Wild Gray Goose

Celtic tradition identifies the Holy Spirit as a Wild Goose. He is the wings of a Wild God best followed by the wildest of men. I'm gray. I'm wild. Like He, I am not always predictable, rational, or safe. I believe my full life and my still maturing years of Walking With God offer both heart and substance for younger lads to consider. Now with 4th stage prostate cancer, following the Wild Goose has a different pace and perspective worth reflecting on...and sharing.

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Location: Full Time RV, mostly near Temecula, California, United States

I'm a young fella not far from 73 who's made it to the far and frayed edges of the adventures I‘ve been hankering for since boyhood. The age thing and my pursuits are relevant since I now have advanced 4th stage cancer, moved from unsuccessful chemo treatment to oral med...and they seem to be working. Now, after selling the ranch, my beautiful life-mate of 48 years and I live and travel in an fifth wheel RV we call our "covered wagon". The new and rich development of 2012 is our purchase of ranch in the marvelous plateau above GRAND JUNCTION at the head of the Colorado National Monument where my young family with six children run a whole-family therapy ranch, DEEP RIVERS FAMILY RANCH.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Norte Vista, A Future View Across the Desert

Norte Vista. Sounds like a bluff overlooking the rugged wilds of Utah. Rugged, yes, but I'm pecking this out from the library at lunch from Norte Vista high school in Riverside, California.

What does that have to do with life in the slow lane to significant fathering, generational style? A lot, because I am subbing as a teacher up close to the Millennial generation and not sure I like what I see. Sure, it's a special ed track. And they liked me and were well behaved (what a relief to the norm, these days). But they didn't know nuthin. Really. And almost half of three classes declared (with hands feebly raised) they were chosing college for their future.

I asked about family settings, including diner with the entire family at least four days a week. Half raise hands. Half had grandfathers living somewhat nearby. "Has that been a help in your life?" Half of those, or about 1/3 of three classes, said yes.

During a break, I caught a Parade Magazine article from 2002 by Joyce Brothers (remember, in CA we are saving money everywhere, but Parade '02?!). Through studies and experience, she affirmed what we all guessed. Families with grandparents in the picture had deeper roots and healthier lives. She ended by saying, "...and with family roots that grow deep, the branches reach further to the Sun." Thanks, Joyce.


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