The Power Economy of Dad—published in Hippocampus Magazine

If the umbilical cord is our attachment to our mothers, it seems unfair that my relationship to my father was for so long defined by the faulty wiring of an electrical outlet in our basement.

In lieu of a post this week…

Check out my latest published essay, “The Power Economy of Dad.”

Courtesy of Hippocampus Magazine. They’ve got other cool creative nonfiction as well.

 

13 Years Ago I Wrote the Following in a Journal

I found an old journal the other day. Thirteen years ago, in that journal, I wrote the following:

I have value.  I am worth something.  There are things I can contribute to society.  I have talents and skills, as well as morals and ideals.  I know that I am worth something.

I wanted to share that because I wanted you to know this.

You have value.

You are worth something.

There are things you can contribute to society.

You have talents, skills, as well as morals and ideals.

You need to known that you are worth something.

I don’t know what I was dealing with at that exact time, or what moved me to write those words. But maybe I needed to see them for myself. I hope they do something for you.

The Meaning of Taekwondo Belt Colors

My six-year-old does Taekwondo. Currently, the little guy is a yellow belt. He’s only been at it for a year, but he’s lasted so long, learned so much patience, focus, determination.

It wasn’t until after he earned his yellow belt that I learned the meaning behind the colors of all the belts, which are nearly uniform across many martial arts, with some variation. Continue reading