Regular Life

Regular Life

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on. – Robert Frost

Posts filed under Friends

A Belated Birthday Dedication Letter

Chris, Ever since we were–what, 7?–I have known that your birthday was either September 9 or 11. Then that thing happened, and the date was forever solidified in my brain. It isn’t 9 or 11, it’s 9-11. Numbers aside, I’m glad we’re still friends, and lately I’m realizing how much our friendship shaped who I… (read more)

The First Buffalo National River Trip I Planned

Last summer I returned to one of my favorite places — the Buffalo National River, and five friends from Texas joined me. At age 44, it would be my first time on the Buffalo with anyone other than my family. When these guys originally asked me to get a trip together back in May, I… (read more)

To Local Friends Who Soon Will be Remote

We’ve lost weight, gained weight, and learned how to sit and wait. We’ve endured sunburns and broken bones, stomach flus and kidney stones. Largely thanks to Shannon’s activity during Benjamin’s elementary school years, we have met many others who have children of similar age. We have shared laughs, likes, dislikes, and dining tables. We’ve built… (read more)

Remembering AJ

In August of 2012 I found myself in a CVS Pharmacy restroom in Conway, Arkansas, changing from casual clothes into a black suit. I was fortunate that it was a clean men’s room. A few days before that, through the modern device of online social media I found out that a college friend had passed… (read more)