My Greatest Adventure: Rafting in the Grand Canyon

A few weeks ago, I completed my greatest adventure to date. I went rafting for 7 days down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. On Day 8, I hiked up Bright Angel Trail. Here’s what  I wrote the day after completing the hike to the top of the Grand Canyon. After a 7-day rafting… Read More

How and why it can take decades to speak up about sexual abuse

The news has been flooded lately with survivors of sexual abuse or assault speaking up. Some survivors have been silent for 50 years or more. Many people question their story because the survivors have been quiet for so long. I am here to share how it took me 46 years to get the courage and… Read More

What advice would I give my 22-year-old self?

Thursday, August 24, 2017, was an awesome night. I was recognized as one of ‘Atlanta’s Most Admired CEOs.’ When we came onstage to get our awards, we had to select one question to answer. The question I selected: “What advice would I give my 22-year-old self?” That night I only had a few minutes, so… Read More

My Wife Karla is the Best

As we approach Karla’s 61st birthday this Saturday, I’ll share a little about this special woman, and tell you why she is so special to our family and to me. In 1990, she became a registered nurse. She served as a hospice nurse for 20 years before retiring. In 1992, I said out loud for… Read More

10 Things I Learned Hiking to Springer Mountain

On Saturday Feb. 25, I  decided to hike to Springer Mountain with two friends. We each had full 30-pound backpacks and hiked 9 miles up 2,000 feet of elevation to spend the night on Springer Mountain, at the start of the Appalachian Trail. Even though the temperature was expected to be in the low 20s- not… Read More

What I Learned from Sprinkles

I am writing this post 24 hours after the passing of “Mr. Sprinkles.” For 17.25 years, Sprinkles was our family dog, a Bichon. He came home with us when he was 8 weeks old in 1999. Here’s some background on how I felt about getting a small fluffy house dog. In 1998, we rescued a… Read More

We All Need Someone to Just Listen to Us Sometimes

I’m a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. I’ve lived through the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including panic attacks and anxiety. I know all too well how important it is when psychological or physical “triggers” cause the panic attacks, to have someone to just listen to us and not judge us as the attack… Read More

We Might Have Battered Wings, But We Can Still Fly

I was walking around my backyard and I took this picture of a dragonfly. As I was reviewing this picture, I noticed the battered wings, yet the dragonfly could still fly. I begin to think about my journey of healing from childhood sexual abuse. I have felt battered by the trauma, panic attacks, anxiety, PTSD,… Read More

Healing Won’t Remove the Memory

Healing won’t remove the memory For years, I dreamed and believed that I could forget what happened to me as a child. I really thought healing would remove the memories. That thinking actually clouded my ability to heal. I thought I would only be healed if the memories no longer existed. I recently looked up… Read More

Turning 60 Years Old – What I Have Learned 

My First 60 Years of Life – What I Have Learned This is the first birthday that caused me to really sit down and reflect on my life and the time that has gone by so far. First, I am so thankful to see another day and live another year. I thank God for the… Read More