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?
Funny Where Things Go SometimesI woke this morning feeling pretty flat and uninspired. The thought occurred that I needed to be aware of depression slipping in. Its weird, but sometimes I initially can't tell the difference between deep ponderings that take place in my mind, and situational depression that sometimes takes me out for short periods of time. … Continue reading Win!
Have you ever experienced the difference people can possess in their work ethic depending on if they're invested in the business, or just doing a job for the paycheck? I recently had a similar conversation with a man who expressed his frustration with the growing number of rental properties in his area because the renters … Continue reading The Family Business
I’m struck by the response of Jesus to his disciples in Mark 6:37 after they’d become wrapped up in the revelation of a growing problem. The disciples saw a multitude of people who had followed them out into a desolate place and it began to dawn on them that there were a lot of people … Continue reading You Give Them Something to Eat
It was still dark out when the front door opened and my friend walked in. We didn't talk much as I finished lacing up my shoes and putting on my hoodie. This was a typical morning routine, we were going for a run. From here, we met a third friend and then we'd be off … Continue reading Running Through the Finish Line