5 Thought Patterns with Ian

I wanted to talk to my step-son, Ian, about his theory of how people think. We talk about Radial, Extrapolative, Intuitive, Cyclical and Depth thinking. He let me know that I was, “a little intelligent at least”. High praise.    

Say my name

A brief overview and history of my name. I was born Timothy Warin Bruhn in 1972 by my mom and dad. In the 80s my parents divorced and I went to go live with my mom and my new stepfather. He was a Korean man with the surname Kim. My mom asked me if I…

High Five, Marvel!

Dear Marvel, I’m so excited for the directions that you’re going these days. I can’t express enough how much gratitude that you’re paying attention to a younger generation. For the past thirty years you’ve always been part of my emotional treasure trove – as a child I grew up with the Byrne/Claremont X-Men as well…

Deck of Useless Things

  Addendum: I just noticed that my post lacked some of the first entries  – best was “Regenerating Troll Jerky” which I think is absolutely brilliant!  

Stories My Parents Told Me

Stories My Parents Told Me My mom used to tell me a story about how I saved Christmas when I was a boy. My dad was deployed, so our family was just me, mom and my young sister. We lived at Fort Lewis, in housing provided by the Army, and one year we had a…

Saying Goodbye: My Trip to Korea

March 21st I land in Incheon – they can’t find my bag, and I fill out forms for it’s recovery. I get some help from a fella behind a counter and am directed to a hotel not far away. I take a taxi. The bed is as hard as a stone slab, but the bathroom…

Looking for Dong

   I was thinking about Tina Fey’s second season of Kimmy Schmidt. In one episode she tackles the criticisms that were lodged at her regarding the character Dong. Dong, rather predictably, is a variant of the classic Asian Male Buffoon, but with a twist. Although he and Kimmy have a romantic interest in each other,…

Maison De Bruhn

We bought a new house in East Tacoma. It’s a 4 bedroom, 3 bath place. It’s in a planned community put together by DH Horton. One of my favorite things is that after paying a not too bad HOA, the grounds are maintained.      See the sign that says “Sales Office”? This house was the model…

LMKWICD

LMKWICD is an acronym for “Let me know what I can do”, and it’s a super sweet sentiment. I know you mean the very best when you say it. I appreciate it and I appreciate you. But when it comes to grieving, it’s sort a solo adventure. At least for me. What you can for…

Grief is a gift

Grief is like alcohol, it will affect people physiologically in similar ways, but how it’s expressed varies from person to person and their psychological profile. I recognize that I’m in mourning for my mother who is currently being kept alive by machines. It’s to me to fly over there and release her. And I’m working on…

Dodging The Maw

What if you just stopped dreaming big and settled with your day to day stuff? Your job, your meals, your TV, your Video Games, your goddamned commute. Every day. Path of Least Resistance. For you it’s not Good enough though is it? That’s the pablum that they want you to stuff yourselves with and you’ve…

The Bus Sage in Alaska

My better half and I wandered Fairbanks Alaska and got provisions at Walmart, including a pair of five dollar boots that saved Sharon from taking even more unforgiving spills. For some reason we decided not to rent a car and took the local bus instead. After a brief discussion with the clerk (Do you know…