John Michael

Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise XLIV: Fighting the Patriarchy

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John Michael continues his series Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise, reflecting on life and people encountered, shares about his mom and her lifelong fight for what’s right.   After years on the streets and settling in, so to speak, I would go into small town libraries on occasion. Mostly to check out pictures of J.Lo. (I wasn’t ... 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.

Risen Apes: Sky Pilot

S.M. Park’s column Risen Apes about being a 70-year-old boomer. In “Sky Pilot,” Park talks about misplacing things, prescription eyeglasses, and achieving sight through psychedelics. 

Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise XLIII: The Life of Writers and Writing

John Michael continues his series Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise, reflecting on life and people encountered, sharing his family’s education and affinity for books and writing.

Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise XLII: Frozen Tears

John Michael continues his series Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise, reflecting on life and people encountered, with a story about the recent passing of his mom.

Risen Apes: Only the Lonely

S.M. Park’s column Risen Apes about being a 70-year-old boomer. In “Only the Lonely,” Park thinks about loneliness and looks back on a couple of his marriages.

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