Blog

JLHM Rocknrolla3-SD.mp4

[iframe style="border:none" src="http://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/3100069/height/360/width/480/thumbnail/yes/theme/legacy" height="360" width="480" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen]Check out this episode! [...] Read More

Avoiding Burn Out

The day began at 5:15 a.m. - as a notorious night owl, who could give Dracula a run for his money, the two hours of sleep the night before was just enough to make the bathroom lights burn my eyes, like a laser. It didn’t matter! The rush of knowing I would be in the Rocky Mountains with my family in a mere 13 hours was enough motivation to keep my feet churning. Rainbow trout tugging on a fishing line, the smell of the pines, white waterfalls spewing mist off of rocks, purple skies hugging... [...] Read More

The Boiling Point

Proverbs 16:32, "He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty and he who controls his spirit than he who takes a city." Yesterday’s national news was the story of a woman who was so angry with her son for talking back to her that she shot him with a gun. Although this is an extreme example, it’s a reminder that explosions of unleashed anger bring devastating consequences. Anger is an emotion that is typically caused by frustration, pain or unresolved past hurt. Similar to an... [...] Read More

Poisonous Relationships

1 Cor 15:33, "Do not be deceived: Evil company corrupts good habits." Show me your friends and I will show you your future! Who you are associating with are the same people you are giving permission to influence and navigate your destiny. The casualties are endless. From the businessperson who selected the wrong partner and went bankrupt to the troubled, soon to be in divorce court newlywed, who asked their thrice-divorced friend for marriage advice. Who doesn’t know teenagers who started... [...] Read More

A Christmas Letter

I always get ramped up thinking about you this time of year. Although I am a grown man, there is something about Christmas that takes me back to my childhood days of innocent, raw belief and unbridled anticipation. In those younger years, when the only calendar I understood was how many days I was away from the next Christmas, I didn’t possess the pressures, stress or obligations that I now constantly juggle. Yet, I also didn’t have the privilege of watching the joyful tears, chuckles... [...] Read More

Failure

Her look, a combination of Palomino colored hair and glitzy aquamarine eyes made her stand out from others like a lighthouse. I didn’t know her well but when I was around her she seemed to have an inner spirit that was as gentle as a whisper. I was drawn to her laid-back Sunday afternoon personality. Not only was she extremely pretty and sweet, but she was also totally out of my league. She was voted Class Favorite, Most Beautiful and varsity cheerleader and to stack the odds further, she was... [...] Read More

Apache Pride

I always wanted to be one. Every single time my sugar-high buddies and I would play Cowboys and Indians, I chose to play the part of the Indian. I had a rubber tomahawk, a pair of moccasins, a few arrowheads and a shoddy red and yellow headdress that had only ruffled four feathers. I didn’t look like Sitting Bull but I sure felt like I did. I felt authentic when my mother told me that some of my distant relatives were Natives and that I was “Part Indian.” In actuality, the percentage of... [...] Read More

A Texas Yankee

New York City is 1,590 miles away from the desk from which I am writing, but from my thoughts and heart there is no distance at all. I just left vacation from the borders of Gotham City with my wife and three children to return to Texas but in many ways, instead of feeling like I returned home, I feel like I just left it. Although I have never been a resident of New York I have felt like one ever since I watched my brothers and sisters suffer, die and display heroism on September 11, 2001. A... [...] Read More

Tragedy in Boston

In much of life there is no question more impossible to answer than “WHY?” The how, what and when will eventually be revealed but the “why” of Boston, New York, Aurora and Sandy Hook may never truly be discovered. Unanswered questions are usually the most haunting. I can rack my brain with possible reasons for the suffering but I’ve given up such thoughts, because I know they exceed any logical reasoning. I would rather spend my energy whispering prayers for those affected. It is not... [...] Read More

Home

“Home” is a word that should be soothing and grand, conjuring up memories of joy, happiness and peace. The word “home” is endearing to so many that its connotations and use are almost endless – from a home stretch, hometown, home cooking, homemakers and even the Homewood hotel. As if that weren't enough, we can even go to a hardware store called the Home Depot. Ironically, “home” can even be used to describe a gender like a "home boy" or a "home-grown" girl. I have occasionally... [...] Read More