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One man's journey to find the way home
          I am an American Baptist ordained minister. I began my life journey in Massachusetts, where I was called to help people understand what it meant to know a loving God. The call came during a time when I was wrestling with how to help my brother Kurt, who was diagnosed with Schizophrenia during my high school years. I was a new Christian by my senior year following trying to understand what it meant for me to care about a person like my brother who others tended to stay away from.
          After twenty three years in Massachusetts, God sent me to the land of Kansas City where I spent about 35 years of my life. I was a pastor, a resident chaplain, a supervisor in training and most recently a caregiver and security. Everything I have done vocationally has been with God in mind. That does not mean that I am totally comfortable with all the movings of the Spirit.
          I am now in Erie where I do not know very many people. I came here because of my wife. She is from Erie and coming here was the right thing to do. It just plain made sense. My kids had grown up. I did not like Kansas city in terms of climate and was looking forward to a change. I had become very frustrated vocationally and longed to come to Erie to get a second opinion, because I honestly believed that was what God had wanted for me. I left behind kids and grandkids who I loved!!!! I had two jobs that I enjoyed. They were both very appreciative of my skills and I was making more money with the two jobs than I ever had. I heard more than once. ARE YOU CRAZY?
          Well I can only say that I am in love with God's leading. I am starting all over again. It has not been easy. Maybe some of you can offer me some words of support. I am lonely despite the fact my wife is with me. She battles depression and has two siblings that are having similar battles. When it is all said I am in a depressed community with a depressed wife and her family. So I begin the conversation....
WELCOME!!
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December 3, 2021 at 7:07am
December 3, 2021 at 7:07am
#1022721
As I count down to retirement I consider the second greatest gift I have to offer is time. People know they are valued because I spend time with them.

I often looked at this in the context of my current job. It was what i was doing knowing there was not as much time. I was ending. I might say I was dying to do work with intellectually disabled. In the grand scheme I could feel disappointed because I was not clergy or at least in a power position. I was just a lowly DSP after having been pastor, chaplain supervisor, and manager with another agency. Yet for whatever reason I made more money and enjoyed what I did.

You might say I enjoyed my time! And I plan to enjoy my time in retirement and make many friends because of it. Thanks for the time you have given me!!
December 3, 2021 at 7:04am
December 3, 2021 at 7:04am
#1022720
It is hard to believe there are 28 days to retirement. A third gift is the gift of being a caring presence.
I remember well the struggle my mom went thru as she combatted Lou Gehrig's disease. At one point distraught seeking some kind of pastoral counsel, I offered it was not doing anything that could help. It was being the presence of Christ for others that makes the difference.
That is the third gift that will be there when I get to retirement, being a caring presence.
December 1, 2021 at 7:25am
December 1, 2021 at 7:25am
#1022620
Thirty-one days to retirement means I will share 31 gift I offer as I ready for ready for retirement.
Gift 1
Live everyday as if it were you last. Bless others as you want to be blessed.
My job at Erie Homes was my dream job. I feel nothing but joy in knowing I was a DSP for over 5 years.
This coming year is the anniversary of my father's death he died to young at about the age of 66. I remember the day we rushed from Kansas City to Massachusetts as family. it was hard to believe this man who visited me in a State hospital, and watched me in the mix of other troubled souls and embraced me. He refused to give up on me armed with A&W root beer and hamburgers he nurtured me back to life. Many of the person with me were intellectually disabled and I longed one day to share the same compassion with them my dad did.
I am so glad to celebrate in memory of my dad a blue collar worker in a factory it happened.
I would go back to Kansas City with my family. Two months later Dad died in a nursing home which was his own wish as not to be a burden to my mother. Mom dreaded places like nursing homes. She visited regularly and then the day happened. As she came to the nursing home she heard their song. "Let me call you sweet heart I'm in love with you" She wished that she could have been with him when he died and yet the song let her know they would never be far apart.
That first gift I offer to caregivers, live everyday as it was your last. Bless as you were blessed.

November 30, 2021 at 11:33am
November 30, 2021 at 11:33am
#1022566
I am at least a bit frustrated I was gone a week and yet it was a week I needed off. So here I am. I have been thru so much, threats of COVID, weirdness on my part dealing with correspondence on social media to another person who I saw as a kind messiah figure at the time. I was writing lots and lots and who knows maybe I can access those writings at a later date.
The main lesson the grass may look greener somewhere else which does not mean it is healthier or better in any way. I heard it now I know it. And hopefully no one was hurt overly bad. Time heal wounds. I will definitely have a different writing perception.Sorry I was gone. It is good to be back
November 30, 2021 at 11:33am
November 30, 2021 at 11:33am
#1022567
I am at least a bit frustrated I was gone a week and yet it was a week I needed off. So here I am. I have been thru so much, threats of COVID, weirdness on my part dealing with correspondence on social media to another person who I saw as a kind messiah figure at the time. I was writing lots and lots and who knows maybe I can access those writings at a later date.
The main lesson the grass may look greener somewhere else which does not mean it is healthier or better in any way. I heard it now I know it. And hopefully no one was hurt overly bad. Time heal wounds. I will definitely have a different writing perception.Sorry I was gone. It is good to be back
November 23, 2021 at 5:44am
November 23, 2021 at 5:44am
#1022178
I still find myself wondering when it all stops. I want to know who makes the first move to bring about a better solution. At times waiting for a man to fix it leaves it unfixed. if you have a better idea on how to make that first move to winning over the plague that separates and kills just do it and trust that God has the first and last word, God is not male or female, but a spirit, wind breath that says I am tired of discord and chaos let there be light, life and healing of the one who decides in behalf of God how to make the world a better place
November 20, 2021 at 7:25am
November 20, 2021 at 7:25am
#1022001
40 days to retirement. That is give or take a few. Today will be one of the more difficult. I will work almost a double. I still wonder the future. I enjoy my relationship with my wife. I am not at all sure what the future holds.
I pray that I keep my eyes on the prize. I will not deny I am tired. I made to 47 thousand dollars plus. That is a wonderful goal. I am on the threshold of 84 which was my other goal for the year. God give me strength. Let me be ๐Ÿ˜Š be happy to be where I am on any given day. If God is with me I will get thru this.
November 17, 2021 at 7:54am
November 17, 2021 at 7:54am
#1021796
Making the plunge involves taking a risk and honest to God not knowing what will happen. I am willing to find out without putting false expectations on that other person. I can honestly only make myself happy.
1. Once I am responsible for my own sexuality, my orgasms and what not I can enjoy what I discover with another. So bottom line if something does not go right it is always on me! The greatest danger in sexual encounter is turning it into a performance. Both parties will be disappointed.
2. Showing up is half the battle. You show up and joy and happiness beyond measure can happen. You don't show up-i guess we'll never know.
3. Sex is never going to perfect no matter how perfect the people are involved. Once you get that sex can be perfected in union, two broken pieces become one.
4. My thought Tuesday night overnight till about 7am, just estimate. So where do we meet. How does it happen. I guess I will have to see. I hope you can expect there might be less texting up to the event. Bye for now.
November 16, 2021 at 12:23pm
November 16, 2021 at 12:23pm
#1021749
Incredible is another name for my story. Who is going to believe the story of a man who has done everything possible to follow God's lead, finds himself near deaths door in the age of COVID on the verge of making ๐Ÿ’• to beautiful woman despite the fact he is not perfect and never will be. God's love is perfect, wonderful and real and I can not wait to sing with joy to the world the Lord has come!!
November 14, 2021 at 6:21am
November 14, 2021 at 6:21am
#1021598
Halfway home all is well. It hurts to know what to know Sharon is in a downspin. I can only pray it gets better. Life is curious, what is next I do not know. I am enjoying connection and that is enough for now God give me strength
Once Monday hits halfway thru November and getting thru the year seems doable.

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