Bowen Dwelle

CHOOSE FREEDOM

depression

Nobody asked me, so I’m asking you

I’ve been crying a lot lately. I cried yesterday in a room of sixty people that I had just met, and I cried in the shower at the yoga studio this morning. I did wonder for a moment what people might have thought of a man of 49 years, sitting there in a conference room […]

An Ordinary Disaster

What kid gets that there’s a lesson encoded in every rule? I was no different, and so my confident rule-breaking was also a precocious defiance of all the things that I could have known. I learned most of all to reject what others had built, what they had assumed for me. I got good first […]

I used to love shopping

Shopping was a big part of life for many years. I didn’t get it from my parents or my friends. My parents weren’t acquisitive. My dad would buy things for hobbies: sailing gear, climbing gear, cameras and lenses, a sextant, a motorcycle, a table saw, a planer, a router. My friends weren’t shoppers. I can’t […]