Ponderings from a Humble Chiropractor


“I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately…to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life…And not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

Henry David Thoreau

“I went to the woods because life, as I knew it, sucked…Also, I couldn’t beat the free rent offered to me by my incredible mother-in-law, Alice…”

James Gregory Halvorson


4-24 Easter Pommy with Paula and Denise

Aaaaaahhhhhhh…. I’m back at one of my favorite places on earth—rocking in a chair on the patio overlooking my mother-in-law’s pond—doing one of my favorite things in life—pondering.  What else would one do at a pond?  Reflect maybe.  Think deep thoughts for sure.  Sipping on a cup of coffee and nibbling the last remnants of a pecan sandy, I shut out the rest of the world and try to focus on the task at hand.  What should I write about?  What can I possibly say in 2 column inches that will capture the attention of humanity (or at least the good folks in Black Mountain) and give them something they can hold on to, learn from, or take with them on this incredible journey we call life?

Being a chiropractor by trade, I could emphasize the importance of stretching ones back everyday and using good posture in order to minimize the strain on the spine.  Certainly that is important (and—yawn—predictable) but is that the message I want to relay to my fellow beings when I have such a shortage of time and space?  What about the bigger things in life?  Issues of the heart and matters of the soul?  Are you exercising and strengthening your spirit and soul?

Is there any truth to the expression, “No pain, no gain?”  If there is, shouldn’t I let my patients suffer so that they will come through their situations with more understanding and awareness, which ultimately leads to spiritual growth?  What are the simple things in life?  Are you going that extra mile when it comes to forgiveness, servitude, being caring and compassionate?  Do you love your neighbor?

When Jesus was asked to sum up everything regarding how we are supposed to live, he responded immediately with the admonition to “love the Lord thy God with all your heart, soul, and mind and love thy neighbor as you would love thyself” (Matthew 22: 37-40).  In essence, love is the one word that can sum up the ministry of Jesus.  My prayer:  God grant me the wisdom that would allow me to say, in a paragraph, everything that I want to say without being boring, copious, redundant, or stale, such that it may touch the hearts and souls of people who are tired of the way things are…who want peace in their heart, rest for their souls, or who just need a break from what I call “the whirlpool of life.”  Your answer, plain and simple, is Jesus.  If you surrender to him, he promises “peace that passes understanding” (Phillipians 4:7).  If you are tired and broken, he offers rest for your soul (Matthew 11: 28).

This little crooked swing has had a lot of little Halvorson/Venittelli/Hernandez butts on it:


7-4 On Swing closer

2009 Jake on swing

Emma full length




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