Category Archives: Adam Kirkpatrick

Christmas star snowball fight

To me, the beautiful thing about Christmas is simply the promise of hope. Hope for joy and for love and for redemption. It is a time to slow down, take stock of what is truly important to us and rise above in aspiration of something transcendent. This is the purpose of symbols, they guide our story. Ultimately, we are all

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Growing up behind a mask.

Two weeks at a time is no way to live. It’s also no way to be a father. I bring this up because I feel like this is how we have been living since nine months ago when we all collectively decided to “flatten the curve.” Two weeks turned into two months, followed by the brief respite of summer and

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I love you

I fell enough in love that I could no longer tolerate fear. I was brave enough to ask my would be wife to dance. I sat by my newborn son on a plane through a thunderstorm to the St. Luke’s NICU. We welcomed a second son and a third and I watched my wife put on a brave face while

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Last sunset of summer

Tonight, we drove the sun down across the high desert, vastness that is the lonely stretch of 287 between Lander and Muddy Gap. I watched it drift beyond the the horizon, glazed by California, wildfire like some magnificent ruby in the sky and I realized… this is the last sunset of summer. It was beautifully, poignantly surreal. I was deep

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Imagine…

Today my character was besmirched in the worst way imaginable by a random, internet troll. Earlier this week my family was forced to brave walmart in facemasks. Both experiences left me feeling like the worst, imaginable version of myself. My imagination is indulgent, as I imagine that most imaginations are and so my initial response to conflict is to cathartically

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glorious vulnerability

To be a father is to be heartbroken. To exceed at it is to question your every choice; to understand that your every move, from the way you handle conflict to the way you butter your toast is somehow shaping the future behaviors of the people who mean more to you than anything else. There are victories but there is

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PAws off my paw patrol

How is this the world that we are living in? Nothing makes sense, each new day is more ridiculous than the last and everyone is so busy being right that ultimately, everyone is wrong. And I’m about to make a spirited defense of Paw Patrol… As a rule, I avoid discussing things of a political nature because all too often

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It’s something like flying a kite.

It’s been a while since I last blogged; what with the pandemic, the revolution and the individual rat race to whatever we are calling the “new normal.” The truth is… I have been at a loss for words. What I used to like to do was to go about my day, sharing in the otherwise commonplace horrors that were the

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