Date Night with Me, Myself & I

Date Night with Me, Myself & I

I walk into The Land & Water. A bartender tells me to sit anywhere I like. I ask the waitress her name. “Kayla,” she says. “Look, I’m going to make this really easy. Water with no ice and 10-piece sashimi,” I say. She verifies my lack of allergies and departs.  I...
A Simple Next Step to Making Your Dream Come True

A Simple Next Step to Making Your Dream Come True

Wife agreed it would be “cute” if I got my daughter’s face tattooed onto my chest. Then she suggested it would look better on my shoulder. Before I could respond, the aforementioned fictitious tatt had been relocated to my right breast, but wife asked, “What...
Greetings, Meet Your Assigned Meaning

Greetings, Meet Your Assigned Meaning

I’ve played many roles in the story of my life. I’ve been the child who pooped his pants. I’ve been the teen caught for shoplifting. I’ve been the guy who moved for a girl. I’ve been the storyteller who wrote too little. I’ve been the adult who nearly pooped his...
Scene: The Lady from Alone

Scene: The Lady from Alone

The scream came from the woods. My posture formed a stronger stance, then I moved toward the disturbance. Two voices. They disagreed. The voices grew as the two came into view. She walked. He drove. She refused to enter the vehicle he drove. He drove repeating the...
Don’t Fall Down The Rabbit Hole

Don’t Fall Down The Rabbit Hole

PermissionThe boy said, “Daddy, is it okay if I just call you ‘Dad?’”I replied that I appreciated him asking, but explained it was his choice.”Okay, I’m going to call you ‘Dad,’” he said.ConfirmationOver 14 years ago, I invited an old school friend...
The Great Storytelling Hoax: Why Fear is the True Path

The Great Storytelling Hoax: Why Fear is the True Path

I want urinal partitions mandated inside all men’s restrooms. Why? I get stage fright. Because when a few seconds pass without success, the pressure mounts. That’s when time slows and I overthink how to expedite my prolonged bathroom break. Apparently, I’m not the...