In the recovery mode

Friend, God is good! I made it through the re-transplant! I thank God for the blessings he has bestowed on my life. He has provided me with more than I could ever have imagined. He has surrounded me with people who always look out for me. He has given me family and friends who bless […]

Virtue of the Week: Understanding

Seven Deadly Sins There is a big difference between knowing something and truly understanding it. The difference is empathy, a critical skill we might all benefit from practicing more of. You know how you’ll try to communicate something very important to another person and sometimes they’ll wave you off with an impatient, “I know, I […]

Virtue of the Week: Tenacity

Friends, Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved. You gain strength, experience, and confidence every time you plant your feet, square your shoulders, turn and look fear in the face …. You must do the […]

Thank You!

To Everyone who helped me with your support: I could write a book about all the people who have helped us through these difficult times (I might just do that someday), but it would be nearly impossible to write to each and every one of you individuals that I need to say thank you to. […]

Virtue of the Week: Surrender

I often hear from followers about how timely our “Virtue of the Week” fits into their current lives. This is made possible by powers far greater than what can come from the mind of this fat old coach. A good friend Coach George Crace sent me a text today.. a quote by Fred Buechner “ […]

Virtue of the Week: Faithfulness

Keeping the Faith…(A short story about prayer and being faithful). A voyaging ship was wrecked during a storm at sea and only two of the men on it were able to swim to a small, desert like island. The two survivors, not knowing what else to do, agreed that they had no other recourse but […]

Virtue of the Week: Suffering a Cause

Dear Friends, First of all, I want to thank each and every one of you who has been praying for my health. Your prayers have made all the difference. I love you all. My health status is as follows. Last Monday, I underwent liver transplant surgery at OHSU. The surgery lasted about 8 hours. I […]

Virtue of the Week: Self-Respect

IDENTITYBy Julio Noboa, Jr. Let them be as flowers, always watered, fed, guarded, admired, but harnessed to a pot of dirt. I’d rather be a tall, ugly weed, clinging on cliffs, like an eagle wind-wavering above high, jagged rocks. To have broken through the surface of stone, to live, to feel exposed to the madness […]

Virtue of the Week: Responsibility

Get Up On That Ladder! James Alexander Thom, on the fear of taking responsibility: Have you ever had to paint some roof trim, high up? You get halfway up that 36-foot extension ladder and you start wondering about the ladder, its footing and your body weight. You stop and hug the ladder, looking neither up […]

Virtue of the Week: Respect

As time goes on, I am , learning more and more about this valuable virtue. Not having lived there, it is hard to understand the respect that we should have for the sick, elderly and handicapped. This poem sheds some light: Blessed In Agingby Esther Mary Walker Blessed are they who understand My faltering step […]