Welcome to Brook Haven Ranch! We are a 18+ premium role playing community set in Trader's Bend, Montana. Our concept is the culmination of twenty years of plotting and planning. We feature a rich, developed program in which many troubled characters thrive. Our community is one of the best on jcink and we look forward to you becoming a part of it!
Healing Horses & Troubled Teens since 1995
Not every teenager has the benefit of growing up in a loving, happy home. Some are victims of abuse, neglect, a system that shuffles them from foster home to foster home. Brook Haven Ranch was established in 1995 as a refuge for abused and neglected horses -- and teenagers who needed a second chance in life and the opportunity to become something more than society expects of them.
Logan is the current owner of Brook Haven Ranch, and the founder of its program for troubled teens. A former troubled kid himself, he came to the ranch addicted to cocaine, unable to find his way, and angry with his biological parents for giving up on him. He can relate to the kids on the ranch, from the struggle with behavioral trouble to the frequent struggle with drugs, and he knows what it's like to be the child of parents who gave up on him.
He has a lot to give to the teens at Brook Haven Ranch, and he's opened the ranch up to these kids so that they can grow into people who are able to take care of themselves and contribute to society. His program is one that focuses on making sure that the students learn how to be their best selves, while increasing their confidence and their trust in themselves and the people around them.
Logan is the father figure of the ranch. He can be strict with the students, but only because he knows what it's like to be one of them, and he does his best to provide them with the discipline and structure that they need while also making sure that the teens on the ranch know that they have people who care about them and that there will always be a place for them whenever they need it.
Addiction has a big place in Logan's life, and he recognizes that he's either in recovery or in relapse. Right now he's in relapse, and attempting to hide it from his wife, his daughter, his parents, his brothers, and his sister. When they find out, there's sure to be some drama for Logan, who has to get back on the wagon or risk losing everything that he's build on the ranch.
When it comes down to it, Logan will do anything necessary to help the teenagers that the ranch serves, even if it involves a personal risk or giving up something to save those kids. They come before himself, and when push comes to shove, hard decisions will be made in favor of the troubled teens program, no matter what it means for Logan.
TW: racism, parental abandonment, drug abuse, drug addiction
Full Name: Logan Malone Brook
Date of Birth: July 29th, 1969
Current Age: 48
User Group: Staff
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Brown
Scars or Marks: one long, thin scar along his right thigh. no other marks.
Tattoos or Piercings none
Face Claim: tim mcgraw
MBTI Type: esfp
Likes: horses, country music, sailboats and sailboting, hiking, trail riding, thunderstorms, winter weather, riding in the snow, ice skating, dogs, horses, kids, teaching, helping teenagers grow, the smell of leather, that "horse smell," being out in nature, the feel of grass beneath his feet, kayaking, live music, camping, summer weather, romantic getaways, stand-up comedy, saturday night live, teaching, making progress with students, enjoying time with amber, training horses, training teens, swimming in the lake, fly fishing
Dislikes: dealing with hostile parents, dealing with child abusers, speaking with financiers, talking on the phone, dependence on technology, cellular phones, drama, dramatic television shows, fights, having to punish the kids, the foster care system, abusive parents, abuse in general, drugs, drug addiction, relapse, the threat of relapse, failure, seeing students fail, arguing with students, having to be firm with parents, not getting his way
Strengths: compassionate, caring, selfless, determined, dedicated to his cause, generous, paternal, loving, kind-hearted, stubborn, strong-willed, fighter, survivor, independent, committed to a cause, inclined toward mission, individual, competitive, sees the good in others
Weaknesses: defensive, stubborn, occasionally aggressive, addicted, inclined toward depression, angry, abandonment issues, slow learner, poor decision-making skills, tendency to over-eat, can be lazy, co-dependent, distrustful of people in authority, doesn't always see the good in himself, struggles with change, difficulty trying new things, distrustful of the system
Fears: falling, heights, large bodies of water, snakes, breaking a bone, public speaking, public recognition, public humiliation, running into his biological parents, brook haven shutting down, confrontation with violent parents, relapse
Secrets: his identity, the fact that he's a heroin and cocaine addict
Vices: alcohol, heroin, cocaine
Aspirations: see one of his kids make a difference in the world, make a difference in the lives of the students at brook haven, see the ranch succeed financially
Divergence: addictive personality
Risk Factors: stress, failure
Current Treatment: none
Romantic Orientation: heteroromantic
Sexual Orientation: heterosexual
Relationship Status: married
Significant Other: amber brook
Career/Occupation: ranch owner
Education: master's degree in equine studies, master's degree in social work
Dream Job: rancher
Home Town: chicago, illinois
Preferred Riding Style: western
Disciplines: trail riding, western riding, cutting
Riding Strengths: excellent communication, good posture, strong connection to horse
Riding Weaknesses: stubborn and sometimes too harsh with the horse
Logan was born in Colorado while his parents were still working their way through college. His mother quit school so that she could work and raise him while supporting his father in finishing his degree in social work and sociology. He was three by the time that his father finished his education and got his first job working as a social worker out of Boulder. The work was good, but it wasn't what Aaron wanted to do with his life. Life in Boulder was a white wash and the highest risk to the local pre-teens and teenagers was a tendency to dip into their parents' liquor cabinets.
The family left Boulder for Chicago around the time that Logan turned nine years old.
He hated the move. He'd done well in school, was popular among his peers and had even begun to think about playing football in high school when his parents uprooted him and moved to the Chicago suburbs. The town was beautiful and the little suburb where they settled was pleasant enough, with manicured front lawns and neighbors who greeted one another when they met over their fence twice a day -- when coming home from or heading off to work. His family even had an occasional barbecue, where they invited the entire neighborhood over. There were three that first summer, three times that the back yard crowded with company and the bodies pressed so firm together in the heat of the summer sun.
Logan hated it. His mother went back to school that fall, and he started at a new institution where he had to make new friends all over again. The salary his father made was higher in Chicago by a full two thousand dollars, and word was that he considered sending Logan to a public school, but in the end he wanted Logan to get the full experience of going to school with the very kids who he worked with. Against his own wishes, Logan wound up attending a school in the city, where his classmates were kids from all walks of life, many of them whose skin was much darker than Logan's -- something he'd never seen prior to his days in Chicago.
It was a new experience. The other students didn't like Logan. Many saw him as "haughty" and "above" them, and he was picked on. He'd gone from being popular and well liked to being "the new kid" and "whitey." When he complained to his parents about the experience at school, they told him that things would get better, and he just had to wait for the other students to "get to know him."
Two years later, Logan had finally made a friend, then two and finally three. They were good friends, the type who stuck with him through thick and thin. As it happened, his friends also sold drugs, buying them from older students to peddle to the students at the attached middle school. At first Logan resisted. These were the types of kids that his father worked with, the "at risk youth" that he'd been taught to talk to his father about because they could put him "at risk" as well. He'd never figured out what the risks were, and by the time that he was twelve, he was also selling drugs to the middle schoolers for some extra pocket money that he could spend on whatever he wanted.
His parents didn't find out. They were too busy with their own projects to notice that their son was selling marijuana at school. And they were too busy to notice when, at the age of twelve, he began to smoke the marijuana and graduated to selling cocaine. Nor did they notice when he began to use the cocaine he sold, and finally began to use heroin. It wasn't until he was caught at school peddling drugs that his parents noticed that something was off about their son.
The Drug Years
It was the school that finally caught Logan in the act of selling drugs. By that point his grades had slipped dramatically. He was fourteen and in middle school, old enough to roll his eyes when his father chastised him for his drop in grades, to groan when his mother "got on his case" about "trying harder in school." Trying was no longer the issue: Attending was. But his parents were too busy with their own lives to attend the parent-teacher conferences and to find out what was going on with Logan. His father had a city to save, and dozens of kids who needed him more than Logan did.
The first time he was caught, Logan was suspended from school for two weeks and a judge ordered probation for him. The second time that he was caught, it was a probation violation, and Logan went to juvenile detention.
His father reacted strongly, claiming that Logan was "no son of his."
Logan served two months in juvenile detention and returned home angry, bitter, and hardened by the experience. It had done him no good at all to "correct the behavior" and when he came out at fourteen years old, angry and bitter, Logan began to use heroin with frequency.
This time his parents were on to him. They watched him, kept an eye on him, and pushed him into rehab. He ran away to spend time with his "friends" and eventually was expelled from his school. The third time that he was picked up by the police, Logan received a ninety-day juvie sentence and when it was over, his parents signed their parental rights over to the state. They weren't going to deal with this any more; They had neither the money nor the will power to see their son through this. Drugs were a choice that he had made, not something "in his blood" and they couldn't stand to watch his downfall while he made the choice to continue using.
So Logan went to a foster home for boys, a group home where other troubled boys spent time in group therapy sessions, talked to one another and their social workers about the trouble that they were in, and shared their drugs -- and sometimes their needles -- with one another. He was still using when Charlie Brook showed up to take him home to the ranch where she lived with her husband, Edward.
And he was still using a year later, when in spite of it, Charlie and Edward chose to adopt Logan. He was seventeen years old, six years older than the first child the Brooks had adopted as a baby (Simon) and eight years older than their biological daughter.
In a dozen tiny ways, it was the best thing that could have happened to Logan. The hard work on the ranch gave him something other than himself to focus on, and Charlie and Ed didn't give him a lot of room to wander from the path they'd set him on. Once he'd been adopted, they set him to work, limited his access to the friends that he'd once kept. He bucked them at first, sneaked out the house to get drugs and to reach his friends in Trader's Bend, and even ran away -- twice. Charlie and Ed kept dragging him back to the ranch without making a fuss about where he'd been or what he'd done. They didn't even lay out punishments for his transgressions, just set him back to the assigned hard work and let him work through his issues on his own.
He was nearly nineteen when he graduated high school, but Logan was clean. He attended college at the Montana State University and gained a degree in social work. At the age of twenty-three, he graduated with a master's degree. Hard work proved to get him through college as well as it had gotten him through on the ranch.
Logan began to use again as soon as he graduated high school. Back on the ranch, he floundered. How was he supposed to make a difference in the world when all he was was a drug addict whose own parents hadn't wanted him? But Charlie and Ed did want Logan, and this time, they were harder on him. During an intervention, they put Logan into rehab and told him that he could come home when he was clean.
It was in rehab that he met Amber Anson. She was a year younger than him, and had been through her own sort of hell. When he was released from rehab and went home, he remained there to wait for her. They'd both grown up in the small town of Trader's Bend, and when she returned home, he sent for her. They were married three months later on the ranch, Logan at the age of twenty-four, and Amber at the age of twenty-three.
Three years later, Nicole came along, and Logan knew where he belonged. It was in part thanks to her that Logan decided that it was time for him to do something with his degree. That was the first year that the ranch opened its doors to troubled kids in the foster care system. Kids like him.
That was the beginning of Brook Haven Ranch, and Logan and Amber have been running it -- with the help of Logan's brothers and sister, as well as their spouses -- since 1995 as a home and school for troubled kids. These days they take students not only from the foster care system but also from families that can no longer handle their children's behavior. Their marriage has been a happy one, but not without Logan's relapses. Amber has stayed clean, but Logan has had his fair share of struggles.
Together, the two of them can come through anything it seems. The question is whether or not they can conquer their current crisis.
Moving Up and Up
The ranch took a serious hit when the government came into the picture, and Logan walked away from the situation angrier than he'd been prior to that. Government agents have no place in the lives of troubled teens as far as he's concerned, and in spite of his degree in social work, he believes in taking care of the students in a private way: He'd never go to work for an agency known for separating children from their parents, often with insufficient or unsubstantiated evidence.
Rather than allowing the situation to beat him and the ranch, Logan has gone out of his way to expand the ranch's program so that he can find increased support from financiers and from parents whose children are in trouble, as well as expanding the academic program at Brook Haven. With some new and exceptional teachers working for him, he has no doubt in his mind that the ranch is going to thrive going forward. Now if only he could convince his brothers of the same thing...
Relapse (is Okay)
Logan has been in recovery from heroin and cocaine addiction since he was seventeen years old, and staying in recovery is one of the most difficult things that he's ever done. He'll be the first to tell you that an addict wakes up every day fighting the addiction and the urge to partake of the drug that drove him to his current condition. It's the most that he can do to be supportive of the students at the ranch who struggle with the same issues that he has struggled with over the years, and he wants nothing more than to be able to support them in reaching their own path to recovery.
He's currently in relapse. Nobody knows -- not even his wife (yet) -- but it's getting close to the point where he's going to be discovered, because he's having trouble focusing on his job. The habit has him gripped pretty tight right now and he's in need of rehab or at least the strong support of his family (who have gotten him through the past three relapses). Most of all Logan's being hard on himself for having relapsed, but he's struggling to get himself off the drugs without help from the people who care the most about him.
If he can't get clean, he's going to risk losing the ranch -- again.
Something about Family
It's been more than thirty years since Logan has seen his biological parents, but three weeks ago he received a letter from Chicago addressed to him with a return address to "Christian Malone." He hasn't opened the letter because he wants nothing to do with the people who abandoned him so many years ago and from whom he hasn't heard for all this time. He can only imagine that they want money -- or, as would be typical of his biological father, to give it -- but he doesn't want anything to do with his blood or the money that marked his own personal downfall.
Curiosity is close to getting the better of Logan though, and he's finding it difficult to avoid his biological parents any more. He hasn't said anything to his adoptive parents about the situation, but he's going to have to come to a conclusion sooner or later, and when he does, it's quite possible that everything is going to blow up in his face.
The most important thing that you need to know about Logan Brook is that he is the principle owner of Brook Haven Ranch. This means that he is the go-to person for everything ranch-related and that he is the one who handles the students, takes care of making sure that the operations are running smoothly, and deals with issues relating to family services and the school board. A lot of weight falls on his shoulders and he does his best to keep up with all of it.
In short, he's an important person on Brook Haven Ranch. One might say that he is the most important person on Brook Haven Ranch.
Everybody on the ranch knows who Logan is. If you don't know who he is, you'll become familiar with his name pretty quickly. And I'll be honest, as the person writing him it irritates me when people try to work with a plot in which their character doesn't know Logan's name. He's the guy who approved a teenager's application to come to the ranch. He's the one who handles top-level discipline, including privileges.
He's a known face on the ranch, and it's typical to find that people greet him when they pass him while doing chores or going from place to place. Logan is also the type of person who might just sit down with the students during lunch so that he can chat with them, or who might just join in their group activity to get to know them more personally. These are all the marks of the person who Logan is, and he likes to be somebody that the people on the ranch feel that they can trust with anything.
Lately he's made some slips, but underneath the addiction, he's the same person that he's always been, and once he's in recovery again, things will go back to "Logan's normal."
Well-known in town and known by everybody on the ranch, Logan knows almost everybody but whether or not he has a lot of friends will be determined by people's attitude toward the ranch. Most people directly in Trader's Bend are on board with it, because the students who graduate the program often stay in town and contribute to its economy, which is good for a little place like Trader's Bend. Others may not like the fact that troubled kids from all across America and Canada come to this ranch and potentially interfere with the affairs in the town. No doubt, as well, Hillbrook people aren't too fond of the ranch because it is in some kind of direct competition with their operation.
For the most part, Logan is an excellent friend. He will stand by you until the end, but he will force you to accept responsibility for your own decisions. He'll just stand beside you while you do it and support you in doing the right thing. This makes Logan not the right friend for everybody but it does make him an excellent friend for someone who needs accountability and someone who will have your back while you head off to pay for whatever mistake you've made.
He needs the same thing in a friend that he gives as a friend, especially considering the nature of his addiction. A friend who is willing to stand beside him while telling him how it is and how it has to be would be ideal for Logan. He's inclined toward a few closer friends while maintaining a large circle of less close friends who don't necessarily serve his needs but do serve his need to be needed.
Logan is currently married to Amber Brook, the love of his life, and they have one biological child and two adopted children together, as well as fostering. He's happy in his marriage, as Amber has stood by him through thick and thin. His addiction makes their lives difficult, but she has helped him through relapses before, and she will again in the future.
He's lived in Trader's Bend since he was seventeen though, so this opens the door to potential former partners. Since he's been with Amber from the age of twenty-four, these are all very old relationships that are long-dead, but there's no doubt that he had a girlfriend or two before he met Amber, including during the time that he was in college getting his degree in social work.
He's heterosexual, so all of his former lovers will be female. No exceptions.
Past lovers will have found him difficult but romantic. A person with an addiction is difficult to deal with in any relationship but dealing with an addict in a romantic relationship is particularly challenging. However, Logan treats Amber as he has all of his lovers, though perhaps with more intensity: He is loving, committed, and loyal to them, and he enjoys romancing a woman (and always has). It's very likely that past lovers miss their relationship with Logan.
While there will be a lot of friends, there will also clearly be a lot of antagonistic relationships for Logan as well. The program itself is highly antagonistic in the town and he has exposed Trader's Bend to troubled kids who wouldn't be there if it wasn't for Brook Haven Ranch. This is just one way that he might run into some problems with local adults who disagree with his program. There may be others who disagree with his practices, to include the way that he disciplines his students. Some parents might not like to hear that their children are being "forced" to perform hard work in order to make up for their transgressions, and others might feel that he's too sympathetic and too soft on their child. There is a lot of room for antagonistic relationships of these types and no doubt Logan is going to have his fair share of people who point to him as the owner of Brook Haven and that as the reason for him being a problem in their town.
But his potential for antagonism doesn't end there. The few who know that he has a history of drug abuse will no doubt believe that he is not at all the right person to be teaching and policing these youngsters, but more than that, there are going to be those people who think that he is a bad person because of his background and the things that he's done. Being a drug addict brings with it its fair share of enemies and there will be people from his past who hate him either because he is an addict or because he attempted to help them (and clearly failed).
Finally, Logan has kicked a few students out of his program. If you're reading this before I've edited the plot, it's no longer three. The numbers now are much higher, and some of those former students and their parents probably have strong feelings about what Logan did to them.
Logan is the backbone of his family, both where his brothers and sister are concerned and where his wife and his children are concerned. Since his father retired, he's been the one managing the family and making sure that everyone works together effectively and efficiently. He's a good guy but at the same time he can be challenged in the way that he interacts with his family, and he can be especially hard on his own children. Since Nicole moved out, he's been irritable and short with the other kids in the household, and he doesn't always relate as well to his own teenagers as he does to the teenage students.
This might be somewhat alienating, considering that these kids are foster children and now his biological progeny.
With his brothers and sister, Logan is demanding, hard-headed, and unwilling to back down from a fight if there is to be one. There's no question where his siblings are concerned that he's the one who is in charge of the ranch now, and they need to fall in line behind him in order for him to do the job the way that he thinks that it ought to be done.
For the most part, Logan is popular among the students because he is understanding, compassionate, and willing to work with them on their problems. He has a listening ear for the students and no qualms about plopping down next to them during meals or even during their group meetings. He's active in the lives of the students, perhaps more than he is in the lives of his own (foster) children, and this is something that has earned him a lot of respect from the students, for the most part. It probably doesn't hurt their respect for him that he is willing to lay down the law -- and hard -- if a student steps out of line. On top of this, of course, he treats each student as an individual, so if they make a mistake, it's guaranteed that he will tailor the punishment to the student who committed the infraction.
The first time that a person meets Logan, they will find him open, honest, accessible, and friendly. He's an easy person to like at the outset and most people who encounter him are going to have an immediate response that he's a good man. Logan is quick to shake hands with the men, knows how to keep his distance with the women (and the younger girls as well), doesn't touch people who don't want to be touched, and greets nearly everybody with a broad smile. It's relatively easy for him to immediately garner the trust even of people he doesn't like, putting him in a unique position as a social worker to make the most of these first encounters.
If you were to hear about Logan by reading about him in the newspaper or in a magazine article, your first thought would likely be that he's one heck of a do-gooder. While some people will see Logan from a neutral perspective and therefore will likely find themselves focusing on the good that he has done, there will be those who have a pre-conceived notion of what a social worker in his position must be like, and these people are more likely to form opinions of him either based on his status as a social worker (a threat to natural parents) or on his status as the founder of a program like Brook Haven Ranch.
People who have the good fortune to become Logan's friends will find him jovial and accepting, honest and forgiving. Most people feel that they are closer to Logan than they actually are and believe that they know him better than they actually do, and so their impression of him is that he is an open book who will always go out of his way to do something for a friend. Friends see a person who often puts his own needs aside to take care of others and a man who loves his friends more than he loves himself.
Family -- and those close enough to be considered "as family" to Logan -- will note that he has a darker side to himself and that he isn't always what he appears to be on the outside. They are the ones who can see what he's hiding, and they are the only people he's particularly open with. Very close friends and family know him as a person who will sooner hide the things about himself that he doesn't want people to know, and they realize that he doesn't share as much as his friends sometimes think that he does.
Rivals get the impression from Logan that he is hard working and determined to come out on top no matter how hard he has to fight in order to make it into that position in his life. If his rivals are the typical rivals -- the people who are attempting to take the school from him -- then they will find that he's a man who isn't ever going to give up on "his" kids. If they are rivals in the arena, then they will find that he will support his students no matter how hard the competition tries to beat them, and that even when they lose, he stands beside them to encourage and support them through good times and bad.
Logan doesn't have a lot of enemies, but those he does have see him either as a bleeding heart who doesn't know when to put the community before his own goals, or they see him as a liar who has hidden the truth of his own present in favor of painting a picture of the present based on the picture of the past. The past might be accurate but the present ideal image doesn't necessarily reflect the person who he is today and his enemies are often the people who know that. Their impression of him is soured by his lack of honesty about who he is.
Authorities in Logan's life these days are few and far between and many classify as rivals as well as authorities. He's known for bucking authority, and authority figures see him as stubborn and unwavering when he ought to be willing to do what he was told, since it would make his own life easier. They know him as a person who doesn't give up easily but who doesn't tend to do what's asked of him only because it was asked of him, and this frustrates many of the authorities in Logan's life.
Logan's partners are his brothers and sister, and on the ranch, there's nobody who equals him in authority. This means that rather than having coworkers or partners, he has people who work for him, and perhaps that is the more important angle to take here. The people who work for Logan see him as a steadfast and reliable person who cuts them a paycheck even if he can't afford to cut one for himself, and he will do the same for his brothers or sister if it comes down to it as well. Their impression of him is that he is a good man with a good heart who has been through hell and back to be where he is today.
Logan hasn't had a lot of lovers in his life time, and is currently married to the love of his life. He's left past lovers with a no-so-hot impression of him, however, that of a selfish man who doesn't have enough time to spend with the women in his life and who is instead self-obsessed and perhaps even narcissistic. Amber likely has a different impression of him as a romantic man who has put her at the center of his universe and who has treated her with nothing but love and kindness throughout their lives together.
It's tough for Logan to talk about the way that he sees himself and he has a preference not to do it, especially when any of the teenagers on the ranch can hear what he has to say about himself. The way that he looks at it, he's a bad boy who made good. He's made some horrible decisions in his lifetime and he knows that he is purely responsible for the things that happened to him, including his biological parents choosing not to parent him any longer. But he also sees that he picked himself up by his boot straps and made good on his promises to his adoptive parents, cleaned up his act, and got the ranch going to improve the lives of teenagers like he used to be. He sees himself as a sort of anti-hero.
People will remember Logan as having been a man who put himself on the line in order to help other people to avoid the life that he ultimately chose for himself. Depending on the type of death that ends him, they may not remember him as being a drug addict, but everyone will remember him as the man who went out of his way to make the lives of others better, even if he didn't always make their lives easier. No doubt it will be a large funeral with a lot of people who will miss him a great deal, since Logan is the type of person who changes lives.
I'll be honest: This application has taken me a long time for a reason. I like Logan well enough, but my impression of him at this point is that he tries too hard to hide the parts of him that are raw and real and he doesn't, therefore, give me a whole lot to work with as the writer. He'd much prefer to hide his current state than to face it, and he's not good at accepting that he's not so free from his past as he would sometimes like for people to believe that he is.
Through everything, Amber has been Logan's rock. In recovery and in relapse, she has stood by him in spite of her family's own troubles, and she has given him a person he can lean on even when he has felt like the world was coming down around him. He loves her deeply and romantically even after twenty-five years of marriage, and he plans on loving her for another fifty. It would be a lie to say that he never notices another woman, but Amber is the one who holds his attention.
Edward Brook • Father
Everything that Logan knows about ranching, he learned from his adoptive father: Edward Brook. His father was hard on him when he first came to stay on the ranch, but it all worked out for Logan's good. If Edward hadn't been hard on him, then Logan wouldn't have found his way into recovery. In spite of his relapses, Edward has been there for him every step of the way, and he has a lot of respect for his father.
Charlotte Brook • Mother
Logan credits his mother with saving his life. When he first came to the ranch, she was the one who proved to him that he was worth recovery. While Edward pushed him (and punished him when necessary), Charlie proved to him that he had some value of his own. Her nurturing is the reason that the ranch exists in its current state, and he loves her more than he can bear sometimes.
Every morning when Logan wakes up, he sits down with a cup of (decaf -- he stands by his own policies) coffee and opens up his daily planner so that he can get a handle on the day. He sets out the day the night before so that he'll know what's on his agenda for the upcoming day. However spontaneous he might appear, Logan actually has every single day planned out quite carefully before he heads into it and he likes to keep himself incredibly organized about the way that he spends his time. It's one of his coping tools for dealing with his addiction.
Every night when Logan puts together his plan for the next day, he writes a few notes in his journal. Sometimes they are very short, but as this is a habit that he encourages in his students, he tries to keep up with the habit for himself as well. The notes help him to keep on track with his recovery and to not relapse, though they aren't always successful in doing so. Most of the time he keeps on Amber to keep the same practices that he does, as he believes that they are healthy and they keep the both of them on track together.
While Logan will eat lunch with the students, he insists on having dinner as a family with his wife, his daughter, and their foster children. This is important to him, and he works hard to convince Nicole and her family to come to dinner with him and Amber every evening, regardless of whatever else they have going on on their own ranch. Family is important to him, the cornerstone of everything that he believes in, and he wants to make sure that his family sticks together for their evening meals every single night.
Even though Logan is technically "off the wagon" at the moment, he still maintains that one of the best ways to stay on it is to make sure that he's not using any kind of addictive substance at all, which includes both alcohol and caffeine. Whenever he drinks soda or coffee, it is always caffeine-free, and he doesn't eat or drink chocolate at all in order to avoid the caffeine that is in the chocolate. It's a tough decision to make but he believes that it helps him to stay clean, even when this is obviously not the case.
Whenever Logan introduces himself to one of the students on the ranch, he introduces himself by the name he was born with and not by the name that he was adopted into. This is not a slight to his adoptive parents, but it's a way that he works on making himself approachable to the kids by not letting them know who he really is. When they find out that he's the owner of the ranch he generally asks them not to tell his secret so that he can continue to use this method to get the kids interested in getting to know him and his true story.
As much as Logan is interested in sharing his truth with others in the hopes that they will be able to use him as an example of why they want to change their lives and get things turned around, there are a few lies that he tells. Perhaps the biggest is that he often says that he grew up poor in a poor neighborhood in Chicago. While poverty is relative to the local economy (among other things), Logan grew up middle class with hard-working parents who were disgusted by his choice in friends and his choice to do drugs, and this lie is one way that he comforts himself by making himself and others feel that there was peer pressure for him to begin using drugs.
Logan particularly loves the Sunday Crosswords that come with the paper he still has delivered, and he spends his morning free time working on crossword puzzles either at home or in the main lodge so that he can be accessible to the students who aren't attending religious services on that particular day. He says that the puzzles "keep him sharp" and he always does them in pen because he's so confident in his ability to get the words right.
Logan's a trail rider, and he loves to go out on the trails either alone or with a group of students. It's his favorite part of being a horseman and he enjoys the rides more than he enjoys most of his other hobbies. If he had to choose one way to spend an afternoon, he'd spend every single one of them on the back of a horse riding the trails around the ranch.
Grouping this into one "hobby," Logan enjoys camping and fishing, as well as some limited hunting as well. Most of the time he prefers to go out fishing and camping at the same time he goes out on extended trail rides, going out on horseback and pitching a tent in small groups with his daughter and son-in-law, or with his brothers. It's been tough getting Amber out camping with him but he enjoys the time that he spends with the other parts of his family!
Western Horseback Riding • Excellent
Logan is an exceptional Western rider. His skills include all of the standard cowboy skills but with a focus on those which are most practical: Roping and cutting. He's a capable hazer when he's needed, but he's not a rodeo man by his nature, and therefore he doesn't give much attention to sports that require additional support.
Cooking • Proficient
A surprisingly good cook, Charlie Brook insisted that her sons learn how to fend for themselves, cooking and cleaning and doing their own laundry and pressing their shirts. Logan has become self sufficient in this way and he doesn't force Amber to do the woman's work: Instead, he balances the jobs with her so that neither of them do everything at home.
Public Speaking • Excellent
A skill that Logan perhaps picked up when he was in college, he's become an excellent public speaker, and this makes it easier for him to deal with the students on the ranch in large groups. Though he's a social worker, and a counselor (focusing on addiction) by education, he does a lot of his best work while standing in front of a large group of people rather than in small groups.
Logan attended college to get a degree in social work, focusing on psychology and counseling. His official title is "addiction counselor" but he's a lot more than that to the kids who come to the ranch needing somebody to take them in and give them somewhere to escape to. Social work is one of his primary interests and he puts a lot of work into maintaining the rights of the child.
As a capable horseman, horsemanship and western riding are two of Logan's primary interests. He spends a lot of his time reading horse magazines and keeping up with recent changes in the world of veterinary medicine. Thanks to his brother Tony, keeping on top of things couldn't be much easier, but when it comes to deference, Logan won't hand over the reins completely. They're both excellent horsemen and it definitely shows!
Although Logan is currently in relapse, recovery is one of his passions. He attended NA and will be doing so again once his family puts him back on the straight and narrow, and he is committed to keeping the kids who come to the ranch in recovery instead of allowing them to relapse the way that he's done recently. Recovery is important to him, whether it's recovery from a chemical addiction (drugs) like he has, an eating disorder, or toxic relationships.
Off the Wagon
Logan is currently off the wagon (meaning that he's in relapse at the moment). In order to get back on track, he's going to need for somebody to discover that he's using again and to put him back in NA, push him the way that he needs to be pushed, and get him back on track. This is most likely to be a family member, probably wife, daughter, son-in-law or one of his brothers, but any person who cares about Logan enough to get him set straight will do for these purposes.
Over the years the ranch has taken in a lot of kids, and a few of them have gone through Logan's own home as foster children. It would be good for the family for them to foster another teenager or two on a personal basis, but probably someone who is not otherwise a student of the ranch's program. This means that it will have to be a foster kid from town (newcomer user group) to fit in with this plot.
Under His Wing
Last time around, Logan came very close to having an addicted kid under his wing, and I'd love to have that option for him again. A kid who doesn't think that a few experiments with drugs is enough to get him (or her) addicted and Logan pointing out to the kid that it's more than enough and that he needs to get his act together because this is for the rest of his life.
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Emily is really grateful that Logan was willing to hire her, and really wants to prove that she was the right choice for the job. She's a bit intimidated by him, though she'll try to hide that, because she's really like to stay at Brook Haven for a long time and become an established faculty member. She is very responsible, and when she makes mistakes (which she certainly will, because dealing with the sort of students Brook Haven has is new for her), she'll take responsibility for them, so I do expect they'll get along.
I don't have any ideas for an exciting interaction now, but things might get more interesting if she finds out about his relapse. Realizing that someone she respects so much could have a drug problem would be really eye opening for Emily, and it might be interesting to see them renegotiate their relationship when she has to reconcile her respect for him with that.
Rhiann & LoganI'd imagine Logan sort of watched Rhiann rise and fall and offered her a hand to get back on her feet over the past 7 years. Offering her a job on the ranch was probably the best thing that ever happened to her. For that, she'll be forever grateful. I can totally see her looking up to Logan for advice when things get too rough. She would appreciate him checking up on her every so often and maybe offering an extra set of hands while she's working with a horse. They can definitely teach each other things (Logan teaching her about life and Rhiann teaching Logan about her self-developed tricks and methods for working with difficult horses). Back when Rhiann was a student, she definitely wasn't the best, but wasn't the worst either. She hated being on medication and going to therapy because she really didn't understand what was happening and all she wanted was to be around the horses. She definitely had a habit of walking off into the woods when her brain was spinning or curling up in the hay loft when she was having a panic attack. I'd imagine he had to talk her down quite a few times to the point where he can recognize her patterns now and will confront her about it, telling her to take a break because she looks like she hasn't slept in a week. Hit me back!
Griffin has been in foster care since he was six-years-old, and was referred to Brook Haven by his social worker. He's dealing with a lot of issues from his past, which particularly influences how he reacts to authority figures. He is energetic and extroverted and will probably get along fine with most others -- unless he doesn't, in which case he really, really won't!
I’m in love with this (how many times have I said something to that effect in my replies? A lot, probably -- but it’s true!).
Whether Griffin would trust/act out more around Logan would really depend on how Logan introduces himself (just his name? Or with some vague title attached?) and also where/how they meet. Obviously Griffin would know he isn’t a Tenderfoot leader/counsellor (who are probably the people he’s going to act out the worst with -- and omg I cannot wait for that). However, if they do meet by Logan catching Griffin doing something he shouldn’t be--or disagreeing/fighting with another student--then you’re right that he’d act out more, because Griffin would see Logan as an adult who is getting involved in what he’s doing, and therefore using his authority to impact on Griffin’s life. Not sure how clear that comes across (I’m sleepy!) but the general gist is that it would most likely be the latter of the two you suggested, but it does depend a little on the specific circumstances!
“I feel like Griffin could do with having somebody who understands the defiance and the desire not to talk about it while having the patience to wait him out until he's ready. “ -- I’d like to say that this is perfect and I think it’s something that Griffin could really, really benefit from having in his life. Yes. Just yessss.
I’m excited. I’m going to try and find another student for Griffin to get into a giant disagreement with, and then you’ll be free game to leap all over it! <3
Otter is the brains behind Brook Haven Ranch, which is the culmination of twenty years of roleplay admin experience. She developed Brook Haven in response to a personal need (both hers and River's) to have a safe place to work through some of the emotions brought about from childhood and adolescence. Brook Haven as evolved from there into a rich and complex setting which permits players to examine not only their own lives, but the way that other people live, so that we can better understand not only ourselves, but one another. It is, without a doubt, Otter's favorite playground.
Otter prefers threads with action, that move the plot forward or foster strong relationships between characters. She is not a fan of one-off interactions or most slice-of-life types of threads, and becomes bored with them quickly. Her preference when plotting is a "one-two-three" plot system (plot-reply-thread) and therefore she likes to provide (and receive) strong ideas that will lead to threads. Relationships are wonderful, but she prefers to foster them organically, which means threads with action first.
When she's not roleplaying, Otter loves to knit. Her favorite projects are socks and mitts (or mittens). Small projects suit her best, but she also enjoys knitting scarves and hats to donate to the local juvenile correctional facilities, victims of abuse, and otherwise the needy in the local area where she lives.
She also loves to read. Her favorite books are constantly changing, but she is a constant fan of The Hunger Games. She keeps a notebook (Leuchtreurm) with a list of the books that she's read with notes about who might enjoy them, and Otter loves to give book recommendations (but is pretty sure she's not good at it). She also has a blog that she frequently forgets to update with her book reviews.
Squirt joined Brook Haven after searching for a site focused on teenage growth in a detailed setting. She became a moderator after displaying initiative and interest. She comes with a wealth of experience in the Harry Potter and high school genres.
Every thread she participates in has a distinct purpose: to develop a relationship or further the character’s story. She quickly grows bored with one-off threads or stalled threads. She’s looking to play more antagonistic threads and difficult familial relationships.
In her spare time Squirt plays desktop video games, watches kids movies, fosters cats, and takes naps.
Ben has been a player on Otter and River’s sites for the last two years, and became a staff member on Brook Haven after when it was starting up again. He’s a big fan of both the detailed setting and the complex themes of the site.
Ben likes threads which move the character’s stories forward. Often those are high intensity emotional scenes, but sometimes they’re little moments in an ordinary day where people say the right thing.
Outside of roleplaying, Ben studies and teachers mathematics loves video games.
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