They say that the key to being a better writer is simple: write more.

They say that the key to being a happier person is simple: be grateful.

They say that the key to being less misunderstood is simple: share more of yourself.

Here is the goal/challenge of this project. I'm too self-loathing to journal ("Nobody wants to sift through my crap."), but I recognize the benefits of a daily immersion into writing and gratitude.

Every day, I will sit and come up with something from that day (or as close to every day as possible) that was an influence on me. Someone or something that helped define who I am. Perhaps it's a person whose birthday was that day, or someone who died on that day. Perhaps it's an important historical event. Whatever the influence, I want to share a bit about the origin of that influence, and what it showed me about life, and possibly grant some perspective into who I am... for anyone interested in reading this stuff. No script, no plan, no editing. Just a verbal "unwind" of that day's topic.

As I make my way back to a life where I actually speak and act on my thoughts and re-learn how to verbalize my inner thoughts, this is - quite simply - good exercise for me.


My name is A.D. and I live in central Ohio with my wife, our two amazing kids, and my '97 Harley. In my adult life, I have been a measurement and strategy consultant, a teacher, a corporate trainer, a performance poet, a screenwriter, an instructional designer, a singer, a podcaster, a cartoonist, a stand-up comedian, and a film theory student. Through it all, I have been an obsessive student of anything that interested me. In the end, if I have learned anything from all of these experiences, it's that life is a series of connections that help deepen our understanding of everything that follows. Whether I'm digging into giant data sets or watching a cartoon, everything I've seen and learned in life may potentially increase the depth of meaning and understanding.  More importantly, if there is a universal story to be found in something, I want to find it.

After years of sidelining my writing and thinking in favor of a career and day-to-day "grown-up responsibilities", I finally decided to start giving myself the time and energy to think about the things that have moved me the most.

This is the result.