The kneed to look forward.

When I was a kid my Dad would play checkers with me. My eight year old brain would stare for what seemed like an eternity trying to figure out the perfect move to victoriously win the game.  Marty Brennaman would be announcing the Reds game while I sat on the olive shag carpet of the […]

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September 8th, 2015 by dogl2324


“The first place we lose the battle is in our own thinking. If you think it’s permanent then it’s permanent. If you think you’ve reached your limits then you have. If you think you’ll never get well then you won’t. You have to change your thinking. You need to see everything that’s holding you back, […]

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September 1st, 2015 by dogl2324

Sugar tongue.

This time of year always feels like a ping pong match in my life. Opera season comes roaring in like the howling of a freight train , and any sense of routine goes right out the window. Not enough time and way too much to squeeze into the frenzy of life which can feel pretty […]

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June 24th, 2015 by dogl2324

A promise to keep.

One slight step, a pivot with purpose and the deed is done. Someone walks away and you are left behind. All the usual suspects show up for the farewell. Confusion, betrayal and sadness but  most heartbreaking is the hope that lingers, following you everywhere, that tiny slice of optimism that the ones who left you […]

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May 31st, 2015 by dogl2324

The good, the bad, and the beautiful.

So many people have sent e-mail messages or Facebook notes  wondering about the state of my situation, and for that I am enormously grateful. I know my postings have been sporadic at best, but that does not mean I am not always working on the next posting, it just seems to take longer to form […]

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May 12th, 2015 by dogl2324

Batteries not included.

Finally it has come. A brief dance with the sun, showering its rays upon the frozen. Frozen ground that I need desperately to make up, time has ticked by almost without notice until I woke up and it was gone. I find February brutal in every single way possible, relentless in its grip of grey, […]

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March 19th, 2015 by dogl2324

Way to you.

Way back when the days were young Oh, we had our fun Never worried much about being cool Growing old to play the old fool Part of your life you spend paying your dues Walking the miles and singing the blues But if I’m a born to a pair of rambling shoes I’ll tell you […]

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March 18th, 2015 by dogl2324

The ride.

I fell in love the moment I laid my eyes on her. She was beautiful, and it didn’t take long until she was spinning her wheels just for me. A Brand new 2003 Ford Explorer with a sunroof, killer stereo and towing package (why I thought I would ever need a towing package is beyond […]

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February 25th, 2015 by dogl2324

Second time around.

I pushed the button and waited for the hum of the elevator to arrive, it would take me from the arthritis suite on the sixth floor of the hospital down to the lobby. I step out and I turn left, then sharply right, continue my steps past the coffee cart where the lady with the […]

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January 13th, 2015 by dogl2324

Word for word.

Perhaps more so than any other year I find this first day of 2015 one of vast reflection. The last six months have found me walking a path which seems to have turned from a well defined paved opulence to uneven gravel, those stretches of crushed and broken shards reminding me with each step just […]

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January 2nd, 2015 by dogl2324

Standing in the Eye.

I have not written a blog post in awhile for one reason. I don’t really know what to say. There are about 6 versions of this post mushed into one, and it’s not a feel good, inspirational story of triumph or achievement.  They are words that I am terrified to write, because then it’s real […]

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December 21st, 2014 by dogl2324

Master Class

I am someone who values my word, there have been times in my life when my word was all I had to give, so I am somewhat hellbent on following through when it is at all possible. Many months ago I was kindly asked to take on the task of feeding the creative team for […]

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November 25th, 2014 by dogl2324


Barreling through the aisles of my super-sized (they sell everything from diamonds to crap made couches) grocery store, list in hand fighting with the apathetic people milling around me picking out apples at the pace of a one legged tortoise, oblivious to the fact that I was in a real race against time desperate to […]

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November 16th, 2014 by dogl2324

What I kneed.

There I sat in the middle of it all before I  even knew what happened. The swirling waters of my past gushing all around me, and in an instant the air was gone, the panic set in and I was drowning in my own apologies to the doctor standing in front of me. I desperately […]

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November 9th, 2014 by dogl2324

Magic Carpet Ride

This is a post about redemption and courage, it is about a dog who never gives up. Three years and seven months I have had Tristan in my home. We have gone from the worst of times which included him shutting down completely out of fear, the shaking, the moments of losing control of his […]

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October 26th, 2014 by dogl2324

Pale Pink.

The times when you learn what you are made of often arise from the moments your breath is knocked from you, shaking your soul wide awake. When my mom called me last week to tell me her second mammogram showed something suspicious I had just crawled down the stairs for the third day in a […]

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October 18th, 2014 by dogl2324

Fishnets and Forgiveness.

I woke up Monday morning with half a mind still feverishly dancing in a monochrome dream leaving a partial memory of  gray frolicking dogs, green dew kissed grass and lazy Tennessee back roads lodged in my subconscious. The determination of one schnauzer and the relentless kisses he strategically placed on my left eyebrow, eye socket […]

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October 8th, 2014 by dogl2324

The Wrench.

The biggest detours in my life have come mostly  from the unexpected, the undetected, the unavoidable. I have a tendency to ignore what I would rather not acknowledge hoping I can change the outcome, work harder, give more, change minds and find a way to fix the problem. The times my world has come crashing […]

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September 29th, 2014 by dogl2324

That’s right (You’re not from Texas)

The names have not been changed to protect the innocent, the accounts are real and if I have learned one thing over the past week it’s that everything IS bigger in Texas. (Mostly the big black hole of travel mishaps!) Last Sunday I flew to Dallas Texas for a work conference with Scott. Don’t know […]

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August 28th, 2014 by dogl2324

Weakened like achilles with you always at my heels…

Well fuck. That is really all I can say about the heel situation at the moment. Almost a month in that damn boot (aka Beyonce) and not only is it no better after taking the boot off for two days to see how it was feeling, it is worse, I can’t really walk very well […]

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August 16th, 2014 by dogl2324