John Christian Hopkins

I can close my eyes and remember the day my friend died. I was sitting in the kitchen on the stairs that led to the second floor. It was on the fourth step, where I always sat because it had a large window to my left. 

It was a hot summer day. August 16, 1977....

8/31/14
John Christian Hopkins

There are bad decisions and then there are choices that cause you to scratch your head in confusion....

8/23/14
John Christian Hopkins

No wonder so many famous authors become alcoholics; it can be a lonely, depressing life.

I never chose a writing career, it chose me. I still recall how excited I was to discover my first new word.

It was bat....

8/16/14
John Christian Hopkins

I almost received a new Indian name. It was when Sara and I went to our third Denny's restaurant in three states on the same day. I had been craving Belgian waffles for a week....

7/25/14
John Christian Hopkins

I remember the first time I had to act like a father.

My fiancé—and eventual first ex-wife—worked a couple of nights a week and needed a babysitter. I had lots of experience around kids (my sister has seven), so I figured how hard can it be, right?...

7/5/14
John Christian Hopkins

Well, 2013 started off on a sour note right from the beginning, or do I mean ending? You see I was counting on the world coming to an end, as predicted by Quextifizzle Fo’schizzel, my Mayan Psychic advisor....

12/30/13
John Christian Hopkins

Okay, this is it. I’ve had it, this is the last straw!

Yet again, People magazine snubbed me as its Sexiest Man Alive....

11/29/13
John Christian Hopkins

“Some of you are asking if [the summer session] will end today,” Navajo Nation Council Speaker Johnny Naize said on Wednesday, July 17. “Well, it’s up to you.”

But the odds didn’t look good....

8/4/13
John Christian Hopkins

I never planned to be a failed journalist or a hack writer. Seriously, in my youth, I had big plans that included wealth, women and worldwide fame.

Now I’d settle for a Twinkie and a Diet Coke....

3/15/13
John Christian Hopkins

One of my favorite things to do each month – besides taking a shower – is to read the Crime Waves section of The Four Corners Free Press in Cortez, Colorado.

They represent the drama, comedy and tragedy of real life....

2/15/13