An Illustrated Guide to Life – Featuring Ridley Rabbit


In our society today, a lot of people get lost in the hustle and bustle of everyday life and they often forget the important things; the little things that keep us healthy and happy and human. So today, my little friend Ridley the Rabbit is going to give you some sound advice. He may be just a bunny, but he knows what’s truly important. So here’s our first segment of “An Illustrated Guide to Life – Featuring Ridley Rabbit”




DOOLITTLEING: [doo-little-ing] (verb)

  1. The act of talking to a pet while having a human in the room who believes you to be addressing them and hence asks you to repeat yourself.
  2. The act of holding a conversation with an animal, regardless of reciprocation.

Ember: “Why are you chasing your tail?”
Grimm: “What’s that, Ember?”
Ember: “Nothing, I’m doolittleing.”

When Words Fail


There are certain days when organized thoughts are lost upon me. I sit down prepared to write something noteworthy and epic, and as I look at my screen my mind goes as blank as the word processor I’m staring at. Today is one of those days. Perhaps it’s a case of the Mondays (though I do believe you’d get your ass kicked for saying something like that, man)… Or maybe it’s because I carb-overloaded at lunch. A fourth cup of coffee may be what I need to get my creative juices flowing; yet, somehow I doubt that. It’s just one of those days. So rather than write nothing, I’ll write a haiku. I’ll even gear it toward my Writing 101 prompt for the day… Here we go:

the thinker awakes
deep thoughts have left him famished
which way’s the café?



Summer Aspirations are the new New Year Resolutions


It’s June 2nd! Although I know that by technical standards, summer does not officially begin until the 21st, I personally consider it summer as soon as the calendar rolls over into June. That being said, happy summer! A few short months ago, we were braving the polar vortex; now, here we are! We survived, and we can finally bask in the glory of flip flops and sunshine and revert back to complaining about how hot it is.

I love the summer, not just because of the weather, but because of what it means to me. Even though I’m no longer in school, and haven’t been for quite some time, summer still represents freedom. It means staying up later (because the sun does, so why shouldn’t I?) and spending more time in nature and less time holed-up indoors. I find inspiration to do more with myself (I suppose I really should go for that jog so I don’t look like Jabba the Hutt in my swimsuit), and most of all, I see it as a great time to redefine my goals for the upcoming year.

I know that most people set their goals for the year in January, but with me the only thing I’m motivated to accomplish in the winter is waking up early enough to account for the 15+ minutes it will take me to dig out and defrost my car without getting frostbite and a face-full of snow. Summer seems like a much better season to forge a better version of me.

So….. Here are my top ten goals for the remaining half of 2014 (in no particular order):

  1. Learn how to cook new recipes using better ingredients.
    ….It’s a great time of year for produce, so I’m working on loading up my dishes with fresh fruits and veggies.
  2. Redecorate my apartment.
    ….Already half-way done with that. An aesthetically pleasing home is a happy home.
  3. Re-Train my dog
    ….Because at 6 years and 70 pounds, having him curled up in my lap is just not what it used to be.
  4. Get a tan
    ….I no longer want people to look at me and immediately think, ‘I see dead people’
  5. Finish one of my novels.
    ….I’m serious. It’s gonna happen this time.
  6. Begin strength training
    ….I was getting a gallon of milk out of the refrigerator case, and by the involuntary grunts you’d think I was bench-pressing an oak tree.
  7. Get my bike fixed.
    ….I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike….
  8. Learn to knit
    ….Why not?
  9.  Write every day
    ….The most important goal of all
  10. Adopt a rabbit
    ….I’ll write more on this later.

So those are my aspirations for the rest of the year. I’m pretty confident that I can pull it off. Does anyone else set summer goals? I encourage you to share! I also added my e-mail address to my sidebar over there  <== communication is welcome!