John Michael

Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise LI: The Ranch

(Photo by John Michael of artwork by Fred Ochi)
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.”   My mom loved art, mostly Western themes, but also folk art. This is a Fred Ochi and there are several around the house. It is over the Davenport in the ... 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.

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. 

Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise XLVIII: Back Then and Now

John Michael continues his series Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise, reflecting on life and people encountered, with two new stories reflecting on how things were back when. 

Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise XLVII: Saying Goodbye

John Michael continues his series Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise, reflecting on life and people encountered, shares about his mother’s passing and saying goodbye with love.

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