Tabs Open

chuck mckeever
Feeling things feels good even when the feelings are bad
Created 25 Mar 2019
  • Prosopagnosia
    15 Dec 2021 • 6 min read
    In the bathroom of my apartment we have a large mirror above the sink. Perpendicular to that is another mirror, on the door of the medicine cabinet. If you swing open the door of the medicine cabinet ...
  • The Peace Of Wild Things
    08 Dec 2021 • 3 min read
    You find all those Instagram posts offering Gentle Reminders pretty corny and obvious most of the time. And sometimes they’re corny and seem obvious, but really they’re way off-base. They substitute p...
  • Help Me To Find The Heft Of These Days
    01 Dec 2021 • 4 min read
    How many of you can relate to the following scenario: you and your partner, or the person you live with, prefer your bacon in two different ways—you chewy, them crispy, or vice versa. (For non meat-ea...
  • They Say Everything Can Be Replaced
    24 Nov 2021 • 4 min read
    Note: I wrote and published this piece last November. It says most of what I could ever think to say about Thanksgiving, and tradition, and all sorts of other things. So instead of trying to churn out...
  • The Best Way Is To Do Nothing At All
    17 Nov 2021 • 4 min read
    I’m developing a theory. Over the summer, my wife and I dropped our dog off with my mom for a week while we went on vacation. When we got back, my mom had some thoughts. “You know, I don’t think she s...
  • Splash Where The Two Branches Meet And Play God
    10 Nov 2021 • 4 min read
    Hello, and thanks for spending some time here at Tabs Open. I have been encouraged to use this space to remind you, or perhaps tell you for the first time, that my book, A Good Place for Maniacs: Disp...
  • Thank You, Johnny
    03 Nov 2021 • 6 min read
    I have struggled for some time with how best to write all these things down, in large part because it feels like you need a real ego to presume any level of outside interest when you write about yours...
  • Grace Comes By Art And Art Does Not Come Easy
    27 Oct 2021 • 4 min read
    For my whole life I have been afraid of heights. Or I guess more technically I have been afraid of falling from heights, as the old joke goes. This fear is the main reason I put off getting into rock ...
  • Every Drop Of Red Must Float On A Sea Of Green
    20 Oct 2021 • 5 min read
    One of the nice things about being a teacher is the ability to go off at some length about things that are important to you. Ideally you’re not holding an audience of students hostage, obviously, and ...
  • You Do Not Even Have To Believe In Yourself
    13 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    For the past few months I have felt as though I had very little to say. Not that whatever writing talent I might have was gone, per se, just that I had nowhere to direct it. Writing about writing is n...
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