When Did Fat Become An Insult [Ashley Austrew]

INTRODUCTION by Joseph Shanklin I spend a lot of time [daily] working my own self inventory processes. I choose to make the conscious decision to identify my personal shortcomings. Furthermore, I make the choice to make improvements towards those shortcomings. Please allow me to demonstrate my priorities... 1] Sobriety 2] Self-improvement I see it like … Continue reading When Did Fat Become An Insult [Ashley Austrew]

Surviving The Harvest

A late-night conversation alongside a small lake on a warm summer night in the City of Denver Colorado. "Well...I see I'm not the only one to make it out alive," Bob said frantically. Seeing the terror within Bob's eyes, "No thanks to you...you just ran off...a flight to save yourself," John said. "Flight is r...r...right...what … Continue reading Surviving The Harvest

Growing Old Together

I was inspired to write this piece after reading something another writer posted this morning. She is very talented and inspiring. I've been married and divorced twice. Lasting nearly 12 years, the ending of my second marriage broke my heart... completely. I'd planned on growing old with my second wife. Unfortunately...her long term plans didn't … Continue reading Growing Old Together

Damages [Spring 2019]

DAMAGES Avoiding pain is natural. In fact, that's why it's there. Pain is a signal to the brain letting us know that something is wrong. Through our efforts to avoid the uncomfortable we protect ourselves, our hearts, and sometimes our lives. It's in this way that most people understand and cope with pain. Whether healthy … Continue reading Damages [Spring 2019]

Keeping Your Power! [Universe University]

Several months ago during a meeting with my probation officer, I made a prediction: If I fail the program and end up incarcerated, it will not be from relapse, but something much more difficult to prepare for, an event occurring on the city streets. For anyone living and working in the City Of Denver Colorado, … Continue reading Keeping Your Power! [Universe University]

Life & Death [Drug Court Newsletter Version]

Originally posted here yesterday. Then expanded and posted on my column within The Adams County Drug Court Newsletter. Now copied and posted here on my blog. It's nearly...just nearly...confusing. Please keep in mind: The majority of The Readers were sitting in The Court Room while they were reading The Newsletter. Written for the new people … Continue reading Life & Death [Drug Court Newsletter Version]