This past Friday morning I had the opportunity to attend a graduation ceremony. It’s June, and although graduations are common this time of year, the graduation I attended was a bit unique. This group of characters…and I do mean characters, formed a unique community of people pulling in a very specific direction…sobriety. The group of … Continue reading A Most Unique Community
Black Coffee and a Conversation I had coffee with a friend about a month ago. Typically, he makes fun of me for the amount of sugar I put in my coffee…and he’s by no means the first to mock my bad and unhealthy habit. But on this particular day he arrived at the coffee house, … Continue reading Black Coffee
Warning: Apology up front on this one...but there's no getting around the title here. There really is no way to clean up the presentation or sanitize it unless I want to simply tell a different story to a different reader. We're still in pursuit of greatness here...and this story is very consistent with the theme of this blog, … Continue reading Sorry…But Relapse is a Bitch!
(Rewritten from "Accountability") A couple weeks ago I was in a training when I received a call from David. I stepped out of the training and called him back because, although David and I meet most every Friday morning, he rarely calls me during the week. When I called him back, the conversation went something … Continue reading Ineligible!
Looking Down from the High Dive The experience of the boy pictured above on the high dive...that was my experience as a kid. When my friends invited me to the country club swimming pool near our home, I was really excited to go. But then, at some point during the day, someone headed to … Continue reading Jump!
Superhero's Living Among Us The Netflix Marvel Series featuring various shows like Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and several others, are stories that feature normal appearing people living among us who possess special powers that are used to overcome the darkness within their world. Each of the characters experienced personal crisis as they battled coming to grips … Continue reading RockStar!
Today seems like a good day to revisit a story...and more importantly, a man who I've had the privilege of watching evolve over the past 3 years. Working as a Probation Officer opened the door to meet a lot of characters that I'd otherwise never met. It's funny how people tend to point out … Continue reading So, Remember the Story About the Guy…
Lets Just Call This The Lead In To An Uncomfortable Story To Write I'll say right now I'm not sure how long I'll keep this post up. Even now, 24 hours after completing it and considering whether to put it out there, I'm troubled by the picture. The natural mind wants to scream out protest … Continue reading Challenged!
This is a short story...but I get so much from my probation clients. Many things go unsaid but are simply absorbed by me...but this time, I have something to write about. 9:00am Monday Morning: One of my favorite guys comes walking into the office for an appointment. He's on probation for a felony committed in another … Continue reading Bypassing Thanksgiving
This will be short, and it may morph into something more as I have several drafts that could connect to a larger story in the near future...but for today, I just want to write about a scene I pictured as I read a story. The story takes place somewhere in Israel during the time of … Continue reading A Glimpse of Modern Day Religion?