Category Archives : Shot Happens

I Will, Will You? 2

I will not make excuses. “A loss is not a failure until you make an excuse.” – Michael Jordan I will constantly evaluate my inner circle, surrounding myself with those headed someplace special. I will set aside time each day to re-center myself. I will encourage at least one person each day. I will do […]

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The Gold Standard 2

  As a youth, I dreamed of being a professional basketball player. I was five foot, eleven inches. The odds were steeply against my ever succeeding at pro ball. But now, at four foot, three inches (sitting down), I was playing for the greatest athletic trophy in the world—an Olympic gold medal—and I was confident […]

Live Your Life Like the Six Stories 4

Six Little Stories {1} Once all villagers decided to pray for rain, on the day of prayer all the people gathered, but only one boy came with an umbrella. That’s FAITH {2} When you throw a baby in the air, she laughs because she knows you will catch her. That’s TRUST {3} Every night we go to […]



“Eighty Percent of Success is Just Showing Up” 4

Chapter 12  “SHOT HAPPENS” Part of my response to life included dealing with my maturing feelings for the opposite sex. With my physical challenges and my reduction in height (from five foot, ten inches standing to four foot, three inches sitting), one might suggest that I wasn’t the greatest catch in our high school. But […]

The original model 1

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 […]



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 […]