It can be especially hard to find the bright side when you're not an optimist – and Jim Grey is not an optimist. When his always difficult marriage finally ended in a brutal, protracted divorce, it nearly crushed him. He wanted to run away and lick his wounds.
But he had two young sons who needed their dad. He had to stay in the game. He started writing as a way of processing everything that happened. He published his writing on a blog and let friends and family know. It was a double accountability check: he'd keep writing if people knew to expect it, and he'd avoid telling terrible stories on his ex-wife. He sensed that wallowing in his pain and lashing out in anger were not going to help him recover. If he could weave all that had happened into a narrative that pointed to a better future, perhaps he could heal while still being there for his sons. His blog was a place to start building a happier life.
This book collects the best stories and essays from the blog's first two years. They're ordinary stories of an ordinary life, well told. Every ordinary life is interesting; it's all in how you tell it.
About the author
Jim Grey makes his living in the tech industry leading software developers. He writes and makes photographs in his spare time.
He started blogging his words and photos in 2007. In time, and to his surprise, his blog became popular. It only encouraged him to write and photograph more.
Jim lives in central Indiana with his wife. They have seven children beteween them, all adults. The empty nest is in sight!
You can contact Jim through his blog, Down the Road, at blog.jimgrey.net.