John Michael

Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise LIII: That May or May Not Be a Brag

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John Michael continues his series Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise, reflecting on life and people encountered, thinking about prayer and the Palouse.   I drove a friend, who was in town for a few days, to the Spokane airport this afternoon, for his flight back to Denver. I mentioned on the way up that the evening light on the drive ... 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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Pandemic Diaries: From the Perspective of an Inanimate Object

In “From the Perspective of an Inanimate Object,” Linda Rand shares a diary entry from a year ago, when COVID was fresh but established, imagining the perspective of a statue in her garden.

Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise LII: A Burden Shared

John Michael continues his series Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise, reflecting on life and people encountered, thinking about God and the burdens we carry and share.

Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise LI: The Ranch

John Michael continues his series Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise, reflecting on life and people encountered, reflecting on times his family spent summers on “The Ranch.”

Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise L: Questions for God

John Michael continues his series Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise, reflecting on life and people encountered, with a story about some questions he has for God.

Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise XLIX: Sabotage

John Michael continues his series Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise, reflecting on life and people encountered, with a story about feelings of sabotage when trying to compete. 

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