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2020 took a lot of resilience and even more Sisu.

One of the best compliments you can give a Finn, is that they are resilient. I’ve been told this several times in my life, all of which where at the most appropriate times for me to hear it.

I always remember being resilient, it just seems to come to me…

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

There are many things the Lutheran Church gave me, hope for a better tomorrow is among the one of my favorite.

I don’t have to tell you that lately, life has been rough for everyone, If you follow me, you also see that I have had my fair share of things to make me down too. This journal isn’t about that though.

This rotation off has been spent focusing on life…

Language matters. Tonight a coworker called someone a “cock sucker.” I felt the hairs on my back stand up. I found myself counting backwards… 10…9…8… and thought that I should probably use this as a teaching moment. Instead I read the person. They didn’t intend it to be in malice…

“These years in silence and reflection made me stronger and reminded me that acceptance has to come from within and that this kind of truth gives me the power to conquer emotions I didn’t even know existed” -Ricky Martin

It was March 2014. Snow was falling for what felt like the 20th month in a row in West Michigan. I was immersed in writing what those so close to me have been waiting for me to say, for far to long. …

“If the world hates you, be aware that it hated me before it hated you. If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own. Because you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world — therefore the world hates you” John 15:18–19

In the interest of clarity, please read Queer as a positive word used to include all of us in the LGBTQ+ Family.

***disclaimer, I used a naughty word, but it’s for emphasis and I tried other approaches, nothing proved as powerful***

With Pride here, It’s somtimes hard to feel prideful…

“…I have held your people in my heart”

Three Code Blues in an hour. A psych patient who got the bad end of the deal, and we both knew it.

This is a typical shift for me. I write this as I finally get a break fours into my shift…

Sometimes we should be our own idols

It’s easy to see the obsession we have with idols in modern times. We have whole TV shows dedicated to the selection of the next one. But let’s think for a moment what it’s doing to us. …

Scott Norkoli

Fortysomething, Who came out way too late, but is making up for lost time.

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