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

What I Learned Being Disconnected from Life’s Noise

What I Learned Being Disconnected from Life’s Noise I recently completed a 7-day rafting and hiking trip down the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River. As I read the information we received about the trip from the outfitter, one item really caught my attention. There would be no cell phone, internet or contact with the… Read More

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

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

For Just a Moment …….

As you look at the pictures of the sunsets and listen to the videos on the beach, imagine for just a moment, the world is still. We would listen to the waves every evening. Karla and I would have the beach to ourselves at night. We would watch the sunset and stay late into the… Read More

Fatigue Sends a Message

During my healing journey, I have spent time trying to understand post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) “triggers”, anxiety and panic attacks. I have learned how my body reacts and how to manage myself when PTSD triggers, and anxiety happens. I have learned that fatigue is something we all must be careful with in our professional and… Read More