If you didn't already know, I've been divorced from my wife for many years. Six months ago, we stepped onto the road of reconciliation. Until I move to Texas this Summer, we've committed ourselves to the challenges of a long-distance relationship. Relationships are give-and-take. I frequently look to my wife for words of wisdom and … Continue reading Stronger Together, Always
Tuesday Morning Following three days with our Son, my wife and I returned to Chicago last night. Driving in near whiteout conditions for close to five hours, we pulled into the hotel around 9:00 PM. My flight has been rescheduled twice, but I expect to fly out this evening. My wife has to wait until … Continue reading Fighting The Snow To See Our Son
The benefits of two years of sobriety are as follows! Yesterday I flew from Denver to Chicago to meet my Wife. Tina had arrived minutes before me from Houston. After picking up our rental, we made it to the hotel in just three hours. Not bad, considering the brutal below zero temperatures. Before leaving Downtown … Continue reading Amazing Valentine’s Day
Breaking the Cycles of Dysfunction, it's the obligation of every Mother and Father. Addiction, Molestation, all patterns of Abuse, and anything else classified as Dysfunction. As parents, we must devote ourselves to stop the madness. Otherwise, what the f**k are we doing as parents? Something I love about my wife, and the mother of my … Continue reading Never Give Up Or Surrender!
I've lived in Denver, Colorado, for more than 30 years. I moved here at the age of 19, all the way back in the late eighties. During this time, I've seen the city grow and change considerably. I don't recognize Denver any longer. In 2012, the 64th Amendment legalized marijuana in Colorado. Immediately afterward, the … Continue reading Denver, Housing, And Marijuana
When my wife asked me, "how do you know you love me," my brain began to spin out of control? I immediately kicked off an answer in the form of an essay. On the one hand, the answer is a story spanning more than 30 years of my life. At the same time, the answer … Continue reading How Do I Know That I Love Her?
Even though I've worked extremely hard for everything I have, never again will I take anything for granted. I know what it's like to lose it all. I've experienced being completely alone, with absolutely nobody calling or caring. Like an island castaway, the depths of that loneliness cannot be fully explained. The fall left me … Continue reading Take Nothing For Granted
Remaining on your path can be compared to the perfect timing of green traffic lights. The synchronicity feels fantastic! If you continue to hit red lights, it may be time to signal right or left. Joseph Shanklin December 28, 2020
Tonight I'll be flying to Houston to spend Christmas with my wife and children. I am blessed. The virus cannot stop Christmas! The media cannot stop Christmas! The government cannot stop Christmas! Nothing can stop Christmas! Merry Christmas to you and your family. May this holiday bring all of the joy and blessings that you're … Continue reading Merry Christmas Everyone
Title: DAMAGES Avoiding pain is natural. In fact, that's why it's there. Pain is a signal to the brain, informing us that something is wrong. Through our efforts to avoid the uncomfortable, we protect ourselves, our hearts, minds, and sometimes our lives. It's in this way that most people understand and cope with pain. Whether … Continue reading Damages [Re-posted From Spring 2019]