Ban My Book…Please!

I think my book is too tame. Don't get me wrong; it's hardly G-rated. There's sex, violence, and profanity. Kidnapping and substance abuse. Desecration of public lands, for crying out loud. But sadly, nobody has banned No Time for Kings. Too bad, because apparently, banned books sell like hotcakes. If you really want to ride … Continue reading Ban My Book…Please!

Seasons Change in the Blink of an Eye

Last week was a mentally challenging one at work. This is our busiest time of year, with multiple titles coming out. In addition to our regular publications, we've got our biannual Visitor's Guide, plus the annual bridal magazine and Southern Hills Vacation Guide. Factor in a brand new magazine, an overhaul of a client's website, … Continue reading Seasons Change in the Blink of an Eye

Redemption By the Lake

I'll admit, after our less-than-stellar June camping (mis)adventure, I'd kind of cooled to the whole idea of camping. At least in a tent and/or outdoors (although...that's pretty much what camping is (blanket forts do not count)). Last week, I happened to be interviewing a company called Under Canvas for a client write-up. These guys are … Continue reading Redemption By the Lake

Maiden Voyage of the S.S. Name-Me

Ahoy, landlubbers! OK, in all fairness, 96 percent of my weekend did not involve water, so I'll knock off the nautical talk. But for one exhilarating hour, it was all water, baby. I watched the shoreline race by in a blur of green and brown, the wind in my hair, a shout of adrenaline-fueled elation … Continue reading Maiden Voyage of the S.S. Name-Me

Ventriloquist Cricket

Have you ever seen the Breaking Bad episode titled "Fly"? If so, you have a pretty good idea how my day went at work on Monday. To summarize briefly, "Fly" involves Walt White's failed attempt to catch a fly that is buzzing around the superlab. I should set the record straight and let you know … Continue reading Ventriloquist Cricket

Bachelor Chronicles: Day 2

My aunt left an interesting comment on Facebook in response to my boat post. Years ago (and I mean really years ago and not just before the pandemic), when I visited you from California, we had lunch at a restaurant on the Columbia. You looked at the boats and announced that one day you were … Continue reading Bachelor Chronicles: Day 2

Beware of Offhand Comments

Tara is headed out of town for eight days today. That’s a long stretch—pretty sure the most time we’ll have spent apart since we got together—but it’s for a good cause. She’s going to Nevada to pick up our boat. "Our boat," you say? Why, yes. I haven't mentioned it before because it seemed like … Continue reading Beware of Offhand Comments

Into the Mystic

I was out running errands yesterday, and twice—the first time in Target, the second in the grocery store—an employee wished me a "Happy Father's Day!" Nice gestures, and I thanked them both, but I'm curious why they assumed I was a father. Am I giving off some sort of "dad vibe," and if so, how … Continue reading Into the Mystic

Pretty In-Tents Weekend

First off, let me state for the record that I love camping. In theory. Often though, the reality doesn't match up to the picture you've painted in your head. I'd been looking forward to this weekend's getaway ever since I booked the reservation on December 20. When your backyard is knee deep in snowdrifts and … Continue reading Pretty In-Tents Weekend

All Flamingos are Pink

When we were working in the yard last weekend, I asked Tara if she'd be opposed to adding plastic pink flamingos to our landscaping. As soon as those words left my mouth, I realized how absurd they sounded. Not because I have anything against plastic pink flamingos; their kitsch factor appeals to me in the … Continue reading All Flamingos are Pink