Jason B. Ladd

Ask the Questions. Embrace the Answers. Make the Leap.

Alcohol Abuse: Changing Attitudes to Change the World

“I don’t think this in an alcohol problem.” Those were the words of a leader to his men after they had been lectured about a rash of misconduct over a several month period.  A captive audience sat and listened to list of violations: Rape Drunk and Disorderly Theft Assault Sexual Assault The circumstances surrounding the […]

Monogamy in the Kingdom: Natural, Unnatural, or Supernatural?

  Monogamy is unnatural.  That was the premise of a recent opinion piece lobbying for “. . . a greater tolerance toward the human impulse to experience sexual variety . . .”¹  There’s no doubt that monogamy can be difficult.  Finding out why can help us avoid heartache and emotional devastation. In the attempt to explain […]

Relativism: How to Ruin Bedtime and the Meaning of Life

Children learn about relativism from an early age.  It begins when they look at their life compared to another’s–a sibling, a parent, a friend.  I’ll use bedtime to illustrate. Parents go to great lengths to create routines that work.  Bedtime can be a particularly difficult problem to solve with young children.  One late night and a […]

Stop and Play: Appease Your Toddler and Stay Sane

“Dad, you wanna play?” “Uh, not right now.  Maybe later, after dinner,” I respond. “Okay,” he says. My toddler walks away, but he’ll be back soon.  Really soon. That’s when I go about what I was doing, or trying to do.  I think about my boy. He wants to play, but I have some things […]

A Father’s Legacy: Memories From a Thankful Son

My father stood on two hands. I cried.  He didn’t know it, but I was crying.  I was eight. He was performing one of his trademark hand stands near a rock ledge in the Sierra Nevadas.  My father was a gymnast.  My father was a Marine. My father is my hero. My father taught me […]

Arrows: Don’t Lead Home Without Them

You can’t lead without arrows.  We can’t do much of anything without arrows.  Arrows symbolize direction. Without direction, we will be like “mists driven by a storm.”¹ (Click here to Tweet that!) You can’t fly a jet without arrows.  Pilots conduct extensive briefs before every flight using arrows to represent exactly how to gain an […]

Living on Light: The Most Radical Diet Yet

Light is a good thing.  But not when it’s the only thing.  A Seattle woman wanted to thrive on light.  Not just in the light–on the light. Breatharianism suggests that humans can live on prana alone (a vital life force), a concept embraced by some yogis with worldviews based on Hinduism.  Light is thought to be a part of this prana. […]

Sonic Boom(er) Blues

On May 5th, 2010, I was flying on the edge of disaster. Fractional throttle movements and split second timing stood between songs of victory, and singing the blues. Greatness lives at the edge of your limits. Failure waits beyond. (Click here to Tweet that!) I was dash-2 of a F/A-18 “Hornet” formation flying in the […]

The Golden Rule and Strong Marriages

When you spoke these words, did you know you were quoting scripture? “Whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 7:12).¹ As someone who began studying Christianity late in life, I was surprised to see how much our culture is built upon […]