Look out Norfolk, San Diego, St. Louis, San Francisco, Dayton, Indianapolis, Galesburg, Muncie, etc., here I come!
I’m speaking all over the place this spring — east coast, west coast, and middle coast! If I’m in your neighborhood, come see me or meet me for a fair trade coffee or whatever.
I’m looking forward to criss-crossing the country several times to share the stories of the folks I’ve met on my travels. If you’re interested in having me speak to your conference, university, school, or event, check out my speaking page.
March 27 4th Annual Peace and Justice Conference, North Hampton Community College Lehigh, PA
Public event sponsored by Northampton Community College’s humanities and social sciences division, political science department, communications department, Political Science Club and the NCC Forum…Read More >
I’ve spent roughly 37 days (that’s 24 hours X 37 days, or 888 hours) of my life since Disney’s Frozen came out performing the songs from the movie. You see, I have a five year old daughter, Harper.
Sometimes we pick individual songs from Frozen and just dance and sing. Other times we play the soundtrack from start to finish and act out the parts. I don’t mean to brag, but my rendition of “Do you Want to Build a Snowman” literally moved Harper to tears. (Dear Broadway producers, I’m available when you get to casting the musical.)
In honor of Harper’s love for all things Frozen, I’m posting two performance of Idina Menzel singing “Let it Go.” The first is her recent performance with Jimmy Fallon and the Roots on…
I married my Homecoming date, Annie.
This despite the fact that I wore a sweater vest to the Homecoming dance and that we dated for 11 years before getting married. That’s right…11 years! That’s totally a record, and one that I might add, I came very close to not achieving.
Each year I get invited to speak at 20 to 30 universities across the country about my travels and my books, which are regularly selected as the common reading books that all incoming freshmen are supposed to read. And each year there is one question that freshmen women who are still with their high school boyfriends want me to answer:
“How did Annie put up with you?”
Only Annie can truly answer that question, but this…
We thought the hermit crab that our four-year-old daughter, Harper, got for Christmas was dead. But then he went missing.
“Did you move the crab?” Annie, my wife, asked me last night at 2AM.
“He’s not in the dish!” Annie said.
Our house is for sale and anything that isn’t necessary needs to go. A hermit crab habitat complete with “I’m crabby” sign was taking up a chunk of our kitchen counter. And since the crab that lived in there didn’t seem to be moving, drinking, or eating, and by all appearances was dead, the habitat had to go. Annie had already had the, “your crab is dead,” talk with Harper, which ended in tears, but for some reason Annie didn’t make…
Fifteen years ago if you would’ve told me I would settle down in Muncie, Indiana, I would’ve done a spit-take. I was going to live somewhere with mountains or oceans or, more than likely, both.
Over the decade that Annie and I dated, I tried to convince her to move to the Florida Keys and Hawaii. I tried to convince her to put her life in a backpack and hit the road with me. I followed her to North Carolina where we lived for two years. She worked as a nanny. I worked retail at an outdoor equipment store (think backpack and tents) and as a SCUBA instructor. I also wrote and got paid tens of dollars per month for my writing. While we…
I talk about storytelling a lot with my friend Matt who is a pastor. He recently handed me a book with this quote from Flannery O’Connor:
We didn’t send out Christmas cards this year. So this is it. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and we hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did.
I’ve been writing about my CrossFit journey over at the blog of the Arsenal, Muncie’s only CrossFit gym. My latest post…
CrossFit showed us how strong we can be
CrossFit was the best thing that happened to my family in 2013.
I know that sounds like an overstatement of immense proportions. It’s not.
Annie, my wife, agrees. And if you know Annie, she doesn’t overstate anything.
Don’t get me wrong, we had a lot of awesome things happen personally (I taught my daughter how to ride a bike…on Father’s day!) and professionally (my second book came out), but the last year has been tough.
Honestly, we’ve sort of been reeling since September 18th, 2012. That’s the day we learned that our son Griffin might be on the autism spectrum….
I’ve never played the lottery nor do I intend to start doing so, but it’s hard not to hear the amount of the jackpot of the Mega Millions lottery – $636 million – and not ask: “If I won two-thirds of a billion dollars, how would it impact my life?”
We would move into a new home, about the size of our current home, but with more land. I want the kids to be able to hit a baseball as far as they are able in our yard. But we’re going to do that anyhow. Our house went on the market yesterday. So I guess that really doesn’t count other than we’d pay cash for the house.
We’d probably keep our G6 with 106K miles…
I’m excited to announce that I’m on the faculty at the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop (April 10-12). I’ve been to the conference twice as an attendee, and it is definitely one of my favorite conferences. The conference made me better as a writer, led to some major assignments, a book blurb from Senator Sherrod Brown, and, the best part, I made some real life friends, who are hilarious. That’s the great thing about a humor conference, the people who attend it are typically pretty darn funny.
I’m teaching one section…
Writing Nonfiction: Connecting People Through Stories
Writers of creative nonfiction explore truths through verifiable facts, shaping the narrative using the same tools as writers of…
Todd Sandman introducing Spamalot!! (at @MuncieCivic Mainstage Theatre w/ 6 others) [pic]: http://t.co/MNI0HT9QuS
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