My son turns 18 today. I’m happy for him. I also recognize that as tough as the past few years have been for him, the ones ahead will be even harder.
I know this because my early adult years were hard. Within a week after my 18th birthday, I got the job at Carl’s Jr. About a month after that, I was robbed and tied up at gunpoint at that Carl’s Jr. And a month after that, my mom had the stroke that left her paralyzed for the rest of her life.
For me, turning 18 was far from the fun-filled romp and joyful celebration of freedom that movies make it out to be. Even under the best of circumstances, becoming an adult is hard. Here’s why and how we can cope with the changes.
After I announced my Fun a Day project, a friend of mine asked what I meant by calling Reseda “a community that has felt ‘thrown away’.” I’ll share with you my answer, but I first want to explain what a remainder is, how communities and people can wind up feeling treated like one, and what to do when we are.
Fun a Day Reseda is back! And I’m back too with a new project.
Fun a Day is a community program where people work on a creative project every day during the month. It can be painting, photography, music, writing, crafts, or anything that stirs your creative energies. In February or March, there will be a community show where people can present their work. The goal of Fun a Day is to strengthen communities through the arts.
In 2014, I participated in Fun a Day by writing a blog post every day. I didn’t participate last year because I was working on another project. I’m back this year to start a new novel. And here it is.
My wife and I are celebrating our 25th anniversary. We realize we’ve accomplished something remarkable, because many marriages don’t last as long as ours. Our marriage has even lasted longer than both of our parents’ first marriages.
We don’t claim to be relationship experts, and we’ve made our fair share of mistakes. We’ve found a few things that work.
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Yes, this song has been parodied before (and so well that Don McLean himself has accidentally sung the lyrics). With all the crazy stuff that happened this year, “American Pie” is the only song that can cover it all. (And with a few weeks left to this year, who knows what other crazy stuff can still happen?) This song takes a while, so sit back and enjoy.