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Sitting in a Tree

Muscle Memory

Just got this email from my cousin: hey friends and family: nick here. i signed up the girls and myself for a ripper of a ride on June 5 this year. i kinda swore to never return to the very poorly organized and heavily-trafficked mayhem that is the Ride for Heart in Toronto, but this [...]

My Most Popular Work

Nothing I’ve ever done has garnered the attention that this photo has. At this writing, the photo has almost 6,000 views and has been added to multiple groups on Flickr. And here’s the kicker Its popularity is driven by the hair under Jes’ arm. Did you notice that? There are people who are extremely serious [...]

Grief & Love

On December 6th 2010, at 8:06am, we lost my brother Jacob. With a history of heart complications, we suspect he died of a heart attack. I wanted this post to be an eloquent eulogy to Jacob, but find that stating the facts has left me drained and numb. Jacob died on Monday. Jacob is gone [...]

Packing up and staying put.

For those of you not in the know, Ian has been freelance for the past two years. It was a welcome change from his previous employment and seemed to suit Ian’s work style and stress levels much better. It was great! Except for the fact that we only *just* couldn’t cover our costs of living. [...]

Kung Fu Ponder

Tonight Jes and I are in New Freedom, PA. My mom is in the Lions Club and they are putting on an outdoor movie: Kung Fu Panda. Neither of us have ever seen it and I thought would be fun if Jes and I put our preconceptions on record. I’ll go first. Jack Black the [...]

Bob McElroy

It’s been 10 years since the day I met and recorded Bob McElroy. Who the Hell is Bob McElroy? Bob McElroy was a musician I met while living in at the Santa Fe International Youth Hostel in 1999. He was in town from Monroe, Louisiana┬áto meet with Gary Johnson, then-governor of New Mexico, on the [...]

I Love My Family So Much, It Sucks

I just got home from the shock trauma unit, having spent the afternoon there. My brother was admitted last night after getting into a car accident involving a windy road, rain, a car, and a tree. He’s in quite a state: laying there with a collapsed lung, tired, in pain, and getting a lot of [...]

Does God Make Junk?

My entire life people have told me I am different. I’m special. I’m creative. I will be somebody. While it’s always made me feel proud and optimistic, I think it’s given me every excuse to rest on my laurels and wait for it all to happen. When I was a teenager I wrote songs and [...]

Philly Secret Santa

Christmas 2007 is officially over Yep. Saturday night Jes and I exchanged our last gifts at Rob and Leah’s with dear friends. The deal: Handmade gifts under $30, secret Santa style. For me, it was memorable because I officially gave birth to The Sutter Puppet, my gift to secret giftee, Niff. I was equally delighted [...]