The Mess That Is Me


The Mess That Is Me is merely my unique observations about this crazy world that surrounds us and how I fit into it. Here I will share parts of my writing process and fears, some of our travels and reports of our events, and even about our quirky family. So grab a cup of coffee, settle back, and see what lies within this twisted mind of mine.

January 24, 2017

Rhychard Bartlett has a secret, a very big secret. We’re not talking about what he bought his mother for her birthday or whether Santa Claus is real or not. (For the record, Santa Claus is real. The North Pole is part of the faerie world.) No, we’re talking about a sec...

January 3, 2017

Every year, before New Year’s Day, we like to take a look back and see where we started, how we progressed, and even where we may have dropped the ball at times. While some may say that 2016 was a tumultuous year filled with bitterness, rage, and insecurity, for this a...

December 19, 2016

(A Throwback Post from the Mess That Is Me December 2012)

I have a confession to make.  As much as I love this time of year with its Christmas music and festive lights, I’m finding it hard to get into the Christmas spirit.  I could be wrong, but it just might be because...

October 19, 2016

Standing at the front door, there was a churning in the pit of my stomach, a twisting resignation that I was saying goodbye to everything on the other side of that locked door. What was once a storm passing us far out in the Atlantic was now predicted to make landfall...

June 2, 2016

Fifty. The big 5-0. 50. It doesn’t matter how I say it or how many times I say it, I still find it hard to believe. I mean, wasn’t it just yesterday I was popping zits and waiting to see if my tux was ready for prom? How could I be turning fifty already? Hell, I still...

May 19, 2016


(Originally posted at The Mess That Is Me January 2012)


In 2004, our area was hit by four hurricanes spaced two weeks apart.  It was during the aftermath of these storms that my love for porches began and they in turn became my sanctuary.


Charley was the first st...

February 4, 2016

(Originally posted at The Mess That Is Me 1/13)


One of my family’s favorite places to visit is the Disney Marketplace, or Downtown Disney as I’m used to calling it.  It’s a series of specialty shops, restaurants, and night clubs centered around the business of pushing...

January 21, 2016

(Originally posted at The Mess That Is Me 10/10)


Some things just aren’t funny.  An Amber Alert is one of those things.  My gut clenches every time I hear one and my heart fills my throat as that droll monotone voice breaks into the music and describes the child.  It a...

January 4, 2016


(Originally posted at The Mess That Is Me 01/11)


It’s a fight every week.  Actually, it happens twice a week because garbage pickup occurs every Tuesday and Friday, but still it’s a battle being waged.  Recycling is picked up on Wednesdays but I can understand that b...

December 24, 2015

(Originally posted at The Mess That Is Me 12/12)


The morning dawns just as every other morning but this day is different.  It’s not like yesterday or the day before.  This day is filled with joyous anticipation.  Stand still and take a deep breath.  You can smell it in...

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