Showing posts from October, 2020

Between Grateful & Change

  The World Doesn't Owe You... One of the things that really has me thinking right now is this idea of thankfulness, change and leaving the world better than you found it, even in a small way... In the U.S. we have abundance. We are one of the most fortunate countries in the world. Arguably, our population lives better than over 95% of the rest of the world. Now, I know some of you are out there thinking, WTF Craig, there are homeless people, there are people who don't have healthcare, there are people who are abused, discriminated against, there are people who are illiterate, jobless and poor, here in the States! You are absolutely correct... Although we live in one of the richest countries in the world, we still have our problems. Our dirty laundry. Our dark secrets. Things we are ashamed of or should be... Yes, we are far from perfect. We are human. We have room to grow. Room to improve. Room to learn. But, Don't Forget... Some of us forget and begin to feel a sense of e

My Uncle Has a Country Place No One Knows About

I 'm going to take you back to1981. My brother (3 years older than me) turned me on to numerous bands: Kiss, ac/dc. Led Zeppelin and Robert Plant, Van Halen, Black Sabbath and... RUSH!  We lived on the WestSide of Grand Rapids, near Richmond Park. Back in those days I would still often go to the store with my Mom. We'd go to 'Little Meijers.' It was the last of the smaller grocery stores of the Meijer chain at the time. It closed down only a few short years after the time of this story. Little Meijer was only a few blocks away from our house, may three quarters of a mile or so. It had a tiny... and I mean teeny tiny little 'music section', made up of a handful of albums (you know, vinyl records), a few cassettes and some simple electronic stuff. If you looked up on the top shelf shoved in the corner, you could still find an 8 track cassette on clearance! Anyway, I saw this album, new and shiny...  RUSH Moving Pictures My little tween brain said... I NEEDED it! I

Connecting Off the Grid

  Funny how sometimes it takes getting 'off the grid' to connect... Well... I reconnected with an old friend of mine. He's been wanting to go out camping for a while now, so...  Off the grid we went for a few days.  We went up in the Manistee National Forest near Bitley, Michigan.  It was really good to reconnect and spend some time together. We bonded with some shared adversity in the woods... It was cold and rainy pretty much everyday... However, we had a great time and are looking forward to doing it again!    Do any of you have a friend who you haven't connected with in a long time? Sure you do! Give one of them a call and reconnect with them. Go out for coffee, lunch, dinner, or drinks. Time moves so quickly! Days turn to weeks, months, years and decades! Before you know it there is a lot of time in between... The second thing is that you may have noticed that my last email had a number of links. Problem is (if you tried them) most of them were disconnected! (oh, s

How I Beat the FBI Pistol Qualification Course

  Me doing some shooting at Caliber 3 Counter Terrorism & Security Academy in Israel Oh, where to start!? As I was telling you several weeks ago, I decided to reinstate my concealed pistol license. Being that I advocate responsible gun ownership and usage, I wanted to make sure I also dialed in my shooting skills. Being that I haven't shot that often in more than a few years I decided to return to the basics (again) and review things from the ground up so to speak.  I had many gracious offers from you PeaceWalker Community members to help me get back where I needed to be (and beyond...). One of the offers came from a (semi) local shooting instructor, Skip Coryell. Skip is a former Marine, a USCCA firearms instructor and the co-host on nationally syndicated Frontlines of Freedom Military Talk Radio Show. He is also one of the featured instructors on our PeaceWalker Private Membership - Tactical Firearms Defense Module.  The past few weeks, I've taken two of his advanced pist

They Want You Broken

  How Do You Stay Un-Broken? There are a lot of ways to be Broken. Ethically? Emotionally? Physically? Socially? Financially? Psychologically? Spiritually? Structurally? Politically? Philosophically? ...I could keep going, but I think you are getting my drift. Most of our unrest, conflict and violence comes from broken people doing broken things. They are trying to feel less broken at the expense of others... Some of them are scratching an itch that being broken brought on.  There are even some who hold on to their  broken-ness so much that they actually enjoy  breaking others for their own amusement. Some people like it when others are Broken, that way they don't feel as bad about themselves. "I may be bad, but look at THAT guy?!" or "See, I'm not that bad." Logic like that paves the way so they don't have to really deal with their own Brokeness. Some people make it an unhealthy competition... "Yea, you think that's bad?! That's nothing...