Male Role Model

THIS BLOG HIGHLIGHTS SHORT FLASHES FROM MY MEMORY. MANY TIMES THESE “MEMORY SNAPSHOTS” SERVE AS THE INSPIRATION FOR MY #7MINUTESTORIES PODCAST THAT YOU LISTEN TO. THE GOAL OF THIS BLOG IS TO GIVE LISTENERS A DEEPER INSIGHT INTO MY STORYTELLING PROCESS AND MY PERSONHOOD.

Blended families can be beautiful but it doesn't mean they don't come with challenges. One of the biggest is trying to find your role as a parental figure to children that aren't biologically yours. These two dudes may not share the same genes with me but they've helped teach me what it means to be a father figure. I'm trying everyday both for my daughter and for them. If you would have told me 5 years ago I would have 3 kids... I would have laughed in your face. Well, Aaron, you have 3 kids… 

The dudes

The dudes

Norman Rockwell

THIS BLOG HIGHLIGHTS SHORT FLASHES FROM MY MEMORY. MANY TIMES THESE “MEMORY SNAPSHOTS” SERVE AS THE INSPIRATION FOR MY #7MINUTESTORIES PODCAST THAT YOU LISTEN TO. THE GOAL OF THIS BLOG IS TO GIVE LISTENERS A DEEPER INSIGHT INTO MY STORYTELLING PROCESS AND MY PERSONHOOD.

This is the outside of the barbershop in the town where I grew up, where I left, and where I boomeranged back to. As a teenager and even in my 20s studying in New York City, I used to think where I came from was "lame". And maybe to some it is. But there's something simple and beautiful that exists here. Something I should have been more courageous about sharing before. Something I missed in the arrogance of my early teens and 20s. Something I should not have denied. It's not perfect, it doesn't encompass every experience in America, but I think it encompasses the best parts of a Norman Rockwell painting. A place where peace and inspiration are the norm and where one can raise a family. It's also the place that helped safely foster my love of storytelling. For that I am forever grateful.

Hersey’s Barbershop. Medina, OH.

Hersey’s Barbershop. Medina, OH.

Home

THIS BLOG HIGHLIGHTS SHORT FLASHES FROM MY MEMORY. MANY TIMES THESE “MEMORY SNAPSHOTS” SERVE AS THE INSPIRATION FOR MY #7MINUTESTORIES PODCAST THAT YOU LISTEN TO. THE GOAL OF THIS BLOG IS TO GIVE LISTENERS A DEEPER INSIGHT INTO MY STORYTELLING PROCESS AND MY PERSONHOOD.

Place and geography play a big part in the stories I tell. As a native of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio, so much of how I tell stories and my perspective is drawn from the culture of where I grew up. My perspective isn’t definitive of this region, only a part of it’s rich tapestry.

Cleveland is a city that produces great storytellers. I mean for the love of God, #superman was created here. My family is from this place. I left the area when I was 18 years old and came back and now have called Cleveland & Northeast Ohio home for nearly 10 years. It's a place that can be harsh, difficult , misunderstood , comforting and beautiful. It's a place where stories are plentiful. I'm going to keep telling them 7 minutes at a time

The house in Cleveland, OH where the idea for Superman was born.

The house in Cleveland, OH where the idea for Superman was born.

A promise to my daughter

THIS BLOG HIGHLIGHTS SHORT FLASHES FROM MY MEMORY. MANY TIMES THESE “MEMORY SNAPSHOTS” SERVE AS THE INSPIRATION FOR MY #7MINUTESTORIES PODCAST THAT YOU LISTEN TO. THE GOAL OF THIS BLOG IS TO GIVE LISTENERS A DEEPER INSIGHT INTO MY STORYTELLING PROCESS AND MY PERSONHOOD.

The following memory and short story inspired Episode 22 of the #7minutestories podcast. It’s called: The Nite-Nite Rules. After reading this make sure and give it a listen.

When I was 5 years old my parent’s marriage dissolved. It was then that I made a promise that I would never get divorced because I couldn’t imagine my own child experiencing that sort of pain. That’s why I was devastated when my wife and I separated just after my 31st birthday. I felt like a failure. But mostly, I felt like I was letting down our one year old daughter. A promise was made years ago with the best of intentions but it had been broken…

Although my former wife and I would go on to thrive as co-parents, the hardest nights were when I wasn’t physically there to say goodnight to my little girl. So, I took a stab at another commitment. This time, maybe one that was more attainable. I promised that on the nights my daughter and I were in separate houses, I would call her on the phone at 8pm to tell her goodnight. I want to make sure that she knows I’m always there. To have the comfort of hearing my voice every night before she falls asleep.

I haven’t missed a phone call in 5 years. 

My Brother and the Karaoke Radio

This blog highlights short flashes from my memory. Many times these “memory snapshots” serve as the inspiration for my #7minutestories podcast that you listen to. The goal of this blog is to give listeners a deeper insight into my storytelling process and my personhood. Enjoy!

My brother and I had wild imaginations as children. I’m not sure if this photo was even taken around Halloween because we’d dress up and pretend to be characters all the time. It was around this time that I started to really love storytelling…

My brother and I even created our own radio show. “The Aaron and Alex Radio Show”  We would use a Fisher-Price microphone/karaoke toy and record our episodes on cassette tapes. In my mind I always felt like someone out there could hear it. I don’t think they did...Now in 2019, with my podcast #7minutestories I am still sharing stories. Only this time it’s not on a children’s microphone. It’s with you. Oh, and my brother Alex is telling stories too. He’s a senior copywriter at American Greetings.