A Time of Thanks

2017, we hardly new you. We're almost through the year, reaching the heart of the holiday season here in the United States. It's a time where old grudges should fade, new kindness begins, and we share thanks with everyone we hold dear. And those we don't. This has been a…

I lost a parent. I gained some family.

Dad died last month, and it's been a lot of things. It was closure, and sad, and frustrating. That was in the first ten minutes, and then it settled into my bones and became real. [caption id="attachment_1217" align="alignnone" width="475"] Grandpa and Grandma Maggert[/caption] I went to Iowa for the funeral.…

My dad passed away.

Dad passed away last night. He'd been fighting cancer for six years. Life is going to change a lot even if I think it won't. He was a complicated man who never truly recovered from the loss of his wife. When mom died twenty-one years ago, we lost our family…

The Eclipse: Like, Wow.

There are two events that consistently disappointed me when I was in my 20s: Halloween and New Year's Eve. After a massive buildup between friends and community, the evening would invariably fizzle because Halloween is primarily for kids, and New Year's Eve is primarily for drinking alone and asking your…

It’s Write to Travel

Traveling makes you a better writer, and it also teaches you an array of skills you'll need. This morning, we depart for my wife's ancestral family land, a place called "Ill-uh-noy". Her tribe are a hardy people, tall, generally fair haired and prone to sacking and looting the coast of…

Ten Year Anniversary.

This week is our ten year wedding anniversary, and no one is as surprised as me. In a life filled with wild variations, mistakes, moves, loss, and questions, Missy has been a guiding star. We met fifteen years ago on a now-defunct Yahoo personal ad. Clearly, she swooned from my…
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