In Memory

Brendan Ruppenthal was one of my best friends.  He was also my unrequited high school crush.  I bring this messy, embarrassing chapter in my life up only because it speaks so directly to the kind of person Brendan was.  He, our friend Brian, and I were nearly inseparable in high school, participating in theater and …

My Dry(ish)* Month

I have a love/fear relationship with alcohol.  Both of those things, in writing, sound…well, not promising.  Growing up, I don’t remember my parents ever sitting me down and talking to me about my father’s alcoholism but it was not something that was ever hidden.  It was just a fact plain and simple.  He’d given up …

A Little Perspective, A Lot Re-Energized

Self-awareness can be a great thing.  If you’re aware of your behaviors, shortcomings, moods, it can do wonders for your ability to manage yourself, interpersonal relationships, and navigate life in general.  But no matter how well we may know ourselves, there’s nothing like an outside perspective to shine a light through our dustiest windows, exposing …