The Life of Brian (In the Now)

I love to journal by telling stories. What’s going on in the life of Brian, in the now. Whether it be from stuff that happens at work, while hanging out with friends or while working on other creative projects. Stuff happens that I may just feel a need to interrupt my usual memoir-writing activity, that is this blog’s primary function. I share those stories here.

5/14/18: “Danger, Will Robinson”

I roll up to the first pickup of my shift. It's an address I've never been to before, but easy to find. I'm not right on time, but well within my thirty minute window. As I approach a woman is waiving at me. I open the door with my usual smile. "Good afternoon ma'am." The [...]

By | 2018-05-14T11:25:24+00:00 May 14th, 2018|The Life of Brian (In the Now)|Comments Off on 5/14/18: “Danger, Will Robinson”

5/10/18: Welcome Aboard, The Handi-Van of Peace

"Do you believe in Jesus?" "Excuse me?" "Do you believe in Jesus? You know... Jesus, Son of God, The Prince of Peace?" "Ummm... " I've been expecting a question like this. Since my first passenger of the day boarded at St. Frances Hospital, she has been praising Jesus with her every utterance. Along with a [...]

By | 2018-05-11T08:48:14+00:00 May 10th, 2018|The Life of Brian (In the Now)|Comments Off on 5/10/18: Welcome Aboard, The Handi-Van of Peace

4/26/18: I Don’t Know What

Yesterday... ------ My day starts by nearly filling my Handi-Van with passengers in wheelchairs, and my last one of the group is no exception. He lives in a public housing complex very near the heart of Honolulu called Mayor Wright Homes, which has been recently renovated. As I approach however, his building looks like it [...]

By | 2018-04-27T01:45:20+00:00 April 26th, 2018|The Life of Brian (In the Now)|Comments Off on 4/26/18: I Don’t Know What

4/6/18: Dream Update

I see a notification to update my iMac and click to install without reading. The familiar process bar under the Apple logo takes much longer than I'd anticipated. I'm reminded by a quick flash of memory... this is an update to the operating system so it must be a major one to be taking so long. I [...]

By | 2018-04-08T01:18:43+00:00 April 6th, 2018|The Life of Brian (In the Now)|Comments Off on 4/6/18: Dream Update

4/5/18: Holding Space with Unknown Fire

Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire. But if it had to perish twice, I think I know enough of hate To say that for destruction ice Is also great And would suffice. ----- Robert Frost -------------------------------------------- [...]

By | 2018-04-06T01:24:24+00:00 April 5th, 2018|The Life of Brian (In the Now)|Comments Off on 4/5/18: Holding Space with Unknown Fire

3/18/18: Listening to the Pain (Part three, Kindness Returns)

"There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind." ------  Fred Rogers -------------------------------------------------- The third and final of the three stories that my Thursday evening shift at work inspired, is not about a passenger, or a [...]

By | 2018-03-18T07:52:36+00:00 March 18th, 2018|The Life of Brian (In the Now)|Comments Off on 3/18/18: Listening to the Pain (Part three, Kindness Returns)

3/17/18: Listening to the Pain (Part two, Buddha on the Road)

I want to share three stories that yesterday evening's shift at work inspired. This will take three posts -------------------------------------- The second of the three stories my Thursday evening shift at work inspired, is also about a passenger. But this time I'd only transported her once before. Only a few days before actually... on Tuesday. On [...]

By | 2018-03-17T23:22:03+00:00 March 17th, 2018|The Life of Brian (In the Now)|Comments Off on 3/17/18: Listening to the Pain (Part two, Buddha on the Road)

3/16/18: Listening to the Pain (Part one, Not So Hidden Hate)

So I pretend to ignore Hey, that pain is such a bore But there’s just no way And if I try to embrace... or even replace That pain, just gets stronger every day --------------------------------------------- So much there So little space In which to... Hold ------ I want to share three stories that yesterday evening's shift [...]

By | 2018-03-17T10:55:21+00:00 March 16th, 2018|The Life of Brian (In the Now)|Comments Off on 3/16/18: Listening to the Pain (Part one, Not So Hidden Hate)

3/5/18: In Service

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. ------ Mahatma Gandhi ------------------------------------ One of the first pickups of my shift yesterday was for a young man who uses a wheelchair. And the last pickup of the evening was for a middle-aged woman... who also uses a wheelchair. But [...]

By | 2018-03-06T01:44:10+00:00 March 5th, 2018|The Life of Brian (In the Now)|Comments Off on 3/5/18: In Service

2/24/18: Unconsciously Choosing Paradox (Part Seven, The Monkey in my Imagined China Shop of Unsubstantiated Fears)

And so, to me, this idea of true belonging is a type of belonging that never requires us to be inauthentic or change who we are, but a type of belonging that demands who we are — that we be who we are — even when we jeopardize connection with other people, even when we have [...]

By | 2018-02-25T05:12:11+00:00 February 24th, 2018|The Life of Brian (In the Now)|Comments Off on 2/24/18: Unconsciously Choosing Paradox (Part Seven, The Monkey in my Imagined China Shop of Unsubstantiated Fears)