JAIL (Part 1)

The time finally arrives to be transported to the real jail.  My hands are cuffed and feet are chained.  I'm herded along with the others into the back of an armored looking vehicle. The back is divided into 2 cages.  One side is for males and the other for females.  We are packed in.  There are…

Dark Days

I'm lying on our couch downstairs.  I've been there for hours. It's late in the evening and there's a knock at the door.  Next thing I know, my business partner is standing in our living room.  That is not unusual as we are the closest of friends.  My wife and kids are all in there…

The Storm Clouds Gather

Financially, I feel fortunate.  Our primary company provides nicely for our immediate needs...and wants.  But, my partner and I are thinking longer term.  We want a company that will set us for life and then some.  We have an idea and it's been marinating for some time. We meet with 2 brilliant IT professionals who…

Drug Induced Psychosis

I’m kneeling down in a dried up creek bed. I’m at Ironwood National Forest. The area above the creek bed slopes upward and is dense with trees.  Bare tree limbs with no leaves hang down everywhere making it very difficult to traverse up the slope. It’s a comfortable, quiet night, about 2-3 o'clock in the…

More Amphetamines Please!

Tolerance?  WHAT?  What are you talking about? Like I said, you've built up a tolerance for stimulant medication. Would you mind explaining to me what tolerance is? Tolerance is when a person no longer responds to a drug in a way that person initially responded.  So, it takes more of the drug, higher doses, to…

An Epiphany! 

It's March 2011. Our family moves from Kentucky to Arizona. It will still be two years until I discover the strange, life-altering, pile of skulls over our wall. For now, it’s an exciting time in our lives full of anticipation and renewal.  We take with us all the good, love, and amazing experiences from Kentucky as we…

The Pile of Skulls

It's July 2013.  It's a beautiful Sunday morning about 5:30am in Chandler, Arizona. I'm up gazing out our back window into our beautifully landscaped backyard, noticing the crystal clear blue water of our pool glistening in the rising sun. Everything is quiet and peaceful. The family is still sleeping.  l feel compelled to walk out our back…

A Charmed Life

Prior to the beginning of my epic collapse, our family lives a charmed life.  I enjoy success in all my business ventures and we always have the things that make life comfortable and balanced.  My three oldest daughters say their childhood and growing up years are like a fairy tale, and they are. My wife is…

Below Rock Bottom

It's December 13, 2015.  I've just woken up freezing cold and laying on top of an old bookcase in my makeshift shelter in a secluded field.  I'm homeless.  I have no money, no phone, and no transportation.  I've lost everything in my life including my beautiful wife and 6 amazing children, my multi-million dollar business, all my income, close and dear friends, and my dream home.