Why Writers Should Run

To the many writers who do not find inspiration in running, I ask you: When else can you be so totally and completely disconnected from the mundane of the day-to-day?  When else can you leave behind your cell phone and computer, the compulsion to check e-mails and social networking sites, and the need to make […]

Writing: A Love Story

I fell in love with writing when I was in second grade.  That year, I participated in a statewide poetry contest, and I was just sure that my poem would win.  It went something like this: Mountains stand so very high Way above the trees They stand so high They touch the sky Now that’s […]

Oh, You Silly Chicago Manual of Style Editor

I found this hilarious Q & A buried in the archives of the Chicago Manual of Style online: — Q. About two spaces after a period. As a US Marine, I know that what’s right is right and you are wrong. I declare it once and for all aesthetically more appealing to have two spaces […]

Hello, Boise!

I love being home.  Boise is one of the nicest cities I’ve ever been in, and the reasons are pretty clear: It’s clean and safe, people are nice, traffic is minimal, and the city is lovely.  On top of all of that is Bronco spirit, which really seems to permeate everything in the city.  There’s […]

Goodbye, Steve Jobs…For Real, This Time

Image Source: http://www.globalnerdy.com When Steve Jobs resigned from Apple, I wrote a blog about his departure.  Yet, it’s taken me a few days to write after his death.  I’m not sure why that is, but I think maybe I needed to process what losing someone like Steve Jobs means for our technological future. Steve Jobs was […]

Setting (and Keeping) Daily Goals

There aren’t a lot of things I do right, but one thing I do well is setting and keeping goals. I set goals for myself every day, and they are always realistic, tangible goals that I know can (and will) be accomplished.  I’m very much a I-get-what-I-want-sort-of-person, and part of that is simply because I […]

What’s on Your Bucket List?

While I was teaching in the Dominican Republic, we did a unit on Tuesdays with Morrie.  It really is a lovely little book, and it got us, as a class, thinking about what we’d each individually like to do before we die.  Not in a creepy sense, but it a life-is-too-short sorta sense.  It prompted […]

Holy D*bt!

Original image found here How many of us, at the I-know-any-and-everything age of 18, applied for a credit card?  Most of us were told that we needed it to build credit, to strengthen our score, to prepare for eventually buying a house. Sure, yeah.  That makes sense.  Give an 18-year-old a credit card right before […]

Try, Tie, & Buy the Perfect Running Shoe

Buying running shoes is a tricky business. On the one hand, you really need to take the time to try on shoes until you find the perfect pair. On the other hand, you don’t want to look like a complete fool who doesn’t know his left foot from his right. And, you really don’t want […]