There is no feeling in the world quite like seeing people that you know and care about doing what they love to do. So last March, Nikki and I drove down to Roanoke, VA with a group of our friends to see the band Snarky Puppy film a live recording.
The night was magical, and featured some great singers, including the legendary Lalah Hathaway, who shocked everyone in the room when she sang entire chords.
That’s three notes coming out of one throat at the same time.
Just let that sink in for a second.
She even had the guys in the band tripping out when she did that, as you’ll see in the video:
Continue reading Celebrating the Underdog
I wasn’t planning on writing anything special for Martin Luther King Day, but I just read something that changed my mind.
There is a piece from DailyKos.com that is making its way around the web today entitled “Most of you have no idea what Martin Luther King actually did.” It was first published in August 2011, but I hadn’t seen it before. I urge you, especially today, to read it.
Read it. (There, I’ve even linked to it twice now so you don’t have to move the cursor back up the page to the first link. I’m saving you time and effort. Take advantage of it.)
I’ll wait for you to come back.
Continue reading Ending the Terror
I was cleaning old files off of my laptop a few months back when I ran across an old journal entry. I posted it on my Facebook page, and the positive comments, text messages, and conversations I got from it was overwhelming. This post ultimately lead me to put this website together and start writing again.
The entry was originally written eight years ago on my birthday-gift-laptop, as I sat outside, waiting for the sun to come up over the Chesapeake Bay. Being able to view these words with eight more years of life and change in my rearview mirror, the truth behind them is even more palpable today:
Continue reading Waiting for the Dawn
In my last post, I revealed that a t-shirt was the catalyst for the changes I’ve started making over the past two years.
One deliberate shift in my behavior (what I was eating) caused me to fit in a new t-shirt. That was the first small step I took in realizing that, even after countless years of believing otherwise, change was indeed possible.
And a few months after that, as the Earth’s odometer flipped from A.D. 2011 to 2012, I found myself a hundred pounds lighter and in desperate need of a new wardrobe. So we put the money into new clothes, considering it a worthwhile (and necessary) investment.
When we make big changes in our life, it’s tempting to hang on to things from our pre-change world. You know, just in case things don’t work out. But I didn’t want to give myself that parachute.
Continue reading The Discipline of Change
When I was growing up, I was a skinny kid. I’m talking rail thin. 6’2″, 170 pounds thin. Taco Bell everyday for lunch? Sure! Why not?
But, as happens to most of us, somewhere in my mid-20’s my metabolism ground to a halt. Unfortunately, I wasn’t paying attention and continued to eat whatever I wanted. And so I began to swell.
Several years into my steady progression of larger and larger clothing sizes, I ran across a t-shirt that I really liked, but wasn’t available in a size that I could wear.
Something about the shirt struck me, though, so I bought it in XL and stuck it in the back of my closet. Maybe someday…
Continue reading The Beginning of Change