Humor – the Morphine of my Soul

Humor – the Morphine of my Soul

I recently have taken some online and offline flak for posting a couple of (in my opinion) delightfully tasteless memes on Facebook. One that seemed to get the most attention was a meme showing Magilla Gorilla and Wally Gator, representing Harambe the gorilla and the alligator involved in the incident in Orlando. I prefaced each …

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On Parenting from a Safe Distance

On Parenting from a Safe Distance

I read a statistic recently, and it burrowed into the part of my brain in charge of how I perceive humanity. It also forced me to think about how I parent – especially my daughters.  It was from RAINN – the Rape, Abuse & Incest  National Network. On average, a human being in the United …

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Not Writing for all the Wrong Reasons

Not Writing for all the Wrong Reasons

I originally started this blog for the express purpose of forcing myself to write something (hence the name) as often as possible and hopefully with enough frequency to get myself into the habit of writing – a form of conditioning I had hoped would lead to inveterate writing and then ultimately, to transitioning into a career as …

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Consider the Source. Or Better Still, Don’t.

Consider the Source. Or Better Still, Don’t.

I was once very open about my political beliefs.  I was also once a straight-ballot Republican.  Age and experience have changed both of those character flaws.  I think it is highly unlikely that I will dedicate any space on my blog to political discussion other than this:  I am a Libertarian (of the big “L” …

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Squirrel Poop and the Evolution of Knowledge Acquisition

Squirrel Poop and the Evolution of Knowledge Acquisition

This weekend I was raking leaves. Mundane tasks like this generally present me with a relatively blank mental canvas. Sometimes, I fill that canvas with meaningful spiritual or philosophical ideation. Most of the time though, unchaperoned thoughts are scribbled across that canvas like the finger-painted art of a ferret on meth. I am never not …

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Moving Right Along

Moving Right Along

I’m an IT guy.  I build, maintain and support networks for a living.  I’ve been doing it since 1999.  This blog journey, like most any endeavor I have undertaken, came with related, peripheral work that had nothing to do with the goal of the project: getting me to start writing.  I wanted to start a blog. …

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Writing with Purpose

Writing with Purpose

The first thing I recall writing was a Shel Silverstein fan fiction piece, written by hand with pencil and paper when I was nine years old. It was my child-like effort to spin the selfless one-directional morality of The Giving Tree into something relevant to the world I lived in at the time. When I wrote …

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