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.

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