Joshy, I know you're only 5 years old now, but when I raised your mama it seemed like a BLINK between your age and when she left home. My spirit still feels like a teenager sometimes, so it's hard to believe I'm a grandpa. Or "Poppy," as you call me. When I look at you … Continue reading Letter From Poppy
I grew up in the 70s and early 80s, and wasn’t on Facebook until I was in my 40s. Thus, my viewpoint may be a little more “old school” than some, I admit. When I was a kid, if my dad would’ve received an insulting letter from a stranger, or perhaps from someone he had … Continue reading Obliterate the Hate(rs)
I have no excuse to be angry anymore. I’ll never get an apology from the boy who hurt me. I’ll never get an apology from the punks who bullied me, AND..this is the tough part...I can't change what happened in the past. So I must let it go.
My wife is amazing at hiding her true feelings. She could hate you and you’d never know it. I don’t think she literally hates anybody, but that’s beside the point. I’m terrible at hiding my feelings. You can read my mood on my face, no doubt. This being said, I had purchased tickets to a … Continue reading Make The Right Choice, Not The Easy One
Naysayers will scoff when those of us who are followers of Christ say things like, “Jesus understands,” or “Jesus cares.” I get it, man, I honestly do. Don’t you think every Christian at one time or another has wondered, “Is this all real? Am I just fooling myself? What if there is no HEAVEN? What … Continue reading Jesus Felt the Terror of Humanity
While I complain about having to get up and face another day, somebody somewhere is slipping into a gruesome depression, confident they can't face even one more day. While I complain about the traffic on the way to work, somebody somewhere is in the back of an ambulance, racing to the hospital and an unexpected … Continue reading Somebody Somewhere
Is depression “normal?” That’s a tough question to answer. If you define “normal” as “typical or expected,” than I suppose it’s not, for the majority of the population. This being said, check out these stats: “The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that in the United States, 16 million adults had at least one major depressive … Continue reading Is Depression Normal?
“Don't waste your time always searching for those wasted years. Make your stand, and realize you're living in the golden years.” — “Wasted Years,” Iron Maiden, written by Adrian Smith. I’ve always been a dreamer. When I was a teenager I dreamed of being in a Christian heavy metal band. It was all I could … Continue reading All Those Wasted Years
“Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.” — Westley/Man in Black, “The Princess Bride” Every morning we somehow manage to pull ourselves out of bed for yet another day of strain and pain. Seems nearly everyone has some type of wet blanket over them these days, be it emotional, physical, mental, … Continue reading The Torment of Hopelessness
I specifically recall sitting on the edge of my bed a few years ago, dwelling on my depression. “I don’t get it,” I said to myself. “I try to be a good person. I have a great family, a good job that pays the bills. I have a running car in the driveway and a … Continue reading Feeding the Beast