A Portrait of Pain

A Portrait of Pain

This story is about the boy known as the Red Koi. He briefly self-assigned this name, but his narrative will now transition from third to first. In a first person: I stand in agony. Then I sit. My fist meets the ground to maintain stability. Wife texts me photos of...
The History of Searching Domains

The History of Searching Domains

I do not know your history. You do not know mine. So let’s know more – beginning with this blog. It has sparked and misfired many times. Its first run domain name of livingdaydreams.com never saw a host. So I permitted the domain to die before it was reborn as...
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...
4 Direct Disciplines to Help You Succeed as a Perfectionist

4 Direct Disciplines to Help You Succeed as a Perfectionist

I want to be perfect. Yet I know that’s not happening. Like ever. But I still want it. And worse. I want you to be perfect. I want you to always smile back when I smile. I want you to always say “you’re welcome” in response to my “thank you.” I want you to always...
The Most Overlooked Thing You DON’T Need to Become a Real Writer

The Most Overlooked Thing You DON’T Need to Become a Real Writer

My best friend no showed my wedding. To be fair he was only my best friend during my teenage years, but he still missed my wedding. It went down like this… I invited him to my wedding. He RSVPed he’d attend with a guest. He no showed. A few years later I ran into him,...

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