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A Letter from my Mom

Dear Dakin It’s not been long since I’ve been gone.  You buried me last month.  And my being on this side, in this world, isn’t something that words can even explain.  But I didn’t write to explain where I am.  I’m writing to tell you a few things now, that I couldn’t tell you while I was alive, especially in those many years towards the end, when I wasn’t completely your mother. Life is mostly about working with what you have.  I may have taught you differently; wanted you to be more, better than, excel.  In fact, I know I … Read more

Fear as motivator

I spent Sunday night doing what Sunday nights were invented for: I logged into my bank account, scrolled through my transactions and captured my expense amounts into the appropriate columns of an Excel spreadsheet called “2017 NEW CHAPTER Budget to Actuals.xls.” I had three months of catching up to do. That’s because I was head-down-busy becoming the world’s next creative force and “Don’t get defocused by such old-habit, trivial, real-world things as finances and livelihood, Dakin.” I’d used every excuse to avoid my bank account, naively convinced that all things would automatically go according to my financial plan and that … Read more