Bed Frame

Amazon delivered two boxes. After a week spent packing and moving into a new home I wanted nothing to do them because inside were bed frames for Luca and Anna. I didn’t possess the mental capacity to assemble anything with dozens of small parts. But the girls were excited. So I pushed one box toward their room and began putting pieces together. After a few minutes, Luca joined me. She … [Read more...]

The Best Days

I watched Beavis and Butthead with my sons.  I know, my kids are too young to be watching Beavis and Butthead, but I couldn’t resist watching the episode where the boys try to get a bag of sour cream and salsa pork rinds from the vending machine, but the bag gets stuck and Butthead calls Beavis a “fart-knocker” and it goes downhill from there. It’s up there with the one where Beavis … [Read more...]

We Make the Rules

I was a first year college student at the University of Utah when an art teacher introduced me to Jackson Pollock. My teacher explained that the process Pollock used for bringing paint and canvas together was shocking to the established artists of his time. Pollock would take paint and toss and flick it onto a massive canvas, often walking around it to get the best angle. His paintings … [Read more...]

8 Miles

“Watch out for the turtles and rabbits”, I tell my son who is pedaling his bike a few yard behind me. The sun has set but that’s no consolation. I still think I’m in Seattle where mid-afternoon temperatures in the 80’s can easily dip into the 50’s by nightfall. But that’s not how it works in the desert where an afternoon hovering over 100 barely retreats to the mid 90’s by the time we fill our … [Read more...]

Top 100 Songs of the ‘90s

I watched the last two hours of this VH1 program which I’d seen portions of before today, but had never caught the top 20 songs they cover in the last hour. Although it’s hard to take a list like this seriously which includes Britney Spears in the top 10, the tunes bring back a lot of memories, especially the four years I was in college at the University of Utah. I still collected CDs and traded … [Read more...]

Cleaning the Closet

In preparation for our move to Utah next week, I began packing the clothing I had hanging in my closet in to large trash bags. It is an odd feeling taking pants and shirt off hangers, looking at them, and asking yourself, “What was I thinking when I bought this?” I filled a box full of shoes. I said good-bye to a pair of Born shoes and several pairs of Birkenstocks that have overstayed their … [Read more...]

Flat Tire

As I coasted down the hill I could tell something was wrong. Rain was dripping off the hood of my jacket and onto my face making it difficult to see ahead and ensuring all my concentration was focused on keeping my bike on the road and out of the ditch. I applied the breaks slowly as to not spin out and drifted through the green light before I could pull over to the side of the road and inspect … [Read more...]

Balanced Conversation

Passing through Utah the over the past week I've been able to meet up with a number of friends and family. Some friends are closer than others. A few prefer to speak in person rather than over the phone or Facebook. With some we discuss the same topics we have for years: work, sports or the weather. Yet we seldom drive deep into anything too deep or personal. But I noticed something in … [Read more...]