birds in a barrel's mission is to release creative nonfiction into the wild.

40 Days & 40 Writes is its first project.


While many people might begin each year with a resolution, I like to begin the year with a theme that I return to during the year, a slogan that helps me recognize and evaluate what is going on in my life.

I was seeking a theme for 2018 during our family‘s Christmas ski trip to Colorado. My ski instructor inadvertently provided me one during my lesson. While his advice pertained to skiing, I’ve adopted it as my motto for 2018: look where you want to go.

I have added a few corollaries as the year has progressed. These include the following: figure out what you need, then get it. Focus on the positive.

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