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A Place to Start

Stories and Essays from Down the Road

About the Book

We all go through tough times. When we do, it can be hard to find the silver lining, the happy ending, the lesson learned.

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
Jim Grey

Writer, photographer, leader of geeks.

Table of Contents

  •  
    • Introduction
      • Acknowledgements
  • Stories
    • Welcome to Thorntown
    • Restored in Bridgeton
    • A good icing
    • A place to start
    • I like cameras
    • Home alone
    • Brushes with greatness
    • Re-integrating joy
    • Wanted by the FBI
    • On the small screen
    • Adventures to come
    • Holiday lights along the Michigan Road
    • Honoring my inner longhair
    • Blizzard of ‘78
    • Bursting the nostalgia bubble
    • No fallow season
    • The Pintomobile
    • One-two punch
    • A place to start again
    • The world’s foremost Jim Grey
    • Goodbye Rick, sort of
    • Eulogy for Buckethead
    • Monopoly money
    • Summer’s denouement
    • Headstone’s
    • On the Dummy Line
    • Photographic holiday memories
  • Essays
    • Pride of workmanship, part 1
    • Pride of workmanship, part 2
    • What’s the use?
    • Shopping in the suburbs
    • A leader’s character
    • Checking my barometer
  • Faith
    • Not-so-instant gratification
    • Holding up my hand
    • God grenades
    • Find joy where life is
    • A cappella
    • Wrongly imprisoned
    • Love paves the way
    • The temple’s grandeur
    • Everything you need
    • Storm damage
    • Purified
    • Three good things
    • Separated
    • The discipline of being real
    • Your infinite worth
    • Unrightable
  • About Jim Grey

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