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Does "getting over" someone who has passed away mean that we erase our memories?

My Brother and I were "Kindred Spirits" When it Came to Music

June 10th will mark 9 years since my brother Daniel and his girlfriend Suzanne passed away in a car accident. I am self-conscious of openly writing about this topic, in fear people will shake their heads thinking "Yea, Nathan just won't let it go," or "Nate is such a melancholy person." If I am a melancholy person, I . . .

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June 09, 2016

Psalm 139, Questions and "Being Known"

It is a human to want to be known. To be known in a way where the people around you understand the different parts of your personality, for some reason, brings peace of mind. To "be known" may not be as necessary as having food or water for survival, but it is certainly a part of staying mentally sane. I talk to my former room-mates . . .

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June 04, 2016

The Reasons People Give for Not Attending Their High School Reunion

A Reflection on My High School Reunion

"Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young.” - Baz Luhrman

In the winter of 2012, the announcement was made that my 10 year high school reunion for the class of 2002 would be a joint reunion with the class of 2003. The East Davidson High . . .

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May 11, 2016

Storytelling Serves as Key Part of the Grieving Process

My brother, Daniel, passed away in the summer of 2007. He was working at a Christian summer camp in Andrews. One weekend, he and a group of friends went to an Atlanta Braves game. He and his girlfriend died in Atlanta in a car accident after the right front wheel broke off the Jeep they were riding in.

When a family member dies, people offer . . .

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September 25, 2015

The 5 Year Process of Learning How to Wakeboard

Why Being Aware of How You Learn Makes Everything Easier to Learn

I tried wakeboarding in 2006 for the first time at High Rock Lake outside of Lexington, NC. At the age of 22, I believed I could do anything. In terms of social, physical and intellectual confidence, I was at a peak. Along with that, I knew how to snowboard. The transition seemed like a given. Snowboarding and wakeboarding begin the same way . . .

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August 06, 2015

Why Personal Stories Help Develop Relationships

I consider myself a mediocre storyteller. I'm not the kind of person who regularly takes the stage at a family gathering or a party to unravel a story. Yet on a family vacation recently, I had the chance to tell the entire story of the one time in my life where I truly thought I was going to die. I sat in a beautiful mountain house in . . .

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June 10, 2015

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