Miles & Mountains

500 miles from home. Traffic moving at a leisurely pace that we'll be apart of for the next six hours. We'll arrive home, unpack, go to bed, and head back into reality once again tomorrow. When I was a kid there was a cartoon on the Disney Channel called Braceface. It was a short series... Continue Reading →

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Sensory & Escape

I had assumed it would be Sunday, maybe even Monday. Thinking that there was a chance that we would not have school on Monday, I was mentally prepared for the unraveling to take place on either day. I had not banked on an idle Tuesday at 4:57 PM CST sitting in my car, in the... Continue Reading →

Running & Reality

I am a runner. Whether I like to admit it, or if my body even shows it, at the end of the day when the laces are untied, the clothes are in the washer, and I'm mixing up something to drink for the sake of recovery...I am a runner. It is who I have always... Continue Reading →

Small Towns & Friday Nights

Mead connected with Burtson for a quick touchdown early in the 1st quarter. Carver completed the PAT for the extra point giving the Bulldogs a fast 7-0 lead. -Rural Reporter, 2004 Call it a whim. That's exactly what it was. It was a whim. A person posted on social media that they were going to... Continue Reading →

Seasons & Scenarios

How did this happen? There are so many cliche analogies comparing life to something else that either tangible or intangible within our realm of reality. One of my favorites is comparing life to seasons. Meaning, when you live where I do, life changes like the seasonal weather patterns...by the minute. I tried to prepare myself... Continue Reading →

Control & Chaos

I told myself for years that I wouldn't be like them. For ages, I listened to the voice that said, "You're just putting on a show. You're just acting. You are just being...dramatic." I wiped out any notion of any problem, quarantined myself from my own reality, and faked it until I made it into... Continue Reading →

Expendable & Education

I... I am upset. Can I be upset? Am I allowed to be upset? Is being upset something that makes a derogatory mark on my social interaction with the world that I live in? Will I be judged for being upset? Justified? Crucified? Will being upset actually change the pathway of my own future? Perhaps... Continue Reading →

Humility & Anxiety

The sun is beginning the set, the temperatures beginning to drop. With each step and breath I can begin to see the self-made fog before me. Every corner, straight away, the crunching of fall leaves reminds me to listen to each gentle beat. I am still moving. I am still alive. It was a standard... Continue Reading →

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