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For Dad

For Dad

The road I am on is potholed, it has been since I decided to turn off the highway, abandon my car, and take a route with no name, no reference on a map, no signage that foretells what lies beyond the bends, the dips, the ruts. I haven’t encountered anyone traveling in...

Death, Ghosts, and Rebirth

Death, Ghosts, and Rebirth

I cared for my parents from 2006 until 2017, and I have stories to tell. I cry, a lot, like every day, or I tear up, bracing the flood gates from opening. If I envision my mother on her death bed, me at her side watching her life fade, then there’s no chance in hell...

First Ruck at the Lake

First Ruck at the Lake

I went on a ruck, the first since having moved my cheese into the woods. Unpacking, organizing, and making a nest continues, but the forest called out to me, and I answered by putting boots on the ground. My decision to take a hiking pole paid off during ascents and...

For Steven

For Steven

Mother Nature teases me, signaling fall’s approach, Her intentions manifested in the wind, played through rustling leaves losing their glossiness, shards of sunlight piercing the canopies at angles lowered for the autumn dance between Earth and Sun. Shades from Her...

I Moved My Cheese

I Moved My Cheese

I’m embarking on a life-changing journey to Country Life, Oregon. Unless the buyer of my home in Suburbia, USA drops a bombshell on the deal, closing on the transaction happens at the end of June. I’ve been ordering dumpsters to lighten my life of possessions,...

That’s No Way for Me to Live

That’s No Way for Me to Live

I can learn to content myself with what I have, to make ends meet, to compromise, to accept that I’m going to die with regretfulness nibbling at my soul. I can divine my future 20 years out that where I am today will prove to have been a decision made with...

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