Finding Home: Blake’s Journey

Blake walked into the office recently holding an envelope and said, “I want to read you something.”  We could tell by the smile on his face it was going to be something good. He unfolded a piece of paper and started reading, “Ordered, Adjudged, and Decreed as follows: The parties have agreed that it is…

A Disease of Perspective

From a drunk’s perspective, the glass is always half empty, which provides plenty of excuses to drink, if any are needed. Maybe, rationalization is a better word for what I did, or rather, for what the committee in my head was fond of doing. This is not to say that my alibis were not based…

Young man standing in the middle of a prairie with his arms outstretched on a sunny day

The Nature of Surrender

Who wants to surrender, to give up? It is practically un-American. We like winners and wish to be winners. Soldiers will fight to the last bullet and even the last man before surrendering, and even then will sometimes refuse to surrender. It is commonly associated with being a “loser” and a “quitter.” Those who do surrender are often characterized…