John Michael

Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise XXXV: Awkwardly Stumbling Along

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John Michael continues his series Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise, reflecting on life and people encountered, writes about awkwardly stumbling along.   A couple of days ago, after a long walk along the Snake River, I decided to go for a swim at the State Park. The water was alarmingly cold at first, as the river is high for this ... 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 XXXIV: Starting Something New

John Michael continues his series Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise, reflecting on life and people encountered, writes about endeavoring something new and being positive.

Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise XXXIII: Freudian Slip

John Michael continues his series Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise, reflecting on life and people encountered, considers his experiences and whether or not God loves him.

Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise XXXII: God Is Just Right There

John Michael continues his series Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise, reflecting on life and people encountered, contemplating God, and the intentions of those in power.

Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise XXXI: Always Question the Official Narrative

John Michael continues his series Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise, reflecting on life and people encountered, questioning the official narrative and stats during this pandemic.

Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise XXX: “The universe is unfolding as it should.”

John Michael continues his series Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise, reflecting on life and people encountered, pondering the pandemic and how to calm yourself while facing it.

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