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The Secret to a Happy Marriage

By | January 24th, 2017|Poetry|

Photo by Tycho Atsma via Unsplash Can it really have taken me sixteen years to realize you can live in the same house with someone and still lose track of them? It's true. We occasionally lose each other, somewhere among discarded Legos and Everest piles of laundry, too [...]

Driving a Transgender Sex Worker From Here to There #RidesharingConfessional

By | January 23rd, 2017|A Contemplative Life, Ridesharing Confessional|

Photo by Himanshu Singh via Unsplash It's always a strange thing, picking someone up from a hotel late at night. Especially when they have their bags with them. Occasionally I'll get someone who wants to go to a club or a bar, but this one was different. I [...]

When My Daughter Found a Crack Pipe in the Back Yard

By | January 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|

There is rich, dark earth under these streets. I know. I saw it myself when the machines dug up the asphalt, replacing the veins of this city. So we went out into the backyard all seven of us into our small patch of green searching for that rich earth. A [...]

Friday Nights in the City #RidesharingConfessional

By | January 18th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|

These gray, January days give me a quiet sense of missing things, especially in the city, where the rain makes all the light run in watercolor shades and the shadows pull down the sun. I drove the regular lot last Friday night: a girl going home from work; a kid [...]

This Was Definitely Not George #RidesharingConfessional

By | January 13th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|

Photo by Aaron Mello via Unsplash It would have been the perfect horror movie scene if she would have been holding an axe. As it was, she stood there in the cold, her silhouette framed by the garage door light. I pulled the car further in the driveway, [...]

What I Discovered in an Old Christmas Video From 2009

By | January 12th, 2017|A Contemplative Life, Faith and Doubt, Identity, On Writing|

Photo by Steve Halama via Unsplash Seven years ago, Maile and I had just gone through one of the most difficult holidays of our young lives. I had just turned 33. We had walked away from a failing business, left a community we loved, and moved into my [...]

When Maile is Away For Five Days

By | January 11th, 2017|A Contemplative Life|

Photo by Viktoria Hall-Waldhauser We have an old house, and the cold leaks in around the windows, the bottoms of the doors. There is an old chimney behind one of our walls, and if you press down on the carpet the slightest of chilly breezes creeps in under [...]