Weather or not to race

As Monica’s body reached peak marathon racing condition, the actual races were getting cancelled in cascades. For the past six months, Monica has been training in hopes of taking a chunk of minutes off her personal best of 3:34:44. She’s 10 lbs. lighter and she’s got me massaging muscles she never had before (my toil … More Weather or not to race

Down the final stretch of marathon training, we find that the most beautiful State Park in Florida is…

When I was 15 years old, my dad, my stepmother, and I moved from Orange County, California, to Florida. My siblings were already out of the house and living on their own. One might think that trading California for Florida wouldn’t be much of a change. I grew up in a land of palm trees, … More Down the final stretch of marathon training, we find that the most beautiful State Park in Florida is…

The Best New Year

This is a special edition cross-posting of a short essay that I wrote for a poetry and essay magazine in St. Petersburg, FL, called Neptune. Neptune is published primarily online, with a limited print run each month by my friend and talented poet, Denzel Johnson-Green. This magazine is over 80 pages of original, beautiful, thought-provoking … More The Best New Year

Slip slidin’ away…

Some of our favorite stops are the unplanned, unexpected places we’ve landed. Ghost Ranch in New Mexico, Red Rock Canyon in Oklahoma, and Chippokes Plantation in Virginia were all places we’d never heard of until the day we entered their gates. Leaving New York City, we aimed the nose of the RV toward Cleveland for … More Slip slidin’ away…

Ellis Island like you’ve never seen it, the City of Brotherly Love, and a baloney sandwich

After a successful stop in DC we headed back to the beach. Since this is our second visit to the Jersey Shore this summer, I’m going to treat it like reruns of the MTV reality show of the same name – and not bore you with a dozen more pictures of our family on the … More Ellis Island like you’ve never seen it, the City of Brotherly Love, and a baloney sandwich