Howdy! My name is Kirkus MacGowan and I’m married to my beautiful wife, Kristina (whom I’m convinced is a shoe-in for sainthood). I attended four colleges, played tons of baseball, drank enough alcohol to kill a small elephant, and survived it all by waiting tables and tending bar. I graduated from Ferris State University with a degree in Psychology, though most people have a doctorate when they attend as long as I did.
Why a blog? I played baseball for twenty-three years. I began at the age of three and played every year through high school. I played a season at Cornerstone College, two seasons on the club team at Ferris State University, three years in the Grand Rapids City Majors, and two seasons for the Durham Bulls. No, not the Durham Bulls from the movie, but in an amateur league based in Chicago. Though I didn’t make it to the show, I learned a few things about chasing dreams along the way.
It’s been six years since I quit playing baseball and I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m a stay-at-home father with two crazy kids. Recurring thoughts about an old pipe dream surfaced around the same time I quit baseball; a career in writing.
I created Diapers, Bookmarks, and Pipe Dreams in my free time (what free time?) and have long been obsessed with reading great books. This is my chance to pursue the career of my (pipe) dreams and become a successful writer. I love sharing my experiences and any knowledge I gain with others who have the courage and drive to pursue their own dreams.
Join me and let’s swing for the fences together!