Month: April 2022

Nan Arkwright & Joe Bauman – Introducing the Badges of Power Book Series

In the book, Joseph doesn’t want to go to bed. When his mom demands he turn off the TV, the imaginative boy’s meltdown launches him on an intergalactic adventure. But as Joseph escapes to Planet Kelvin 273, he must battle the Green HypnoZoids to save himself from their hypnotizing powers.

Joined by his beloved dog Gretchen, Joseph has to gather the self-control to defeat the aliens. But if he can’t master his overwhelming emotions, he fears his pesky enemies will always have command over his life.

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North Georgia Mountains, Peanuts, Dog Parks, and a Bath

Once we got down to the lower level, there was a dog park there too!  Actually, two dog parks!  One for big boys like me and one for those little dogs like Domino. The big boy dog park was really big.  It was a lot bigger than the one they had in Dillard.  They had these big black tubes in the dog park and daddy wanted me to walk through it, but I didn’t want any parts of it at first.  Finally, daddy looked at me, pulled a treat out of his pocket and asked me if I wanted it.  Of course, I wanted it, that was a dumb question.  He then held it right in front of my nose and tossed it into that big long black tube!  I was like, “What the bark, Daddy!?  Why did you do that!?”  I wasn’t happy.  I looked at daddy a little bit, then I tiptoed into that tube to get my treat.  I still couldn’t believe that my daddy would do that to me.  After I got the treat, I backed out of that tube never to return again!

Then daddy said, “No silly, you walk to the other end of it, not back out of it.”

I could tell that this was going to be a debate.

“Hey man, I just turned 13.  Didn’t you ever hear the phrase, ‘You can’t teach an old dog new tricks?’  That applies here daddy.”  I said.

Then he took another treat out, showed it to me, and tossed it further into that stupid tube!

I’ve never bitten my daddy or any human for that matter, but the thought certainly crossed my mind on this occasion.  I looked at him again and was like, “Seriously, man!?”

Well, I went in again, got the treat, and then walked all the way through to the other side.

Daddy ran around to the other side and took a picture of me as I was coming out, and said, “Good Boy!”

I was like, “I don’t want to hear it man, just leave me alone right now while I process all of this.”

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The Journey of My Mother’s Son – Episode #101 – Many Little People

There has never been a bad answer to that question on the show.  Most of the answers have helped restore my hope in humanity.  Obviously, I couldn’t put together all 100 answers, but I was able to put together a few.  These are not necessarily the best answers, they’re just some of the answers, in no particular order.

I hope that they will help restore your hope in humanity as well as inspire you to go out and do something little each day in order to help make the world a better place.

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Toni Reece – Journey of My Mother’s Son, Episode #100

Toni has been a colleague, dear friend, and mentor of mine for ten years.  She was the one who initially got me into podcasting in the first place.  She was behind the scenes and at the control panel for 267 episodes of the original podcast that I had hosted from 2012 through early 2020, Stepping Up to the Plate.  She was on the microphone and the guest host of episode number one of this podcast when we launched it on February 25, 2020.

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A Different Kind of Beautiful

When we first arrived at Sam Houston Jones State Park in Lake Charles, Louisiana, we could see that the park had been severely damaged by the two hurricanes that came through the area back in the late summer of 2020.  We were told that 90% of the trees in the park had been destroyed.  Although I had heard that statistic many times since the project had started, I’m not sure that it really hit me until that short ride with Lori.

Even with every time that one of the churches or community groups would come in to feed us, the people would all tell us the same thing.  Yet still, I don’t think that I was really able to comprehend the extent of damage until I heard it from Lori.  Not that I didn’t believe the other people from the community.  I guess it’s just that when you hear it from someone near and dear to you, it’s only then that it really hits home.  The raw emotion of the moment is something that I won’t soon forget.

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