#TellMe

Guys don't want to talk about it I just watched an episode of Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel about adult males who've spent their lives dealing with the impacts of being sexually abused as children. The segment is called "Soccer's Darkest…

Hate Addict!

Hi. I'm Brad. I'm an alcoholic and addict. This line has crossed my lips a thousand times over the last 25+ years. I've been sober since February 24, 1993. I haven't had a drink...not one sip, or a toke...not one puff, or a snort...not…

Thank You, Pain!

Pain sucks! No one (well almost no one) wishes for more of it. Even so, I've always believed that the toughest times in my life have somehow shaped me into what I am today. I believed it, but I really had no idea what it meant until I wrote…

A Thousand Masks

I wore a thousand masks before we met. I've worn a thousand more since our first hello.  A mask for every occasion. A mask for every situation. A mask for every opportunity...for anyone and everyone who thought they knew me.  Each mask,…

Lessons Everywhere

This post has been percolating for the past couple days. This theme has been a constant for the last few years. A great morning conversation with my editor motivated me to sit down and blog. Life is grand...until it's not. Until it's not.…

The Soul Knows

I'm here chewing my nails, and watching a clip from a Wayne Dyer video I downloaded a while back. Excitement and terror are jostling for space in my mind. Excitement - I finally sent the first draft of my book to a content editor. Terror - I…

Survivor – Thoughts on Male Sexual Abuse

  Male sexual abuse is seldom discussed; you’d almost think it didn’t exist. It’s one thing when a perpetrator gets busted with porn or running a sex ring, but the systematic abuse that happens on a daily basis to people…

Just Give

It's a great day to give! I'm not talking about giving money or material things, although sometimes those things are appropriate. I'm talking about giving of yourself. I'm talking about finding and sharing that thing you love, that thing you're…

Not Lost

Pondering. Tis the season of division and negative spotlight shining. It takes extra effort on my part to remember that MILLIONS of people in my community, in my country, and on my planet, do the good thing, the right thing, every day. Breathe…

I AM...

My fingers stroke the keys and my thoughts fill the blank page. I'm redecorating the rooms of my memory as I write my story. I remove all the pictures and paintings from the walls. I paint each wall with the appropriate color - brilliant sky…