. How much…Keep reading
Coffee Hand — Nov. 22, 2022
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Man Cold? 🤒Balloon Analogy 🎈World Flop ⚽ If you want to know how my Monday started yesterday, I poured coffee all over my hand. It isn’t that I don’t know how to pour coffee. I’ve done it a billion times. It’s that, on this particular Monday, somewhere in between the start…Keep reading
Zoo Signs — Nov. 20, 2022
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Gorilla Harassment 🦍Brother Love 👨👦👦True Crime 🔪 My love of wild animals was fostered early in my childhood. Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom was appointment viewing for my family. I grew up with scenes of hungry cheetahs chasing down baby gazelles that included what’s not included on nature shows today ……Keep reading
No Slides Allowed — Nov. 17, 2022
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Presentation Skillz 📽️No Tribe 😔Fuck 45 🖕 There was a time not all that long ago, cosmically speaking, that the mere thought of standing up in front of a crowd and giving a talk would have made me want to throw up in my shoes. In fact, there has been a…Keep reading
What’s Funny? — Nov. 15, 2022
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Boss Kudos 🙌Chill Time 😌One In 8 Billion🧍 It always feels good when the Big Bossman comes up to you and shakes your hand for a job well done. That happened last night when El Presidente of our company congratulated me on the video I wrote, shot and produced for our…Keep reading
Engaged — Nov. 14, 2022
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩BTE and Div 💍Brother Greetings 👨👩👦👦Travel Day ✈️ The morning after Boy The Elder was born, I awoke in the hospital to his sweet cooing and his momma’s deep-sleep breathing. Scooping him up carefully and holding him nervously, I sat in a rocking chair in the pre-dawn darkness and talked to…Keep reading
Dying Democracy — Nov. 11, 2022
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Election Message 🗳️School Priorities 🏫Tickets Aplenty 🎫 It would seem to me that if a common sentiment from wise people following an election is that it’s a good thing the results were so muddled because it means not much will get done in the next two years, you’ve got yourself a…Keep reading
Fairy Tale — Nov. 9, 2022
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Stephen King 🕮Legal Weed🌿Public Schools🏫 I read my first Stephen King book when I was in high school. It was summer, if I remember correctly, and everywhere I went, I carried a worn library copy of Pet Sematary. Since that time, King’s words have been a regular companion through every stage…Keep reading
Year In Music — Nov. 5, 2022
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Concert Craze 🎵Back Crackin’👩⚕️To-Dos Done🚗 My year of music is over. And, my God, has it been good. It started on a sweltering mid-July afternoon at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater in which Wifey Poo and I watched my Backup Wife Jewel do her thing. It ended last night on an evening that…Keep reading
Update: My Favorite African — Nov. 3, 2022
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Little D’s Return 🏥Irony 🔨Planet Killer 🌎 Being a host parent to a little boy from Africa (Burkina Faso, to be precise) was one of the hardest and most rewarding things I’ve ever done in my life. And now, that little boy is returning to the United States. For those not…Keep reading
Mega Billions — Nov. 2, 2022
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Stupid IT Rules 🖥️The Bend 🚑Is The War Over? ✌️ Tonight, there will be a lottery drawing in which someone could win $1.2 billion. That someone won’t be me, as I didn’t buy a ticket, but it didn’t stop me from thinking about what I would and wouldn’t do with that…Keep reading
Fun Family — Nov. 1, 2022
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Family Dynamics 👪New Mattress 🛏️To Share Or Not To Share? ❓ Let’s say the only cracker you’ve ever eaten is a Saltine. You have no experience with any other crackers. In fact, you don’t even know that there is such a thing as other crackers. You might not love the Saltine,…Keep reading
Halloween Haters— Oct. 31, 2022
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Ghosts of Halloween 👻Wrinkles 👴Words Spawn Action ✍️ Wifey Poo made a bold declaration about her opinion of Halloween on our drive back from Springfield, Missourah, Saturday afternoon: “Halloween is a great time for kids to dress up …” If you think there’s more to that statement, nope. She added: “Period.”…Keep reading
How I Do Me — Oct. 27, 2022
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Empath Life 🤗Earthquake 🌎Revolutionary Failure 😶 About six months after I started my career as a professional journalist, I started walking past this job opening in our company every time I walked in and out of the building. It was for editor of a weekly paper routinely ridiculed by those who…Keep reading
School Shooter Match Game — Oct. 24, 2022
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Game Time 🎮Family Picture📸Marriage Tips 🪢 I remember when it was simple. Horrible, yes … but simple. There was Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold and they matched up with Columbine — which, side note, would have been my high school had my parents not moved to NY when I was 2.…Keep reading
Helping the Homeless — Oct. 23, 2022
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Helper Bags 🆘What’s In The Bag?🎒Mini Golf ⛳ I was raised to avoid the homeless. Avoid eye contact. Avoid conversation. And most definitely avoid giving them anything they asked for. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in this, which doesn’t make me feel any better. What was instilled in me as…Keep reading
Marcus F’n King — Oct. 21, 2022
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Books & Covers 🕮Seeking Balance ⚖️Weirdo🤪 We’re taught at an early age to not judge a book by its cover. If I remember correctly, that was impressed upon me sometime around the first grade. Yet to be honest, I don’t think it’s a lesson that ever really sunk in. I imagine…Keep reading
Political Ads — Oct. 20, 2022
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Illegals or Guns? 🤦Scrolling Through Stupidity 🖱️Worst Nurse Ever 👩⚕️ If there’s anything I hate more than politics and politicians, it’s political advertising. Cutting the cable cord has lessened its intrusiveness in my life, yet it still manages to seep in. Case in point: I was watching the Padres-Phillies game last…Keep reading
Chocolateman— Oct. 19, 2022
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Passion 🍫Sarcasm 😜Poop 💩 I appreciate people who are passionate about something. Well, except politics. Then I’d prefer it if you’d just keep your mouth shut. But if you’re super-interested in photography, goats, cooking, geocaching, quilting, etching … whatever … your enthusiasm feeds my soul. Which is part of the reason…Keep reading