Ally

The ice in my glass clinked around as I walked. I’ve always liked taking glassware out of the house. Drinking a whiskey on the rocks out of a glass makes me feel like wherever I’m walking, I’m home. “It’s getting cold out.” Ally said. “Refreshing, isn’t it?” I replied. It was late fall, warm for…

Dating Authentically

I’m just wrapping up one of the best days that I’ve had in quite sometime. A large part due to the five delightful hours that I spent with my lady friend, Rachel. God, she’s great. I’ll try not to gush about her too much, though. We spent the whole afternoon just talking and wandering around….

The Cancerous Snooze Button

I love my snooze button. Some mornings I’ll use it for an entire hour, in five minute intervals. I know that in no way is that adding to my levels of rest I got the night before, but there is something so satisfying about ‘just five more minutes’ to me. I’m running behind schedule far…

Her Eyes

Fiery red hair And hips to make a nurse swoon But her eyes My God, her eyes were a thousand falling stars and the ever pulsing tide of the mighty ocean. Deep and tranquil and yet raging with the murderous chaos of freedom. Somewhere in the middle of God and Satan’s feud over humanity, they…

Bukowski

I read that Charles Bukowksi used to get drunk at his poetry readings. The crowd loved him for it. There was something  just so incredibly human about a man, drunk and alone in front of an audience, sharing the most vulnerable and darkest places of his heart.

The Crabs

I read something interesting about how fishermen catch crabs, the other day. Crabs are agile, sneaky creatures. Most cages, they can find a way out of. So what the fishermen do is they make a big cage with an opening at the top and fill the bottom of the cage with food. One crab will…

Tough Pill to Swallow

When I was a kid, I high-fived a friend of mine. Their hand was as limp as a supermarket fish and the action lacked that satisfying clapping sound that should accompany high-fives. So, thinking I was being a helpful friend, I offered them some advice. “Hey, if you keep your hand flat and press it…

Empathy

Having a deep sense of empathy can be both a blessing and a curse. A brain that is always thinking: “How does this affect someone else?” “Who was in that car accident? I hope they’re okay.” “Is my friend’s mountain of salt on the table going to push our server over the edge?” On one…

5 Things City People Do Differently

“Big cities are funny. We’re all just walking around, wanting to be friends with each other, but also keeping our distance trying not to get mugged by each other.” –¬†My Date from Monday Night I’m from a small town up in Northern Alberta, less than ten thousand people. Big enough to have a coffee shop…

Fireworks

I used to go on a lot of Tinder dates. For me, they usually lacked any real passion or connection. They had a banality to them, a white noise hum like a fluorescent light. I didn’t want to date a fluorescent light. Call me old fashioned but there’s a certain spontaneity and excitement in going…