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The Art of the Knuckle Sandwich:Ricky M. Hansen's story

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Ricky Hansen may be from a small town, but this guy has a message bigger than life.  He credits his inspiration to his Grandfather who showed him what life was truly about. Known in the town as “Grandpa Jim”, Ricky’s grandfather was a selfless man with very little, who believed that no matter how little you have you always have something to give. His grandfather handed out “knuckle sandwiches” to under privileged kids in town… literally two pieces of bread smeared with “welfare” butter sealed with a double-sided, closed fist, heart-filled punch from Grandpa himself. The kids bit into them as if they were a well aged steak.

Ricky held onto this memory during a time in his life when he was homeless with no real direction other than to be somewhere different than where he was. He grew up in hardship, has experienced family devastation, he has and still struggles with depression. His life took a turn when he was high on a hill with a gun in his hand at the age of 17; something pulled the gun away from his head as the shot fired into the sky. “An overwhelming feeling of a divine presence made an appearance that day” he shares in his book; www.theknucklesandwichbook.com . The most miraculous thing about that fateful day for him is that he was left alive and can now share his story with us.

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