Dear Readers

We are drawing the curtain on the year, and I want to say thanks – thanks for stopping by this page to read my work and my thoughts from time to time. Maybe you found what I had to say helpful – maybe it make you stop and think – maybe shake your head. Maybe all of those. Either way, thank you.

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I wrote (almost monthly) about my life, about politics, faith, some poetry, philosophy, ideas I found interesting, and other things. All told about 4,000 visitors came by this year.

That’s just about an article every month. And maybe you read some of them – or maybe you read all of them. Maybe you recognize one cover images below, maybe because that article moved you, or angered you, or made you think you appreciated what I had to say, or that you didn’t know me as well as you thought. Whatever the case, thanks for coming by. I appreciate you.

Today I’m excited. I just submitted the application and essay questions to be admitted to a masters in clinical mental health counseling program at Grand Canyon University. If I am accepted to the program, it will mean several years of coursework and many many internship hours – but I’ll be on a track to become a fully licensed counselor. You could actually pay me money to let me listen to you talk about your life – what a concept! It will also mean learning a whole lot more about how our minds and bodies work and what it means to be human. I’m excited to write about that.

Maybe more has happened to me this year than any other year before. I graduated from college! My lovely wife and I moved to Phoenix where we both took new jobs and where we had our 1 year anniversary.

We are really excited about what’s on the horizon next year, even though we don’t see it clearly at all yet. I hope to continue writing about once a month if time permits. And I do hope you, dear reader, might stop by again soon.

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Published by javenbear

Javen Bear is 25 years old and lives with his beautiful wife Aleisha in Phoenix, Arizona. He's a graduate student in a mental health counseling program at Grand Canyon University where he also works as an admissions representative. Javen’s super-power, if he had one, would be the ability to press pause on the world and catch up on reading. He enjoys talking walks with his wife, playing guitar, and always uses Oxford commas.

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