Always Blessings, Never Losses

ALWAYS BLESSINGS, NEVER LOSSES…I’ve really grasped this idea and it has helped me through seemingly innumerable life situations over the past several months.  It is my hope that anyone experiencing, “life” today will adopt this phrase as well.  Put it on your mirror, make a bookmark, jot it in your Bible – – whatever it takes to remember that there is definitely a silver lining in every cloud.

I’m personally thinking of my grandmother, my uncle and two of my best friends, Lynn and Shawn that I’ve lost (but heaven gained) over the past year.  I’m still missing each of them, but I’m smiling because I was so blessed to have shared life and great times with them all!

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This is one of my favorite songs by Cindy Campo – – I hope you enjoy it, as well!

Forgotten Voices

A significant part of my time on the road will be spent assisting our US Veterans and their families.  I started working with Vets  in 2008 when I started a non-profit organization called, Calvary House.  Since then, I was in an auto accident that changed my life entirely.  When I started the organzation, I taught 10-12 grade Entrepreneurship and Information Technology in the Detroit Public Schools – – this is probably a great place to indicate that the problem in DPS is not the students – – they gave me my reason for jumping up every morning and running enthusiatically into the clasroom.

The best I can say for those that hold the rolls of red tape in the organization is that they gave me my reason for immersing myself into my students and making them the only happiness found within the confines of DPS.  One of my upcoming books will probably be based on my experiences there, but for now, I’d rather stay positive…

Anyway, after the accident, I found that many of my injuries (and long term effects that I’m still working through) were similar to  those experienced by our Vets.  I saw doctors in fields that I never knew existed and experienced symptoms that I didn’t understand.  Because I believe that I can help others no matter what my situation may be, I was determined to find a way to shed light on those who have gone virtuously unnoticed.

At the time, there was very little I could manage cognitively, so “real” writing was definitely out of the question, but I knew  that I could pay homage to our “lost” Vets in some way while still working on my own healing.  Thus, “Forgotten Voices” was born!

You can take a look at the ad created by my good friend and longtime photographer and videographer, Lamont Campbell HERE.  Enjoy!

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Having Second Thoughts…

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I know it’s been a few days since my last post.  Things became very busy for me and I was unable to get a free moment to post.  The schedule that I’ve been
keeping is one thing that I look forward to releasing when I “hit the road.” 🙂

I’m getting VERY close to the RV purchase now, and I’m at the point where I’m having second thoughts.  Not on the choice to fulltime, but on the choice of the the RV itself.  I was completely sold on a new rig that is currently available at a local dealer.  It is small enough to fit in a regular parking spot, has a dry
bath and has enough space for the solar panels I need to have installed. There are a number of other desirable options, but these are very important to
me.

In the last few days, however, I’ve come across a few preowned rigs that have piqued my interest.  One, in particular may lead me on a journey a few states over to take a gander – – it not only has a nice sized “solar system” already installed, but it also has fully enclosed tanks, heated floors, arms chairs and a couch.  It has everything I want already installed – – EXCEPT the dry bath! AARGH!

Now, I’m in a bit of a quandry and have some thinking to do. I’ll need a few days to weigh my options, and I’ll keep you posted as I get closer to D-Day!