Where are you looking?

What kind of a car do you drive? I have driven the same Honda Odyssey minivan for 16 years. It has over 276,000 miles on it and has more stories attached to it than I can count. It's hauled kids to school, youth events, FCA, lacrosse games, baseball games, football games and college. The day I got my new car was a happy day in my world. We still haven't gotten rid of the van yet. We're trying to decide the best destination for GG, short for ghetto girl (yes, there's a story behind her name).  Today, I drive a Rav4. I named [...]

Children should be found in schools, not brothels!

It's about that time again. You know the time.... when traffic in the city feels like it's doubled because you have to encounter Big Yellow everywhere you go. Who is Big Yellow? Big Yellow is the school bus and he seems to be everywhere and always, somehow, in front of you slowing down your frantic race to your next destination. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it's back to school time. For me, a North Carolinian, it seems way to early to be sending children to school. In North Carolina the summer months are June, July and August. They even passed a [...]

Job Opening!

How did you spend your day yesterday? I had the opportunity to camp out at one of my favorite coffee shops in the city and work for a while. The scenery was beautiful, there was a gentle hum of conversations and computer clicks in the background, and the coffee was tasty, even if it looked a little strange in the presentation. I think the barista had a sense of humor and wanted to know if I'd say anything. The artwork reminded me a bit of Alf. After getting a couple of hours of work under my belt, I had the [...]

How are you? REALLY?

We're friends, right? This morning as I was having a chat with Jesus about you, yes you, and I found myself wondering what's going on in your life. Each weekday morning I sit with the Lord to ask Him what to share with you and today I realized I rarely hear from you. I know some of you read my posts on Facebook or other social media and respond there, and others will email me or text me about the blog post, but very few of you actually click on comment and leave a message there. I genuinely want to know what's [...]

We All Need Through People

The mountain roads of Kentucky. Do you never find yourself stuck on a word? Where you look up it's meaning and chew on it a while? From time to time, I'll have a word stick in my mind that I can't seem to shake. When that happens, I've come to realize I'm in the classroom again. I'm the student and there's something I am supposed to learn through the process. Recently, the word that's been tumbling in my mind is through.  If you look it up online, you'll find: preposition & adverb  1. moving in one side and out [...]

Are you scared yet? Be brave!

Just in case you're concerned, this is nowhere near farming community where my girls are. I took it on the drive through Kentucky. Breathe easy. How often do you get out in the country? I don't mean where there happens to be more grass than concrete; I'm referring to the place where more things walk around on four legs than two? This past week I traveled through four different states to visit some of my girls. One of those states was Kentucky. It is filled with lush, green grass, rolling hills, farm animals, and that sound.... oh that [...]

On the Road Again………

Do you enjoy road trips? For me, it honestly depends on where and why I'm traveling. Today, I will hit the road to visit some of the Hopes I mentor. I'll visit four of my girls in two different states to check in, see how things are going for them and give out hugs along the way. One of my girls is graduating from a year long restorative care program. She has wrestled with God similarly to Jacob and is now walking with a new identity in Christ Jesus [Genesis 32:24-28]. It was hard at times, but she refused to give [...]

A Different Kind of Pimp

Photo taken by Chip Bush. Have you ever felt used? Have you had a person take what they wanted from you and then walk away? It happens every day in business as well as personal relationships. It's selfish at the very least and at the extreme it's a form of abuse. The young ladies I work with have been used, abused and discarded by epic proportions. They've been treated as nothing more than an object to fulfill a twisted desire. One young lady said, My pimp didn't see me as a person. He saw me as an ATM. When he [...]

Who said it?

Do you like quotes? I am a word person and I love collecting powerful quotes and chewing on the a while, as they say. While I've always loved quotes, it wasn't until a couple of years ago I purchased a journal to record quotes in that are meaningful to me. I think I stole the idea from the movie, A Walk to Remember, based on a Nicholas Sparks book by the same name. I have quotes from a variety of people like Charlie Brown, In the book of life, the answers aren't in the back." And Bob Goff, who I absolutely [...]

No Appointment Necessary

Do you go to a chiropractor? I find some of the names of chiropractic offices hilarious. I've recently seen the Joint and my daughter's favorite, Braile Chiropractic. For some reason when we drove by, she cracked up laughing. Whenever I have an appointment at the chiropractor, I tell my family I'm going to get snapped, cracked, and popped back into shape. I sound like a bowl of Rice Krispies before he's finished with me, but the results feel amazing.... no more pain or discomfort. So why do people to a chiropractor? Because our bodies, just like our cars, get out of alignment. In [...]