Never break the oldest law in Humming Lake, CA.

I’ve been here since I was two years old, and by all accounts I had a normal upbringing. That’s owed to the fact that this is an altogether normal place. The people work in other nearby towns or craft wares here that they sell in those aforementioned places. Lives lived here are all those of …

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The kids in my neighborhood haven’t stopped trick-or-treating

In our neighborhood, in the town of Wauwatosa, WI, trick-or-treating was initially scheduled for October 27th. Inclement weather called for a reschedule, so it ended up being on Halloween night, which as you know was a Thursday this year. Weather again caused a cancellation, but finally, the night after Halloween, trick-or-treating was held. It was …

I found a Road to Nowhere. You can too.

There’s a place you can go, wherever you live. Doesn’t matter the city, state, country, continent. You can find it, if you try hard enough. For me, it was only about 45 minutes from my house.  “Place” may not be the right word, actually. You have to be looking for it. If you aren’t consciously …

When your parents tell you something, you should listen

My upbringing was about as traditional as an upbringing gets. My parents were married, I had a younger sister, we lived in a nice suburban neighborhood, I had friends at school, all the trappings of a normal, healthy childhood.  But there was one thing. One rule. One rule that was reiterated daily to my sister …

I’ve been digging graves for 11 years, and until now I’ve never found a body already under the ground

I’ve owned Pinelawn Cemetery, the cemetery that serves the small town in which we reside, for going on 11 years now. Our land is a good size, but due to the size of the town from which our cemetery draws its…inhabitants…it’s only about half full despite having been around nearly a century. About a month …

I Just Got Married! Wanna know my secret to finding your perfect partner?

You guys, anyone who’s reading this, I just married the love of my life! I AM SO HAPPY! Let me tell you about her! Her name is Kimberly Botic (née Taylor), and she is just…perfection. Pure perfection. She has the most beautiful eyes, a sparking set of light browns that could light up a room. …

I Think Someone Just Came Into My House [2016]

Author’s note: This was just shared to a Facebook page, and I couldn’t for the life of me find it on any pages on which I’ve shared stories before! I had to dig through the archives of all my work, the hundreds upon hundreds of Google Docs I have in order to find it. If I’m …

A letter to my daughter, a warning to you

Our beautiful Kathryn, My life was just about perfect, as close to it as it could be without actually being so. I was young, with a promising career ahead of me, the love of my life by my side, the whole world at my fingertips. I was 23 years old, not a care in the …