Chaplain Saves a Life; Veteran Women Are Homeless

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Military articles to read that make you feel good:

1. Chaplain Saves Stranger’s Life

CH.(CAPT.) Michael Harari went the extra mile help save a stranger’s life.

Harari was driving with another man when they spotted a man near a guard rail and close to an overpass. He told his friend to call 911, and Harari took the next exit and back tracked until he found the man.

Harari started talking to the man. The man shared he was a veteran. The man talked about his service, but he was hard to understand. Harai was certainly able to save this man’s life through talking to him.

Lt Col John B. Davis said, “His small amount of compassion saved that man’s life. ”

Harari will not receive a Medal of Honor, but his unselfish act to save another man is just as heroic.


2. Betsy Ross Hall Provides a Home for Women Veterans who are Homeless.

You have to agree that even one veteran who is struggling so much that he/she is homeless is one too many.

The numbers are going up at an alarming rate.

Betsy Ross Hall is providing a home just for women. Something that is much needed. May women veterans are reunited with their families and start new careers.


This is a Monday. A day that many dread. It is back to work for another week, and people are already wishing it was Friday. Do you feel that way? Do the days stretch out into what seems like 10 hours instead of a normal working day of 8 hours?

The point is that you have a job! Veterans who are struggling and are homeless, do not have much hope left. They sit in the parks and sleep under bridges.

The man in the first story was about to take his own life because he felt lost and alone. The women in the second story have found help, and maybe, just maybe they will be able to get back into society, and lead a normal life.

If you are a veteran, and feel alone and lost, and you are even on the edge of homelessness, get help. There are many nonprofits in your area who will reach out to help.

If you are struggling with PTSD, TBI, anxiety, depression, get help and do it now. There is a 24/7 connection for you to call at:




You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…..Never, ever, give up!!

We Sometimes Wonder Where God is

I just received notice that I will be one of the authors doing signings at the Oregon State Fair this year. That should fun.

If you are in that area from August 26th- September 5th, drop by and say hello!


I told you that I was in eastern Oregon Visiting my daughter-in-law this week. It has been a wonderful experience. Spending time with her has been a blessing.

I was just outside to get some fresh air, and two quails walked right in front of me. They didn’t seem to be too afraid, as long as I didn’t make any sudden movements.

At night the skies here are incredible. There are no city lights here and the brilliance of the stars takes your breath away.

This reminds me that God created everything we see. The majesty of the snow capped mountains I’ve been seeing all this week are a good example.

Sometimes we wonder if God is there. We have times when everything seems to go wrong. The car won’t start and you are late for work. The illness you thought had gone away is back again with a vengence. That job you have had for years has disappeared.

This brings on the usual suspects we face: anxiety, depression, self-doubt, addictions, fear, etc.

I understand most of those afflictions. I have felt lost, and didn’t know what to do. Then I found that God was there and He has been there for me ever since. 


If you are having some of these difficulties, there is a new book that I had published called, “Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World.” It is full of examples that shares common sense ways to cope in a not so friendly world.

There is a special sale going on right now. In the stores the books is $19.99, but if you order directly from this site you will be paying only $15.99. the shipping is also cut in half. A total savings of over $6.00.

To take a look at the book, just go to the “bookstore,” tab at the top of this page. When you click on it, you will see a description, and picture of the cover.  There is aa “endorsement,” tab at the top that shows some wonderful endorsements. Check that out as well.

I hope you take a couple minutes to check it out. It could chnage your life, or someone you love.


We Live in a Depressing World with Few Ways to Cope

We Live in a Depressing World with Few Ways to Cope

Now how is that for a positive start? My heading probably scared off more people than it attracted. However our reality check shows that this is not far from the truth.

I have written a book that tells my story about trying to cope. I was at the end of my rope is it was unraveling. Close Encounters of the Heavenly Kind: Life beyond Bumper Stickers is a journey I took from deep depression back to a life of joy and happiness. It wasn’t an overnight journey and there were many road blocks along the way, but I gradually took one step after another and conquered the mental demons that were attacking me.

It wasn’t done alone. God was with me each step of the way. Close Encounters of the Heavenly Kind: Life beyond Bumper Stickers starts with my life in the muck and mire to where I enjoy each day with excitement.

It can be your story too. The whole book is directed towards those who have also been in the trenches like I have. It is a guide for those who are seeking a way to get out of the quicksand, and move on to better things.

I am now going to give you a small outline of what the book is about. I am putting a couple chapter titles that are in each part of the book. Notice the progressions from dooms day, to happiness. That is the format. I slowly progress your thoughts from “I hate this world,” to “Thank you God for another day.”

Part I- Fighting through the trials and tribulations of life

• Stop the world and let me off. I am tired of going round and round.
• Everything can go wrong probably will.

Part II- Try it you’ll like it.
• A lot of kneeling will get you in good standing.
• Don’t cross your fingers; fold you hands.

Part III- Keep marching on the right path.

• Are you standing on Whale fishing for minnows?
• Don’t wait for six strong men to finally take you to church.

Part IV- The next step

• God promises a save landing not a calm passage.
• If you are going the wrong way, God allows U turns.

Part V- I feel God holding my hand.

• A small stumble could lead to a big fall.
• Suffering from tooth decay? Brush up on the Bible.

Part VI- Congratulations you made it!

• Be fishers of men, you catch them and he will clean them.
• If we evolved from monkeys and apes, why are there still monkeys and apes?

Conclusion- It’s been a long journey.

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