Big Smiles & A Few Miles

Started a brisk 1.5 hour hike at Jumping Off Rock near Ophir in the Uwharrie National Forest this morning. The weather was a perfect 64 degrees. The particular trail we chose (By the way I was walking with AT section hiker, Jeff Bowers, no relation) was very mild and not much of a challenge. We walked and talked our way over a short peak. After that the trail was just like road walking, only in the woods, with overflowing creeks.

​Just wearing a small day pack with a gallon of water and a few snacks, my burden was very lite. At the first creek crossing I carried my shoes and socks and waded through. No two ways about it, that water was cold. We ended up scampering across water 4 times. One of them got half my right foot soaked. With such a short hike it wasn’t a problem. Now there are some very challenging trails from that same spot, but for my first day back at hiker training 1.5 hours was just fine.
Crossing the big creek coming back, the same one I waded the first time and considering one foot was already wet, I got bold and ninja hopped across residual boulders in the stream! A fellow traveler popped out of the trail behind us and was surely impressed to see a big fella with just Cat-like agility.​

​Big smiles and a few miles. More to come.

Making the Falcons Fly!

My big project for the year has been the creation of a documentary on the 2015/ 2016 Pfeiffer University’s Men’s soccer team. After hundreds of miles and a months worth of day’s filming on soccer pitches all over North Carolina, Tennessee & Virginia, the film is literally in the proverbial can.

This week we officially started editing the program together. Like all films, the production is really made in the editing room. Fortunately, we have so much footage to choose from and many interesting interviews. I look forward to day in the coming weeks when we can share this with you all via 

Everything’s Gonna Be Alright

Mon and Dad
Mom and Dad

It’s Christmas time again. 2016 has been an emotionally tough year for myself and the world in general. So many great actors, musicians and artists of all kinds have slipped away. Bowie & Prince, along with many members of the various art communities I frequent, all gone.

In March I lost my Dad. Well, I lost him in the sense that he passed away, but he is ever constant in my thoughts. He’s never been on my mind so much as he is these days. I dream about him at least 2 or 3 nights per week.

Last night I had the most poignant dream. I was a teenager. Dad and I were at a country store and unlike most of my dreams, I didn’t realize that…you know he’s gone and this isn’t reality. Anyways, an old friend happens by and says, “Hey Guy, how have you been?” In that moment it hit me that indeed Dad has died and I’m still essentially hanging out with him in my dreams and thoughts. I told me friend, “Well, I guess I’m ok, but I’m still hanging out with this guy (pointing to my father.)”

I turned to Dad, only now he’s one of my favorite horses from childhood. Actually, he’s turned into a conflation of several of my favorite horses (horses he bought for me, of course). Then, suddenly I’m holding in my arms an iconic mix of all of my dogs, though it looks like a healthy sized boxer bulldog called,”Duke”. I think, well, I can’t get onto the horse holding this fella. So….. Just then, the horse literally kneels down and I just step over onto him, still holding the pooch and he gets up and carries me off.

Talk about symbolic!

I’m sorry for us all, for all we’ve collectively lost, but being a perpetually “sunny side up” kind of person, even in my darkest, I have a sense that to lose, you had to have possessed at some point and in that way you are a lucky man. Many, MANY people never had a great childhood and amazing parents. I did, so I’m blessed.

This Christmas won’t feel right without Dad, but I’ll try to enjoy it and every day to come to the best of my ability.

As the late, great Bob Marley once penned, “Good friends we had and good friends we’ve lost, along the way. In this great future you can’t forget your past, so dry your tears I say. Everything’s gonna be alright.