Five Steps To Finishing Strong

Five Steps To Finishing Strong Maybe like me, you’re old enough to remember the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. I’ll never forget watching a British runner named Derek Redmond run the 400 meters. Redmond had a history of injuries that kept him from being the best in the world.  In 1992 everything seemed to be coming… Continue reading Five Steps To Finishing Strong

Gene, Everywhere

Talya Boerner is a master storyteller. Gene Everywhere took me back to the three-years period of time I was my 90 years-old father’s caregiver after my mother died. So much of what the author wrote tugged at the memories and experience I had with my father. The prose is spectacular. Talya’s prose is spectacular. Her… Continue reading Gene, Everywhere

Resting in the Lord

4.1 My Story You may be like my late wife was when she was battling Stage Four Melanoma cancer. She found herself very tired. She needed rest. My daily caregiving also left me weary. Like my wife, I needed rest. The managing of my wife’s schedule took a skillset even an air traffic controller would… Continue reading Resting in the Lord

Tears Are Normal

3.1 My Story “I removed the tumor. The tests also showed it has spread to her lymph nodes. I removed thirty-four of them,” said the surgical oncologist. I stared at her. She was slowly becoming out of focus as I became teary-eyed. I knew the initial diagnosis of Stage 3 Melanoma Cancer was terrible. I… Continue reading Tears Are Normal

How to be Courageous

How to be Courageous 2.1 My Story One of the first thoughts I had when my wife received the diagnosis that she had stage three Melanoma was how am I going to care for her and love her unconditionally until she dies. I knew the Melanoma was going to kill her unless God intervened. I… Continue reading How to be Courageous

It’s Okay to be Afraid

1.1 My Story My eyes locked on to the bloody spot on the lower left front of my wife Benita’s blouse. “What’s going on? What’s with the blood?” I asked pointing to the half-dollar sized strain. My heart was aching. It looked terrible, scary. I knew this couldn’t be good. Miss Benita gazed down toward… Continue reading It’s Okay to be Afraid

One Way to Discipline Yourself for Success In Writing

Success and Personal Discipline Sometimes becoming successful happens by being lucky. Examples of “lucky” success include winning the lottery, finding a painting or first edition of a book at a garage sale or estate sale that ends up worth millions, or having distant relatives leave you a fortune in their will. You might even write… Continue reading One Way to Discipline Yourself for Success In Writing

I Started High School

  Starting High School In San Francisco, it’s the summer of love, Long-haired hippies, peace signs, and doves. In Vietnam, the soldiers are dying, Back home their families are crying, And Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play. Jim wants to “Light My Fire,” While Grace’s rabbit only flies higher. The evening news shows the… Continue reading I Started High School

How to Hang On

How to Hang On 23.1 My Story The date was April 11, 2018. The day of the week was Wednesday. I had awoken at the usual time of 5 AM. I stepped into the master bedroom where my wife was resting. I took her hand and held it. I leaned over the hospital bed and… Continue reading How to Hang On

How To Be Comforted During Times of Hardships and Trials

How To Be Comforted During Times of Hardships and Trials 22.1 My Story I thought I knew how to minister to hurting families and person’s facing death. My hubris said I was an expert. After all. I was a seminary trained minister and an ordained minister as well as an ordained deacon. I had made… Continue reading How To Be Comforted During Times of Hardships and Trials