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Stories from the journey of fatherhood & brotherhood
Healing At Detroit Tigers Games baseball brotherhood healing Apr 17, 2021

The Detroit Tigers bring me back to my first story, the one that God authored for me.

When I was around 8 years old, my mom entered me in a raffle.  They used to have these in grocery stores in Michigan, just past the cashier.  Some were for experiences, some were for products.  This one was for an honorary bat boy or bat girl at a home game for the Detroit Tigers back in old Tiger Stadium.  

My mom and dad called me into the living room to tell me that I won the...

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The Leviathan adventure brotherhood shared experience Feb 12, 2021

 Erik was older than I was, but I could run faster. One of these facts would be more important than the other. 

We were two boys at play, inseparable, always on the hunt for adventure. Basketball. Music. Laughter. Somehow it fit. We just fit. 

On this particular night, we were up late exploring a golf course full of ponds, waterways and channels that eventually led into the Gulf of Mexico. We had heard about manatees that swim up to the shore and munch on the grass. Evidently,...

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Deep Places brotherhood experiences fishing wonder Jan 10, 2021
There was no shoulder nor any car in sight for miles as we stood in the middle of the road on one of the most desolate stretches of two lane highway in southwest Colorado.  We stared in amazement.

"Oh $%!&!"
I exclaimed. "This is real bad but it could have been WAY worse."
 
The man on the other side of the trailer tongue, which was only hanging onto our half-ton pickup by the safety chains, was my best friend, a man who has known and held my story for...
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The Best Hardest Race adventure brotherhood spartan race Oct 20, 2020

“Congratulations, you’re registered for the Spartan Race...”

The email title popped into my inbox.

What had I just done? My brother had invited me to try this upcoming challenge with him.

The Spartan race was 8-9 miles of running, obstacles that included barbed wire, 8 foot walls, log carries, mud, blood, and tears. Apparently I could have done the “sprint” version, but at my brother’s invitation had gone for the “Super” level of challenge. Great....

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Slow Medicine brotherhood curiosity fishing Aug 16, 2020

This question has always bothered me to some degree. I usually have no idea what the answer is, so that doesn’t help either. “What do you think God has for you in this?”

The next question came only a breath later, and it wasn’t any easier. In fact, it hit home in an odd mix of grace, glory, and gall. “What is the gift you are receiving by NOT catching any fish?” 

It was my birthday. It was one of my closest friends. He knows me. He knows I like to fish....

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Deflated brotherhood Jul 29, 2020

A few choice words escaped my lips when I saw it. 
 
To escape the COVID doldrums, this summer our family fled to the mountains in pursuit of a change of scenery. The outdoors is our holy sanctuary, where we meet God, ourselves, and one another in profoundly deep ways. Seeing the wonder of our daughter's growing photography skill (she beautifully captured the comet and the night sky!), our other daughter's reverie in writing into existence fictional worlds yet unknown,...
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Feed Your Soul, Not Your Ego brotherhood fishing shared experience Jul 16, 2020

I’m convinced that a “lucky gene” exists that predisposes certain people to fortunate experiences. I’m equally convinced that said gene exists nowhere in my genetic profile. My brother on the other hand routinely wins radio call-in contests for concert tickets and won a drawing for a brand new car. 

That said, you can imagine my surprise when I found out the Restoration Project Canoe Trip I was leading was on the Green River. The Green is a world...

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Applying Firefighting Acronyms To Man Life brotherhood fatherhood firefighting response stress May 01, 2020

 The fire service has many traditions.  A few unique to Northern Colorado include: 

  • We are organized like the military and chain of command is alive and well.
  • We consider ourselves “family” not co-workers, employees, or associates.
  • We eat meals together and share a common table nearly every night on shift.
  • Expect to bring your own birthday cake on your birthday for everyone to celebrate you.
  • You owe “everyone” ice cream if you run over a curb driving an...
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A Video Message from Chris Bruno brotherhood coronavirus fatherhood Mar 21, 2020

I never expected 2020 to take this kind of turn.

As the dominoes have fallen over the last several weeks, I've found myself sitting back and wondering, "What is this going to require of me?"

Guys, if you are anything like me, this whole Corona virus situation has taken you by surprise. None of us saw this coming, and maybe the hardest part of it is that there is no playbook, no roadmap, and no one to ask, "What should I do?" I go back and forth between powering up to regain control and...

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The War Inside brotherhood story Jan 15, 2020
The war inside almost overwhelmed me. I stood facing two of my closest brothers as they created a physical barrier between me and the car door. With determination in their eyes, they stood their ground. It was clear, I would not win this battle.
 
The war was not one against sin, though my friends have valiantly fought that with me as well. No, this time, I was deep in the trenches of my own story. 
 
You see, I grew up in a home where I was given the roles of protector,...
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Why We Shouldn't Bury Things brotherhood honesty music story Dec 06, 2019

We shouldn’t bury things. Here’s why...

Over the past year or so, I’ve shared parts of my story of writing and playing music. I wrote a lot of songs in my 20s, but then once “life happened,” playing my guitar and singing my songs got pushed aside. And after being pushed, they were forgotten. After forgotten, eventually hidden. And a part of me that lived passionately, freely and vulnerably was hidden with it. 

A few weekends ago, I found myself surprised by...

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Grill-talk: How To Stay Shallow And Avoid True Brotherhood brotherhood depth friendship Nov 19, 2019
There is no better place to avoid the depths of relationship than standing around the grill with other men. Here are 5 sure-fire ways to keep it shallow.

Grills are the gathering place of men. At almost every cookout, neighborhood gathering, church picnic or “having-friends-over-in-the-summertime,” men can be found lingering around the grill with beer in hand. Lurking in the background, however, is a danger zone called “connectedness” that most grill-masters know how...

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