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A Chainsaw Encounter with God

This weekend was a rare treat. I didn’t have any scheduled events, required duties or lingering commitments I could not pass on. I love weekend like this. The weather was good and I felt good. Thank you God. Early on Saturday morning I pulled...

The Best and Worst 22 Minutes of My Life

There is not a lot you can do in just twenty-two minutes. It’s not long enough to watch a TV show, and you can’t drive hardly anywhere, or make it through the checkout stand at a busy grocery. I can get dressed and out...

Wildfire: An Army of Ten Thousand, an Army of One

The Wildfire Weekend just finished up in Lynchburg, Virginia. This morning is quiet and I don’t have to rally to the cause. I don’t need to make sure I have the right digital gear, the copies, the banners, and good thick socks. Last night...

KOZ Men- God’s .270 Caliber Deer Cartridge

The .270 Winchester (or 6.9x64mm) was developed by Winchester Repeating Arms Company in 1923 and unveiled in 1925 as a chambering for their bolt-action Model 54. The cartridge is based upon the .30-03. When loaded with a bullet that expands rapidly or fragments in...

Bottomless Cup of Coffee

I don’t know exactly how long the little restaurant has been there on the side of the highway. I think I remember several locations around Austin, Texas, maybe the country. But this one has been there for 25 years I know for sure. It...

I am prepared to be lead…..

As the new week starts I am in a hotel with the warm sun shining brightly in the window. I know however outside it is cold and the wind chill is sharp. The clouds are scattered,  low and grey. I don’t know if that...

Don’t touch that it will burn you. So I did it anyway.

I don’t remember exactly how old I was, maybe 10 or 11. We had gone somewhere in the neighborhood on foot. But along the way we lit up a smoke. I don’t know where it came from, where the matches came from but we...

Hassle Holiday

I  have a great list of things that make me smile every time I think of them. My kids of course, my wife, some friends. There is also a list of things that I have heard or seen that can turn that frown upside...

Interstate Gas, God and the Panhandler

The interstate mega gas station was bustling with travelers filling up with fuel, coffee and snacks. Kids were rolling out of minivans to stretch, dads seemed tattered, moms working to control the scattering ankle biters. A wonderful element of the family road trip. In...

Deer Blind Margin

KOZ LEADERS, It is imperative we find margin in our lives. Margin is time to be with God, family, church and not just our job or passions. Take hunting season for example. How often are we leaving our families and spending time in the...