For as long as I can remember, I have had the same recurring dream, though admittedly, it’s been closer to two years since I last had it. And since dreams don’t come with built-in movie titles and soundtracks, I’ve got to come up with those on my own. So let’s call the dream “The House Within the House.” Three to four times per year, my dreams took me to this house within a house, which […]

My Recurring, Imaginative Dream


“Add an ‘I’ to it,” Kevin said to me, Jim and Dan. We looked at him with confusion. We were in the upper youth room at Westside Baptist Church surrounded by all the other teenaged boys in our high school youth group. The girls were in a separate room that day. It was day one of the “Love, Sex and Dating” Sunday School series, which we’d been looking to with great anticipation for weeks in […]

I Love Sex & Dating


By David Berry: Translating rap songs is going to be my side creative outlet while I work on my second book, which is in need of a new name. Until then, and to celebrate Kanye’s 40th birthday…enjoy. Ball so hard muh’fuckas wanna fine me (I flaunt my wealth so aggressively that those whom it displeases desire to garnish my wages) But first niggas gotta find me (However, in order to do so, they must locate me) What’s […]

I Translated “N***s in Paris” by Kanye West & Jay-Z ...



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In 2005, I was a contestant in Xi Man, a sorority event which I would basically summarize as a ‘man pageant.’ Each guy needed a talent for the evening and, since I mainly attribute my actual ‘skills’ to writing, I decided to do what any good writer would do – translate a rap song into actual English. Well, it’s been 12 years and the hip hop game has changed. Not to fear. Google tells me […]

I Translated “Tunnel Vision” by Kodak Black into Slang-Free Prose


I am crossing the mid-point on my second book, tentatively titled ‘The 26 Year Old Virgin.’ Here’s an excerpt from Chapter 2 for your enjoyment. By David Berry: In 1995, if a group of five sixth grade boys were early to homeroom, you knew one of two things had happened: There was a test that morning or – as was more often the case – there was something semi-sexual to talk about as it related […]

Did You French Her?


By David Berry: Everyone’s pissed off. Trump isn’t gonna let the press secretary speak anymore – what a fool! Hillary came back and said it’s Comey’s fault she’s not president – I want to see those emails! Comey got fired and he was investigating Trump – impeach Trump! Did you see that local news story about the guy and the dog and the baby and the thing? I would never! Lock him up. That guy killed how […]

I’m Offended!



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By David Berry: Ever had a bad day at work? A year ago, if you’d asked me how my day was going, I’d have told you “like shit.” And that was 20 minutes before I got fired. I had just run into the CEO of my ad agency after stepping out of the elevator. “Hey, good news!” I said, feigning joy. “We just nailed down the geotargeting parameters for the (insert client name) campaign and the […]

Fired to Fired Up: 1 Year in the Making


By David Berry: In every society, children are raised with a number of cliches that allege to have baked in life lessons. They’re like our inheritance from birth, guiding pillars of wisdom that we can always cling to as emotional life rafts when things are in doubt. In the U.S., those include some true ones like “the grass isn’t always greener on the other side” or “better safe than sorry.” And those are true. You might have a […]

7 Ways Money Can Buy Happiness


By David Berry: It seems the only way to get widespread interaction with my blog these days is to take aim at cliches and mock them, then break them down. But the truth is, I do believe that the “you’ll find someone when you’re not looking” cliche is trash worth breaking down. For starters, let’s explore why someone would use this phrase in the first place (don’t worry, I’ll do the exploring for you). In nearly […]

No, You Won’t Find Someone When ‘You’re Not Looking’



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By David Berry: For my next several blog posts, I’m going to dedicate myself to shooting down dating cliches. As a man in a relationship that’s approaching eight months, I feel that I’ve earned a degree of credibility on relationships. And I have sold over 500 copies of The 10 Phases of Dating, so there’s that, as well (and a not-so-humble brag). Today’s cliche is “There are plenty of fish in the sea!” It’s a popular retort (duh, that’s why it’s […]

There are NOT Plenty of Fish in the Sea