80 percent chance of stress. sigh.

I just took an online stress test and scored a 431. Anything over 300 means a high probability of stress-related illness. My probability was 80 percent. Is bitchiness considered a stress-related illness?...more

the life of a fisherman's son. 1928-2009.

I consider myself to be a pretty thankful person. I try to mentally list all the haves in my life before I go to bed at night. It’s my own kind of prayer. My family is always right there at the top of the list, and I never forget to mention my grandparents. This was my first Thanksgiving away from home. Since I just moved to Atlanta, I made the choice to stay in the area for Thanksgiving and go to Virginia for Christmas. Until this year, I’d spent every Thanksgiving at my grandparent’s house in Virginia Beach....more

My grandfather was the son of a fisherman, a fisherman and the father of fishermen (and ...more

this message will self-destruct. boom.

 What do a musician mom, Madonna, and Tibetan monks have in common?Self-destruction....more

this outtake is about fear. boo.

 The second week of kindergarten, I got a phone call from the school. “Your daughter fell off the monkey bars on the playground, and her arm doesn’t look right.” This was coming from a school admin, as the nurse wasn’t there. She couldn’t say for sure, but we both knew it was broken. I drove to the school and walked into the nurse’s office, where my daughter was sitting perfectly still and perfectly quiet. She was wearing a blue sleeveless dress, holding her bent forearm, bewildered by what had happened. Then, she looked up at me and cried. I held her and tried to comfort her, but I could feel myself fading fast. As the medics looked her over, they doubted the seriousness of her injury because she wasn’t crying. “She’s in shock,” I wimpered, mentally flicking them off, but physically slumping over onto the cot alongside my daughter....more