Alzheimer’s Ain’t So Bad! 

People think Alzheimer’s is all gloom and doom and I get why they do. I mean, it’s definitely sad to watch someone’s mind deteriorate right in front of you. And it’s even harder living in constant fear of the day they won’t remember you anymore, which is essentially like being dead to them. Like instead…

The Perks of Azheimers 

My dad prides himself on being a non-participator.  Like the old men in the balcony from the muppets, he looks down on people having fun and judges the shit out of them. That’s his rebellious, “freethinker” mentality. But also his pride and fear of looking stupid I think. I totally get this from him. Which…

The Question of When

My dad is a night owl, like typical Hamlett, and stays up til midnight every night (most patients head to bed around 6 or 7). There used to be a woman who stayed up just as late as him. She played solitaire at the kitchen table for hours and didn’t talk to anyone. This time…

My Latest Essay for Paste Magazine

  Click here to read. This one was super fun to write and involves some of the topics I address in my speaking engagements. It’s about Disney hating men as much as women, how out of control princess culture is, and how this dumb movie is the prequel to that other ridiculous movie, 50 Shades…

My Dad Can Still Laugh at Sad Things 

There are a lot of new residents at the memory care center and they’re amazing. One of them is this whipper snapper, Mr. L. Unlike most the residents who are somewhat sedentary or zombie ish at times) him and Ms. M (who they call the trouble maker) have tons of energy and wander around like…

I’ve Got My Own Podcast Now

So I have my own podcast now. (I know, everyone has a fucking podcast now lol) Since my hour-long Risk episode (Unbreakable) was so popular, I realized just how much I love telling stories one-on-one with a mic in a room instead of it always being to a larger live audience. It’s far more intimate…

Surrogate Brothers

This is one of my favorite climbing partners of all time. Thirteen years after we first met, Dan still lives in his van (but has a great job and is saving a shit ton of money). We were so close back in the day that we even had our own secret language- this lion roar…

How a Story Saved My Relationship With My Dad

I’ve flown back to Nashville to visit my dad 5 times in the last 6 months, which is kinda crazy now that I think about it. I spend the majority of my time here just sitting in a chair next to him, watching football while I play on my computer or swipe guys left on…

Trying So Hard To Be a Boy 

Only one friend of mine knew I straightened my hair back when I was living in my truck. During that time, I was still trying to fool people into thinking  I didn’t care about my looks cuz that’s what I thought only girly-girls cared about and I was not gonna be one of those. No,…