The Swamp of My Subconscious

I sprawl out over the sun-baked earth as if shoved. My hands burn from the scrape, and my face lands flat on its side. I get to my knees and blow dirt from my mouth. All around me is a barren wasteland. No vegetation or shade exists except for the thin dark clouds that blockContinue reading “The Swamp of My Subconscious”

87 Flips

“Dad! Can you smell that?” This is never a comfortable question coming from a four year old. “What Benny?” “It’s Spring!” I smile. He’s a few months early, but I smell it too. Last week the thermometer in my truck registered -4º F. Yesterday, February 5th, it was 53ºF and sunny. Winter in Connecticut. AsContinue reading “87 Flips”

In Need of Adventure

Seek. “The key is on the table! Just go!”  Something, or someone, is yelling at me. I can’t hear them. It’s as if they’re behind one of those police mirrors watching me try to escape that tiny, poorly-lit, soundproofed room.  Still, I sense something so I turn. I put my hand against the cool silveryContinue reading “In Need of Adventure”

Yes in My Backyard (YIMBY)

The burning in my chest seems different than in the past. The burning in my legs is shocking to me. Confusion and doubt cloud my mind. It’s only been two laps. The course I created with my boys can only be described as small. Four corners form a square in the backyard marked by aContinue reading “Yes in My Backyard (YIMBY)”

DIY Fishing Excursion

Took the boys fishing this past weekend and I wanted to pass on some advice. Better yet, below you will find a checklist to use  to take your children on a trip to the Great Outdoors. Nothing says bonding time like waking up early, casting a few lines into a swift misty river and catchingContinue reading “DIY Fishing Excursion”

Guys Night, Ruck Hike and Tiny Dinosaurs

Guys night. The rare and beautiful opportunity when my wife is out of the house and it is just me and the boys. Granted, it looks a bit different in my forties than it did in my twenties. The guys have been replaced by my sons, eight and three years old, and a night inContinue reading “Guys Night, Ruck Hike and Tiny Dinosaurs”