Hello. It has been a while. Many things have changed, but much is still the same too.

I have been away from writing over the last couple months because I found full time employment. I work at a local cafe now and juggling that with a teething baby left little time to write. Things have calmed a bit again, so here we are.

Throughout this year things have only become more positive for us. We can financially support ourselves again, as I have the highest paying job I have ever had. Meanwhile, Sam can stay at home with Ezra watching…


The U.S. almost had a minimum wage increase in the last stimulus package, the first increase in nearly 12 years

A client at a local shelter

The population of folks living in poverty in the United States rose to 38.1 million in 2018. This is almost as large as the entire state of California. It is almost certain that the number has increased during the pandemic recession. Unfortunately, it is known that those at the top have also increased their wealth by a collective trillion dollars. The wage inequality in America continues to become a larger, and little is being done to fix the gap. Elizabeth Warren has proposed a tax on earnings over $50,000,000 a year. …


The pandemic has pushed us to the brink as many of us have been stuck indoors for far too long. I have been out of work for nearly six months now and I am running out of things to do in our tiny apartment. I have read almost all the books we have, watched more streaming services than I care to admit, and spent everyday with my partner and children. While I love them dearly, it gets claustrophobic with four people in a two-bedroom place. Even our cat started to get more angry with us and would run out of…


Nothing else slows down a family as much as a sick infant does. The worry and routine temperature checks are taxing, and during a mismanaged pandemic everything is heightened in its tension. For the last week, Ezra has been sniffy, coughing, and a mess of snot. He is thankfully still full of energy and happy faces, but that comes mixed with clean up and more cries as it is harder to feed with block airways. On top of this, and because I am 34 and unemployed due to the pandemic, we do not have healthcare for him. …


Over the last week, I trained to become a peer support specialist in my city. On the fourth day, the group was tasked with an uncomfortable exercise of stating good and bad things about their own demographic. Starting with white male, then female, and moving down population percent with African American, Indigenous, Latin, and finally anything not specified previously. I was the sole person in the last category as I identify as non-binary, neither male nor female, and pansexual. It was a stark reminder of the solitude of this categorization. …


Mom and Ezra at the work station

During my 20s, I mostly spent my time alone in isolation, drinking heavily. My day-to-day was almost always the same. Wake up, work at my first job, nap, go to my second job, binge drink until I passed out. During this time, I went years without speaking to my family or making any friends. I chose to live alone to not feel shame in my excessive drinking. I chose to avoid friends and family as I did not want them to know how much I was consuming. …


No one among us has been able to maintain perfect adherence to these principles” -Alcoholics Anonymous page 60.

Watching ‘We Bare Bears’ is one of his favorites

Almost every AA meeting I have attended started with the reading of How it Works. It is preached ceremoniously at the beginning as a reminder to the alcoholics among us that we are not perfect. Many of us know this already as we ended up in AA, but it also solidifies that mistakes will not only happen but are expected and one will always be welcome into the group. Relapse is an integral part of addiction and will likely happen. …


Photo by my beautiful and amazing partner Sam

It is sunny again, finally warm enough to go outside and breath. It came at a time that was needed to breathe uncirculated air. Baby Ezra has been a beacon of positivity and dad life is going wonderfully. The world around us continues to rush towards turmoil, but at home hope remains solid. He continues to smile more than cry. Play more than moan. He is sticking his tongue out constantly and desperately trying to form words. Probably to tell us he is hungry, but I want to imagine it’s to say I love you back. It feels like he…


Ezra and Dad

When I joined Medium, the last thing I expected to be writing about was parenting. I felt so unsure of fatherhood since Ezra is my only child and my own family taught me many inappropriate practices. I was also in the process of learning myself as I was relatively fresh in my own sobriety. I had about two years sober but had never taken time to seek therapy to unpack past traumas.

At first Ezra was easy. He was easy to instantly fall in love with. Easy to take care of as he mostly slept quietly in a bassinet. We…

Ryan Glenn

I write for Modern Parent as well as stories of addiction and homelessness from personal experience.

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