Contemplating Fear

“Our greatest growth spurts happen when we are children risking and daring and falling down and embarrassing ourselves.” – Steve Chandler, Time Warrior If you met me in person, you’d realize that I don’t have a lot to say. It’s not that the thoughts aren’t there. It’s just that they won’t come out of my mouth. Typically, it’s because you’re not …

Tell Your Fears to Go Eat Mud. Play BTFI.

Has the increased level of attention in the years since the show came on made you feel like more of a perfectionist in your writing? Is it more challenging to write now?   Yes! And that doesn’t necessarily just revolve around the show. Although the show may, indeed, be part of it. The books have been enormously successful. I think …

This Is Where It’s At

You can get with this, or you can get with that. You can get with this, or you can get with that. You can get with this, or you can get with that. I think you’ll get with this, for this is where it’s at.   – The Choice is Yours by Black Sheep You ever experience those times where you …

Struggling to Give Good Things Power

“Suffering is sometimes cleansing,” said the man. His clothes were casual, but expensive. “It can purify.”   “It can also fuck you up,” said Shadow.   – Neil Gaiman, American Gods I love it when the brain takes two completely different sources of input and creates something new. I just wrapped up my initial round of studying Neil Gaiman’s American …

Captain Charlie Plumb’s Six-Year Stay

I’ve been listening to this in bits and pieces lately as I drive around town. I’m a little over halfway through and I’ve been mesmerized by Captain Charlie Plumb’s experience as a Vietnam War POW for six years. He explores what went through his mind as his plane was shot up beyond repair over enemy territory, refusing to call for …

The Art of Getting Used To It

“They’ll never wear me down. I have a name for lasting out the worst.” – Odysseus from Homer’s Odyssey As the Fates would have it, I was still not going to be granted a full night of sleep. Maybe they’re trying to tell me to get used to it. Get used to it. Now there’s an interesting thought. How many things …

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Invictus 2016 Swimming

Sarah, Thank You for Making Me Feel Bad

Sarah Reinersten made me feel bad yesterday and I can’t thank her enough. She reminded me that I’m often not in the right frame of mind. That morning, I chatted with a gym compatriot about my running schedule and how I’ve gotten my mile pace on a 5K run down to around 8:30. I feel that’s still pretty slow (and …

Finding your Genius

Some of you may already be familiar with this TED Talk, but it recently wound up on my browser doorstep and I found the idea agreeable: -Phillip

Don't Waste Time

Without going into too much detail, a close family member had a sudden brush with death. They’re OK now, but the whole event served as a powerful reminder. Don’t waste time. Sometimes we feel we have all the time in world and other times we feel like we don’t have enough, but both roads can lead to dreams unrealized. We …

Becoming Great

When do you know you’re walking the path toward something great? When you come upon that wall. You know the one. The mile-high wall of doubt and despair, where a voice in your mind screams, “Give up! It’s not worth your time. It’s too hard. Who do you think you are? Just turn around and go home.” Deep down, you know the voice and …