Don’t Sit Down!

On the plains of hesitation lie the blackened bones of countless millions who at the dawn of victory lay down to rest, and in resting died.” – Adlai Stevenson I’ve been on summits in North Wales and the Scottish highlands, and deep in caves in the Cheddar gorge in Somerset, and I’ve found a common […]

military medical training exercise

Invictus

  I’m normally too busy these days to keep a steady blog going, but I do like to share items as they inspire me with the hope that you’ll feel the same. The following poem, Invictus, which is Latin for “unconquered”, talks of having strength through adversity and a resolute will. After a pretty rough […]

The 300

Over the past year, I’ve gone through a real shift in my thinking. In this transition, I’ve taken a hard look at the influence that I’ve had on people, as a leader, father, boss, mentor, and brother. Because of my military background and transient lifestyle, those people are mostly scattered around the world. So daily […]

The Child In Us

The following is written by Frederick Beuchner, I read it in his book Listening to Your Life: Daily Meditations with Frederick Buechner: We weren’t born yesterday. We are from New Jersey, or Nottingham. But we are also from somewhere else. We are from Oz, from Looking-Glass Land, from Narnia, from Middle Earth. If with part […]

Native American art

Like a Hero Going Home…

  So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the […]

The Proper Function of Man

I’d rather be ashes than dust! I’d rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry rot. I’d rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to […]

Crossing Your No Man's Land

Crossing Your No-Mans-Land

I can feel the compression of my vertebre under the weight of body armor, gear, radios, ammo, and water. About 40 pounds, I think–but this is a short patrol and we aren’t taking packs, so at least that’s a bonus…

Go as a pilgrim

I think this may be my new mantra. It really does touch on some serious topics that I’ve been searching on… Risk. Doing Hard Things. Comraderie. Go as a pilgrim and seek out danger far from the comfort and the well lit avenues of life. Pit your every soul against the unknown and seek stimulation […]

Fight Club

Fight Club

Right. Left. Right. Left. Hook! We were in the church basement, practicing our punches with a North London boxing trainer. We were surrounded by painted nativity scenes, old sound systems, and random Sunday School craft supplies. And we were surrounded by a vision. It’s the vision of a city pastor who is committed to reaching […]