It’s been a year.

Well just over one anyway. Ezra is just beyond a year old and took his first steps this morning. I am so proud and happy. A triumph after a year of nastiness towards each other. A year of sorrow, hardship, and loss for nearly everyone.

It…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…

Ryan Glenn

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

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