Kurt Michael Brundage, M.Ed.
- Bachelor of Arts — English — Friends University
- Bachelor of Science — Psychology — Friends University
- Minor — Sociology / Criminal Justice — Friends University
- Bachelor of Education — Secondary Education — Baker University
- Master of Education — School Leadership — Wichita State University
- Writer, public speaker, researcher, and activist against the growing epidemic of teacher/student relationships.
- Taught 9th and 10th grade English at Wichita East High School from 2006-2011; taught 10th and 12th grade English at Eudora High School from 2011-2012.
- Arrested March 9, 2012 for having an unlawful relationship with a former student in 2010; sentenced to 32 months in prison on November 2, 2012. Released from prison on December 5, 2014 after serving 25 months of the 32 month sentence.
- Currently married (12 years) with one daughter.
- In addition to writing and public speaking, also working in web development and graphic design with previous experience as a legal writer and researcher.
- Debut book — After 3PM — is slated for a tentative release of January 2017, with a follow-up book currently in-progress.
- Three fiction manuscripts — Political Science 101, The Disappearist, and Perfect — currently in-progress.
“The deepest places in hell are reserved for those
who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
In an ordinary world, an ordinary man lived an ordinary life. That man is not me. From the youthful and optimistic days of my young adulthood to the broken and mended 30-something of today, I have risen to the peaks and summits of life’s mountains, and I have fallen to the depths of life’s deepest valleys. Yet I have always found it within me to stand from the rubble and dust-off, lessons learned.
At the height of life, I was the most popular teacher at the largest high school in the state. At the depth of life, I sat in a prison cell and wished for nothing more than the end of the emotional pain I’d brought upon myself and those around me. And the winding roller coaster in between, as well as the peaks and valleys, have bestowed upon me a lifetime of experiences and lessons, triumphs and tragedies, rejoicings and regrets. The victim of my own success, I played the part of the superhero while acting as the super villain. And in the end, I had nothing to show for it but a humiliated life and a ruined career, but also a loving and committed wife who refused to let our marriage fail.
Now, with her support, I have become the quintessential story of remorse, repentance, rejuvenation, and redemption. Today, I am driven through life by the deep-seeded desire to be a positive part of the world — to do so much good in life with my remaining days on earth that it will someday outweigh the bad. I spent too many years playing the part of the tragic villain; I am putting Saul behind me and I am living as Paul, I am working as Paul, and I am writing as Paul. There is at least one part of the world — one part of societal reality — that I believe I can change. And I have the drive, the experience, and the talent to do it. Opportunity awaits.
I am a writer.
I am also a former teacher, a recovering sex addict, a convicted criminal, and a villain to many. I am trying to put my life back together, trying to be a husband again, trying to be a father again, trying to be a citizen again; and this journal is my way of making sense of the world around me and my way of coping.
I’m tired of being the villain…
I’m not a horrible person. I’m not evil. I’m not sick. I’m not predatory. I’m not deviant. I am a fallen and fallible human being who made some really bad choices.
Imagine if your life’s entire legacy was based solely on the worst decision you’ve ever made — the worst thing you’ve ever done. Because that is my reality.
However, I write the “Ongoing Commentary” for me and no one else. I am not concerned with what anyone thinks because this journal is about what I think — about how I see the world. This journal is about what it is like to live the life of a writer, a recovering sex addict, a felon, a sex offender, and a man forgiven by some, but hated by many. I don’t want sympathy, praise, feedback — nothing. Should anyone choose to read this, so be it. But this is my continuing monologue, not a dialogue.
Writing is my paramount coping mechanism that keeps me moving forward in life. It would be easy, having made the terrible choices I’ve made in life, to just give up and be content with failure. But Rocky Balboa taught me something:
Life didn’t deal me a bad hand. In fact, I was dealt a great hand. But I played my hand badly – stupidly – and I lost a lot because of it; there is no one to blame but me. And now I’ve been dealt new cards, and I don’t have many chips left – but I refuse to walk away from the table; I haven’t lost yet. The game isn’t over until I’ve won, or until I’ve lost my last chip. Either way, I have no choice but to keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.
But regardless, I am still Kurt Michael Brundage. And I must always carry that weight.
“So it goes.”
The Ongoing Commentary (and the content herein) contains
very strong and vulgar language. Reader discretion is advised.