John Michael

Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise LXI: No Matter What

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John Michael’s latest Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise, reflecting on life and people encountered, shares about attending a rodeo, and thoughts about 9/11 and America.    I had an all-American day yesterday, if a piece of apple pie would have materialized out of the sky in front of me while I was eating my hamburger, I would not ... Read the full article
John Michael

Hello, good people. I am rarely sure how to describe myself. If I say I am a Christian, many things may arise in your mind that ain't necessarily so. I was homeless for seven years and learned more about myself in that stretch of time than in any other segment of my life. I read the Bible a lot out there and came across a passage in Proverbs that has shaped my approach to life: "A man's pursuit is his kindness." I am well educated with a Master of Social Work degree and have worked a wide variety of jobs in my 52 years. None have lasted too long however. When I was homeless, the beauty of Texas wildflowers made me decide to want to live again. Along with kindness, beauty, play, and self-expression are life-guiding ideas. My shadow contains things like feeling sorry for myself, a truckload of defiance, a desperate need to please women, and no small amount of cruelty. A quote from Luke also has had a lasting effect on me: "For God is kind to the ungrateful and the evil." When I read that I thought, "Hell, I have got a fighting chance." I am here to tell you, you have a fighting chance as well. Besides Christianity, practicing Buddhist and Shamanic techniques inform my relationship to God and the world.

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John Michael continues his series Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise, reflecting on life and people encountered, returns to Portland and contemplates how he really wants to live. 

Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise LIX: Growing Closer to My Dad

John Michael continues his series Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise, reflecting on life and people encountered, talks about how he is growing closer with his dad. 

Pandemic Diaries: Rise Up Like an Animal!

In Linda Rand’s latest Pandemic Diaries entry “Rise Up Like an Animal!,” she ponders our attempt to return to routines during the COVID Delta variant outbreak. 

Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise LVII: The Trail Was Quiet

John Michael continues his series Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise, reflecting on life and people encountered, reflecting out on the trail, admiring nature, and feeling compassion.

Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise LVI: Our Beingness Is Eternal

John Michael continues his series Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise, reflecting on life and people encountered, thinking about remembrance and life after death.

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