Failed Art Career

I didn’t grow up wanting to be an artist, but art was always something to do and I haven’t permanently left the pursuit. I’ve mentioned before that both of my parents had abusive upbringings. My father’s response was to be distant, paranoid of emotionally scarring his children. My mother began collecting and reading every parenting [...]

Box of Popcorn

Christmas is about Jesus and not presents, but I keep remembering that my opa (grandpa) gave me a 10 pack of popcorn one year for Christmas. I would not complain if he was a poor man doing what he could for a grandchild, but he stole my father’s inheritance and literally traveled the world with [...]

10 Years Later

“Professors I respect have told me to choose between pursuing a career as an artist, musician, or author. I admit their unanimous advice is practical, but I … With a word I close this book in order to begin another: Gesamtkunstwerk.” I wrote these words as a college student. They were believed throughout my twenties [...]

Goodnight, Seattle

This book was recommended by a friend. Our family backgrounds are similar, we are the same age, went to the same elementary school and middle school. We then attended different high schools (although part of the same county) and different colleges, although both were funded by the same state. Years later, we began talking again [...]

Love Story

As you begin to tell people you’re engaged, there are particular questions that are generally asked. For example, where is the wedding going to be, where are you going to live, and where was the proposal? When you answer the last question with “in a parking lot,” people tend to react. In response to shaking [...]