Yearly Archives: 2015


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November 11, 1977 (38 years ago) I was accidentally shot and paralyzed……   On December 14th – my 15th birthday, I received a new wheelchair.  At that time I was not happy to receive a wheelchair (what a birthday gift – right?) Now I see it differently.  Although I’ve been handicapped for all these years, I’ve […]


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Sometimes I’m luggage, Sometimes I’m a backpack

I turned sixteen a little over a year after the shooting. A family rite of passage—a family tradition that was very important to me—occurred on my sixteenth birthday. It was to go deer hunting with the entire family. It was a big deal, a huge family affair involving my parents, my brothers, my grandparents, cousins, […]


Water Balloons and Rotten Tomatoes 3

  Halloween rolled around and I went cruising with my buddies in Doug Jensen’s beat up old sedan. We were out seeing what evil deeds we could accomplish. I was in the back seat with one of my buddies chucking tomatoes and water balloons at the trick-or-treaters. This was a lot of fun. We had […]

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Everything You Do Affects Everyone On Your Team

The 1992 Summer Olympics and Paralympics to be held in Barcelona were anticipated by the media to be the best ever.  They certainly were for the wheelchair basketball team.  Once again we were presented gold medals while the national anthem played and our flag was raised to the center position.  Once again we had gone […]

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Freedom is Never Free

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence? Their story. . .   Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.  Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.   Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two […]


Utah Bankers Association

 It was a pleasure to meet the very talented group, Gentri as well as Lexi Mae Walker, Spence Eccles, and Senator Orin Hatch. I was honored to share the stage as a Keynote Speaker at the Utah Bankers Associations Annual Meeting in Sun Valley, Idaho. 

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Done being a ‘why baby’ 1

At some point during those pain-ridden weeks in the hospital, I realized that it didn’t matter “why” this happened. And “why me?” Asking those questions repeatedly was futile. I needed to heal and move on with my life. Being a “why baby” wasn’t helping. During my rehabilitation, I met a man named Bob who was […]


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Take Response-Ability 1

Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.  One day as I was having a pity party at the hospital, my friend that shot me showed up with a book in his hand.   With tears in his eyes, he handed it to me.  I opened it up and on […]