Tough Kindness

You’ve heard of tough love. Those times when you have to tell someone you love that they are wrong, or have messed up, or even have to have some kind of intervention. Tough kindness is tough love’s brother. And it is just as hard to practice. Why is kindness...
The Ungrateful Ass

The Ungrateful Ass

Okay, let me just get this off my chest. I’ve been an ungrateful ass at times this year. Hell, over the last couple of years. I think it comes from a lack of perspective, something we can all use a healthy dose of from time to time. Here are several things I’m...

Hitting the Reset Button

The last two years have been full of mixed emotions and turmoil. The last three months have been especially trying. I’m not telling you so you’ll feel sorry for me, but more to share something with you I’ve discovered as a freelancer and a writer, some things I think...

No More Birthdays

My friend, who I went to high school with, did not have a birthday today. He should have. He should have been 45, the same age I will be in a few short weeks. He didn’t die from a drug overdose, or suicide, or anything that was his fault. He was a Marine, an avid rock...