How My New Diet Helped Me Come to Terms With My Own Mortality

I don’t really want to die. Or at least I didn’t. Then I started this new diet. It’s not that much of a diet, actually. It’s the “don’t just eat whatever you want whenever you want it” diet. But see, I liked eating whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted it. Good times. And now I eat […]

Unselfishly, I Don’t Want to Die

The average life expectancy for an American male is 76. That means 38 is the halfway point, statistically speaking. I am 39. Is this the first year of the rest of my life? Maybe. My family tends to live longer, so hopefully I get a bit more, but you never know. I could go tomorrow. […]

You Don’t Get To Decide What Happens When I Die

Someday my physical body is going to stop working. Probably because of something dumb I did, but hopefully a long time from now and quite peacefully. But however and whenever it happens, it is going to happen. And when it happens, when I die, my soul, my spirit, my essence, my eternal energy is going […]

Published Posthumously

There are things I never got to say to David Budbill while he was still alive. These messages must now be published posthumously. The Vermont author passed away early Sunday morning, ending his three year battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, a rare form of Parkinson’s Disease. David wrote the words that I sang last year in […]

The Tragedy of Unfulfilled Potential and Unmet Expectations

I was very sad when I found out that Alan Rickman had died. Just days after we all publicly mourned David Bowie, suddenly we were faced with the loss of yet another of our beloved cultural icons. I was sad for selfish reasons, as we always are, because now I would never see him in […]

A Death on My Watch

I have been to some funerals in my life: all four of my grandparents’, my great grandmother’s, and more recently my cousin’s. All have affected me in some way, but I have never lost someone geographically close to me before. I have lost friends from high school, and old teachers, but these were people I […]

The Music of Robin Williams

To say that I am shocked and saddened by the death of comedy legend Robin Williams, is exactly right.  I walked in the door from a super fun party last night and was greeted by my wife, who asked me if I knew yet.  Had I been on Facebook yet?  Ummmm…. Knew what?  What was […]

Has the Worst Day of Your Life Already Happened?

My mind was wandering the other day, as it is wont to do, and I started thinking about the worst day of my life.  Or rather, whether or not it has already happened.  For years I could easily pinpoint the worst day of my life, or at least the worst moment, but then it changed […]