The Airlines Broke My Legs… Again

Just wanted to thank everyone for the outpouring of support over the last 24 hours. It took about a million zip ties to put my chair into something passable for a seating system to get me home late last night. We were able to piece together the chair United broke last year so that I…

Goodbye to One of The Greatest

There really is no proper way of explaining him. Like any other force of nature, his energy and impact had to be experienced firsthand. My earliest memory of him is that he had a tattoo, definitive proof in a three-year-old mind’s eye that my Grandpa Ed was a pirate. His gravelly voice, perpetually tanned skin…

Away from the Sun Again

I should be in Maryland right now. Maybe Ohio, or at least Illinois – somewhere on the road to Washington DC for a Roll on Capitol Hill that starts on Monday. I’d take anywhere but where I am now. There is an old adage that says that life is what happens when you’re busy making…

Somewhere in between

I wake up in the morning having had another one of those dreams where I regain movement in my arms and legs.  They are always so vivid, so clear.  Every touch completely realistic, every smell so real you could almost taste them.  It starts out slow, me faintly beginning to move.  At first, I don’t…

Crosses to bear

Everyone has a cross to bear, doesn’t matter who you are.  And although mine is a rather heavy load, I try to carry it as quietly as possible.  But sometimes you buckle under the weight, and just want to scream.  This is me screaming/venting… They say that everything happens for reason.  Is this my purpose? …

A bit of foreshadowing?

We were inseparable from the moment we met.  Mutual friends secretly set up a "chance" meeting at a party one night Labor Day weekend while I was in town.  She, a crush I had harbored for almost a year.  I was the lucky guy that happened to catch her eye the night before.  I knew I…

Missing in action…

He was a true renaissance man.  A jack of all trades, if you will.  Mentally, physically, academically… he could do it all, and he could do it better than most.  He graduated college with a 3.7 grade-point average without really trying.  Walked on to the college wrestling team a virtual unknown, and left a decorated…