About Because I am Here

My world, no matter how big or small, will be better because I am here.

I try to follow the golden rule of writing: Never write anything I wouldn’t read myself. I hope that this blog is infused with incurable confidence that my efforts can make my sphere of influence—my world—better. I believe that I can fulfill my responsibilities as a husband, father, brother, and citizen through thoughtfulness and hard work.

These titles, “Husband,” “Student,” “Friend,” “Citizen,” “Brother,” and others grant me the authority to exercise my God-given power to change my world. I am keenly aware that in the Parable of the Talents, I am the servant who has been given five. With many of the advantages of life at my fingertips, my responsibility is to return with a full ten talents.

  1. #1 by Rosemarie Johnson on March 28, 2010 - 3:58 pm

    Very interesting. I have a question about privacy. Kind of. Our next door neighbors have been harassing us for the past three years. Their latestic antic was to turn us in a drug dealers, meth manufacturers to the County Task Force. Two detectives came last week to search our house. I let them do so without a warrant but felt very violated because none who knows us would ever accuse us of such a thing. The fact is that the neighbors made everything up, intentionally, to harass us. Now it is on record that our home was searched by the Drug Task Force. I think that the Task Force needs to hold our neighbors accountable for intetionaly giving out false information. Rather than stealing our identity, they are ruining it. Can anything be done?

  2. #2 by E.N. on July 20, 2010 - 9:51 am

    I was given your name by a friend (DCPHP member) who attended one of your talks at Fathom Creative. He thought you may be able to help in my current situation.

    I’m a graphic design freelancer who’s client is refusing to pay. We have a signed contract & on 4 separate occasions over the past 3 months I have sent the client the invoice stating that payment is overdue. Recently, I have come to find that the client is using the work on such social media sites as Facebook & Groupon, as well as using the work for other elements in her business (A-frames, business cards, etc.)

    My question is do I need to get representation or could I defend myself in small claims court? I’m currently looking into filing a small claim but I think I deserve a portion of the profits she made off of her Groupon deal (that went to the entire Baltimore subscribers) plus the money she owes me for the work I’ve done. Do you have any advice?

  3. #3 by MR Bellville on September 22, 2013 - 10:10 am

    Aaron: Beautiful work you are doing for people in need. I am happy to contribute donations but I am most interested in offering physical help and time. My husband and I are from Colorado and have cancelled our upcoming fall vacation to go home and lend a hand to victims of the floods. So many places/ assistance agencies come back saying- “the best way to help is with money” and while that may be true for them, I’m not sure that helps a family with 6 feet of mud inside their house and no electricity.

    Do you have a suggestion to find a volunteer group we can join for our fall vacation?

  4. #4 by Rosemarie on September 22, 2013 - 5:28 pm

    You might try Habitat for Humanity and see if they have anything planned for the immediate future. I will let you know if any local churches have plans. You are right, currently there are so many people without homes that are livable.

  5. #5 by Cindy on January 14, 2014 - 11:47 pm

    Aaron: I live in Salt Lake City and wondered if you know anyone here that helped with the devastation from the Sandy Hurricane. I am organizing a tri-ward event in September to teach women in our area about preparedness in a major disaster. I am looking for someone who could speak to us on what people in New York and New Jersey were most unprepared for and to help ladies understand what it means to be truly prepared and to be motivated to take steps to become prepared.

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