Anyone can make a wrong turn (Q31)

My run came to a slow jog, then a halt as I reach the bottom of a hill. I looked around and saw no signs of a path anywhere. I looked up and saw bits of blue sky peeking through the tops of trees that seemed to go on forever. I had taken so many…

Hold on to moments of familiarity (Q30)

I often find myself overcome with an unshakable feeling of familiarity. It happens to lots of people, but I usually become fixated on finding an explanation. A place I have never been before, a conversation about a topic that I have never discussed, the aroma of a flower that I have never seen, a building that…

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Understand the Love of a Parent (Q29)

“One day you will understand when you have kids…” is a phrase I heard quite a bit growing up. I always thought myself very insightful and didn’t comprehend what it was that I could not understand until I had kids. One night in May of 2015, I had just put my head down on my…

Grateful for Grated Cheese (Q28)

I love to eat! So much so that I tell everyone that I am a fat guy stuck in a smaller guy’s body… the SlimFatFoodie. I eat food, blog about it, photograph it… I always seem to be indulging in something or planning what is next up on the menu. The funny thing is as…

We are the people who raised us (Q27)

“Some days I open my eyes and wake up… some days I wake up and open my eyes.” Walking through the city, on a mission to grab a double espresso, I passed a building with a shine on it so crisp that it could pass for a mirror. I caught a glimpse of myself walking…

Remember how they lived (Q25)

It is hard to deal with the loss of any loved one no matter the circumstance. To see someone deteriorate and slip away at the hands of an illness is difficult to shake from your memory. As hard as it is to think past those last images it is important to remember how that person…

Understand the road we travel (Q23)

 “Always look before you drive through the intersection…even if it’s your light.” “You never know if someone will not stop” About three years ago, when my lease had run out on my car it was time to go shopping. I settled on a new vehicle and was quick to drive it from the dealer to…

Walk like a fearless child (Q21)

The scene from my grandparents’ house in the mountains in Italy is breathtaking. During the day you can see all the hills, valleys and fields in the distance. If you tripped you would probably roll for a mile. At night the moon looks as if it were close enough to hit with a rock. One…

We all need something to believe in (Q20)

T’was the night before Christmas, and I lay awake Unable to sleep as I watched the cookies we had baked. I wanted to catch Santa as he arrived by surprise, But I’d drift off the dream land when I closed my eyes. I would awake from a rustle or the clink of a mug, Cookies…

Cancer’s cancer (Q15)

Think back to a time when you received bad news. I am not talking about the grocery store running out of your favorite creamer, or having to wait 3 months for your new phone to come in the mail. I mean legitimate bad news. You get a lump in your throat; eyes start to well;…