Bonus Round

The purpose of this blog is to tell a story of God’s mercy. On December 14th of 2007 I laid down on a hospital gurney and died. Thru the grace of God I was in that ER at just the right time to live. We have all heard of the white light spoken of in near death conversations, I’m here to tell you that it happens. I saw the white light just before the doctor shocked me back to life and it can and will change your life. I was lucky in so many ways but most of all I got a chance to say my final prayer. This blog is the accounts of my second chance at life. I am living in the bonus round and these are the little things that make me happy and sometimes sad.

God Bless,



Dear lord I ask that you walk step for step with me for the rest of my life. Can you please tap me on the shoulder and point me in the right direction that serves the greater good of you and man kind alike.

I have lived a life of sin and I am not worthy of you but I have read of your promise to those that knock and it shall be opened unto them and I humbly stand at the door knocking.

Lord, thank you for the life you have given me and may I please find a way to make you proud with what life I have left.

Your child,

In a pickle

Lord I ask for your guidance, I am not living up to my promise to you to do good with this second chance.

My employer has had their fill of me and has put me in the situation that I now have to bring legal action against them. This is where I am torn it is not good to fight a battle with other human beings, but this battle would not be for just me. There are others that they wish to do away with also. Business is business but when you are dealing with evil, and I am, it has to be put down.

Lord please guide me,



A while back I wrote a post about a friend and fellow employee that we all call Ozzie. At that time I asked for your prayers because Ozzie had been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called mesothelioma.

Ozzie has been fighting the fight of his life but it does not look good for him. I would like to offer my prayers for him and I ask if you could please take a second to pray for him as well.

All I have to offer are my prayers. I believe in the power of prayer but I also know that our Lord has greater wisdom then we will ever know and he has a plan for each of us.

Dear Lord, Ozzie is a good man and I pray that your will be done here on earth as it is in heaven.


Thanks for listening…

This blog has been a place where I sang to God my songs of thanks, he spared me and I owe him my life.

My heart is heavy now, one area of my life has gotten out of control and that has left me full of hate and animosity.

I would like to ask for your prayers and advice to help me cleanse this hate away.

I know it’s not good for this to live in me, but I just can’t shake it.

Help me Lord,

Worries of life.

Every day of life brings a new test. Sometimes it’s your strength that is tested and sometimes it’s your wisdom, if you toss in the daily tests of faith there is never a moment of rest.

I am currently being tested, I brought it on for the most part myself. I let my mouth write a check that my *** is going to have to cash.

Forgive me Lord for not talking to you first.

The worries are eating at me and I have lost both my strength and my wisdom.  My faith is barely hanging on.

Lord I pray for strength, wisdom, and guidance. Help me survive these stormy waters.



Matthew 6:25-34: Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life ?  And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, `What shall we eat?’ or `What shall we drink?’ or `What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.




Today I return to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima, Ohio. I underwent some testing for PVD / PAD artery disease.

Dorothy and I entered their chapel and I was overwhelmed at the site of this crucifix.

St. Rita’s is the place that saved my life. Every person that works for this organization I am indebted to.

I stood before this crucifix and tears welled up in my eyes because I felt the presence of God in all his glory. He chose to spare me and I need to figure out why.

After I snapped this photo I turned and there was an elderly lady in one of the seats. She came in while I was shooting these photos. I couldn’t help but notice that she had tears in her eyes’, I only hope that our Lord offers her the same grace I received.

God works in ways that are beyond our mental abilities, and we always question when things don’t go the way we think they should. Whatever life offers us, whether we know it or not is in some way in our best interest.

My entire life I have been a control freak, it’s hard for me to turn over control to anyone else but this is exactly what I need to do, turn over my life to God. I should know by now that he has my best interests at heart.

God bless you each and every one, as he has me,


Every day we wake up we have been blessed.

All of the pressures of life are self inflected, we are not meant to toil and stew over every last detail of life.

Meet the needs of life and enjoy everything else.

Air to breath, food to eat, comfort from the elements, sleep when needed, and there are some that would argue the next, but I believe that love is required. We may need to spend the good part of the day working to meet these needs, but there will be time left to relax and enjoy.

Above is a photo album, this is my creative outlet. This is how I escape the pressures of life. I am at peace with God and life when I am lost in a photo of what my heart believes to be beauty.

Beauty is not the same for all, but I’ll bet that what ever direction your nose points if you look hard enough you can find something that you would consider beauty if you lose the conflicting pressures of life.

Find an outlet for your beauty inside and thank God for all that is given.

For the love of life,