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Sometimes it is hard to introduce yourself because you know yourself so well that you do not know where to start with. The biggest hurdle to overcome is the nagging, uncomfortable feeling that saying nice things about yourself somehow oversteps the bounds of humility. Yet, writing about myself is exactly what I have been asked to do. I hope that my impression about myself and your impression about me are not so different. I am a person who is positive about most every aspect of life. I believe in God and Jesus whose voice I always try to obey.
There are many things I like to do, to see, and to experience. I like to write; I like to think, I like to dream; I like to talk, I like to listen. There is nothing better than to see the sunrise in the morning, I like to see the moonlight at night, especially the full moon. I like to feel the wind flowing on my face, and to smell the wind coming from a storm. I find peace when laying on a soft bed of grass while looking at the clouds in the sky with a blank mind. I like flowers in spring, rain in summer, colored leaves in autumn, and snow in winter. I like to sleep early, I like to get up early. There are times when I like to be alone. I like the peace of the countryside. I like the land and nature and will defend all the creatures that live there. I like people. And, I like to laugh.
My passion has always been weather. I put together my first forecast when I was 10 years old. My parents were the only ones who read it, but that was enough. I have seen the destruction that tornadoes bring, the lives they take and there are things I saw that no human being should ever have to see. I have tried to experience all that life has offered. I have been a police officer and lost a close friend in the line of duty, I have been a skydiver, a fireman, a hot air balloonist, a news photographer, a college student, and lived among the Lakota Sioux Native Americans. I was married when I was 20 and widowed when I was 21. I have since remarried to my wonderful wife, Margaret. I can speak some Spanish and am fairly fluent in the Lakota language, although there is no one locally I can speak it to so time is slowly causing me to forget it.
I have a passion to help others when it is in my power to do so. At the request of Christian Co. Emergency Management, I formed an elite group of Spotters and Storm Interceptors to try to help keep the area safe…or at least safer. Our team does everything possible to get information to the National Weather Service so timely warnings can be issued. As time went by, I felt a calling from God from the 21st chapter of Isaiah that says…6Meanwhile, the Lord said to me, “Put a watchman on the city wall. Let him shout out what he sees….8Then the watchman called out, “Day after day I have stood on the watchtower, my lord. Night after night I have remained at my post. Now, many know me as “The Watchman” and it is a title I am honored to bear because of my attempts to give advanced warning of impactful things that may be approaching.
I, for one, am happy to say that I don’t try to fit any mold. I am who I am. I think being true to myself is one of my best qualities. Having your own opinion takes guts sometimes. I always state my beliefs. Am I perfect…absolutely not! I fail many times in trying to live the right and good life. Sometimes, I tend to speak my mind without really thinking ahead which gets me into trouble. But I think, in the end, people respect me for that because I will always tell the truth. Not only am I true to myself, I am true to my friends. I do not discriminate against people because of their skin color or because of the way they dress. I am friends with many different types of people and groups.
Some people see life as an adventure, others just something to make it through. It is all about perspective. One thing I’ve learned is this…It is impossible to win the race unless you venture to run, impossible to win the victory unless you dare to battle. So, I will keep trying to live as best I can and try to make the world around me a little better. I hope this writing has helped you to know who I really am. And where I came from. At the end of the day, it isn’t where I came from. Maybe home is somewhere I’m going and never have been before.