Friday’s Muse on Pain and Psalm 38

I’ve been on quite a journey these past 10 months. Ten months of leg and back pain. I can’t believe it’s come to this. I slipped on an over-turned door mat in Boyd Hall at Auburn University May 6, 2016. A week later, Friday the 13th, I went to a chiropractor who fixed soreness in

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The Travelers — You Are Now A Spy

I recently had the opportunity to read Chris Pavone’s The Travelers, a spy thriller and a great example for anyone living on the edge of morality not sure if their actions can or will have consequences. Will Rhodes is living on the edge and makes a costly mistake after making every attempt, well, a fair

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The Emotional Craft of Fiction

Donald Maass is a literary editing GOD. There is no better way to say it. I’ve now maintained a snail’s pace, using pen and stickies, to actively absorb every possible word of three of his books–Writing the Breakout Novel, Writing 21st Century Fiction–and now The Emotional Craft of Fiction. During the fall, I took the

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The St. Jude Medical Spinal Cord Stimulator

There are accounts in the Bible where those suffering from affliction went to Jesus and asked for healing and with a touch, their misery ended. I know what joy they felt. Last Wednesday morning, I began a five-day trial using a St. Jude Medical Pain Stimulator to address severe pain in my left and right thighs,

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Nothing Changes on New Year’s Day

Dec. 31, 2016 It’s been a dreadful year, this 2016. And somehow there is the assumption that with the stroke of 12 at midnight, the tossing out of a wall calendar, or the drop of a ball upon a tower in a far off city, that things will be changed.  We have a new president

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Drawing the line on Facebook

I’ve been attacked this morning on Facebook, like the Japanese fleet 75 years ago in an early dawn surprise, by a woman who purports to be a Vet, who had the gall to question the one thing that’s as strong in my heart as my love of Christ–love of our country. This is my wall,

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Rhizotomy, Meralgia Paraestheticas–Back and leg pain

Rhizotomy, Meralgia Paraestheticas–Back and leg pain Now there are some who would say I should not divulge details about health issues I have endured. Privacy. HIPAA and all that. Employers or clients scouring to see what kind of a health risk I might be. But I take a different view. There are lessons to be

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Maybe Aaron Sorkin Was Right in The Newsroom

I’ve seen Aaron Sorkin’s letter to his daughters about Donald Trump’s victory on Tuesday night. Maybe he should go back and binge watch his HBO TV series, The Newsroom this weekend and remember what all he had to say in it. Here’s a few sobering thoughts about the news business that should be considered after

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Praying for America

Six months ago yesterday I took a weird fall while stepping onto an upside down door mat in Boyd Hall on Auburn University while picking up my daughter from the end of her freshman year of college.  A week later I went to see a chiropractor here in Mesquite, Texas. The man I saw was

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Ventral Hernia Repair–What to Expect

I had a ventral hernia repaired in my abdomen Sept. 26, 2016. Today is Oct. 5. It’s nine days post-op and I am posting this information because leading up the my surgery, I surfed the Internet for information about what recovering from a ventral hernia would be like and I have to tell you, NOTHING

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