Short Story and More

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3 years ago, I went through a season of life I’d rather never re-live again. Betrayal, loss, heartache, dreams shattered, unknown future. I even had a couple of teeth explode (not kidding).


Black Lives Matter

A question I’ve wrestled with for 10+ years becomes all too relevant

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Is it OK for White People to Post Photos with African Children to Support Black Lives Matter?

My short answer is, no. No, it is not ok.

It misses the mark entirely.

At the same time, I see others slinging stones at those who do and I don’t think that is the appropriate response either.

My hope is for this article to be a resource for you, a place of learning, just as I am learning each day as well.

I served ten years with an international non-profit focused on orphans and children-at-risk in Zimbabwe. My first trip to Zimbabwe…


And why I continue writing for this crazy, synergistic publication

Salt Lake City, Utah

Let’s be honest, this publication is wild. All over the place.

And it works.

It fits.

It’s as it says, synergistic, welcoming.

There’s a lot of energy here. A lot of support.

When I first started writing on Medium, I had poured my heart into some stories I had written and then I posted them into the vastness of Medium only to be swallowed up into obscurity. As I’ve met others on here, this seems to be the common way of getting started.

I didn’t really know how to use Medium yet. I didn’t know how to engage with other…


Rachel’s story of 104 years of faith, movement, & never giving up

Rachel, a few days from turning 104, went to the doctor’s office for a cortisone shot. She asked where a couple of specific doctors were, and her daughter-in-law let her know that they had already died. Rachel responded, “What! All the doctors have died and I’m still here?!!”

That’s the Rachel I know, or for me, Grandma.

Rachel was born on Nov 29th, 1915, in Hope, Indiana.

She lived through the Great Depression, losing her life savings she had put away in the bank to attend college.

She was a female reporter in an era where few women worked. She…


My 1-Year Medium Anniversary

Photo Courtesy of Author: on a Road Trip to and through Denali National Park

Hello Medium!

What a fun year spending time with all of you. I’m a lot like most of you. I love to write. I dream of being published. And I didn’t quite know what my next steps were. A friend recommended I sign up for Medium and it’s been quite the year.

I kicked off my first month of writing with 5 cents! Any of you feel me?! (No matter how much you start with, you’re getting paid, which means, you’re a professional writer, congratulations!)


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One of the things that makes me the happiest about letting you know of my Poetry Book release is the fact that you were part of it…

So many of you leave the kindest comments and encouragement and those were the things that pushed me towards the completion of this project titled: Lovers: a book of poems.


March Writing Prompt #3

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What are 3 things that happened in 2020 that shaped you for 2021?

It seems like everything… and nothing happened in the last year. Ya feel me?

When someone asks what I’ve been up to… I usually hesitate and respond with, “Nothing and everything.” What’s changed? “Nothing and everything.” What have you been doing? “Nothing and everything.” How are you feeling? “Awful and alright.”

It’s been that kind of year. So much stagnancy mixed in with so much change. A paradox indeed.

1 — Working from home

I’m a people person. I don’t love jobs in and of themselves, generally. I love people. When COVID first happened and I had to work from home for the summer, I…

John Ross

Writing stories, working in the NBA, & learning each day how to better love my neighbor @thejorolife Lovers: a book of poems available❤️ https://amzn.to/2Q6s9cy

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