Even Judges Cry

It's hard to not find peace in a face like this! My beautiful wife and Josephine Mercy, our 8th!

I just had the honor to speak at the closing session of the annual Indiana State Judicial Conference in French Lick, IN at the historic French Lick Resort. There were almost 500 judges in the room from across the state of Indiana including the Indiana Supreme Court. For a man who grew up in a Read More →

Little Heroes – Book Serialization #10

My boy Gabriel in a fort he and his brothers made. Children are born with such resolve. Our job is to help grow it.

Bullied, bruised, and beaten, they were young outcasts. Together, they became unlikely heroes. Little Heroes is a story for anyone who has struggled to fit in and all of us who think no one is beyond redemption. You will laugh, cry, and feel righteous anger, but most of all, you will believe in hope. Today Read More →

The toll of the caregiver

You can overcome PTSD and live a great life. Broken is an opportunity to rebuild.

I am still reflecting on the incredible time I spent sharing my story and teaching The Ladder UPP in Somerset, KY last week at the Adanta Focusing on Treatment and Care Conference. One of the comments I’ve received since is important to share. This is from a clinician who attended the event: “Ironically many therapists Read More →

Fear, hope, and the Shawshank Redemption

Anger is darkness, but their is hope. Hope found in love.

Saturday night my wife and I watched the Shawshank Redemption. It had been almost 20 years since my first viewing and I had forgotten much of it. What a testimony to the human spirit, both the depravity and the grace. For those who haven’t seen it, the movie revolves around the relationship of Andy Dufresne Read More →

Little Heroes – Book Serialization #9

Teach your children to do good, and you succeed as a parent. But that isn't always easy, isn't that right Maximus!

Bullied, bruised, and beaten, they were young outcasts. Together, they became unlikely heroes. Little Heroes is a story for anyone who has struggled to fit in and all of us who think no one is beyond redemption. You will laugh, cry, and feel righteous anger, but most of all, you will believe in hope. Today Read More →

Faith – because there was nothing else

A pure diamond of light. Our backyard this past Friday. Taken as Jude was climbing trees.

I have received some heartbreaking messages lately and I was reminded of my own darkness. I wrote the following poem when I was certain my life would end at the barrel of a gun pointed by myself. I didn’t realize it then, but the struggle to hold on meant I was strong, not weak. When Read More →

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