I can feel it coming, slowly but surely. With everything going on, all the stay-at-home orders, I decided to go to the place in which I find the most peace. High in the mountains of my home state, I have a cabin that was left to me by my father, who in turn inherited it … Continue reading The value of the human soul
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 … Continue reading The kids in my neighborhood haven’t stopped trick-or-treating
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 … Continue reading I found a Road to Nowhere. You can too.
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 … Continue reading When your parents tell you something, you should listen
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 … Continue reading I’ve been digging graves for 11 years, and until now I’ve never found a body already under the ground
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. … Continue reading I Just Got Married! Wanna know my secret to finding your perfect partner?
I don’t think I’ve ever told this story before; I’ve done my best to repress the memories of that year of my life. Maybe I’ve vaguely referenced certain aspects about the ordeal here and there, it would have been impossible not to considering its impact, but I’ve never regaled it in its entirety. I’ve been … Continue reading Letters From Ben