And now for your enjoyment, a curated list of my favorite things on Ben Yancer, Inc.  If you’re new ’round these parts, this is a great place to start.  Hope you enjoy!

Essays

Posts

  • Ben Yancer, Inc.
  • My blog’s namesake post, originally a speech I wrote my senior year in college for my Advanced Speaking class.
  • Revive Us
  • When my nephew Josh was born in January 2006, his lungs were underdeveloped, and he had to spend his first few weeks in the NICU. I flew out to stay with the family and help take care of my niece for a week and a half. I was worried Josh wasn’t going to make it, trying to convince myself that everything would be alright.
  • Health Conscious and How to Save a Life
  • Two short, semi-related reflections about vitamins. Maybe I think I’m more clever than I really am, but I still enjoy the timing of these lines.
  • The Good Confession
  • In August 2007 I had the opportunity to sing in a choir on a record for one of my favorite singer/songwriters, Andrew Peterson. I’ll never forget that trip to Nashville.
  • Art in Me
  • A follow up, of sorts, to my post about “The Good Confession.” Andrew Peterson and Ben Shive were in town for a concert, and I got to be their driver for the weekend.
  • Maybe Something
  • Many of the doubts I have about God that I normally don’t share.
  • What All the Screaming’s AboutOnly Half About Leslie, and You and Your Dirty Blog
  • During the year that my friend Leslie and I were roommates, I got into the habit of typing up our conversations, word for word. These three posts are my favorites from that era. I’m so glad I had the foresight to capture and crystallize these moments so I’d be able to look back on them years later and laugh and laugh and laugh.
  • Why I Liked Living with Leslie
  • This post was taken verbatim from my voicemail inbox. Verbatim. I listened and typed with precision, making certain I got every word exactly correct. I can still hear Leslie’s voice when I read this, the way she said each word, and it makes me laugh. I wish I’d thought to make a recording so that you could hear, and laugh, too.
  • Gross
  • A vivid description of the time I found the source of the mildewy smell in my basement. You’ve been warned.
  • Bald BenPreparation, and Save All the Shrubs!
  • Each of these posts began with an element of truth, but once the truth had run out, I kept going. Perhaps this is what I love so much about writing, the freedom to take a story in any direction.
  • Interpretations
  • Here’s an account of what a game night with my friends is like.
  • Already This Morning and By Myself
  • I rarely remember my dreams. Maybe because they’re often inexplicably weird. These two are prime examples.
  • Finally
  • Before the final episode of Alias aired, I had a few guesses of how the series would end.
  • Flowbee
  • Growing up, I remember knowing that my dad cut his own hair with a Flowbee and accepting that this was a little strange. I didn’t try out the Flowbee for myself until many years later. This is the story of the first time I tried it. I’ve since upgraded to a fancy new Flowbee with a vacuum cleaner the size of a cantaloupe, which I love.
  • Magic
  • Earth Shoes feature KALSO Negative Heel Technology. Find out what that means and how it affects trying to walk in them.
  • Classic
  • When I saw the Burma-Shave Shaving Brush on the shelf at Russ’s Market, I had to take it home and try it out.
  • Soundtrack
  • Reflections after seeing the film The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
  • The Party
  • Another example of how my overactive imagination works.
  • Apart
  • After a long weekend spent visiting friends out of town, the abrupt return to my life was hard to handle. Here’s the account of that morning at work.
  • From Dreaming to Doing
  • I still remember the look on Leslie’s face when she said, “This isn’t funny. I think I’m gonna throw up.”