Steady At The Wheel…I Guess

I am all over the place emotionally tonight. I mean good things are happening in my heart and I feel steady at the wheel, yet these emotions and ideas about myself from childhood are dangerously on the surface. I am still…

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Confessions Of A Latent Misogynist

I have talked some about my latent misogyny and I am still a little angry with the opposite sex for some reason, maybe all those failed relationships I have been in. Maybe even from junior high with all those ladies who like to flirt and…

Working Men Come Closer To Me

Working Men of my father's generation were not allowed, or did not allow themselves, much emotion. I have never seen my dad cry and I don't know if he ever has as an adult. He used to rise before dawn for coffee; I wonder in those…

Sexual Abuse News May Trigger You

Sex abuse stories in the news, and there have been a lot lately, may trigger strong emotions in the people who read them and have been abused themselves. Twitter was lit up this morning over a story that appeared in the "National…

Do You Listen When God Speaks?

God is in all, of all, and perhaps most importantly, for all. As I was thinking about this I thought, "including yourself." In other words I still doubt that God believes in my goodness and wants good things for me. Perhaps…

#MeToo

I love Jesus Christ so very much. At my lowest moment on the streets, I saw a blue light apparition of him sitting on a bench across from me out in front of Chili's at three in the morning. He looked so calm and peaceful. I have come a long…

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How To Love A Lying Liar

Andrew is a teller of tall tales; a lying liar of the most imaginative kind. He is loved by many around here and hated by some. Even those that like him express exasperation at times. For one thing; you often cannot get a word in of your…

Grief and Hope on Memorial Day

There are  signs that summer is emerging in this small Idaho river town -in the sounds, the sights and the smells. Sunburns on faces, backs and legs. A slower, friendlier pace is emerging. Roses popping up bright in the neighborhood yards.…

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Just Another Meth Addict In Need Of A Hug

Everything was always cool with Jim. He is a highly verbal guy, very good at telling you what you want to hear, but also with a kind heart. He is willing to help you do most any task you may have, and generous with his cigarettes if he…

Are You In The Mood For A Mood Piece?

I have seen quite a few therapists and psychiatrists in my life, some of my own volition and some at the volition of my family and the state. The only one that I thought was any good was a woman i saw several times when I was in  school at…

Love Yourself as Jesus Loves You

I spoke at my church a couple of weeks back; it is something I get to do 4 or 5 times a year. I enjoy it despite the nerves that sometimes come up; although I do grow more comfortable each time. I try not to over prepare and some may think…

Be A Companion To The Lonely

Earth and Sky are what we are made of; they provide all that we have. The two run through us regardless of anything at all. Fall, it seems to me, belongs more to the Earth, than to the Sky, to the feminine and The Mother. The…

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Express Yourselves…Lovely Deplorables!

Cooler weather recently here in Northern Idaho.  The leaves know their days are numbered and are pushing their most brilliant colors forward, just to show off some, before they return to the earth.  It is raining today -water dripping off…