264. “How Real Are You on Social Media?”

In response to The New York Times article “650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing.”   264. “How Real Are You on Social Media?”   Hah.   Well, I only use Instagram regularly, and Facebook once a week. Is this website social media?   I’ll admit, I use Facebook for […]

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244. “What’s So Great About YouTube?”

In response to The New York Times article “650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing.”   244. “What’s So Great About YouTube?”   My buddy Greg keeps me up to date on much new music. Earlier this week, he sent me a Spotify link to the Mono No Aware compilation […]

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237. “Do You Experience FOMO When You Unplug?”

In response to The New York Times article “650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing.”   237. “Do You Experience FOMO When You Unplug?”   No.   I’ll admit that one of my inner aches is FOMO. Not from unplugging, but in general. Every once in a while, I find […]

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224. “What Are Your Attitudes Toward Money?”

(Art from fanpop.com)   In response to The New York Times article “650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing.”   224. “What Are Your Attitudes Toward Money?”   Here are a couple of dollar bill paragraphs and a wallet always full:   We are what we eat. And I’ve consumed […]

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213. “What Does it Mean to Be ‘a Real Man?'”

(This was a hard question to answer. I pray my reflections lead you to your own.)   In response to The New York Times article “650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing.”   213. “What Does it Mean to Be ‘a Real Man?’”   My dear friend Brittany Reeber, film […]

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184. “What Ethical Dilemmas Have You Faced?”

In response to The New York Times article “650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing.”   184. “What Ethical Dilemmas Have You Faced?”   …   Money is a big issue, and I’ve been offered bribes before. Once, I was offered by a drummer I managed to split the band’s […]

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178. “What Are You Grateful For?”

In response to The New York Times article “650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing.”   178. “What Are You Grateful For?”   Read as, What are you waiting for? I want to feel gratitude. It’s hard sometimes. But let us.   Tony Robbins says, “You can’t feel fear or […]

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170. “What Are Your Best Sleepover Memories?”

(Blurry like nostalgia now and then; what was your favorite character?)     In response to The New York Times article “650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing.”   170. “What Are Your Best Sleepover Memories?”   Here’s another quaint one to jump into. This one is dedicated to the […]

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110. “Do Your Parents Try Too Hard to Be Cool?”

In response to The New York Times article “650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing”   110. “Do Your Parents Try Too Hard to Be Cool?”   No. They are cool.   I remember once attending an important, late-night exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston in the early […]

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53. “Do You Think You’re Brave?”

In response to The New York Times article “650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing” 53. “Do You Think You’re Brave?”   This question changes meaning depending on how you pronounce the emphatic last word.   Do I think I’m brave? Yes. I take risks, I meet challenges, and I […]

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10. “What Are You Afraid Of?”

In response to The New York Times article “650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing” 10. What Are You Afraid Of?   I am afraid of answering this question. I am afraid of answering any of the “Overcoming Adversity” questions. I am afraid of uploading my answer to this blog. […]

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Twentysometing — the end

ivanBRAVE_twentysomething_ending   I’ve ridden miles and miles on Greyhound. Once, on the way back to Austin, I met a man who had been in Huntsville Prison for twenty years.   He had left an impression on me, to such a degree, that I tried to capture as much of our […]

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Does Santa Cry?

ivanBRAVE_DoesSantaCry_900words Deep in the heart of downtown Hanoi, I walked down to the hostel lounge for some cheap breakfast. There, among a handful of hungover backpackers, I turned to what I thought would be the next empty page in my moleskin notebook. What I found, at the top left corner […]

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Travel Writing

Write, fly; fly, write. I love stories where the setting and the characters don’t seem to match up perfectly. This can lead to conflict, learning, love, or a laugh. All it takes to swoon an audience–around a campfire, or by candle light–is the voice of a skilled author to tell […]

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