Doublespeak

When my dad first got a cell phone with texting abilities, one of the first text messages I received from him looked something like this:

WHEN ARE YOU COMING HOME

Alarmed by the implied screaming, I quickly responded “before midnight” and wondered why my dad was so upset. After a few minutes of racking my mind as to what I must have done to deserve the wrath of all caps, my phone buzzed and I got this: Continue reading

Sunshine and Rain

I wrote this for a friend and wanted to share it with you all. Hope you enjoy it.

The world is a contradiction. Like the sun shining in the middle of a storm, or a beautiful disaster, it doesn’t make sense. We are broken, all of us, and when people hurt, they tend to lash out. They don’t understand why, they don’t care to dig deeper, all they know is something hurts, and someone else must suffer the consequences. A few us have learned that living that way doesn’t solve anything. We know that breaking other people does not put our own pieces back together. You know that, and I know that, but many others don’t. So when we look around and Continue reading

YOLO

Do you know what you want from this life? Take a moment and think about it. Where are you going? I’m not saying you need the whole thing mapped out, just some basic ideas. Let me ask you a few questions.

Do you want to be married someday? Don’t be offended by the question please, I know that’s probably a long ways off for you if you fall under the age of 24. People are waiting longer and longer to sign their lives away. Just think about it though; marriage. Making the choice to spend this short life with someone you love. Can you see their smile? Can you feel the warmth of their hand in yours, the comfort of their embrace? Can you imagine the peace that comes with the knowledge that this person will be with you for better or for worse, in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. The wedding dress, the timeless ceremony.  The two of you standing before God and man, proclaiming your love, committing to fidelity, creating a bond that will not be broken, till death parts your paths. Marriage. Continue reading

Superheroes

I grew up reading comic books, though you would never have gotten me to admit it. Cool kids didn’t read comic books. I shudder now to think about how much money I spent on those adventure-filled pages; but back then, week after week, month after month, the heroes in each panel came alive for me for a small fee that amounted to most of my allowance. Wolverine and his claws, Spiderman and his webs, Batman and his… angst. These colorful characters awed and inspired me every time I entered into their worlds. I didn’t want to be like them, I wanted to be them. I wanted to be a superhero. Continue reading

Diamonds

Pressure is a dangerous thing. It pushes, squeezes, crushes, anyone or anything that falls under it’s influence. The cautionary labels read; “Warning, contents under pressure”, in an effort to remind us of what should be intuitive knowledge, anything under pressure is prone to explode. “But pressure can refine, create, transform”, say the idealists.”Just look at coal, with the right amount of pressure it becomes a diamond.” And the idealists do well to think this way, but when considering their words it seems we forget one very simple, yet important truth, and it is this; Continue reading