Frittering Away My Days

Sometimes when I’m at work enduring a painfully long, aimless meeting, I think that this whole stable, responsible, grown-up lifestyle is keeping me from experiencing a life of complete joy and fulfillment. Like every other working stiff, I look forward to 5:30, can’t wait to make it to the weekend, and daydream about retirement. I fantasize about … More Frittering Away My Days

Secret Family Recipe

Growing up in North Myrtle Beach, I knew a number of kids whose parents owned small businesses—beachfront motels, seafood restaurants, even miniature golf courses—and I always thought it must be neat to be part of a family business. As I got older, it occurred to me that I was kind of part of one too, … More Secret Family Recipe

A Thanksgiving Wish

I know everyone keeps saying 2016 was awful, full of losses, and I really can’t argue with that. But Thanksgiving is coming up and with it, a reminder that even in the midst of mourning the things we’ve lost, we can still be thankful for the things that remain, and that feeling of gratitude can … More A Thanksgiving Wish

Failing to Inspire

I’ll spare you all the whys and wherefores, but suffice it to say that things have been stressful in my department at work lately. I’ve been pondering what I can do to make things better, but mine is a position of responsibility without any actual authority or power. I have no control over salaries, budgets, … More Failing to Inspire

Losing my Mind

By the time I reached 17 years of age, I knew everything. If you don’t believe me, you should build a time machine, go back to 1990, quiz me, and prepare to be amazed. The things knew back then include (but aren’t limited to): all the state capitals the trigonometric functions how to diagram sentences … More Losing my Mind

Failure to Launch

Most everyone dreams about taking trips to exotic, far-flung locations, of having bucket-list-level, Instagram-worthy adventures in foreign lands. But what’s never remembered in those rainy-Tuesday-morning-at-the-office daydreams is that in order to reach your ideal destination, you must first pass through a special gateway of suffering and purgatory, otherwise known as the airport. Airports are strange … More Failure to Launch