This is going to be a different kind of blog for those who do check out this website from time to time. Normally I write about, well, my music a lot. But this time I have to shift gears, so please allow me this moment to be…


2017 has not been kind to me. I don’t air my grievances and negativity because it’s not fair to you. All I can say is that I wish I could rewind this year and start over, or just fast forward to 2018. Then again, if I could weather everything that has been thrown at me so far, then I am not doing too bad, right?

Those who know me know that one thing I love to do to clear my head is go for walks. Last night, I took an extra long jaunt around town, absorbing whatever positive energy I could find. And then something caught my eye that made me slow down and ask “What am I looking at and why is this intriguing me?”

You ready?

I saw a squirrel with a huge slice of pizza in its mouth, trying valiantly to cross the street and not drop his slice. I stood there in amazement like “This is pretty cool!” and then after a couple of attempts, this furry thing made it across the street and began chowing down.

Now we’ve all seen squirrels every day but this one made me stop and pay attention. Why? Because it had such tenacity and was not going to stop or slow down in its effort to get this huge piece across the street for dinner. Kinda fitting for how life is in general. We all have goals, dreams, ambitions, and desires. Some people are cheerleaders for us, hoping for our success to come and help celebrate it. Others, well, they will be jealous and diminish our spirits and minimize our drive.

I must have looked really strange watching this squirrel with other people walking past me, but I didn’t care. This was what I needed to stop and catch my breath from dealing with such a crazy year. Of course, some good has come out of it. I have to count my blessings. But in life, you have to take the sour with the sweet. How else could you appreciate the good things if nothing bad happens?

So thanks to that pizza-toting squirrel for helping me put some things in perspective. It wasn’t a life-changing moment but it was definitely a very cool one nonetheless.

Now I feel like grabbing a slice.