Writing for fun and as an escape from the everyday. After all, what is life for if not to create?
Maxwell's Thanksgiving Message
On this lovely Thanksgiving Eve, I'm reminded of the multitude of things for which I have to be grateful. I have wonderful family and friends, a good job, and a roof over my head. But beyond this gratitude, I was struck by something else today. It was a slow day at the office, and with the permission of one my bosses, I brought my sweet Maxwell to work with me. Anyone that knows me knows that the little guy is a ubiquitous fixture in my life. He lends an ear when I need to vent, and his presence calms me in a way that I cannot quite explain. He is kind and soulful in a way I've never personally known any animal to be. He's a sidekick, a protector, a therapy dog. But he is also, as I believe all of nature to be, a teacher.
Somewhere Beyond the Stars
As I wash my hands, I look around at the sparse décor. I don’t know what I had expected but zipping through space on an air train conjures up thoughts of grand glass windows overlooking the galaxies. Ladies with unusual hairdos walking around in skintight jumpsuits serving drinks. Martians and men mingling around oversized, modern couches that stretch from wall to wall.
Somewhere Beyond the Stars
Nobody can hear a scream in the vacuum of space, or so they say. Honestly, I'm counting on it. The people on this ship are on their way to new lives. They've sold all their earthly possessions to afford a ticket, and they're full of promise at what is what waiting for them off of our world. The naïve electricity in the air is unmissable. Ever since Cruizes announced the first one-way trips a few years ago, I'd reveled in the absurdity of how ready people were to abandon everything they had known; ready to abandon the very soil that once fed them, the foundation of their homes--as if Earth had been the problem all along.
Cabin to Safety
The cabin in the woods had been abandoned for years, but one night, a candle burned in the window. Amanda and her family spent every summer here when she was a kid. She remembered the excitement she felt in the weeks before their arrival. She and her brothers Mike and Tim would stay up late talking about the things they would do: fishing down at the lake, stick carving, building a fort deep in the woods. But their favorite activity was a game they'd play with the neighboring kids called "Cabin to Safety."
- Runner-Up in Summer Camp Challenge
Summer is a flaming PeepRunner-Up in Summer Camp Challenge
It's July 4th, and we sit in my grandparents' impeccably kept backyard around the firepit. I can hear crickets and birds singing their twilight song and fireworks starting in the distance. The air is thick with the smell of the fire, and the temperature is settling into that perfect summer evening where the setting sun hugs you with its gentle warmth.
For the Bees (And Us)
As we enter the warmer season and enjoy more time outdoors, it’s important to remember our hardworking little neighbor: the bee. Bees play a critical role in our ecosystem and are responsible for pollinating plants that we eat end enjoy every day. Bee work is truly critical to the entire planet, so it is of the upmost importance that we all do our part to protect them. Bee population rates have been declining at alarming rates in recent years, but there are a few things you can do as an individual to help.