About 10 Simple Words


Welcome to 10 Simple Words. I’m Christopher Tidrick. I’m Connecticut-bred and Illinois-planted — a city boy who’s found life and love in the heartland. I’m a 40-something, divorced dad, tech leader, photographer, writer, gardener, skychaser, political junkie, armchair philosopher, and wanna-be foodie.

This site combines my current writing and photography with the history of my three previous blogs — A Muse in Here (2015),  From the Soil (2009-2014) and Skim Mocha, No Whip (2007-2010) — each a different piece of me.

Through 10 Simple Words, I focus on those experiences and insights inspired by the code that hangs on my bedroom wall.


Be real. Love always. Share beauty. Lead well. Learn more.

After my last post of 2015, I thought about hanging it up. After a tumultuous year both personally and professionally, I felt guarded in my words for the first time. Writing for me needs to be cathartic, raw and vulnerable. If I’m not pulling back the curtain, my words fall silently to the floor. Each time I tried to write, my heart and brain rarely agreed on the direction. So I stopped writing, and filled the silence by sharing the words of others that spoke to me.

But I noticed something. It wouldn’t matter the emotion of the day, something was missing. After almost a decade of blogging, I’d grown accustomed to my inner scribe taking notes as I go, finding lessons here and metaphor there. The world rang hollow without the echo of my muse.

I write to exhale, to find sense and stability in the chaos, and to provide a real glimpse of me and the world through words and images. It’s an inherently personal endeavor that strives to connect with you along your path to personal authenticity, peace, and fulfillment.

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