This has been a hot topic in the writing community for a long time now – should you call yourself a Writer even if it’s not your day job? I’m not sure if this is even a debate anymore, because all I ever hear is, “If you write, then you are a Writer.” But I’m… Continue reading On Writing: Can You Call Yourself a Writer if You Don’t Get Paid? →
Shortly before I graduated college, my friend Liz and I went for a hike outside of our town, San Marcos, Texas. There was a riverfront area popular for picnics, grilling, and hiking, but on this Spring day we decided to stray off the well-beaten (read: boring) path and see if we could find anything cool… Continue reading When You Can’t Trust Your Own Memory →
For four years, I worked on and off at a restaurant in Gruene (pronounced ‘Green’), which is the historic part of the small Texas town of New Braunfels, located on I-35 between Austin and San Antonio. I have soooo many stories about that place and the people I knew. There was Chase, who acted just… Continue reading Cristo, and other people I knew →
The offices were three rented rooms in a mid-rise building, the artwork on the walls cheap, the furniture nondescript. I was asked the usual “Where do you see yourself in 5 years” type questions, and then told, “We have quite a few people applying for a limited number of positions. We’re only taking the best… Continue reading My Worst Job Interview →
I think by the time you reach a certain age, you’ve had a few close calls with death. The first time I brushed past the Grim Reaper was when I was about seven. It was summer time and my day care center had bused us all to the community pool. The kid to adult ratio… Continue reading The Deep End →
We don’t use our front yard very much. We’re pretty private, unfriendly people and we prefer our fenced-in backyard where we can be outside and not have to see or talk to anyone. Consequently, the local wildlife prefer the front yard. Last month a robin built her nest under our gutters, and by standing on… Continue reading City Wildlife →
Sometimes weird stuff just happens to you, you know? Here’s some weird things I can think of off the top of my head: A couple years ago, I was sitting on a hill eating lunch with my family and we got to talking about four-leaf-clovers. I said, “You know, I have never found one.” Then I looked… Continue reading Happenings →
When I started college, I knew exactly what I wanted to be: a teacher. I wanted to be a teacher for many years, all the way up until I actually did some teaching. Learning about how to teach did not prepare me at all for life on the other side of the overhead projector, and… Continue reading Another Story about Student Teaching →
In the last three weeks, I have read three books by three famous authors, and all three were very disappointing. The last one, in fact, disappointed me so much that after I read the last page, I stood up and chunked it across the room. Before the bibliophiles hunt me down, let me state my… Continue reading On Writing: Lousy Finds from an LFL →
With the foreseeable forecast being nothing but rain, rain, storms, and rain, I think I’ll take some time to reflect upon all the things in life that bring me joy. Things like: When my feet stick to the tub when I first get in the shower, and then I lift them up one by one… Continue reading Channeling Julie Andrews →
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