Archive for March, 2016

A Stranger in Y Gelli, Part 3

A Stranger in Y Gelli, Part 3

This is part 3 of a 6-part short story I wrote a while back. It’s written from the perspective of Bala Davies, a fictional woman living in the Welsh town of Y Gelli. Please read part 1 and part 2 first. ***                There wasn’t always a River Wye in Hay. The story, as told to me […]


What Would You Say to Your High School Self?

What Would You Say to Your High School Self?

Every 2 years, my high school has an “Alumni Showcase” day when they invite graduates to return to the school to share their infinite wisdom with the students. I regretted not going 2 years ago, so I decided for sure I would go this year. Even though I was speaking to 14-18 year olds, I […]


Easter with the Family

Easter with the Family

I spent the last 5 days traveling to and from Virginia to be a part of an alumni showcase at my high school and spend quality time with my family, especially my adorable niece and nephew. I was on a very different sleep schedule when I was home (as I write this, it’s an hour […]


OPER + GrubGo: The New Postmates?

OPER + GrubGo: The New Postmates?

A few months ago, I wrote about a new food delivery service in St. Louis called Postmates. It’s Uber for restaurant food–you can order from any restaurant, and Postmates will pick it up and deliver it to you for a fee. I continue to use Postmates from time to time, but the delivery fee usually makes the […]


A Stranger in Y Gelli, Part 2

This is part 2 of a 6-part short story I wrote a while back. It’s written from the perspective of Bala Davies, a fictional woman living in the Welsh town of Y Gelli. Please read part 1 first. *** Years ago, I fell in love with a man who harvested wind. Growing up, I knew little […]


Do Kids Have Love Languages?

Do Kids Have Love Languages?

I will soon get to see my 3-year-old niece for the first time since Christmas. She’s actually just 2 years old right now, but her birthday is coming up in a week, and it has me thinking about love languages. Here’s a primer on love languages if you’re not familiar with the concept. The basic […]


The Best Fried Chicken This Side of the Mississippi

The Best Fried Chicken This Side of the Mississippi

On Saturday I ate the best fried chicken this side of the Mississippi. Sidenote: Why is it a thing that the Mississippi still delineates the US for comparisons? Is it relevant? Does something happen when you cross over the river? It’s not like there are any competitions between people on one side of the river […]


A Stranger in Y Gelli, Part 1

A Stranger in Y Gelli, Part 1

A little over a year ago, I shared a short story called “Hindsight” broken up into weekly installments among the other entries on this blog. The experiment went over well, and I’d like to try it again. This story is called “A Stranger in Y Gelli.” I wrote it a few years ago after going […]


Movie Contrivance #22: Slowly Walking Forward at Gunpoint

Pretend you’re in a gritty movie or television show. You have a gun. It’s that kind of show. The kind where violence happens, but it’s in no way celebrated. It’s simply a part of life in the apocalyptic world in which you live. Ten feet away stands one of your mortal enemies. If they had […]


The Girl with All the Gifts

The Girl with All the Gifts

When was the last time a book caught you completely by surprise? I can’t remember how I heard about The Girl with All the Gifts, a speculative novel by M.R. Carey. I had a sample on my Kindle, and I started reading and couldn’t stop (until I fell asleep). I’ve looked forward to reading it every […]


Do You Lick or Spoon?

Do You Lick or Spoon?

For the last 2+ months, I’ve been enjoying the Gelati Celesti ice cream I brought from Virginia to St. Louis after Christmas. I’ve eaten 1 scoop per night pretty much every night in the way I prefer to eat ice cream: in a bowl with a spoon. This is how I’ve eaten ice cream for […]


Can You Sum Up Your First Time with a GIF?

Can You Sum Up Your First Time with a GIF?

Today’s post involves a little more adult humor than usual. It’s still safe for work, though. On Friday I laughed harder and longer than I have in a long time. Apparently, someone started a thread on reddit in which they asked for people to convey their first sexual experience with a safe-for-work animated GIF. The […]


Have You Visited 10 Cloverfield Lane?

Have You Visited 10 Cloverfield Lane?

This blog entry is spoiler free. A few months ago I delighted in the completely unexpected announcement that JJ Abrams had secretly produced a spiritual successor to Cloverfield. It released in theaters this evening, and I caught a screening with a few friends. It’s the type of movie that is best if you don’t know […]


What Would You Do If You Didn’t Know You Couldn’t?

What Would You Do If You Didn't Know You Couldn't?

On rare occasions I read a blog entry so profound and deep that I immediately need to share it far and wide. That happened today after I read “The Oldest You’ve Ever Been” on Sarah Meets World. I admitted in my tweet for the blog that I hadn’t fully processed the post. I’m sure you’ve […]


How Do You Convince Your Pet to Go to the Vet?

How Do You Convince Your Pet to Go to the Vet?

Today I had to take one of my cats, Walter, to the vet (just a small issue, not a big deal). As I prepared for the visit, I realized that I was doing the same series of things I always do to make the departure process as smooth as possible. I’m curious if you do […]


Premature Celebrations

Premature Celebrations

One of my favorite things about professional sports is watching people celebrate. I’m not talking about taunting–there’s no place for that. I’m talking about an athlete bursting with joy after doing something that few people will ever get to do: Score an NFL touchdown, hit an MLB home run, score an EPL goal, etc. Some […]


The Once and Future T-Shirt

The Once and Future T-Shirt

For someone who thinks very little about clothing, apparently clothes have been on my mind a lot lately. It started with a recent blog entry about simplifying my wardrobe down to a few key outfits rather than seeking variety. It’s not a method I necessarily want to try, but I was intrigued by it. A […]


If Aliens Arrived, Would Your Life Change?

If Aliens Arrived, Would Your Life Change?

A few days ago, a friend noticed that among my small DVD collection is a copy of Contact. Contact, as you may recall, is a movie about aliens making contact with Earth, and how we respond. It used to be one of my favorite movies, and I still recognize it for the highlights, but I […]