My Mom | A Letter From Her Son, Taylor

Mom, We still have so much to talk about. I still have so much to ask you. You still have so much to teach me beyond the love, strength, grace, and compassion you demonstrated every day. I want to go back to the day. October 19th. Two days before...

The Love of My Life | “You Will Never Know a Love Like Mine”

It was Friday night. 2 weeks ago. In San Antonio. Taylor, Kyla, Katelyn and I had just made the drive down 281 from Austin for a weekend in the Hill Country. We had settled into our hotel, and I had popped down to the corner Walgreens, along the Riverwalk,...

My Mom | Reflections by Her Loving Son, Taylor

“Blessed By Angels Unawares” | Hebrews 13:2 When I was fifteen, I lost my mom to breast cancer. The day was October twenty first, and I was sitting on the left side of the library at the table near the window. As I was confirming my fantasy football lineup,...

Love, Powdered Donuts, Dragons and Dragonflies | Changing How We See

“We each carry within us our own dragon.” As I sat with my dear friend, Martin Kohout, over a drink this summer, these words didn’t just resonate at that moment, but they have been tickling my soul for weeks. As fellow parishioners, Heather Kohout said so many things over...

The Love of My Life | Have We Left Our Mark?

I am on a flight to Chicago, having just returned to Austin yesterday from a week at the beach along the shores of the Gulf in Ft. Morgan, Alabama. As my son and I drove west, my daughters, their grandparents, and their cousins headed east, to South Carolina, to...

I Have Been Provoked | Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

“I have been provoked because I’ve watched cancer in the faces of too many people in too many waiting rooms at too many oncologists at too many cancer centers.” – Gary L. Thompson, 1/7/2015, I Have Been Provoked | Part One As I shared in my post this morning, The...

The Love of My Life | Timelessness & Love

“I am going to tell her stories. I am going to tell our stories. I am going to tell the story of love.” These are my words from the video on the website I brought live on Valentine’s Day this past spring. Although I am writing this story on...

The Powdered Donut Manifesto | With a Touch of Cinnamon

“Thinking about a future without cancer.” Those are the words I wrote as I finished part one of this powdered donut manifesto. It is interesting to look back on those words from the end of May, because so much has happened in June. What is more incredible about this...

Survivorship is Not a Phase | Part II

Although I am posting this now, the following was written on my Southwest flight from Austin on the leg from Denver to Reno on Tuesday, June 16. My flight has just lifted off from Denver. I am returning to Reno. To Tahoe. To the small slice of heaven I wrote...

The Powdered Donut Manifesto | Part Two

On Friday, June 5, on my way up to Lake Tahoe for my 6th ride in 6 years of 100 miles with Team in Training for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, I noted as I wrote “Cured,” that it was National Donut Day. I also pointed out that part 2...