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Matt Ely
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Interests: stories. freedom. south africa. running. coffee. road trips. tailgating. taking a dog for a walk. drums. one-on-one conversations. anything that involves dirt.
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I've often heard it said that for something to be real, it must be based on strong empirical evidence. And often - if I am honest - I find myself verifying the facts, looking under every rock, just to make sure that whatever it is I am considering is actually... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2012 at Gripping Chara
Sometimes, I have a million things on my mind, but I don't have the capacity to process anything. Sometimes, I know what I want to say, but I don't have the words or actions to communicate them. Sometimes, closeness is what I want, but I don't know how to do... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2011 at Gripping Chara
There's a certain question I find myself asked often. It doesn't always happen with the same words, in the same context, or around the same kind of people. It can happen on Sunday evening just as easily as Tuesday morning - at the grocery store, in the office, with family,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2011 at Gripping Chara
There is a certain clip from the television series Lost that I find myself returning to over and over again. It's a powerful scene - click on play to take it in. This is something I can relate to on many levels. While I am not guilty of the same... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2011 at Gripping Chara
Dear Microsoft Excel, Being that you refuse to cooperate and have a conversation with me, I have decided to write you a letter. I have tried talking on your level for years. Not once have you attempted to look at things from my angle. And so I thought it would... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2011 at Gripping Chara
After dinner this evening, I had the Reds game on while the boys were busy building another Lego creation. Since they both played baseball this year (well, t-ball for the younger boy), every so often they'd watch a bit and make a comment - and usually be fairly accurate on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2011 at Gripping Chara
Not going to lie. Today was a tough day. But, I remembered something I did in my past that I decided to share. When I was at an exceptionally low point, a few friends suggested I make a list of 100 things I enjoy. I thought it was a bit... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2011 at Gripping Chara
Sometimes, I find that the very things that terrify me actually are places that give me great joy. It's as if I want to run from what is good for me, say no when I should say yes, or sit still when I really need to move. To clarify, I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2011 at Gripping Chara
Recently, I found myself sitting in the Ludlow Skyline with high school friends Kevin, Dave, and Kurty K. For most of us, it had been a few years since we'd been around one another, and the natural small talk started our conversation. Of course, I was asked about my dad.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2011 at Gripping Chara
We all know paradox. Things don't always mean what they appear. Or what they mean is different than how they sound. Sometimes, what is offered depicts something that doesn't provide what we think it should intend. War is peace. Love is hate. That was bittersweet. We say someone has character... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2011 at Gripping Chara
Do you ever find language to be a barrier to communication? I know I do. Often, it seems I don’t have the right word or phrase to say what I’m thinking or feeling. Or if the right word is there, it’s been misused and abused – its true definition rendered... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2011 at Gripping Chara
I’ve been rather silent lately. Maybe it’s the doldrums of winter or the recovery from a hectic holiday season. Honestly, though, that’s not it. I’ve been waiting. Waiting for what? An answer. No, not a voice. And most definitely not a road map. I don’t want a “how to,” 5... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2011 at Gripping Chara
Sometimes when searching for words, I go back to those that have spoken to me well on the matter... "I must say a word about fear. It is life's only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life. It is a clever, treacherous adversary, how well I know. It has no... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2011 at Gripping Chara
Brisk night for a walk Boys grab my hands in silence Lanterns guide our steps Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2010 at Gripping Chara
The back room at his grandparents' house fascinated the young boy. Large windows overlooked a terraced yard, where flowers bloomed and trees seemed larger than life. He could sit and stare for hours. Living 3 states away, it was usually summertime when he'd have this chance. His imagination would soar.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2010 at Gripping Chara
I've heard it said that "the truth will set you free." And while there is definite validity to that statement, I have also seen how this statement is very much misunderstood. Truth, when broken down to its essence, relies on two things: perception (what is believed to be true based... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2010 at Gripping Chara
A treasured hour Replaying these memories Wish there was more time Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2010 at Gripping Chara
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Oct 14, 2010
Maybe she likes me Head turned gives sideways glances Shares her pretzel sticks Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2010 at Gripping Chara
So, it's been a while. At least in terms of writing in this space. It's not that I haven't had anything to say... in fact if often feels like I have too much to talk about. Not that my life is overflowing with overwhelming busyness or countless life-changing thoughts. No... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2010 at Gripping Chara
Sometimes it takes me a while to process something. And when a movie is good, it usually causes this to happen. You'll know this has taken place if I'm silent afterwards. Words just tend to escape me. Maybe I should clarify. When I say "good," I mean ridiculously thought-provoking. The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2010 at Gripping Chara
Thanks, Christi. It's friends like you that keep me moving forward. I need to be reminded to turn the other cheek as much as anyone!
Toggle Commented Aug 19, 2010 on Build at Gripping Chara
Like many of you, I have been watching, reading, and experiencing the NYC Mosque building debate near Ground Zero. Those that know me probably know my opinion on the matter. And while I think my opinion is correct (otherwise it would change), the real issue seems to be an entirely... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2010 at Gripping Chara
No, I'm not writing this in my birthday suit. Nor am I talking about THAT kind of nakedness. What IS going through my brain is that feeling, that concept, that sudden realization of being exposed. The place where terror meets reality. Where the light bulb goes off and I'm left... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2010 at Gripping Chara
Based off the comments, questions, rants, and blurbs I’ve encountered the past twenty-four hours, it would seem logical to think our nation is facing a major crisis. And while California’s Proposition 8 is very much a lightning rod from both sides, I am more amazed that people feel the strong... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2010 at Gripping Chara