John Michael

Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise LXXIII: See with Kindness

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John Michael’s column Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise ponders life and people. In “See with Kindness,” he thinks about money, politics, inner peace, and kindness.   I was disappointed to see the snow melt so quickly here in the valley and of the surrounding hills, felt like I ... 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 LXXII: Expect Good Things

John Michael’s column Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise ponders life and people. In “Expect Good Things,” he talks about managing disappointments and making change.

Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise LXXI: Remove the Plastic

John Michael’s column Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise ponders life and people. In “Remove the Plastic,” he shares about shoveling snow, bath bombs, and relating to Peter and Christ.

Communiqués From Geezerville: Musings About Death

Corie Skolnick’s latest Communiqués From Geezerville “Musings About Death” talks about a recent doctor’s appointment over Zoom, the passing of Joan Didion, and having a healthy attitude about death.

Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise LXX: Your Life Is Rich Because of Hobos

John Michael’s column Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise ponders life and people. In “Your Life Is Rich Because of Hobos,” he talks about suffering and how he arrived at his spirituality. 

Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise LXIX: Choose Love

John Michael’s column Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise ponders life and people. In “Choose Love,” he talks about driving, the holiday season, and sharing feelings. 

Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise LXVIII: Relax Into It

John Michael’s column Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise ponders life and people. In “Relax Into It,” he shares a recent trip, helping a hitchhiker, and connecting with Bob Dylan. 

Communiqués From Geezerville: How To Be Ninety

Corie Skolnick’s latest Communiqués From Geezerville column “How To Be Ninety” is about exactly that, how to be ninety and crushing life. Meet Aunt El.

Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise LXVI: The God Zone

John Michael’s column Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise ponders life and people. In “The God Zone,” he talks about healing through spirituality and enlightenment. 

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