Living With My Very Own Garfield

At first, it was weird thinking I’d bought this animal and released him into my home…

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About 10 minutes ago I disconnected my laptop from the Internet because the Internet is really freaking distracting.

I believe it can either be a writer’s best friend (when using it for fact-checking) or worst friend (when suddenly wasting an hour+ scrolling BuzzFeed or Pinterest). Continue reading “Living With My Very Own Garfield”

2019: A New Year, A New Resolution, A Longstanding Lesson From Gramps

It’s as if all those years ago he already knew the answer to the question that so many of us nowadays ask ourselves: What will make me happy? For my grandpa, it was as if without worrying about being happy, happiness ultimately found him.

My grandpa once told me I hadn’t really lived unless I earned one new scratch by the end of the day. He also used to do handstands off diving boards, swim across inland Michigan lakes and write letters to newspapers explaining why he thought the seatbelt law was ‘an unjust load of crap’. Needless to say, he lived his life a bit differently than most.
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Thanksgiving At The Lake

I’ve begun looking forward to Thanksgiving more and more, and as much as I love my pumpkin pie and deep-fried turkey these two lovely holiday perks aren’t the main cause for my excitement…

What would Thanksgiving be without awkward family gatherings, way too much turkey, and then when you thought you had absolutely no room left, a whopping piece of pumpkin pie to top it all off? Continue reading “Thanksgiving At The Lake”

5 Things That Happened When I Worked With Local Businesses

People aren’t kidding when they say the city moves fast, and they certainly aren’t kidding when they say in the country things are a bit more laid back.

I recently had the opportunity to hold two major events in a couple of small towns. Some might refer to the area of these small towns as ‘off the map’, or even say they’d forgotten they were part of the United States altogether. If you’re not from Michigan…this is totally understandable. Continue reading “5 Things That Happened When I Worked With Local Businesses”

10 Examples of People Being Pretty Awesome

I was going to an art museum one afternoon where parking usually runs about $15 an hour (in case you’ve never been to Seattle – parking prices are nuts). As I was looking for a parking spot I saw a man start walking toward my vehicle.

Have you ever had somebody do something kind for you that caught you completely by surprise? Something you weren’t expecting? A nice gesture, an unexpected gift, or perhaps a selfless act? Continue reading “10 Examples of People Being Pretty Awesome”

The Game

There’s a board game that’s been making an appearance at my family gatherings for as long as I can remember.

There’s a board game that’s been making an appearance at my family gatherings for as long as I can remember. I’ve been told the real name of the game is “Joker’s and Pegs”, but to my family and I it is and will always most simply be called, “The Game”.

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