February 17, 2020

“Shellshocked. He’s shellshocked from Vietnam,” my mom would tell me about my uncle Mike--her former brother-in-law and the first genuine person I ever met.

I feel guilty writing about such a private person, but it was impossible not to learn from this authentic human b...

November 29, 2019

I don't even know how it happened. One day I was like 160-170 pounds, then boom, I weighed like 210, then 220, then 225. 

What are these marks around my waist? Why is my gut slumping over when I lie on my side? Where did this extra skin around my stomach come from?

Did I...

November 29, 2019

"Life, not work itself, is the real work of life." 

-This guy named Neal

I've noticed my blog gets more hits when I write really personal stuff. I want to dazzle you with my wordplay, rhymes, syllable alignment, and creativity, but the market is often right. 

Lately, I've...

July 25, 2019

"We're done. It's over. Time to move on." These words (whether spoken out loud or in our heads) shouldn't only pertain to the end of a relationship with a lover; these words can be directed toward friends, jobs, eras, etc. 

Why not? 

Have you ever had that friend who's t...

June 16, 2019

“Did you see the special, Brandon?”  my mom asked.

“No, what is it?”

“Barbecue salmon with rice and vegetables.”  

“I think we have a winner.”

Eating something healthy prevented me from telling myself I was too busy to enjoy a dinner with my mom and grandma.

Mom got the...

May 15, 2019

Some see love as pats on the head at each of life's milestones, but I want my love to spread through society's cracked bricks like

warm-watered medicine for the overlooked.  

My lens will spot the free hearts taking shape. My purview will capture the conn...

February 19, 2019

I suck. 

I'm horrible at writing. 

Was I ever a writer? 

Should I have been running around calling myself a writer?

Hemingway shot himself. 

Bukowski was a drunk. 

I have red hair and blue eyes. 

I'm a fraud-ass bitch who's only talent is being motivated. 

Is this what yo...

January 19, 2019

Please don't ask me to go to a party with my peers or make me socialize with more than 3 people at a time. 

The thought of people standing around and using their phone's latest feature as social currency makes me want to cry. "This can't be what the world is." 


November 13, 2018


I was a puppy in the real estate game when I met Jean. It was 2010 and I was motivated to lay the foundation for my life. Jean, meanwhile, was already a seasoned pro. 

"You're really going to like this house. And you know what? If you don't look at...

September 11, 2018

Because of a generous donor, we'll ship 10 books to a rural part of Cameroon, Africa tomorrow morning! 

The country of Cameroon lies along the western coast of Africa, tucked at the neck of Africa's left-leaning head.

Mounchili Aoudou, leader of Rural Youth Development C...

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