I Missed The Sign

Before I accepted my current employment, I'd been working in the field of Traffic Control for some time. Throughout the last two months with that organization, we'd been working overnight for two months. At the beginning of each shift, we had been expected to stretch for 15-20 minutes as part of our safety meeting. Now, … Continue reading I Missed The Sign

How Do I Know That I Love Her?

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?

Merry Christmas Everyone

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

We Offered Little Resistance

To some extent, most of us have experienced what's known as [the gut feeling]. These feelings surface in the form of hunches, nagging, and all-out premonitions. Maybe you can relate to all of these? Have you ever known something without knowing something? I'm speaking of knowing the answer without doing the work and having the … Continue reading We Offered Little Resistance

Damages [Re-posted From Spring 2019]

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]

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

Part VI Words spoken by my wife have laid the foundation for more than one facet of my life. Before her, I had never heard [life's lessons]. I hadn't considered the word [signs] in respect to my life. In the beginning, I scoffed at my wife's attempts to trigger a spark within my thick-skulled brain. … Continue reading How Do I Know That I Love Her [Part VI]

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

Part V Now more than 20 years later, I've become the man my wife wanted and prayed for me to be. All of this time, it's been her words echoing within my mind, driving me to become a man who honors his wife and children. Since we first met more than 30 years ago, we've … Continue reading How Do I Know That I Love Her [Part V]

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

Part IV So much has happened between that day in court and today. In many ways, I'm a completely different person. In some ways, I'm the same man that my wife married 30 years ago before I fell to drugs. One thing has remained constant throughout each chapter of my life; I love my wife … Continue reading How Do I Know That I Love Her [Part IV]

Let’s Not Turn Away

Every Friday evening, I attend an Addictions Counseling Meeting via Zoom. I've been listening to and speaking with this group of people for about two years. Some of the names and faces have changed, but the core group has mostly remained consistent. I care about them. The holidays are upon us. Unfortunately, for many people, … Continue reading Let’s Not Turn Away

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

Part III As a young couple we had agreed to break ugly cycles that had plagued our families [mostly mine], but I had broken my promise by choosing drugs over love. Always the protective mother first, my wife did what was necessary to prevent our children from having to grow up within a dysfunctional household. … Continue reading How Do I Know That I Love Her [Part III]