Happy Birthday, Tracy


Happy Birthday
Erika, Tracy and Amber


Today is my wife’s birthday. I would tell you how old [wb_fb_f name=”Tracy Swett” id=””] is, but I like getting to spend the night in the same bed as her.

She is amazing and I cannot imagine my life without her.  Here, on my blog, you get to read my writing and occasionally I share a little bit about my life, but I don’t often speak about how central to my life she is.
She is there for me every day, no matter how badly I screw up or how much I lose sight of things because I get wrapped up in myself.

It would be easy to say that she stays with me because it is easy, or because we have kids together, but the truth is that I am anything but easy to live with and neither one of us are big believers in staying together for the kids. No, living with me and putting up with my crap is no easy thing, so I can only conclude that she must love me far more than I deserve.

Tracy, I love you so very much and I am so glad that you are my wife and my best friend. I would not be half the man I am today if it were not for you, so happy birthday.

Love, Eric



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40th Birthday Approaching

BirthdaySo this is the year when I turn forty. Being the end of the next full decade of life, this is supposed to be one of those years that I look back at how little I have accomplished and how little time I have left on this planet. I don’t feel like doing that.

I have lived a pretty good life so far, and yes, there are things I screwed up, but without those I wouldn’t have the life I have today. I have an amazing family with a beautiful wife and incredible kids. I have published one book and if the writing god’s allow, I’ll have the second book out before I hit that big four zero.

So what is the point of this blog post if I am not going to whine and complain about my age?  Simple: I want stuff.

That’s right. I want things. Specifically, I want you to buy me things.  I’m not silly or ridiculous in my wants, but I have them. Now is your chance to step up and help me get stuff just for surviving another year. It is important to note that the amount of stuff I receive from you directly decreases the chances of me having a midlife crisis in the coming year.  Don’t do it for me…do it for the children.

Thank you.

 Eric’s Wish List

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Thankful For What I Have and What I Have Lost


I really didn’t intend to write a Thanksgiving post. To me those sort of posts seem overly sappy or completely contrived. My goal is to do neither, but I think I may end up more on the side of sappy, so bear with me, okay?

I am so thankful for my family. I have a beautiful wife that loves me despite the fact that I am such a screw up. She stands by my side and supports me in everything I do, even when my choices are not always the best. I love you, Tracy. Continue reading “Thankful For What I Have and What I Have Lost”

Blowing Rock in the Fall


I took my family up to the little town of Blowing Rock this weekend. It was great getting to spend time with them and I took a lot of pictures of the tremendous fall colors of the mountains and valleys around us.

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I had never been to Blowing Rock before, and I have decided I would love to live there, but I would probably have to leave my wife behind since the snow in the winter would be a deal breaker. We were there on a busy tourist weekend, so we didn’t get to window shop as much as we might have liked, but it was still a lot of fun to walk through town and watch the kids playing in the park.

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Twelve Years and So Much Has Changed

Hailey Swett, Leukemia
Hailey Swett: Day 1

Twelve Years ago yesterday, July 7th, my first born, Hailey Thompson Swett, was born. It was my proudest moment and I couldn’t believe I had a daughter of my own. Tracy and I did not find out what we were having before the birth, and I was sure it was a boy. I was surprised when it turned out to be a girl, but in a good way. She was perfect and I loved her with my entire being. Continue reading “Twelve Years and So Much Has Changed”

A Little Writing Prompt Challenge

Writing Prompt Challenge

It is time for a writing prompt challenge. It has been a long time since I’ve done one, so when I fel it inspired by the pictures here, well, a writing prompt was born.

Anyone who knows me can tell you how much I love my kids. There is nothing I wouldn’t do for them and no sacrifice I would not endure.

My friend, Catherine, watches my kids during the day and often sends my wife and I pictures of our youngest. One of the pictures today was quite inspirational and some friends of mine took it upon themselves to do a little photoshop action and the results are fabulous!  It got me thinking that these pics could make for a fun writing prompt.

So here is your challenge; write up a story or poem for one of the two pictures and post it on your blog (or you can email it to me and I’ll post it here) and I’ll share it here. I’ll post a poll for voting and the winner gets a copy of my book and bragging rights.

The rules are simple.

1. There is no minimum or maximum length requirement.

2. Give me a link or a copy of the story by  11:59 PM Eastern Time on June 21st, 2013.

3. Have fun with it.

There you have it. Now get to it!

Kaitlyn in Suburbia! by Steve Pashley



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