Posts in category "Memoir"

"Paulie, We Did It!" -- Winning With Paul Defiglia

"Paulie, We Did It!" -- Winning With Paul Defiglia
My first Avett Brothers show was at the House of Blues on a cold March night in 2010. We were pretty far back in the venue, so I was straining to see the four men on stage. They didn’t make it super difficult, as they were jumping and yelling, and bringing a level of energy... Read more »

Why The U.S. Government Can Never Get Rid Of The Penny

There has been much talk in the last 10 or so years about abolishing the penny. That it costs more to make than it’s worth. That no one cares about them. That it would just be better to round everything up or down (you know it’s gonna be up). For me, the penny is so... Read more »

May It Last: A Reflection Of The Avett Brothers

May It Last: A Reflection Of The Avett Brothers
I’ve been listening to the Avett Brothers since 2010. Not as long as some people, but long enough. I think seven years is a good amount of time to experience a band. I’ve been fortunate enough to get to see them a little over 25 times, as well. Again — I have friends who have... Read more »
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Memorial Day Weekend -- Filled With Memories, But Not About Military Service

It’s been 16 years. 16 years since I’ve seen the inside of a psychiatric hospital. Tomorrow marks the 16 year anniversary of my voluntary check-in to the world’s worst hotel. I had forgotten until right now. At some point, (soon I hope), I’ll get around to writing the memoir where I go into it all... Read more »

Parenthood Bringing Me Back

SPOILER ALERT Season 4 of Parenthood the TV show ahead. Everyone has raved about the TV show Parenthood. I’m finally getting around to it. I really love it for a million reasons. It’s super real — there are so many times I’m super annoyed with characters and I love how the spouses and siblings and... Read more »

January 11, 2002

You know, I was going to try some nice narrative about that night. But here’s the long and short of it. In May of 2001, I was diagnosed manic-depressive and they hinted I had a substance abuse problem — they planted the seeds that there was a program that could help me, but I wasn’t... Read more »
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When You're Jealous Of A TV Family

I was gonna cut myself a break and not write tonight, because I’m a little overwhelmed with President Obama’s farewell speech and the impending disgust of a potential inauguration of a man I can hardly bear to look at or think of and I’m unemployed and getting paralyzed by that again and there’s a bunch... Read more »

And Your Favorite Sandwich Is ...

It’s lunch time. You’re hungry. Boss or friend says the meal is on you — pick out your favorite sandwich. Don’t think about it long, just blurt it out. What’s your favorite sandwich? I’ll give you a second. It’s the ____________________________. What did you say? BLT? Reuben? Egg salad? Tuna? Ham with Swiss? Roast beef?... Read more »

Forgive Yourself

Forgive Yourself
I took this picture in a bathroom in Logan Square in April of 2016 the weekend the Avett Brothers came to town for a three-night run at the Chicago Theater. I normally see this message around the city on the sidewalks in some sort of white paint-y sort of substance, always in a similar sort... Read more »
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Things I Want From The Store/Life But Will Not Get Tonight

1. The homemade tortilla chips Jewel makes and puts out in the deli section for $2.50. 2. Another space heater. 3. Hershey’s kisses, or more importantly, someone to make me those peanut butter cookies with the kisses in them. 4. Someone to cuddle with/make out with. 5. A cohort to play board games with. 6.... Read more »