Growing up, I spent a lot of time at my grandparents' house. I loved it there. It's an acreage on the southeast side of town, near a big park that we could walk to. I believe it wasn't part of Des Moines until I was maybe 5 years old- I remember it being annexed. It … Continue reading Helen
I've found it a bit harder to write in the summer. I believe there are several reasons for this, the first being that I like to work outside any chance I can, and the "farm" keeps me busy. It's not the kind of work- or maybe I am not in the kind of shape- that … Continue reading The Fort
Maybe I should mention that I am a lifelong Cubs fan. So when Pearl Jam plays Wrigley Field, it's worlds colliding for me. In 2016, for the 2nd show, I had a seat on the field. Walking into Wrigley Field is a surreal experience anytime. The bright green grass, the ivy, the scoreboard... I grew … Continue reading Long Road (2)
It's 72 degrees, overcast, with a cool breeze. It's actually perfect weather, and it's so peaceful out here. I'm writing this from our new (to us) patio table. It's an old green circular iron table. It came with 6 matching chairs; they rock slightly. They have cute little green and white pads for the seats. There … Continue reading Brown Dogs Farm (2)
The word "love" makes me uneasy. I consider myself to be a caring, loving person, but I don't always feel comfortable talking about it or even showing it for that matter. Some people say it freely and often. Some show it with such ease. I have always envied that emotional freedom. This is not to … Continue reading Mookie
As much as I wanted it, I never really expected it to happen. I never really expected to get sober. I had become conditioned to losing, conditioned to failing. In so many ways I had given up before I ever really started. I expected nothing truly good would ever happen to me. On a rare occasion … Continue reading Year 7, Post Alcohol.
Saturday, May 14th, 2011 started out relatively normal. I worked from 7 am until noon- we were working mandatory overtime that week. Those 5 hours got me to 60 for the week, something I was proud of. I was working at an office for a large corporation downtown. The details aren't perfect but I want … Continue reading Operating While Intoxicated (3)