2016-03-18 19.25.46Welcome to, From Ashes I Rise, I’m Chris 

I’ve managed to survive 30 years so far here on Earth, 

I currently lay my head in Long Beach, CA.

Stubborn perfectionist, over analytical, and habitually my own worst enemy.  I respond poorly to good advice because I experience an obsession to prove I can find an alternative solution.  In other words, I learn lessons the hard way.

Natural introvert and constantly skeptical of people and their intentions.  I’ve only ever let someone into my world up to a certain point; then it’s time to pull away and construct a barrier of defense; this has never actually led to a positive outcome and I need to stop doing that.

Sport a butt chin and attempt to cover it up with a beard – its not always effective and sometimes just looks like a hairy butt chin.

Work hard; play hard – know when to take things serious, but still enjoy perceiving it in a comedic fashion; even if that means I’m the only member in the audience; my sense of humor can seem dark and is usually inappropriate for the general public.

Learning to embrace vulnerability and feel my emotions without numbing it all out.

Started on the right coast and migrated to the left; pretty much as far as possible for the lower 48 states.

Petitioning to create and pastor the Church of Seuss.  If Scientology is a religion, Dr. Seuss absolutely deserves a crack at it; I mean…he is the wisest man that ever walked the earth, at least in my opinion.  (side note: he was also an introvert)

The following poll is merely for my personal entertainment value:


The Sunday rule according to the book of me: no yelling or hollering or making lots of noise in my presence – this has nothing to do with religious rituals or respecting the Sabbath, I just like peace and quiet; I have sensitive ears…the book of me doesn’t actually exist.

Father, son, brother, friend, employee, ex-husband and fellow earthling trying to navigate through it all to discover my purpose for getting out of bed every morning.  I’ll share my process and journey here, so feel free to follow along.

That is all.



Personal Influences

Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel) // Shel Silverstein // Brene Brown // Malcolm Gladwell // Bill W & Dr. Bob // Hunter S. Thompson // Edgar Allan Poe // Dr. Gabor Mate // Chuck Palahniuk // Bradley Nowell (Sublime) // Carl Jung






56 thoughts on “ABOUT”

  1. Thanks for the follow Christopher. I just watched the movie ‘Spotlight’, about the Boston globes uncovering of the Catholic Church’s sex abuse cover up. It’s fair to say that a church of absolutely-anything-besides-the-creepy-corruptness-of-the-Catholic-Church sounds wholly appropriate to me (“can’t you see that I enthusiastically agree?”).



  2. After the first post I read and now this, you´re a pretty interesting guy that expresses himself pretty good in writing. So if you don´t mind I´ll stick around to do what I have famously coined “my cool stalker moves” when time permits, wich in turn doesnt make me all that much of a stalker but rather a semi stalker….. I should re evaluate the saying then.
    I won´t say much now, it´s Sunday and is your religion. “hush hush”.

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    1. Please, stick around and “stalk” me every day if you’d like – I try to keep things relatively updated and fresh — and yes, “interesting” is certainly an interesting way to describe me, haha.


  3. Thank you for finding my blog; Im glad i have checked you out – you look like an interesting guy!

    Church of Suess, Ill help you write the Gospel of the Grinch


    1. Haha, yes that will certainly be a necessary chapter of the book…and, “interesting”, is certainly an interesting way to describe me, haha. Thanks for checking me out as well.

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    1. Thanks you as well for visiting mine, sometimes less is more, right? I need to work on that a bit still (the “experts” say successful blogs are about 250 words long) I don’t think I’m doing very well in abiding by those guidelines, but then again, I’ve never really been great at following guidelines anyway, haha.

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  4. Thank you for the follow Chris; I love your perspective, and you are right, Dr. Seuss is basically a spiritual affiliation; words of great wisdom came from those pages. Keep pushing the boundaries of risk and vulnerability; it feels amazing! Peace and blessings; Vanessa


    1. I always feel a little odd being the thirty-year old guy in the kids section of Barnes & Noble…without my kids, but that’s where they keep his books so it’s generally my first stop before hitting up the psychology section, haha…thank you for the support in pushing boundaries and embracing vulnerability–the world can thank one of my personal hero’s, Brene Brown, for sending me down that road! If you haven’t heard of it or read it already, her book “Daring Greatly” is a fantastic and extremely interesting read.


  5. Impressed with your writing style and your honesty. Wishing you all the best in your recovery journey. I’m tempted to judge myself (not edgy, not a great writer) and compare myself to you (edgy, impressive thinker/writer) and your style. Perhaps I’ll do better to just let you be you, and I’ll be me. Thanks to recovery, it’s finally okay to be me. Thanks for the follow and best wishes, from one love cripple to another.


    1. I think you should do just what you said…I was in fear of being judged for a long time, but I made a decision to just be me, and no matter what judgements or opinions come my way, I would just stay true to myself. If some of what I say has a little shock value to it, then that is the best way I know how to convey the message of what I’m trying to say. Thanks for taking an interest and just be yourself!


  6. Thank you for following my blog, as everyone and their mama said above–I look forward to reading about your story. You seem like a breath of fresh air.


  7. Thank you for finding and following my blog. I deeply identify with so much of what you stated about not letting people get too close.

    Personally, I love “butt chins”, have always thought they were sexy. I love dark humor but many of my facebook friends don’t appreciate it. Oh well. There was a poem about how if we try to whittle ourselves to fit others’ acceptance, there will be nothing left of our own self. Life is too short to not be yourself.

    Love your ‘about’ page!


    1. I really like that about the “whittling” down of ourselves to nothing left – I can totally identify with being afraid to just be me in fear of disappointing everyone else. Thanks for the kind words, they are much appreciated!

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      1. Without getting too deep, I just had to offer a saying that I kind of remembered, that helped me along my way. It’s okay to be you. We all have our faults, you’re not alone. I think our journey here is to overcome them and keep standing.

        Wishing you strength and inner-vision. Now, I must write about my most recent challenge. Best of everything to you. Don’t give up!

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  8. Hi Chris, well what do you know…like most people who’ve yanked themselves through the dark places of life you’re a very funny guy! Thanks for following The Escritorium.

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    1. Haha, isn’t it strange how the darkest of places can produce some sort of humor, appropriate or otherwise, haha…


      1. Well mate, as the old Jewish saying goes: “If you’re not laughing then you’re crying” – and no-one wants to do more of that than strictly necessary. I’ve always been a funny soul.~ P ~

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    1. haha, no he certainly would not have been – and I wouldn’t actually go out and start a church of Seuss, lol…it’s just my way of expressing respect in a fun way, that’s all. Thanks for checking out my site. 🙂

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  9. Hey Chris!

    Life is a collage of “the good, the bad, the ugly”. May “the good” overtake your life!

    I am honored that you are following justkeepingitREAL. It warms my heart to know you will be visiting me.

    Have a great day!


    1. I think we have to be able to have a some semblance of humor in all this – we can’t take ourselves too seriously all the time, I didn’t get sober to be miserable – if that were the case, I sure as hell know how to refund my misery – Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for stopping by to check out my stuff!

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