How Do I Know That I Love Her [Part I]

Following more than 15 years of divorce and separation, my wife and I recently found each other once more. A few weeks ago, she asked me, "how do you know that you love me?" How can I resist the opportunity to respond with thousands of words? [Pictured] My wife [on the right] and daughter today. … Continue reading How Do I Know That I Love Her [Part I]

Like a Ghost

As I walked into the room, she looked at me, smiling, and said, "I feel like I see a ghost." Until recently, I hadn't seen my daughter for years. My Baby may be grown, but she will always be my Baby. I missed her more than words can say. It's an incredibly profound feeling to … Continue reading Like a Ghost

Past, Present, Future

More than 20 years ago, my wife and I traveled to New Orleans to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary. Located on Bourbon Street is a small shop called [Madame Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo]. Marie Laveau is famous throughout Louisiana. During our first visit to The House of Voodoo, we decided to have our palms read. … Continue reading Past, Present, Future

Comparing [Love] To [Being In Love]

More than half of the seats are empty. I have the entire row to myself. With the cabin lights down low and several air vents open, the airplane feels like a soft fluffy cloud. Please allow me to give a big SHOUT OUT to SOUTHWEST AIRLINES! Yes, it's okay if this feels like an airline … Continue reading Comparing [Love] To [Being In Love]

Louisiana Part 2 [Re-posted & More]

Introduction I wrote this piece back in August. At the time, the possibility of visiting Grampa Chester's grave seemed nearly unimaginable. Since then, my wife and I have shocked everyone in our family. After more than 20 years of divorce, we have found each other once more. Today, we drove to Louisiana from Houston to … Continue reading Louisiana Part 2 [Re-posted & More]

Dreams, Prayers, And Happy Endings

For nearly one and a half years, I have been writing about my journey and some of the fantastic experiences I've had along the way. Nearly two years ago, following four years of heavy drug use, I chose to return to a life of sobriety. The entire time I was using, the memory of how … Continue reading Dreams, Prayers, And Happy Endings

Traffic Lights

Following the path can be compared to timing green traffic lights. If you continue to hit red lights, it may be time to consider taking a right or a left. Pictured: During the Summer, I was nearly bitten by a Rattlesnake. The snake was beneath the sign. It's important to get the sign right. Joseph … Continue reading Traffic Lights

My Thoughts This Morning [I Can See Where I’m Going]

We have an incredible ability to achieve our goals and dreams. It's inside all of us, and we simply have to make the choice. Only you can stop you. Three years ago, if anyone would have said to me, "you're going to build a new life for yourself. Between now and then, you will set … Continue reading My Thoughts This Morning [I Can See Where I’m Going]

My Thoughts This Morning [Actors, Athletes & Politicians]

I can easily compare actors and athletes to politicians. Quite often, people voice their disappointments with a particular professional athlete or movie star. This tends to happen even more around election time. Actors spend their lives pretending to be someone else, but their fans are always surprised to find out that he or she had … Continue reading My Thoughts This Morning [Actors, Athletes & Politicians]

Graduation Day

Today was an incredibly important day for me. This afternoon, I graduated from an Outpatient Drug Therapy Program. If you have not read those posts, I've been in treatment for the past two years. During these last two years, I have built an incredible new life and made a few fantastic accomplishments. I have started … Continue reading Graduation Day