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balanced life, heart, kids, life is good, living for real, love, marriage, perspective, prayer, run, suicide, thirst / 08.06.2017

I’m drained and exhausted. Tedious tasks scream to be tackled. Nothing is wrong. Nothing is really wrong. But the world around me is demanding my attention and time. And my attention is feeble. My energy and focus are depleted. I try to center myself, to embrace my mess. The segments of my day, the chunks of time, crumble. I try to sweep up bits and minutes for use, but scraps are all that are left. I walk away from the mess beaten.   Yesterday was my twentieth wedding anniversary. Going...

depression, guest post, mental health, podcast, suicide / 14.04.2017

The Resurrection is coming soon, but Jesus can't rise from the dead without being killed first. That's today.   We are strong believers in my family, but we're not good with rituals and traditions. I planned my son's 14th birthday party (six boys staying all night!) for tonight, not considering it's Good Friday.   Instead of being religious this holy evening, I'll be feeding pizza to teenagers. Instead of somberly remembering the crucifixion, I'll be yelling at boys to clean up their trash, remove muddy shoes, take turns on the computers, put down the knives, and go easy on the...

freedom, grace, living for real, past, some things you keep, suicide, writing life / 25.03.2016

Happy First Birthday to me! March 25, 2015, a dream became a reality when my book Some Things You Keep was published.   A year later, I am still satisfied with my work, my writing, my story. Doing it all over, I would rearrange some things and correct errors, but for the most part, the finished product has held up. I’m proud of myself for not disparaging anyone, for being respectful (yet honest) concerning my family.   Most people don’t know the difference between traditionally published books and self-published books. As a book...

acceptance, addiction, adolescence, balanced life, beauty, blessings, contentment, crying, death, depression, freedom, guest post, kids, life is good, living for real, past, real life, some things you keep, suicide / 27.01.2016

  Writer Shawn Smucker has a series on his blog called "Letters To Those We've Lost" where he features letters from guests. Some of the letters were so powerful and beautiful, I decided to write my own. Sometimes writing a few paragraphs takes me hours, but this letter took about 15 minutes to come out of me. I guess I was ready to say it!   Dear Mom,   The last time I spoke to you was from the phone in Jeff’s apartment. I loved hanging out there with him, my big brother. I called to tell you...