Category Archives: Life In The Real World

When Did It Get Like This?

6 months since my last blog post. Here’s where my head’s at tonight (music and article recommendations at the bottom): Made in America has done a phenomenal job giving Philadelphia its own festival. 70,000 people a day took over the Parkway … Continue reading

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2014 In Music (Part 3): Albums #5-1

For Part 1 (Albums 15-11), click here. For Part 2 (Albums 10-6), click here. As I get to writing about my five favorite albums of 2014, I remember heard a lot of people say that 2014 was a “bad” year … Continue reading

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For David L. Carpenter

I haven’t written much since David passed. I’ve wanted to, I’ve felt the words inside me, but when I sit down to get them out on a page the spring doesn’t produce. It’s like having an ache you can’t describe, … Continue reading

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Don’t Think About It Too Much

Life In The Real World, Day 217: Don’t Think About It Too Much Earlier tonight, I found out that the job I quit back in October laid off every single copywriter and editor in their web and magazine departments, outsourcing their jobs … Continue reading

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Review: The Hotelier – Home, Like Noplace Is There

The Hotelier’s new album puts a beautifully fractured voice to feeling broken. It seems like everyone I know has been dying recently. I know that’s not the best way to open up a music review, but it’s a thought that’s … Continue reading

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Poem: “Finger Exercises (For Maddy)”

Finger Exercises (For Maddy) It’s cold these days. Snow’s been on the ground since Sunday night and the inertia makes my fingers twitch. I practice drunk driving exercises to keep warm, bringing the prints tip to tip: one, two, three, … Continue reading

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Clear Eyes, Full Hearts: Life After LASIK Surgery

I can see. I don’t have glasses or contacts on, and I can see. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to open this post, which I’m writing exactly twelve hours after getting LASIK surgery. I … Continue reading

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So You’ve Quit Your Job…NOW WHAT?

Life In The Real World, Day 97: So You’ve Quit Your Job…NOW WHAT? The short answer is: the world keeps spinning. It’s been over a month since I quit my unfulfilling, entry-level job, forfeiting a steady paycheck and schedule for … Continue reading

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Why I Quit My Job Today

Life In The Real World, Day 52: Why I Quit My Cushy, Entry-Level Job Today There are so many things that I don’t know. I don’t know what small gestures mean. I read too much into an off look, a curiously … Continue reading

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Life In The Real World, Day 29: “Clearing Out The Haze”

Is it too early for Christmas music? It’s around ten o’clock on a Friday night and I’m laying out on a paisley living room couch at my parent’s house in the suburbs. My phone is buzzing around here somewhere, but … Continue reading

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