Only Quitters Quit

I quit smoking cigarettes a week ago. Well, in about 2 hours it will be a full week. The first couple of days were a struggle. I tend to stress smoke, so when something would happen and I’d need to relax, I didn’t quite know what to do with myself. But after those first couple … More Only Quitters Quit


MY NEPHEW WAS BORN THIS WEEK!!! I am still a little over excited, as you can see. He was born at 1:50pm, Monday June 22. He weighed in at a little over 8lbs and was 19inches long I believe. He is truly the most beautiful thing I have ever laid eyes on. I’m pretty well … More Nephew!


Something occurred to me earlier and I can’t seem to get it out of my head. The thing is, a lot of people in my generation grew up with our parents getting divorced. Some stayed single after that and some got remarried. Some dated and failed, some found the love they’d been seeking all along. … More Generations


It’s difficult to prepare for a somewhat ambiguous adventure months in advance. The amount of paperwork alone that the Peace Corps requires is mind blowing, let alone the language courses and culture studies and medical exams and, ya know, preparing to do an about-face with your life. I finally got my fingerprints sent off for … More Preparing

The Problem Problem

alternate title: the issue issue. Humor aside, I’ve been thinking about problems – not in the particular but in the general. I was having a kind of difficult day, but only because somehow I’ve come down with an awful flu and I can’t fathom where I got it as I’ve been alone all week. But … More The Problem Problem


Today is (one of) my sister’s 21st birthday. She didn’t get carded at the bar, but I did. Where’s the justice in the world? Gabs is one of the sweetest people you could ever encounter in this life. She’s recently moved closer for the summer, so we’ll be seeing her a lot more than once … More Gabrielle


A few years ago I had the pleasure of spending a few months of the summer in Ireland. It was two summers in a row actually, and truth be told it changed my perspective on life. I met some of the most enjoyable people I’ve ever encountered, from all parts of the world. I’ve never … More Ulysses