We all have had friends, colleagues, associates, relatives, teachers, pastors, and relatives who just would just not (excuse me mama) shut up! At an early age most of us were taught not to interrupt the speaker, so out of kindness and respect, we listened and listened and listened some more. I know what you are going to […]
My wife and I were strolling through a furniture store here in town recently and I was taken aback at some of the new styles or should I say trends in the industry. A few minutes earlier, while we were still on the interstate driving to the store, I said what I always say, “Get […]
I used drugs and alcohol for a reason; I wanted to feel different. Feeling good was the bait that Satan used to fish for me, comfort was the poison, and it was my spirit that he ultimately killed. My crime was true passion; in love with a lifestyle that was out to seal my fate. For generations addiction […]
Good morning Bloggers, In the 12-steps of Narcotics Anonymous, steps 8 and 9 seem to challenge addicts the most. Number 8 reads, we made a list of all persons harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all. I recall “working the steps” when I was in rehabilitation, and when I approached number 8, […]
As I went down my checklist for my book signing tomorrow, most of the items were “duh” components for an event. For example, at the top of my list was “books”, that’s like reminding a hot dog vendor to bring franks. I also needed to remind myself to bring my banners, my credit card machine, receipt […]
Recollections of childhood Christmases hold cherished moments and are as unique to each of us as our fingerprints or DNA. I recall somewhere in my single-digit years that I was so in love with milk, I wanted Santa to drop off a cow at the Preston household. Tonka, Milton Bradley, Hasbro, or the Mattel company […]
The High Jump is a track and field event in which competitors must jump unaided over a horizontal bar placed at measured heights without dislodging it. Performed since ancient times, competitors have introduced increasingly more effective ways to get over the bar. Conversely, the Limbo is a traditional popular dance that originated on the island […]
My mother told me at a young age after one of my rants about not getting something that I thought that I was entitled to, “life isn’t fair and you’d better get used to it”. On page eleven of my book, I speak about how my daddy never let us use the race card as […]
Good morning Bloggers of the world, After watching game seven of arguably the best World Series ever played, I marveled at just how mediocre you can be at hitting and still be considered one of the best at your craft. Second baseman Ben Zobrist, who won the coveted Most Valuable Player award for the World Champion […]
Music is said to soothe the savage beast. It has been told that music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. Some say that music is the poetry of the air. But Charlie Parker, also known as Yardbird or Bird, a highly influential American jazz saxophonist and composer, sums it up best for me, “Music […]
This story is a true testament of the willpower and strength of a person who wants what most people take for granted. Richard’s story will hopefully inspire people who need help conquering their addictions.
Foreword by Al Ferraro
Jacksonville, FL City Council District 2
Speaker at the Salvation Army
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