Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.  -Virginia Woolf

One Word at a Time

One Word at a Time is an active blog where I express whatever moves me. It could be a political rant, a book review, or an anecdotal story. I hope that if my writings don't inspire you, at the least, they entertain you. Displayed here are the most recent posts. Click on the link to take you to my blog for more reading.

A Book Review: Strength in What Remains—A journey of remembrance and forgiveness by Tracy Kidder

I picked up this book because I liked the title. I didn’t know anything about it. I was at a difficult time in my life, hoping to find in it a prescription, a telling transfer of wisdom that would enable me to reach that dark place in my psyche and bring it into the light. It was the last, lingering bit of darkness but it seemed to overshadow my life. But how do you forgive someone who isn’t remorseful and doesn’t ask for your forgiveness? What I found with this book was something completely dif

I Was Almost Murdered

If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I fight for the underdog. Apparently I do it even if they’re not around. I guess that’s because I’m all about the principle. When I’m not traveling I’ve been staying in Florida with my dad. Not the cool, beach-y, touristy Florida that has trendy bars and restaurants on every street, but the middle-of-nowhere, surrounded-by-strip-malls-and-highways, Florida. It’s where Floridians live. I’m not a fan of Florida. It’s too hot, humid, flat, sandy, and

The Bahamas Need More Than Prayers

Watching the weather map and how category 5 Hurricane Dorian just hovered over the Bahamas has made my stomach drop. For over 24-hours the Grand Bahama and Abaco Islands were pummeled with 180+ mph winds and feet of torrential rains that flooded homes and streets. When you’re on an island, where are you supposed to go to escape? You just can’t! Best you can hope for is survival. As I write this, Dorian has been downgraded to a category 2 and has finally, albeit very slowly, left the Islands. But

Dare to Be Your Authentic Self

While, in my heart, I’ve been a supporter of the underdog my whole life, having been influenced as a child by watching Roots and learning about the Trail of Tears, I recognize now that it was selective. Only in recent years did I develop any real empathy for Latinos. It’s a scary truth to admit, but I think it needs to be said. For years I bought into the brainwashing America instilled, believing that “those people” were second-class citizens and they weren’t really welcome here. I’m so ashamed.

What’s Next is a blog that I wrote from 2014-2016, written for my friends and family to keep them updated on my around-the-world travels. It reads more as a story, telling about my adventures with occasionally recurring people. 

What's Next?

So it is with great excitement that I begin a new chapter in my life: one of carrying my belongings on my back, sleeping on lumpy twin mattress at hostels, struggling through language barriers and meeting a lot of new people. But first a scenic trip across country to safely deliver my son to his West Coast destination. I look forward to you joining me on this adventure, for in this virtual world we are never really very far apart.
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