The RV Chronicles — A 2017 Valentine’s letter to my wife (Recipe: Chocolate Covered Strawberries)

Dear Catherine, I wrote you a year ago to tell you how lucky I am to know you … to be your lover. Our jobs kept us apart then, but we are together now and I feel even luckier. We share the smallest of spaces. Ridiculously small. It’s tight. Nerve-wracking. Yet, I feel so comforted […]

The RV Chronicles — Celebrating 22 at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Pumpkin Bread Pudding w/ Apple Cider Caramel)

Dear Catherine — Who would’ve thought that you’d be celebrating our 22nd wedding anniversary grading papers? Or watching our baby girl’s very last high school marching band performance? I never would have guessed that all these together years would be celebrated over Dairy Queen soft serve. Neither could I have predicted that, on our 22nd […]

The RV Chronicles — Valentine’s Day 2016: The ‘Jimmy Rockford’ year (Recipe: Avocado Crab Salad)

If you are one of my 16 loyal readers, you know that I’ve been living in an RV (named the ‘Jimmy Rockford’) near the Galveston Bay since August, 2015. I came here for a job while the love of my life hung back in our hometown to sell the house and wrap up our affairs. […]

The RV Chronicles — Getting schooled, and then some

‘Every year you wait to go back makes it harder to go back at all.’ — Dad, 1990. I tend to do things the hard way. Always have. And for no particular reason. Whether it’s choosing to write a 3,000-word piece just hours before a deadline or sitting through a few extra lights to avoid […]

The RV Chronicles — Cider Brined Pork Chops for my bride

I‘ve been acting a little strange lately. Even for me. When I’m not laughing at 5 in the morning at the homey antics of Mr. Ed and Wilbur Post, I’m tucking back in the disheveled mess that is intended to cover me as I sleep. I haven’t turned on a fan in weeks and weeks. And […]

The RV Chronicles — Missing my rock

Though kicking it in the Jimmy Rockford is an adventure like few others in my life, the blues have still emerged from the right side of my queen-sized mattress. If sappy isn’t your style, scroll on down to the recipe. Catherine – Remember that time you were in New Jersey and I was in Texas? […]

Confession No. 132 — On our 20th anniversary

Nov. 4, 2014 My dearest Catherine, On this, our 20th anniversary together, I could tell you that you are my soul mate — the true fitting lid to the pot that is me – and that I’m the luckiest guy in the world. But you’ve heard that from me at least a thousand times. Just like […]

Confession No. 66 — A love letter to my wife

November 4, 2012 My Dearest Catherine, As of later this afternoon, it will have been 18 years since I stood at the altar and watched you walk toward me. You were beautiful then and even more so now. Some years have been more pleasant than others, as I’m sure you agree, but I wouldn’t trade […]

Confession No. 65 — The lies we tell … and fall for (Recipe: Pork Piccata w/ Artichokes & Sun Dried Tomatoes)

We’re all guilty. We’ve all made promises for life. Offered our concrete oath. We’ve sworn our unwavering affection and attention to that object of our eye. But we tend to fall short, because we fail to look at the obvious. Puppies grow up to be dogs. And butterflies flutter by. I don’t ever remember begging […]