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A New Chapter, November 20, 2016

I am more than excited to begin this new adventure in my life. That’s why I am going to begin this – my first-ever blog with an apology. And no, I’m not going to apologize for any future writings – lol.

An apology is a great thing when necessary, especially at this time of the year when people have a tendency to reflect back on the things they are thankful for and give and accept gifts.

I want to be sure that I begin this on the right foot, and to make a point that the greatest gift a person can receive is forgiveness.

Over the past many years, I have done things that require forgiveness – I think we all have. There is no one I know personally who has lived a perfect life – except for Jesus Christ. He has given me the gift of forgiveness many times over. I don’t deserve any of it, but I’ll accept it because I have asked for it.

I’m glad He forgives us, and me, when I don’t deserve it. I’m glad my wife Angie and my two boys, Gabe and Eli have forgiven me too for anything I have done to make them upset with me. I love them and want them to be proud of me. I never want to do anything to embarrass them, and I’m sure I have.

So, I’m sorry.

Whew! I feel better. Now that’s out of the way, I can focus on describing what this blog and my website are all about.

I am beginning a new adventure – writing books and stories about inspirational people. Over the years I have dabbled in writing. In fact, I started out as a sports writer for the Portsmouth Daily Times many moons ago. I loved it. To this day, it was the best job in the world – with the exception of the less-than-desirable salary. I won two Associated Press Writing Awards while there and had a blast. Then I went into general assignment reporting for a few other sort-of-local papers. I enjoyed that too. I did radio and TV too.

But I had to make ends meet when the boys came along, and so I got into pharmaceutical sales. That put my writing aspirations on the backburner. I still freelance for PM Magazine and Sports Spectrum.

Now that both boys – whom I am so proud of – -are out of the home, I have shifted my focus a little more back onto writing. I’m very excited about this and feel it might be my calling in life.

I am currently working on a book that features two local women who have extremely inspirational stories. The book will take a deep look into faith and how hard it is sometimes to have faith. I am so excited about presenting it to some publishers soon. I have two more ideas simmering.

In the meantime – I am so glad for forgiveness. It gives me a clean slate to begin over. Now, it’s not worth anything if I make the same mistakes again – which I will never do. That’s what life is all about.

“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32 KJV

Getting forgiveness is one thing, and earning respect back is another. I hope I have both. Stay tuned.

And please pass on any inspirational stories through my contact page. And, BTW, if you comment on this blog – which is encouraged – please note that all comments have to be approved before they are published. So, keep them clean.

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