Kurt Bell

A life of courage, joy and independence.

The swim into deep water – Going Alone

06-28-16 10:31 AM I’m going to buy an old fashioned mercury thermometers to use in tracking my body temp during summertime desert hikes, and keep myself away from the dreaded … Continue reading

July 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Trial by water

There’s a story behind this photo… Emily and I were out this afternoon working the last of the sets rolling in from that big storm that sent giant waves pounding … Continue reading

June 29, 2016 · 1 Comment

An alternative to Trump’s wall

While roasting in the summer heat during a recent hike in the California desert, I found myself thinking of those men and women crossing illegally into America by way of … Continue reading

June 19, 2016 · 1 Comment

Who rescued who?

I experienced a touching moment today which I’d like to share. There was a shelter at the pet store we visited this morning, offering an assortment of unwanted dogs to … Continue reading

June 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Softypapa’s search is complete

My desert adventure is over. The heat got to me. And I missed home. So I went home. The takeaway from this short trip was that the thing I sought … Continue reading

June 17, 2016 · 1 Comment

A field guide to the identification of atheists

The video series My daughter meets Christianity continues to draw comments and email. This week I was asked again if I am atheist or agnostic. I responded that I’m both, … Continue reading

June 14, 2016 · 2 Comments

The *weak* case against Hillary Clinton

With Hillary Clinton the presumptive Democratic candidate for president in the 2016 race, I think it’s incumbent upon me to research the criticisms against her qualifications in order that I … Continue reading

June 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

First year in a new world

Congratulations to my daughter Emily on the completion of your Freshman year of high school. You’ve come so far, so fast, in a new world with a new language, culture … Continue reading

June 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

My kingdom for a moment of free time

My most cherished possession is fast becoming time. The moments now flying by towards a finality so clearly visible on the near horizon. I’d gladly give up all but the … Continue reading

June 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Telling my girl she can be president

I made a point last night of looking my daughter in the eyes and telling her “you too can become president of the United States.” I then went on to … Continue reading

June 9, 2016 · Leave a comment