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October 13th, 2015

I'm so exhausted in such a great way. I've had the pleasure of coaching some amazing young wrestlers in the Kansas City area these past few months and nothing makes me happier. Yes, the glitz and glam of New York City and speaking engagements is fun, but it's not as rewarding as seeing these middle and high school kids show up every single day to get their asses whipped in the wrestling room and keep coming back. The progress they've made mentally and physically is astounding. Some of these kids are already state champs and the high school team is a three-time defending state champ team and yet these kids are still so humble and still come to the room every day and are hungry for advice and input and strategies and stories. They love stories.

And it's all so incredible to watch. And even more incredible to be a part of.  I feel extremely lucky  to be a part of such a great program.  Not just one that churns out great wrestlers, but one that molds these kids into decent young men with values and respect and a tough mental attitude. All the things that I think are necessary to succeed in life. I can't wait to see what these kids do on and off the mat in the next few years.

I'm so blessed.

November 5th, 2011

A couple of interesting updates:

1.)  One of my poems was accepted by Permafrost, a magazine in Alaska, so it looks like my poem will be freezing its hind-end off.  I'm very happy to be a part of the Permafrost family, they seem like really nice people, and obviously they love literature, so they're definitely "my kind of people."

2.)  I was invited to read at the Mid-Missouri Author's Gala today.  I'm really excited to be a part of this cool event and to help promote Missouri writers and literature.  I'll be handing out free CD's of my acoustic music + a few tracks of my poetry.  It's going to be a good time.

3.)  So, lastly, the other day I received an e-mail from an old high school buddy that's in the Navy, and he was tasked to assemble a color guard for a veteran reading event at Union Station in Kansas City.  He went on to say he met with the event coordinators, and then made them read "So I Was a Coffin" and now they want me to be a part of the event.

So, this all goes to show that I am worthless without all the support of my friends and family.  And, in response, here's a video of what I do when I'm not writing:

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Three-Year-Old Wrestler in Training
My son said he wanted to start wrestling, so we've been practicing a few moves for fun.

Feb. 22nd - Missouri State Wrestling Championships

I'm so happy with how my wrestlers performed last weekend at the Missouri State Wrestling Championships.  J'den took home another first place, Keith Kimbrough placed fifth, and Will Owens placed sixth.  This weekend wrapped up a tough but great season of wrestling for these amazing kids.  I feel blessed and honored to have helped coach them.