THE RIPPLE: Chapter 1: Man Plans. God Laughs. Dogs Poop

In the first week of launching the Austin to Boston walk in 2008, the whole weight of universal forces bore down on us like the wrath; a swift and unforgiving maelstrom that tested our mettle absolutely.   ——– First there … Continue reading

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THE ROCK: Chapter 13. Ridiculous Part 2

Here. Now I was born in the year of the dog.  1970. And maybe that’s what sealed my fate. The ridiculous thing is I didn’t even realize that until well after we were on the road.  I was in some … Continue reading

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THE ROCK: Chapter 13: Ridiculous Part 3

“Cast before a silver sheet, Tracing lines that never meet.” Those are the first two lines to a poem I wrote a long, long while ago, even way, way before Malcolm was diagnosed, and they made little sense to me … Continue reading

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Chapter 11 Continued. Finding Faith

Faith is a funny thing. That I lacked it wasn’t Emily’s fault, it was mine.    Having sat through so many sermons and listened to countless testimonies in church, I had already made the deduction that faith was the easy way out.    … Continue reading

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THE ROCK: Chapter 10 Continued

Amor Fati.  Love Thine Fate They say that men of action accept fatelessness as their guide whereas men of the mind, of deliberation, are men of providence.   Both have their misgivings it seems to me.   I believe in … Continue reading

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THE ROCK: Chapter 10 – 2 Dogs 2,000 Miles

Reporter:  “So how did you come up with the idea for your walk?” Yer Big Dog: “Well, I’m from Texas and everything’s bigger down there.  When we lose a loved one to cancer we don’t walk around a park.  We … Continue reading

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THE ROCK: Chapter 9 The Fabulous Fuzzybutts

I am absolutely unafraid of anything.  That’s what got me and my boys cross country safely.  But don’t confuse that with courage. Suffering is such a selfish thing and I couldn’t see my way through it after I lost Malcolm … Continue reading

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THE ROCK: Chapter 5 Continued

It was slight, almost imperceptible Malcolm’s limp at first.  I kept asking my girlfriend, Anna, if she saw it, too, as we walked along the Charles, and she said she didn’t and that I was being neurotic and too maternalistic. … Continue reading

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THE ROCK: Chapter 4 Continued

Dented Doors ——– The two hardest things in life are opening doors and closing them.   And I wasn’t about to let Murphy into ours, me and Malcolm.  We had reached a rhythm and routine and there was no room for … Continue reading

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THE ROCK: Chapter 3 Pet Parenthood

CHAPTER THREE PET PARENTHOOD Inflection point – Noun.  1. Math. Point on a curve at which the curvature changes from convex to concave or vice versa.  2. Business. A moment of dramatic change, especially in the development of a company, … Continue reading

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