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By David Berry: Valentine’s Day can be traced back to a bunch of guys named ‘Valentine’ who were martyrs for Christianity back in the first century. That’s your history lesson for the day. And I love a lot of you, but I’m not about to get mauled to death to prove it. And that whole martyrdom story more or less validates the title of this blog – Valentine’s Day is Bullshit. I’ve known that for a […]

Valentine’s Day is Bullshit


You deserve to fail. I’m sure your mother disagrees. And while I’m sure she’s a fine woman, your mother is wrong. Because seriously, IF you hit the snooze bar three times, skipped the gym again, stopped at Dunkin Donuts for breakfast, cranked out eight half-assed hours at work, then went home and caught up on Netflix because you were “too tired” to do anything else, then I mean it – you deserve to fail. That said, I include myself in […]

You Deserve to Fail


Daniel and I were standing by the sliding glass doors at the back of the living room of the house, if you could call it that. We’d somehow escaped an open floor plan filled with people, most of whom were congregated in the kitchen sharing bottles of craft beer and a newly opened package of Lindt chocolate truffles. “This place is awesome,” I said, looking over to the kitchen and scanning right to gaze up […]

To Consume or Create?



The 10 Phases of Dating, my debut book, goes on sale in 35 days! In the past couple of years, I’ve fallen out of habit with writing on my blog, but I’m planning to change that from now through the launch of the book.  __________________ I lost my virginity when I was 26 years old. (Usually after I share that information, I let it hang out there in dumbfounded silence for a few seconds. One. […]

The 26 Year Old Virgin


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White people will tell you it exists, but that it’s true of other white people. Black people will tell you they’re victims of it. And Hispanic or Latino people – you know, ‘Mexicans’ to the uninformed – are being unilaterally threatened with deportation because of it. (And Syrians, and judges in Indiana, and…) It is racism, or what the dictionary defines as the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that […]

I am a Racist


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This week, I found out that a girl friend of mine was the victim of a vicious sexual assault during college. At a train station, in a seemingly safe public setting no less. Learning the news made my stomach turn with nausea. Partly because I had said something to make light of it.

The End of the Rape Joke



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One month ago on this blog, I wrote at length about testing my metaphorical, professional parachute. On April 25, I filed for the incorporation of DB + Partners, seven days after beginning the grassroots efforts of actually having a business worth incorporating – on the day I wrote that blog. That first night, I stayed up until 1:00 a.m. writing down a list of contacts and old friends that I would need to reach out […]

In 30 Days


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I got fired from my job yesterday. In my subjective opinion, what I did – or failed to do – was low on the list of fire-able offenses. But guess what? My name isn’t on the side of the building, and my opinion on what qualifies as a fire-able offense is irrelevant. Even more so as I write this.

Opening Your Parachute


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This week, I “celebrate” the 13 year anniversary of a car accident that nearly claimed my life. I’ve reposted this story on the anniversary of the accident, and made some improvements along the way, each of the past eight years. Each time, it’s a fresh reminder of my “miracle.” No matter how I lead up to this or what you read in my story, it’s going to seem like I’m being dramatic, but I’m pretty […]

April 4, 2003



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1 year ago today, I lost my grandmother to kidney cancer. A few days after she passed, I was honored to deliver the eulogy at her memorial service. The moments that surround her death still feel surreal to me. Four days before she passed, she was placed in hospice care. We had all been told that she had about a month to live. I was scheduled to fly home for a wedding the following week, […]

3 Lessons from My Grandma