Triathlon #1: Challenge Accepted
Triathlon: Challenge Accepted! So, two weekends ago I competed in my first triathlon, a sprint distance affair (800 yard open water swim, 3.5 mi trail run, 9 mi. bike) at the stunningly beautiful Lake of the Woods in Southern Oregon. It was about an hour and a half of constant self propulsion. Anyone who’s competed in a long endurance event will tell you the same: it was both excruciating and exhilarating, and a whole lot more to boot. Some important personal accomplishments:
Finding Beautiful when Life Isn’t
Life gets ugly. Sometimes it’s really really ugly. Like today, when as a nation we collectively remember 9/11. I’m guessing we all remember that moment when the truth of what was happening sunk in. We were riveted to the TV in silence while the horror unfolded. Life sure can get ugly. In the days, weeks, months, and years since that day, we’ve heard, read, or watched stories of uncommon courage, sacrifice, and love that happened on or after 9/11. First responders, health care
I believe an introduction is in order.
(Virtual handshake commenced.) I've led a fairly adventurous life thus far. Been married to the same shockingly superlative wife for 24 years. Raised 4 certifiably AMAZING kids who are grabbing life by the horns and inspiring me daily. Taught high school with tremendously talented folks in two states. Pioneered & pastored churches in two states with some heavenly humans. Had a mid-life occupational re-start a few years ago, and am now making my living with the written word. T
On Trailblazers & Bushwhackers
On Trailblazers & Bushwhackers It was one of the most provocative compliments I’ve received, before or since. It was directly after the first teaching I gave at Applegate Christian Fellowship more than 20 years ago. Steve, a fellow pastor, found me after service and with a big smile on his face and his big paw on my shoulder said, “Scott, that was fantastic. But next time, I want to hear YOU -- the real YOU!” And, he was off. What he was saying was that I sounded a whole lot