Peace

Peace

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Painful Memories

Painful Memories

Anniversaries, funerals, and memorial services have always given me mixed feelings. I completely understand the need for a nation to gather on a historic day to reflect on lives cut short by hate, but on the purely personal level, memorializing is not something I relish. It has something to do with asking to feel the…

Looking Back: The Aurora News Blog on 9/11

Looking Back: The Aurora News Blog on 9/11

Below is what I wrote for the Aurora Photos News Blog. The phone rang, jarring my wife and I from our sleep. Dawn was just creeping under our bedroom shade, but the feeling of dread had already enveloped the room before I grabbed the handset. I had no idea why the phone was ringing, but…

Reflecting on Katrina Five Years Later

Reflecting on Katrina Five Years Later

Please View My Recent Post on Hurricane Katrina’s 10 Year Anniversary It was the morning of my son’s 9th birthday and the phone rang before I had even finished my coffee. Before I picked up the receiver I knew the celebratory trip to San Diego was not going to happen for me. After watching Hurricane…

One Hour with John Wooden

One Hour with John Wooden

When you meet a legend, you don’t expect him to answer the door. When you meet John Wooden, he’ll apologize for not having answered the door quicker. When you meet a legend, you don’t expect to be greeted like a truly important person. When you meet John Wooden, you discover he’s as interested in you…

Oklahoma City Bombing 15 Yrs Later

Oklahoma City Bombing 15 Yrs Later

Sad day fifteen years ago. A day when a lot of lives were lost, a lot of people were injured, and a lot of hate spread by another fringe character who was motivated by intense hatred for the federal government. On April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh parked his truck next to the Alfred P. Murrah…

Looking Back

Looking Back

It’s hard not to look back over the previous year. As tumultuous as it was for most of the country, if not the world, it still was a pretty good year. I have my health, as does my family, and I continue to make a living doing what I love. I’m blessed and thankful for…

Coincidence or a Sign?

I’m a huge believer in destiny. Always have been. The greatest book I’ve ever read was Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist which is a fictional tale of a sheepherder who feels he has a destiny pulling him but wonders if he has gotten off the path. Without turning this into a book review (since most of…