My Friend Was Murdered for $200 and a Bag of Weed

A sad story which I will be sharing with my teenaged son because one of the most important lessons I will ever teach him is about the consequences of certain decisions we make in our lives

Seth Adam Smith

This past week, all of the major news networks have been abuzz with Colorado’s decision to legalize pot—a law which took effect on New Year’s Day. As I watched a news reporter laugh and make some quip about a sales spike for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, I couldn’t help but think about another headline I heard four months ago today.

Man killed—fatally shot during a drug deal gone bad.  

You hear stuff like this all the time on the news; not once do you ever think that the person killed could be your friend.

But in September of 2013, my friend, Mike, was the man who had been killed.

I met Mike in 2008 while working as a TrailWalker at the Anasazi Foundation. At the time, Mike was 15 years old and easily one of the funniest kids I had ever met.

He had come to the…

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Barbadian mother and lover of laughter; story teller and best-selling author; happy to follow God's lead and to live my mantra: "you've gotta be a rainbow in the lives of others when it rains."

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