Deadliest Jobs In American

2019 Job Fatality Numbers Firefighters 8 Police 86 Truck Drivers 1005 By far, Truck Drivers experience the most fatalities each year in the United States. Although, if we're talking percentages, Logging Workers comes in first at 97.6 per 100,000. Truck Accidents cause more than 4,000 deaths each year. Driver Fatigue is the leading cause of … Continue reading Deadliest Jobs In American

Snapshots

Pictured; What do you see? For the past 20 years, I've been laboring on a project that few would spend time doing. I've been learning how to turn down the area of my brain that controls discernment. Yes, working at not seeing more than I have to see. Please hang in there. I'm not kidding. … Continue reading Snapshots

Sober Is Power

At this very moment, all across the globe, men and women are walking out on their families for drugs and alcohol. Mothers and fathers have been abandoning their kids for dope since the beginning of dope. Dopes on dope leaving to score dope from dopes. I used to be that foolish dope. It's been a … Continue reading Sober Is Power

Damages [Spring 2019]

This was one of my first pieces of writing. At the time, I was still in my first year of sobriety. 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 … Continue reading Damages [Spring 2019]

Acquiesce To Recovery

The following was copied from my column. I write for a treatment newsletter in Colorado. Close your eyes and allow your mind to scroll back to the past, back to the world of drugs and crime. Whether last month or last year, let's journey back to the inescapable emptiness of getting high. Do you have … Continue reading Acquiesce To Recovery

Community of Faith

As a family, we split our Sunday Church Service between several different locations. Like most major cities, the Houston area is home to a diverse variety of faiths and religions. Today we're attending The Community of Faith [COF]. It's close to home, and does a great job at delivering a message. Joseph Shanklin March 13, … Continue reading Community of Faith

My Thoughts This Morning [All Things Are Possible]

I finished high school more than 30 years ago. I remember having English classes during the first and fourth periods. I failed English classes because I rarely attended English classes. I rarely participated in English Class because I either didn't show up for school until lunchtime, or I left after lunch and didn't return to … Continue reading My Thoughts This Morning [All Things Are Possible]

When Did The Rodeo Become A Western Fashion Show?

We're spending this evening at the Houston Rodeo. Once again, I expect to see a sold out event; the Rodeo and the Jon Pardy Concert. The NRG Stadium seats more than 70,000 people. Wow, that's a whole lotta boots and hats! Even though I grew up in Montana Cowboy County, my family prepped me in … Continue reading When Did The Rodeo Become A Western Fashion Show?

Houston 2022 World Championship BBQ Cook-off

We live in a world of relationships and networking. Without question, there are benefits to being approachable, personable, and . . . well . . . nice to people. [Honest and Dependable] will go a long way towards relationship building. When asked to transport a BBQ Pit from Hempstead to Houston two weeks ago, I … Continue reading Houston 2022 World Championship BBQ Cook-off

Achievement & Avoiding Entanglement

Pictured: Standing up a dump truck in Brenham, Texas.n Twenty-four day after moving to Texas, I interviewed for and secured employment. This was five weeks ago. During those five weeks, I've had the opportunity to drive and operate various equipment. By equipment, I mean really cool stuff I haven't used before, including Tractor-trailers and Heavy … Continue reading Achievement & Avoiding Entanglement