In 30 before 30, blogs, coding, commentary, decor, entertainment, family, food, hobbies, journalism, literature, Louisville, music, my life, programming, travel on February 23, 2012 at 9:30 am
A lot of things recently have made me reevaluate the person I am and where I’m at in my life — not the least of which is the fact that I’m turning 30 in October.
On one hand, I feel like I can still get into the head of the person I was at 22, when I was living in Bakersfield. But then again, I go over all the things that have happened since then and know that I must have changed.
And lately, I feel like I’ve slacked off on many of my hobbies and taking journeys, which is what made the decade following high school so much fun.
So this has been running through my head, and then I saw friend Maggie Creamer’s blog “Sometimes you need that.” Read the rest of this entry »
In Afghanistan, family, Kentucky, my life, photography, war on September 3, 2011 at 9:00 am
My brother, Dustin, was 12 years old on Sept. 11, 2001.
He was in seventh grade, with shelves of Hot Wheels cars, an amateur drum set and University of Kentucky curtains in his room.
Now he’s a corporal in the Marine Corps, just home from fighting in a war that started before he could get into PG-13 movies.
While I have mixed feelings about the war, they do not waver when it comes to my brother.
On Thursday, Dustin came home a day early after spending eight months in Afghanistan — his second tour — to surprise my parents.
They were expecting to pick him up at the airport Friday and had come to a local bar to sign a Welcome Home banner and to plan a surprise party for him on Saturday.
Or so they thought. Read the rest of this entry »
In Afghanistan, commentary, family, journalism, Kentucky, narrative, photography, storytelling, war on August 1, 2011 at 5:44 pm
I just finished part two of The Virginian-Pilot’s five-day series on the NATO hospital at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan.
Wow. Just … wow.
I rarely cry when I read news stories or even fiction, and this has me tearing up. Writer Corinne Reilly brings the reader into the hospital — which gets some of the worst casualties in Afghanistan — into some of the most heart-wrenching moments a human can endure.
And then the photos, by Ross Taylor, really bring it all to life.
Both aspects are beyond superb and show the power and importance that journalism when done well can have.
Here’s how Reilly begins part one: Read the rest of this entry »