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.

Friday, March 18, 2011


This is sort of a homecoming.  I've been away.  Not "from" but "to."  To the family, to the core of my heart, to my family and the legacy I want to leave.  The cancer only plays a small part.  Prostate cancer is slow stuff.  The treatment is sort of funky, but tolerable.


What centers my attention is the book.  The book is what I am doing to capture the essence of parenting that has vanished from our culture. Generational Fathering tells the story my life fleshes out with my young family and grandchildren. For all the poetic allure of "wild" and "gray," the Goose does come home to the nest, bringing his strength, his stories, his insights. That is not to say these months have been ordinary.  Look back at the journey in late summer with my grandson and soninlaw as part of the Year of Passage on www.gendads.com. Challenge, pain, investment, recovery...and the future.

Why this post, why now?  Because this is more about me, my personal journey with my Lord. I've been telling about the incidental, though important, side of my life that deals with my wonderful family and my commitment to so my share to produce good and godly lighthouses for the dark future ahead.

So, ok, how IS it going? Physically? Well. The docs are thrilled at virtually all my numbers. Even my PSA is way down.  Emotionally? Good, considering I'm on feminine hormones. I need a few more hugs and get a little more moody than in the past. My wife is the jewel in my life, and now we share hot flashes. Spiritually?  Loving my walk with Jesus.  Constantly fresh, rich, and able to see others drawn to Him.

So, "wild?"  Still.  "Gray?" A bit more. And I'm following and filled with the Holy Spirit who the ancients called God's Wild Goose.


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