My journey to balance family, work, and water polo.

Snow Day

Snow Day

I woke up to a blanket of white covering the ground. Unlike in childhood, this was not met with excited anticipation. Forced to skip my morning coffee, I layered up in my thermal gear and put on my boots, the blister on my heel reminding me to buy a pair that fits...

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Hiatus

Hiatus

Time passed. One day became two. Weeks became months. What began as a temporary absence evolved into a void. No writing. No journaling. No attempt at an opening paragraph. On occasion, I hastily blurted a random thought or two into a voice memo on my phone. But the...

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Running into the Light

Running into the Light

The hotel bed was warm and soft. Outside, it was cold and dark. My plan was to get up early and run. When on the road, I feel the need to start my day at dawn and put in some miles. I had prepared for cooler weather here in Southern Oregon, but not this cold, with the...

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Patience

Patience

Words Spin Float Flutter Suspend Arrange and align into thoughts Need to write them Say them, project them Face them Not the time Not the place They fade away Retreat Hibernate And the ache grows

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Throw back Thursday

Throw back Thursday

If I knew then, what I know now... I would hug them more. For longer. Squeeze harder. I would listen more and react less. I would be sillier and goofier with them and pay less attention to the thoughts of others. I would cave in more often when they would ask for "one...

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Faces and Futility

Faces and Futility

The patient, previously a John Doe, is now known. Family now present, when before there was none. A spouse, siblings, and young kids all around. Despite seventy-two hours in the ICU, his lungs have failed, his heart has failed, his liver has failed, his kidneys have...

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