Ryan Long Posts

My wife and I were putting our girls, Nola(8) and Violet(6), to bed recently and they asked us to tell them a story from our childhood. Preferably an embarrassing one, they added. They must have been in the mood for laughter—like always—and humiliation at the expense of their parents was bound to be low hanging fruit. Also, they may have…

Kids People

I time-traveled recently. In a couple different ways. Vortex In October my wife, four kids, and myself squeezed into our minivan and pointed it toward Pittsburg. No, not that one. Pittsburg, Kansas. A dear friend of ours was turning fifty-years-old and a surprise party that had been marinating for many months was finally underway. It is a very weighty decision…

Kids Nonsense

Halloween is one of our favorite times of the year. It may edge out over Christmas a little bit. Shhhhh, don’t tell our super-conservative upbringing that. The beauty of this fall celebration lies in its extraversion. It’s the one time, out of the entire year, where we collectively set down our political stances, ideals, and opinions—unless of course your opinion…

Kids

Things have been kind of crazy around the Long household. We have undergone some changes this year and our schedule and life-rhythm has felt the shockwaves. Bouncing along on these waves has been my writing time. Hence a blogging absence for the past couple months. I wanted to give a brief update on what we’ve been up to.   Jobs…

Writing

I’ve owned a ’93 Jeep Wrangler since I was 21. It was my second vehicle and a marked upgrade from the 1986 Ford Tempo that transported me through high school and a handful of years thereafter. The Tempo was great don’t get me wrong. I like puzzles. Which door doesn’t open from the inside? Which window can I not lower…

People

We often attach emotions to seasons and periods of time throughout the year. Consider the month of December. Many can look at this month, printed on a calendar, and feel a faint whisper of delight. Like a gentle breeze, passing briefly through their soul. Christmas, traditions, family, gifts. Decades of wonderful memories coalesce into a compressed moment of joy that…

Creative Process Music

Instinct and adrenaline are powerful things. Especially when it comes to emergency situations. Dad saves. Women lifting cars off of their children. Men leaping out of multistoried buildings to avoid vague questions from their wives about clothes and fatness. When your “spidey sense” is tingling and you have raw power coursing through your veins, there is nothing that can stop…

Kids

“You can eat from the trash as long as your school work is done!” The spring air has forced our windows open lately. The gentle breezes move through our house ushering in the scent of fresh nature and new beginnings. This air movement also carries voices from inside of the house to our sidewalk and beyond. And last week, if you…

Kids

I take pride in the fact that my girls have good imaginations. Nola(7) and Violet(5) don’t need a giant room full of toys to entertain themselves, not that they would be opposed to such an arrangement. When we send them outside they take toys and such, but often they will pilfer our suburban habitat for their imaginative purposes. Branches, rocks,…

Kids

Char and I had a little fun with April Fools’ Day last year. I scared my daughter Nola by hiding in a tent the kids had put up in the dining room a few days prior. By then it was invisible. I sat in it for about twenty minutes while she ate breakfast and let her guard down. Then boom! All of sudden she was inches…

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