Category Archives: Love

When KZ and Diana Got Married

February 14, 2014 (Fri)




30 Minus 2 Days of Writing (2014)

Day 14: “It has to be aliens”
On September 21, 2013, I married Diana, the love of my life. We had been dating for nearly ten years before we finally got hitched. In all the time that we had been together, Diana constantly begged me to write a “mushy and romantic” blog entry in which I discussed the many ways that I loved her. For one reason or another, I kept refusing, and I never gave in. I came close to honoring her request once, but then I turned it into one big joke.

Who is Mouthy?

September 26, 2013 (Thu)




So, what’s the deal with that paper mouth, anyway? People have been asking me this question a lot lately. For those of you not in the know, Mouthy is a hexagonal paper hand puppet traditionally fashioned out of the protective chopstick sleeves found at numerous Asian restaurants. Mouthy is smart, quick witted, smooth as hell, […]

A Weekend of Love

September 22, 2013 (Sun)




On September 21, 2013, I married Diana, the love of my life. Thank you so much to everybody who could be in attendance that night. And even if you couldn’t be there, thank you just the same for your support and well wishes. My one regret of the night is that I didn’t get a […]

The Grand Promise of Little Things

February 19, 2013 (Tue)




30 Minus 2 Days of Writing

Day 19: “Little things”
“I’m really no good at this.” I said, taking a step backward. I pushed my palms out and away from my chest as if I were being held at gunpoint.

Still she persisted. Crystal inched closer with her infant son held forward, beckoning me to grab hold of him as if she were offering a ball to a young child…

A Fine Romance

February 14, 2013 (Thu)




30 Minus 2 Days of Writing

Day 14: “Where can I get a good blintz?”
This is a love story borne of coffee, compassion, fatigue, and dry humor. There’s also something in there about blintzes.

The Last-Minute Best Man

February 13, 2013 (Wed)




30 Minus 2 Days of Writing

Day 13: “Unintended”
Sometime around January 3rd of this year, my brother, J, gave me a call and asked me to be the Best Man at his wedding. He caught me by surprise with this request, but I considered it a high honor, so of course I accepted. J’s wedding was scheduled for the weekend of January 12th — and yet there he was, calling to invite me to play a huge roll in the proceedings with little more than a week’s notice. Prior to that phone call, J had told me that he and his fiancée were not planning to have traditional wedding parties filled with bridesmaids, groomsmen, and sentimental speeches. Stupidly, I believed him.

To Gain and Lose (Reposted)

February 4, 2013 (Mon)




30 Minus 2 Days of Writing

Day 4: “Friendship”
Life is a seamless collection of hellos and goodbyes. They stitch together the totality of our days, and they have a way of tearing us apart until nothing remains but memories, and the hollow sting of lingering regret. The start of each new day brings the promise of a thousand hellos — thousands of first times and anxious introductions. Yet just beneath the surface of every meaningful meeting lies the inevitability of loss, heartache, and a bitter farewell, whether by death, or by some trivial variant of a piddling manmade catastrophe. Even so, despite the promise of pain, we dare each day to put our hearts on the line with a fresh set of ill-fated beginnings.