Archive for February, 2014

Thanks, Day 58

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Today, I’m thankful that I got to bring my son to a Flyers game and sit in a luxury suite. The seat was comfy, the view was great, and he had a BLAST!

Cash at Flyers Game

Thanks, Day 57

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Today, I’m thankful for two artists specifically, as they both, in some way, inspired me to write poetry for the first time in years. Those artists are friend and poet, Jeremy Ritch and the late, great Harold Ramis. I’ve been reading Jeremy’s work for awhile and his honesty (even when it makes me want to shake him, yell at him, or argue with him) is inspiring. Ramis just passed away and one of the pieces I read on him said something like, “Ramis is gone, but the art he left us will never go away.” This made me think that maybe I should make a point to pick up the pen whenever I get the itch and not be too lazy/unmotivated/whatever.

So, here’s a poem about being thankful. I have two others I am finalizing to post on my arts & culture website about motivation and addiction, respectively. This poem is about my wife… It’s short and simple but I’d like to think it’s a bit more mature than the sappy, emo stuff I wrote for her in college.

“Where the Heart Is”

Every day that I go to work,
I thank God that I come home to you.

Every time I hear of unloving marriages,
I thank God that I come home to you.

Every time that I feel stressed and unmotivated,
I thank God that I come home to you.

No matter where “home” is,
I thank God that I come home to you.

I may flush this out more and expand on it, but for now… there it is… my first fresh poem in a LONG time.

Thanks, Day 56

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Today, I’m thankful that my wife is able and willing to do amazing things so easily, like fix the clothes that I inevitably rip and destroy so often.

Today, I also am very thankful that I’m not a drug addict or alcoholic. Whenever I come to an inpatient program for audits or whathaveyou, I see the same faces. In and out, in and out, addiction is truly a vicious cycle.

Thanks, Day Fitty Five

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Today (well technically yesterday but I haven’t gone to sleep yet so that doesn’t count), I was thankful to finish my second to last paper for my current class and find a decent deal on the pricey-ass book for my next class. !┬íViva la Criminology!

Thanks, Day 54

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Today, I’m thankful that I have a great loving family. While I am now quite exhausted, I’ve had a lot of fun setting up my 5 year old’s bedroom with him today. My 3 year old is so frustrating… but then gives me a big hug and says “I luh you so much dad” and it all fades away. These little dudes and their mom make life worth living!

Thanks, Day 53

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Today, I’m thankful that I’m able to lounge around this morning with my kiddos and my dogs. And I’m thankful that my breakfast turned out so awesome.


Thanks, Days 50-52

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Wednesday, I was thankful at the end of the day because it was my last real work day of the week.

Thursday, I was very thankful to have the opportunity to attend the ACJS Annual Meeting where I met a bunch of the people in my graduate program, learned some really interesting info, and got my picture taken with Ed Rendell.


Today, I’m thankful that it’s almost the weekend and that, despite the rain, it’s going to be almost 50 degrees today.

Thanks, Day 49

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Today, I’m thankful that I didn’t hurt myself that bad when I slipped on ice. My day began quite poorly, but it improved greatly. For that, I am also very thankful.

Thanks, Day 48

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Today, I’m thankful for a day to lounge around and get some computer work done.

Even more, I’m thankful for a loving, beautiful wife who is putting away laundry even as I type.

Thanks, Day 47

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

Today, I’m thankful that I’m off of work tomorrow. Three day weekends that aren’t caused by being snowed are way better!