The Stories We Tell

People Places 08-18-2015 Hunter-Gatherer

One of the most delightful things about kids is the sense of purpose that they bring to their play. While adults are busy with their boring and grown-up concerns, kids can afford to pour all of their being into, well, every single thing they do. Just watch a kid pumping on the swings, or dancing …

Places 08-15-2015 Smartphone Saturday: Homeland

Nope. No 500-word post for you today. No photo taken by my hefty Nikon DSLR. Just a simple unedited photo from my smartphone that shows you a tiny slice of my life. Most summers, my wife and I visit my homeland of Oregon to celebrate our wedding anniversary. This means driving for a few hours through …

Places 08-13-2015 Light Breaking Through the Redwood Canopy

Your environment has incredible power over your experience of life. A place can set you at ease, or it can fill you with excitement or anxiety. Step into your office or job site and you’ll likely be influenced to think about your work life and responsibilities. Walk in your front door and you’ll be sucked into your …

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Things 08-11-2015 Spider On The Night Shift

Spiders get no love at my house. Not normally. If my wife wakes up screaming in the middle of the night you can bet that the gigantic spider haunting her dreams is the one to blame. Things aren’t much better in the daylight. When an actual spider ventures into our house she is likely to …

People 08-08-2015 Smartphone Saturday: Next Best Thing

Saturday is a day of little toil or labor at Fits and Stops. Nothing more than posting a simple, unedited photo from my smartphone for you to get a glimpse into my life. Mommy had left town for a few days to care for an ailing grandma in another state. When you’re little like my kids are, …

Places 08-07-2015 What’s Left Behind

A birth, a death Ten thousand breaths between If dust indeed returns to dust A common end awaits us An earthen rest ever follows That final breath, released

Places 08-04-2015 Rise and Fall at Kealakekua Bay

I’m afraid of water. There, I said it. Maybe I’d better clarify. I love to drink a cool glass of water, and I enjoy the fish tank at the dentist’s office. I can always appreciate a good rain. So when I say I’m afraid of water, it is more a fear of drowning because I’m a poor swimmer. And yet somehow, I …

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Places 08-01-2015 Smartphone Saturday: Lonely Chapel

No how-to tutorials or epic stories today. It is Smartphone Saturday. Just a simple, unedited photo from my smartphone. Ten minutes earlier we were running off the beach at St. Andrews to our van, in vain hopes of escaping a sudden Scottish downpour. We cranked the heater to its highest setting and drove north toward …

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