August 2018


Today was a day my son, Logan, and I had off together, which we always look forward to. Sometimes we do nothing and other times, we do what we call “get out of Dodge” days. Today we “got out of Dodge” and headed to Middletown, New York, to check out the mall. I’d rediscovered Middletown when I had two book signings at JC’s Christian Books & Gift store last year.

So, off Logan and I went with no set plans, other than hitting the Crystal Run Galleria while we were there. It was a beautiful sunny day and we stopped at Sam’s Club to get a drink and check out the free samples before heading to the mall.

As always, Logan wanted to check out Gamestop. Gaming is his biggest passion and he’ll spend a long time in the store, if you let him, so I decided to get a haircut.

I’m very lucky to have a whole head of hair in my early fifties and my hair is very easy to cut. Therefore, I can go to any shop and it comes out well, all the time.

I soon found a salon and was told that a woman named Chris was going to cut my hair; and I would find her chair right around the corner. I sat down and Chris asked me how I wanted it cut. I told her my normal recipe, “Buzz the sides and back with a number two and scissor cut the top short”. She did a great job and was pleasant to talk to, as she worked. She then took a mirror to show me the back of my head, which was the first time anyone had done this since my accident. There in the mirror, I saw the scar on my head that I’d never seen before.

Now mind you, the fact that my scar shows after my haircuts doesn’t bother me at all. The reason I bring it up is because it was a reminder to me that it’s okay to look back and gain wisdom from the past, but in order to move ahead to realize your dreams, you must look forward.