20 Years Later, I Finally Completed My Book

It’s been so long since I last touched base about my book that I wouldn’t blame anyone for forgetting that I had written one in the first place. Well, long story short, writing is the easy part, editing is the hard part. Shocker.

I presented my Mom with the finalized manuscript on Mother’s day. She told me that when I was nine I informed her that I would write a book some day. It took me the better part of twenty years, Ma – sorry about the wait.

All my life I have been surrounded by the most kind, creative, and talented people imaginable. I hope this book brings them a fraction of the joy they have brought me.

Click here to find the book on Amazon. Currently, the book is only available on Kindle. The reason? Kindle allows authors to self-publish with an insanely convenient platform. Also, digital publishing allowed me to offer the book for only $0.99.  Want me to make printed copies? Want the book available in other digital formats? Let me know in the comments area.

 

 

 

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An Allegory of Opportunity

Beginning a new work-place adventure after 6 years in one place can be a terrifying and marvelous prospect. I immediately waxed poetic on the feeling. Below are my thoughts.

The ship I stand upon is opportunity.

The spray of this unknown sea promises thrill, torment, magic and malice alike.

A cold wind blows, doubt. The sun breaks the clouds, hope.

Behind me is not safety, but familiarity. I think I should like to be unfamiliar.

The creaks of the decking whisper the responsibility of adventure and the horizon is mystery incarnate.

Too long has fear kept me moored where it may have hauled an anchor.

Now the sea she calls, and I will answer.

I trust to three things; my hands, love, and a lust for adventure to spurn me on.

Fare well, the setting sun I knew so long – I’d see you rise for me now.

Haul anchor!

*It’s important to note that I have an immense fascination with maritime exploration, hence the obvious and much used metaphor of ship and sea.

Media Maelstrom, Or Short Reviews Of Many Things

There are times in which I like to create media, and there are times in which I like to consume media. A particularly cold winter provided me the perfect backdrop for consumption, and i’d like to share my thoughts on those things. AS opposed to my usual breathy and in-depth expose on the things I have been up to, I’ve decided to distill my opinions to mere sentences in an effort to say a lot in a little amount of time. Click the video below to hear my thoughts about the books and films that have populated my mind this winter.

Going “Up North” Again

For a birthday retreat, my wife and I were given permission to stay at a family members cabin in the north Michigan woods, a common occurrence for those of the mid-west. However, what made this journey something unique and special was the fact that my wife had not been to this cabin, one she had spent a great deal of time at during her youth, for over 14 years. Marinating on the impart of those years gone by I began to wonder, would her cherished memories line up with the reality of the present day? In other words, can one go “up north” again. Click the video to join us on the journey!

Thorn at Our Side – A Story of Adoption, Pt. 3

In this final installment, watch as we make another trek to Bellwether Harbor to BRING THORN HOME FOREVER!

Before the video, I’d like to acknowledge the staff at Bellwether Harbor once more. The way in which these extraordinary people care for animals inspired us, and im sure, will continue to inspire countless others to better understand and deepen the human animal bond. From the bottom of our hearts, Thank You!

The amazing staff of Bellwether!

Now, our new boy moves as quickly and erratically as a swift river so I present to you what footage I can. Welcome home, Thorn!

After a long hard day of car rides, walks, playing ball and sniffing, Mom and Thorn couldn’t handle another moment awake. We love him more than there are words with which to articulate it!

Thorn and his Mommy sleep better for having one another.

You may imagine that Thorn will now become a very regular part of this blog, and you’d be right! Watch for more stories, photos, and videos of our boy as he settles in to his new home. Thank you for sharing in our journey!

For Part 1 of the story, click here

For Part 2 of the story, click here

Thorn at Our Side – A Story of Adoption, Pt. 2

Part 2 of the tale of Thorn becoming a part of our family delves deeply into how amazed Amanda and I were by the facility, people, care, and attention provided to the animals at the Bellwether Harbor animal shelter. The people who work at, and volunteer for, this shelter are indescribably wonderful with animals, and people, and I knew that even if things hadn’t worked out with Thorn, that I would spread the word about their efforts. Click the video to hear more about our extraordinary experience at the shelter.(please forgive the random slide structure)

Part 3 of the story will be released on Monday.

To hear Part 1, click here.

Thorn at Our Side – A Story of Adoption, Pt. 1

Click the video to hear part one of the story detailing how my wife and I came to adopt our first dog together!

More stories to come throughout the week! Please like and share in order to spread support for animal shelters, and most importantly, Bellwether Harbor, one of the most amazing facilities you could hope to adopt from.