The one with Will’s (passing) anniversary

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July 26 is a special day in our family.

Is special the word?

I’m not sure. It’s one we remember. It’s one we reflect on.

Will would have been 41. It’s hard to believe he passed 8 years ago. It seems like yesterday, it seems like a lifetime.

He’s been gone almost as long as he and my sister were married.

I’m not excited about turning 39 but I am excited about what it has to offer

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I sat alone, outside a coffee shop, stack of books and cold brew at my side and contemplated my last year.

It was a typical setting in an atypical year.

I turned 38 near the beginning of the pandemic last year. And despite working from home, going through the same daily routines, well, a lot has happened.

When people have asked me how I’ve been, my response has basically been the sentiments of, “Surviving, not thriving.”

My work has gone backwards. My spiritual life has grown stagnant. My friendships have been hindered by distancing. I had a relationship end. …

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…

The one with the 2021 NBA Draft

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If you read yesterday’s post, today, the NBA Draft is a dream.

A childhood dream lived out in the reality of today.

And yet, it’s now much different.

Professionally, I can’t go into details of the operation.

But things aren’t what they once were. It’s a dream that I was blessed to achieve. A dream that lived up to it’s hype. And a dream… that’s not quite the same anymore.

As a young guy on the staff, I would arrive to the office at 6:00am in preparation for the draft and be there till as late as midnight, and love…

The one with the Super Bowl (NBA Draft) tomorrow

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Yes, the Super Bowl is tomorrow, not yours, but mine.

I still remember 15 years ago, watching television as the cameras went into the Trail Blazers War Room when they drafted Greg Oden.

I dreamed of being in a room like that, or even being in that specific room. “If only I could be the guy who just brought drinks into the room?” I don’t know why I thought that, but I did. My mind was trying to find any way to get into an NBA Draft War Room.

15 years before that, you could find me with newspapers spread…

The one where I turn into an introvert

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Most of my life, I’ve been an extrovert. Not a wild extrovert, just a mild one.

The pandemic made me much more introverted. I spent a lot more time alone, more time on walks, more time reading and writing and contemplating the finer things of life. Maybe I was made to be an ancient Greek stoic. I think I could do that. Sit around the public square, talk philosophy, and drink coffee. They had coffee, right?

I reached out to my friend Jeff today to see if he’d like to get together. We used to be in a small group…

The one where the Warriors call

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I got a call from a friend who works with the Golden State Warriors.

Several years back, I received his resume. I get 100’s of resumes a year. His stood out amongst all of them. I gave him a call and thought to myself, “He’s a homerun candidate.” I would have hired him right then for our Video Room. But we didn’t have an opening. So I called one of my buddies in Golden State and told him I had a great fit for his Video Room, and they hired him.

He’s still working there and reached out to talk…

The one where Jim goes to Detroit

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If I told you that Jim was headed to Detroit to take a job in sports, you might confuse him a bit with Jim Halpert.

But that Jim was headed to Philadelphia.

We’re talking about another Jim.

In professional sports, life changes quickly.

I grew up in Indiana and attended school in Texas and Virginia before taking an unpaid internship in Portland, Oregon.

I was chasing a dream job with the Trail Blazers. One of those jobs where you work hard, don’t get paid, and hope for the best while sleeping on your friend’s couch and eating protein bars from…

John Ross

Writing stories, working in the NBA, & learning each day how to better love my neighbor @thejorolife Lovers: a book of poems

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