Slow Telling of a Story 3: Reeling

I started this series of blog posts back in January, to share a little bit about the process I'm in right now of getting my book Darkwater published. At the beginning of January, I shared the story of submitting it to various publishers, and how it was eventually picked up by Boyle & Dalton. At … Continue reading Slow Telling of a Story 3: Reeling

The Slow Telling of a Story

It's very hard to be patient when you're trying to get your first book published. At least that's been my experience. People often ask me, "How's your book coming along?" And my answer is usually a shrug, and something mumbled about, "I'm waiting at this point." I'll tell you, it has been a long process … Continue reading The Slow Telling of a Story

Timing is Everything: A Morning of Labyrinths

Today is the second day of a road trip I'm taking to western New York. I spent most of the day yesterday driving through the rain, and thinking about what I would be doing the rest of this trip. My goal is to find, and walk, labyrinths. By the end of yesterday, I knew that … Continue reading Timing is Everything: A Morning of Labyrinths

The Summer of 2018

For the next month or so, I want to write about the summers in my life. I have discerned that my depression is often at a low point during the summer, which could be connected to some “small-t traumas” I have experienced throughout my life during the summer. And yet, despite that, I know that … Continue reading The Summer of 2018

Drifting Ashes

A semi-fictional account of recent encounters with both my therapist and my spiritual director. I say "semi-fictional," because it didn't really happen quite as written below. However, it is all true in another way. Perhaps I could call it a "mythical account." We got deep into it that morning. Questions of career and direction. Questions … Continue reading Drifting Ashes

Forty-One

I haven't written a blog post about myself at a particular age in a while, and I'm running out of time to do so. We're getting very close to my current age, so I thought I'd better throw another one of those in before it's too late. (That, and I also couldn't come up with anything … Continue reading Forty-One

Whatever You Decide…

I had an excellent session with my therapist a few days ago. It had been way too long since I'd seen him -- I had canceled my last appointment (in early November, I think?), and never bothered rescheduling it, because I just didn't want to feel any better. I was depressed and stewing in it. … Continue reading Whatever You Decide…

Dark Firewater (Part Two)

This is Part Two of a post I began yesterday. Click here to read Part One. The words of the fire resonated with me so deeply. I have been so depressed for the past few months. I feel like the whole year has been a year of writing, but the past few months have been … Continue reading Dark Firewater (Part Two)

Dark Firewater (Part One)

This is a pretty long post, so I'm publishing it in two parts. Here's Part One. Part Two will come tomorrow. In the woods behind my house, there sits a fire pit. I built it shortly after we moved here, and used it a lot for the first few years. Lately, it has sat idle. … Continue reading Dark Firewater (Part One)

Moving the Source of Darkwater

What happened today was a long time coming. I have to start from the beginning. Forty-two years ago, I was baptized at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Breakerville, a small town in the coal regions of Pennsylvania. (I’ve changed the names of both the church and the town, for reasons you'll get to in a … Continue reading Moving the Source of Darkwater