In Lieu of Flowers on Valentine’s Day

~ Lifebook #16 ~ Some guys go for the flowers and chocolates. Me, I get my wife, who is an avid reader, books on the major holidays. The reasons are obvious, but also because they last longer than candy and flowers. Healthier too. The permanence of books can represent the longevity and permanence of a [...]

I Nearly Died a Year Ago Today

~ Lifebook #15 ~ Well, not quite (however, June 1st, 2013 was a different story), but, let's just say I was lucky to survive this event relatively unscathed a year ago today. So I was involved in a car wreck on my way home around 6:30 PM on February 2nd, 2016. The 2014 Kia Forte [...]

Lifebook 14 | Goodbye, Grandma

My maternal grandma, my last living biological grandparent, is gone. She died yesterday, January 12, 2017, in her sleep. It was a good life at nearly 95 years, despite all the hurdles she'd faced pretty much her entire life. Now she can rest in peaces, forever without worry.

Lifebook 13 | 2016 X-Mas Gifts

A few notable X-Mas gifts I received this year. Drink coasters, presumably for my office/study/man cave! I have three desks in my house so I've got at least one on each. This hefty, heavy coffee table tome documents the making-of, while also commemorating the 30th anniversary of Master of Puppets, one of the most influential musical [...]

Lifebook 12 | The Irony of Being Laid Off

Pretty much immediately after the Election was "won" by a conman, the interest rates went to hell in the industry I worked in, which was mortgage. When that happens things inevitably get tricky for financial institutions, especially for mortgage companies that have most of their business tied up in refinances rather than purchases. A couple of [...]

Lifebook 11 | Local Heroes . . . 5 Years Later

So this past week, November 22nd, to be precise, marked the five year anniversary of the publication of the first ever physical book to bear my byline on the cover (as editor/compiler). Local Heroes was a small anthology conceived, compiled and edited by yours truly and published by now defunct small press publisher Static Movement [...]

Lifebook 10 | The Day My Name Changed to Dad

~ In this #lifebook entry on #ruckology Brandon L. Rucker gives a rare glimpse inside his personal life in honor of one momentous life event ~ Twenty-two years ago today my first daughter was born. That huge biological event effectively changed my name to be aka: "Father", "Da-da", "Daddy" and "Dad" forever. It's the first [...]