The Day I Tried to Live

I got busted for sales in 2009 at the peak of my addiction. Awaiting my return was the same chaos that I had left. The only difference was that I was healthier and had some time to detox. The message didn't make it to my head. I was waiting to get released and obsessively called my girlfriend--she was actually my fiance--for…

Just Keep Showing Up

"80 percent of life is just showing up." Woody Allen This was the main point emphasized by the instructor on my first day of college--it was even on the syllabus. Getting registered and taking my entrance exams was both humbling and humiliating. You know that joke about messing up right away so you don't have to worry about…

Thoughts Stirred by the Wind

It's was late, and I packed my Subaru with a full double rack. I stuffed my sleeping bag, pad, tent, and clothes on one another on the floor in the back seat--on the drivers side. I arranged the gear and the rope and the packs and the shoes and the chalk in the trunk--on the drivers…