Here We Go Again…

With the latest school shooting in Santa Fe and the ramping up of the gun debate again, I was going to write a piece on how we've become unconscionably numb to the true value of life. But instead of writing paragraph after paragraph on this topic, I'm going to give you a task...

When Life Conspires to Hamper You

We've had another series of wet, rainy days here in Western Pennsylvania over the weekend, and the meteorologists are predicting such weather will continue throughout the week. I love this sort of weather. It makes it easy to excuse staying inside with a cup of tea and writing. However, circumstances still conspire to get in the way of such activities despite the opportunity provided by Pennsylvania's spring weather... Please click the title to read more...

The Greatness of Green, Growing Things

Western Pennsylvania's weather has gone from winter into summer over the past couple of weeks, bypassing what should have been spring. People should be outside, preferably around nature in some form or another. There have been numerous studies pointing out the benefits of including green, growing things in one's surroundings... Please click the title to read more...

The Journey to Here

I mentioned in one of my earlier posts that 2016 was not a good year for me. I didn't get into details in Why I’m Not (Insert Goal Here) Yet… because I felt they would distract from the point of that post. But I think now is as good a time as any to go over what happened in my life that year... Please click on the title to read more...

Playing the Game with Fake Celebrities

Over the weekend, I was contacted on Messenger by someone claiming to be one of the celebrities whose page I follow on Facebook. Obviously, the person was not who they were claiming to be, but for the weekend, I entertained myself with the illusion and led on my new mystery acquaintance, pretending to be a naïve fan... Please click the title to read more...

Nature Does As It Pleases

We've had a great deal of rain in western Pennsylvania this year. I haven't kept up with how many inches above average we are, especially with the latest rainfall that happened today. The wetland property where I work has flooded several times, causing damage to the trails and leaving behind debris and trash... Please click on the title to read more...

Work Stress

I typically post on Mondays, but this week I'm a day late due to spending the weekend working one of the biggest festivals in my county. Although preparations for this festival start months in advance, those of us setting up the grounds have designated the two weeks before and the one week after as Hell Weeks 1, 2, and 3... Please click the title to read more...

Prioritizing Your Priorities

On one of the forums I sometimes visit, a member posted a question on why we write. My answer was simple enough; I want to inspire others. I don't particularly care if I someday get a bestseller published or not. I can live with obscurity. But it would be nice to help push someone else into revolutionizing their industry or creating something new... Please click the title to read more...

Losing Focus

Growing up, I attended a week of church camp almost every summer. It was a vacation away from parents where I could make new friends and engage in outdoor activities that would otherwise have been unavailable to me. My fellow campers and I would encourage each other as we engaged in things like archery, rock climbing, spelunking, and canoeing. We also learned to work together through teambuilding challenges and low- and high-ropes courses. Of course there were also the typical Bible studies, daily devotions, and evening vespers services that you would expect from a church camp, but with energetic camp counselors leading these activities, they never felt boring... Please click the title to continue reading...

Why I’m Not (Insert Goal Here) Yet…

I have always wanted to be a writer. I've had many dreams over the years, from wanting to be a marine biologist to a youth pastor to a sound engineer and many other things in between. But wanting to be the author behind some inspiring sci-fi or fantasy novel is one dream that has been with me since I was a child... Please click the title to read more...