Who’s your favorite philosopher? What travel memoirs do you recommend? What should I read if I’m going to __________? These are a handful of questions that I get on a regular basis. With my love for writing, travel, and philosophy, I have a thing or two or a hundred to say about books. If you’re a regular follower of my blog, or if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, then you know I have something of a romanticism with the written word, often quoting things that I’ve…

I originally wrote this post two weeks ago, but trashed it. I never want to come across with a  boastful or “holier-than-thou”  tone and sometimes I write posts like this, but then delete them because there’s too much of “me” in the writing. However, this morning as I sat perched in the living space of my hostel on the island of Fuerteventura, listening to the sounds of the street and overlooking the North African-style flat roofs out to the ocean, my eyes welled up with emotion as I…

I find that while most products in the world work, they don’t work as they’re advertised. Jerry Seinfeld did a stand-up bit about this as it related to soda commercials, but I think it stretches much further then that. Guys, raise your hand if  you have ever just been sitting at a bar drinking a bottle of beer and all of a sudden a shapely young woman with long flowing blonde hair walks up to you and asks for your number. That’s Doubtful. The natural reaction then would…

I’m writing a novel. Or rather, I’m attempting to write at least 50,000 words of a novel, which is the requirement of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Last night I sat in Golden Gate Park, enjoying a couple slices of pizza while I thought about what I had learned through the first nine days, while also considering how many people running by thought I was homeless, since I was eating a slice of pizza off a brown paper bag and wearing sweats, a hoodie, and a toboggan. Good thing…

“Spence, certainly you know the ‘women’s tee rule’ by now,” Michael yelled as I placed my ball on the tee. “Well duh, of course I know what the ‘women’s tee rule’ is.” At age 15, that was my best comeback. I didn’t know the rule, but Michael quickly made sure I did: “If you don’t hit it past the women’s tee, you’ve got to walk the rest of the hole with your pants around your ankles.” I chuckled under my breath, took an extra swing, and smacked the…

When I sat down several months ago and starting pinning down the words for my post Write Your Own Story, I had no intentions of making it into a series; however, that’s exactly what it’s turned into. Fresh off a marital separation, working a dead-end job, and living in a city where I really didn’t know anyone, it marked the beginning of writing a new story for my life. A few weeks ago I sat down and wrote a follow-up to that post, somewhat of a summary of…

I often like to consider myself a visionary. However, the problem is often that I envision too much. Over the years the stories that I’ve wanted to live have changed quite often. One of the first lives I wanted to live was that of a traveling preacher. That quickly changed when I was 6 years old. I wanted to see what it would be like to say what was then to me a dirty word, out loud. I practiced just by myself for a week, finally started to…