Something More Important Than Fear

On a sunny afternoon in April 2001, I landed uneventfully at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Texas. I remember the moment vividly because I was supposed to be dead. While I had flown before, that was the first flight I had taken by myself…and I was terrified. So much so, actually, that I had left a… Continue reading Something More Important Than Fear

*From where the stories come…

“This is what happens. You put it away for a little while, and now and again you look in the closet for something else and you remember, and you think…. Then it becomes something that is just there, in the closet, and other things get crowded in front of it and on top of it… Continue reading *From where the stories come…

Drawing Lesson

“Draw this,” the instructor said, three minutes into the Beginner’s Drawing class. A night class at the local high school, there were six of us sitting around a table in the Art Room, HB3 pencils in hand. “If we could draw that,” whispered the woman sitting to my left, “you wouldn’t be here.” I recognized… Continue reading Drawing Lesson

Happy Excerpt

Many (many, many) moons ago, I discovered a little book called 14,000 things to be happy about. It’s a great little open-to-a-random-page book that catalogs things, places, thoughts, foods, people…that make us happy. Flipping through the pages now, it feels a little dated. But even the nostalgia of its older entries—Kodak photo supplies, David Brinkley,… Continue reading Happy Excerpt

It’s all about the gratitude.

Eight months ago, after taking a goal-mapping workshop with a friend of mine, I started keeping a Gratitude Journal. Every night before I go to sleep, I write down three things for which I am grateful that day. There are some repeats, of course: a friend’s name, my cats, pizza, Friday. But, for the most… Continue reading It’s all about the gratitude.

Chinua Achebe and The Unread Book Project

Chinua Achebe is a Nigerian poet, professor, and author. His novel, Things Fall Apart, published in 1958, tells the story of an African village, its traditions, and the influence of colonialism and Christianity on tribal life. It is considered a classic of modern African writing. Things Fall Apart has lived in my bookshelves since the… Continue reading Chinua Achebe and The Unread Book Project