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About sturner2

I am curious, not fearful or unafraid. I have delivered babies into this world. I have held the dying until their departure. Life, what is if for? What is it about? Do I know or don't I? Knowledge is elusive and never complete. The more I know, the more I know I don't know. My boss once asked me if I knew what I was doing. "No sir," was my reply, "but that has never stopped me before." This is one of those valuable lessons my mom taught me. Just because you don't know doesn't mean you shouldn't. I am willing. I am not always able. I have heard that "If it is worth doing, it is worth doing until you get it right." Here am I, send me. What is there about me that is different than all the rest? Possibly not all that much. I am a soul longing to do more, share more and know more. Born into a body in 1960, my parents raised me and continue to show me. My wife loves me. My children teach me. My friends stand by me. I share in this journey with many others. I am grateful. I have experienced more than 30 years as a husband, more than 30 years as a dad, and more than 30 years in the fire service. I continue to grow, feel and learn; and too, I diminish, numb, and forget. In honor or disgrace, blame or praise, I am prepared.

In God We Trust

A baby boy, God’s gift to Sandy and me. He will be traveling in the air, on land and sea. Hugging him daily ’til he rides out of sight, Knowing someday he may stand to fight. His duty has become … Continue reading

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Questions

Reading an article by Summit Ministries brought to my attention the importance of questions. Questioning may be a defining characteristic of leadership verses kingship. At least this appears to be true in my mind. The King speaks in statements: I … Continue reading

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Balance

There never seems to be enough weeks in a day. A friend’s blog post, Over-stimulated, cause me to reflect on the ever constant competition for our time. She shared her happiness of being a mom, wife and young woman. Her … Continue reading

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Worry

This morning we had a deluge with thunder and lightning. Posts on Facebook from friends in the area ranged from 4.5 to 10.5 inches of rain over night. It all quieted down about 06:30 and by 08:00 a group of … Continue reading

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Distracted

I just finished reading a blog post, “How to Miss a Childhood,” by Hands Free Mama which cuts a little at our “new” connectedness. She addresses how mobile devices provide us so many wondrous distractions that we miss presence. We … Continue reading

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Challenges

What are the great questions of life? Are there answers to them? Are the answers correct? I was listening to a book today. It is an audio book. The title and author are not pertinent to this simple post. I … Continue reading

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Rule of 3s

The Rule of 3s is a rule of thumb about survival. Your survival is in jeopardy after: 3 Seconds without the right attitude; 3 Minutes without air; 3 Hours without shelter 3 Days without water; 3 Weeks without food; 3 … Continue reading

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Everyone has one….

It has encounters, dreams, moments, losses, and things. In it there are achievements, betrayals, joys, and failures. Everyone, no matter how rich, how poor, how old or how young, everyone has a story. It may be long or short, told … Continue reading

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Want to…

“You gotta want to! You gotta want it!” Many of us have heard this from parents, coaches, mentors and the ever present guru. “You can be anything you want to be. You can have anything you want to have.” Just … Continue reading

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Got to die of something…

“A man has got to die of something, because it would be a shame to die of nothing,” is a quote from my friend Joey W. What brings this to mind today is a conversation with my youngest son who … Continue reading

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