No More Bad Things

No More Bad Things

Dear Diary,                                                                                                     28 April 2011 I am writing to you in secret because Mommy will be angry if I am awake after bedtime. But I can’t sleep. Mommy’s man friend comes to tuck me in after her and my brother Jeremy are sleeping. I ask Mr. Man Friend why he can’t tuck me in […]

A Hand Up

A Hand Up

Our eldest daughter came to live with us, bringing our grandchildren and a suitcase of hopes and dreams along with her. She was looking to start her life over, and part of that involved finding a good home where she could raise her children. Not that our home was a bad place, mind you—we had […]

Four-legged Philanthropy

I have always loved animals. It’s not an uncommon interest I know, loving animals, but it is an essential part of who I am. I am especially passionate about fostering rescue dogs, dogs that are sick or broken, who have to have leg amputations or who have heartworms and mange, the ones who ooze and […]

A Breath of Fresh Air

A Breath of Fresh Air

Chronic bronchitis. All the doctors kept telling me that’s what it was when I was younger back in Montana. Half the time in Montana, I was cooped up in bed, sleeping on big pillows to help with the congestion, and the teacher had to bring me my homework to the house. It wasn’t until I […]

Seizing Second Chances

Seizing Second Chances

The trees pass by in a blur as I look out the passenger window of the moving car. Today has been a long time coming. This has been a long fight, a long struggle to do what I knew I had to do not only for myself, but for my children. Nine long years have […]

Questioning Homelessness

Questioning Homelessness

Excuse me, what are you looking at? Do I look that different than you? Out here on the street you might not see me at all, it’s easier to look away. I’m not invisible; I’m a person of color, a big guy who loves to laugh with a great smile, I might add. My name […]

Will Work For Treats

Compassionate Paws, Inc. is an affiliate of Pet Partners. It was originally created July 5, 2007, in Rome, GA in response to a growing need for therapy animals in the community. The life-blood of Compassionate Paws, as is the case with most non-profit organizations, lies with volunteerism. They value every level of volunteerism—gifts—large and small; […]

The Long Road Home

The Long Road Home

“The court orders that the defendant shall serve a sentence of 40 years in state prison.” I stood frozen in place, unable to fully comprehend the meaning of those two words. Forty years. All my hopes and dreams, any chance for the kind of future I had planned—a decent salary, a nice house, a wife […]

Do What You Love, Love What You Do

Do What You Love, Love What You Do

The main thing I want people to know is not to feel sorry for me. When someone knows my story and knows that I lost my parents, I don’t want them to pity me. I don’t want my story to be about that. I have been through a lot, and I feel like God put […]

His Way

His Way

If you need something and I’ve got it, I’ll share what I’ve got. That’s the way I’ve always felt. I believe that, as Jesus Christ did, I should try to meet the needs of the people around me. That is what he did, after all. He met their immediate need, and then they listened to […]