#19 What's in a name?

The night I was born, my parents were in a head-on car collision that jarred me loose. I came into the world early and agitated.

Those were the days when nobody wore a seat belt and cars didn't…

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#18 Writer's Block

My songwriting partner, Davey Hazard has left the country for Scandinavia and without him, I'm having writer's block already. 

Since that fateful jam session roughly 3 years ago, Davey and I have never spent more than a couple of days…

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#17 Universal Language

When I would get a crush on someone, I would go to great lengths to be in close geographical proximity to them. I wouldn't stalk them, mind you... I just wanted to be near those I loved. So when I…

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#16 Drowning

When I was five, I nearly drowned. We were living in a charming little trailer park, just steps from Lake Superior. A nautical museum now stands at the site where a handful of forgotten folks built their lives, but…

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#15 Separation Anxiety

As a young kid, I would get so incredibly homesick, I would rarely leave my house. At school I would hide in the closet and sob while simultaneously working myself up into a legitimate state of physical illness. Even as…

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#14 The big day...

I’ve started going to therapy again in an effort to get a handle on my anxiety. 

I go into a state of restless panic if the dishes aren’t put away. Clothing left on the floor will cause me…

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#13 When I was 17

Last week I wrote about a power outage during my big solo in “The Wizard Of Oz.”  But what I didn’t tell you, was on that same fateful week, a fellow musical thespian and I also had a brush with…

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#12 Lights Out

I was unpopular in high school. I never had the $100 Nike shoes or the colorful Trapper Keeper binders that my classmates proudly sported.  And though my parents have always been scrappy and industrious, they were also poor. My mom…

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#11 Roadside Stands and Roller Shows

I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit. When I was 6, my dad set me up with a little flower shop on a corner of my grandparent’s yard, which happened to be right across the street from the hospital. The shop…

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#10 What happens in Vegas...

It’s taken me a few days to sober up enough to write this blog, so please forgive its tardiness. 

We landed in Las Vegas after several hours of in-flight adult beverages, our faces sore from laughter. Attempting to…

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#9 I could have been a reality TV star...

 “You should try out for The Voice!” suggested the friendly stranger… I know it’s meant to be a compliment, but instantly the nausea sets in and a halfhearted smile drifts across my face.  You see, I’m still bitter about…

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