The Obligatory “What I’m Thankful For” Post 2014 Edition

  Well, it’s Thanksgiving and you know what that means: it’s time for one of the few lasting traditions here at The Progressive Redneck: “The Obligatory “What I’m Thankful For” Post, a collection of the more trivial things that I happen to be thankful for each year. Normally, I write this the day before Thanksgiving but, […]

God Has a Plan

Often, I hear people talk about God’s plan, as if it’s a road map for their life. I’ve never liked that. The idea that God has made this detailed plan for my life makes me wonder why God even needs me to be involved. Telling me that free will entails whether or not I decide to […]

God’s Heart Breaks, Too.

This morning, I’ve reached a level of procrastination that is amazing even for me. And, it’s all because I don’t want to write about what I have to write about this morning. My friend, Morgan McLamb, went to hospice over the weekend. I first met Morgan in 2007 when we were both on light duty, me […]

Anxious Days

For those of you who don’t know, in 2007 I was diagnosed with colon cancer which was treated with surgery and chemotherapy. Then, last February, I found out it had returned, necessitating more surgery and chemotherapy (you can read more about it here). I know exposition is boring, but I had to go there in […]

The What I Am Thankful For Post

All right, tomorrow is Thanksgiving and you know what that means: it’s time for my annual What I am thankful for list. This year wasn’t the easiest to navigate, what with my dad passing away and the return of my cancer. But, all in all, I’m still pretty blessed (I don’t like using that word, […]

Recharging

This week, I’m in Florida at the house of the lovely Diana’s parents and the picture you see is the view from there deck as the sun rises. I love this place. Not just the house, but everything around it. Since we’re getting close to the only tropical zone in the continental U.S., coming down […]

Still Teaching

As most of you probably know, my father is dying. Almost 10 years ago, he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins lymphoma and, up until the last year or so, he’s managed pretty well. So well, in fact, that he’s picked up a couple of nicknames during his waltz with the big “C”; one of his nurses […]

Distracted

This morning, I’m sitting in Cafe Helios, located in the trendy Glenwood South district of Raleigh, N. C., trying to find something to write about and it’s not easy. It’s not easy because of the reason I’m here at Cafe Helios: I’m killing time before a doctor’s appointment. At 11 o’clock, I’m supposed to see a […]