August 31, 2019
Happy Saturday afternoon VFOT fans and followers. It’s the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend. We’ve got family coming to stay with us tomorrow, so I need to get a little ahead and hammer this blog out early, since I probably won’t have any alone time tomorrow afternoon.
I’ve had a bunch of early morning departures and travel during the past couple of weeks, so I haven’t been rigid in my pro-reading. I’m still working my way through Duckworth’s Grit. I’m persevering through this book on perseverance.
The Gospel of Matthew and Whitman remain the conclusion of my pro-reading.
I took 12 Strong on my trip, so I’m still hammering through that. Lethal Force and the Objectively Reasonable Officer is still in the rotation, and I’m getting a lot out of it. Ironically, I took delivery today of an equipment shipment from Crate Club and it contained Murphy’s Law by Jack Murphy (Murphy, Jack. (2019). Murphy’s Law. New York, NY: Threshold Editions.) I just cracked the 1st chapter, but this one seems pretty cool. The cover teaser reads, “My journey from Army Ranger and Green Beret to Investigative Journalist.” I’m looking forward to it.
Other Learning Opportunities
I instructed a couple of more sections of CRASE (Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events) last week and attended the Adjunct Faculty Orientation for my upcoming semester as a professor for another college leadership course.
Last Sunday, I left for what may be the greatest learning opportunity that I’ve seized lately. First thing in the morning, I took off on a 6 ½ hour road trip north, into the foothills of Maine, to attend the Origin Immersion Camp to train Jiu-Jitsu for 2 ½ days. It was amazing. I’m not going to describe it in too much detail here, because I did that in a separate blog on my jiu-jitsu page and you can find it here.
While I was away, I got word that I had been accepted into my Grad School program. So, I guess I’ll be starting school again in a couple of weeks.
The Saturday before my road trip, we had an amazing date night out at Rouge. C and I love it there and it was a beautiful night out.
The next morning, I left on my road trip. The drive was amazing, and I made time to stop and view the scenery in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. When I arrived at Camp Laurel, on Echo Lake in Mt. Vernon, ME, I was overwhelmed. The Camp setting was unbelievable. It was gorgeous. Within this beautiful setting, I got to participate in 2 ½ days of world class jiu-jitsu training. I’m so grateful for this opportunity. In between training sessions, I got to swim, sunbathe, read, and indulge in a traditional Maine Lobster Bake. It was a memorable trip. I’m blessed.
This has been a pretty eventful couple of weeks, so that’s probably enough for now. Until next time…
Be Safe, Keep the Faith, Do Good Work, 1*