Recalibrating

Back when I owned a GPS...and a car...and had money for gas...and somewhere to go, my GPS would sometimes get lost. When that happened, it would tell me, in its sexy, Siri-like voice, that it was re-calibrating. She was trying her best to get me back on track toward a...

Walton Jones

February 18, 2016 On February 18, 2016, my baby boy would have been 29 years old. There are many statements I could make about his short life, but to me the most remarkable is this: In his almost 28 years of life on this earth, I never recall him saying one unkind...

Cast Away

February 14, 2016 Some people are uncomfortable with silence. I am not; never have been. I like silence very much. One of my favorite movies is Cast Away, which has almost no dialogue for a third of the movie. It stars Tom Hanks and a volleyball named Wilson. Hank’s...

Being and Doing

February 10, 2016 Since arriving at Bastrop Federal Satellite Camp on August 26, 2015, I've read over 20 books. I promised to report on some, so here's another Book Report. While this report would earn only a C in most colleges, as I'm just quoting from the book,...

Guilty or Stupid

February 8, 2016 I'm noticing that most of the drug offenders at Bastrop FSC have little trouble admitting they committed a criminal act. Most of them correctly think their sentence was too harsh, but at least they own what they did. Some own it a little too proudly...

One Year Ago Today…

January 30, 2016 I'll have much more to say about my baby boy on his birthday, as I would much rather focus on his life than his death. But there is no denying that this day one year ago was tragically impossible. I wish I had the ability to explain what it's like to...

Animal Farm

January 23, 2016 A rural upbringing can create some lasting memories. I remember when I was age 12, I had a very close, face-to-face encounter with a possum while building an elaborate fort in our hay barn. I know now that I scared him, as his response was to open his...

Perspective

When I was 14, after watching me get thrown out again attempting to steal second base, my dad told me, "You run too long in one place." This came as a shock to me as from my perspective I was moving fast. But I remember that his comment changed my perspective until I...

Going With The Flow

January 15, 2016 It may be theoretically possible for a person to willfully change his character. However, if I tried that, chances are my new character would be just as screwed up as the old, as any change I concocted would be based on my own self-centered ego. My...

Change

January 11, 2016 Most of us like to feel we're in control of our life, and predictability gives us our best shot at feeling some sense of just that. Circumstances, events, and relationships, however, are highly UN-predictable and can make life seem out of control. As...

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