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Dreams Do Come True

As I settle into my new Florida studio (The Sandbox), I’m gradually exploring my decades-old collection of books. Yesterday I opened a beautiful journal (pictured) that I had not looked at for years. The title page read Dreams ’06. The journal was given to me by a close friend named Ramon Presson. In a hidden […]

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The High Cost Of Leaving Christianity

It is impossible to overstate the cost of leaving the Christian faith. Departing my belief system has been devastating. Almost ten years later, I still experience intense anger and inception-like dreams about the abuse of growing up in a world of lies. I feel robbed of a normal childhood and was deprived of accurate information. […]

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Why Marriage Should Not Be A Death Sentence

As our life expectancy continues to grow, the antiquated rule for marriage “until death do you part” sounds…old. Many of us got married as kids and had no idea how to grasp the commitment we were forced into making by our churches. That we were bound to a person we hardly knew for the next […]

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My Latest Watercolor: Sunbather

“Sunbather” 11.5″ x 13.5″ Graphite Sketch w/ Watercolor

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My Latest Watercolor: “Hush, Little Baby, Don’t Say A Word”

“Hush, Little Baby, Don’t Say A Word” Original 11″ x 13″ Watercolor and Graphite on Handmade Paper Sexual abuse of children is a pervasive and horrific problem throughout all religions, as institutional assumptions and procedures tend to protect predators and harm victims. In this painting, I have listed only a handful of religious leaders convicted […]

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Thoughts About Gina’s 65th Birthday And My Tenth Birthday Celebration With Her

Ten years ago, my exile began. The decree—to be utterly alone. What worse punishment could there be, my family thought, than to be deprived of their divine presence?  Guilt and shame, remorse, humiliation, those are familiar emotions of a religion to which they still cling. But as the afternoon of life spread its shadows across […]

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Emotional Observations During My Walk/Run Today

It was a stunningly beautiful Florida morning. As I write the chapter about emotions in my latest book, The Quest, three events of interest captured my attention. I might note that I have determined—in my quest to enjoy life—to give the gift of a warm smile to everyone I encounter. Fortunately, I do not have […]

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A Return to Simplicity and A Refusal of Shame

The past year has been the most enjoyable of my life. This despite the political chaos, the pandemic, the care of an elderly parent, and continued estrangement from my children and grandchildren. It begs the question, why? It was nine years ago this week when the cataclysmic events of life choices drove Gina and me […]

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Trump Says He Is The “Law and Order” President. Really? Here Are The Facts.

I did a little research. —There have been 3500 people killed by police since Trump became President. (Source: NYTimes) —In Trump’s First Year as President, there were Twice as Many Mass Shootings than in Obama’s first year. (Source: Global Research) —In the first 23 days of 2018, the United States saw 11 mass shootings at […]

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Activism & Allyship Guide

If we are to advance the cause of racial justice, it has to be done both in the moments when we are outraged and in the quiet moments when there isn’t a new hashtag borne out of a specific moment of injustice. It is about changing attitudes and beliefs that ultimately lead to actions. It […]