Updated: June 2, 2017
Last article published
On my journey from unquestioning red, to doubting purple, to solid blue, my commitment to the ideals of American exceptionalism faded. How I reclaimed my patriotic birthright.
Upcoming articles in progress
These will (probably) be published in this order. Some are working titles. I put them on this list once I’ve started outlining.
- A Connected Introvert’s Manifesto
- When Will a Robot Take YOUR Job?
- Saying No and Meaning It
- Mocking gay people for laughs: Why is Tolerance and Acceptance So Hard?
What I’m thinking
Based on my last article, I’m obviously thinking a lot about the future of my country. (I’m worried, but hopeful.)
When you venture out into the public eye, there is an innate caution that sets in: you hesitate to offend any potential follower, so your instinct is to stay on safe, neutral topics.
But who do we admire? People who stand for something. But, we also dislike people who stand for things we don’t agree with. If you stand for nothing, you attract no attention because you don’t deserve it. If you take a firm stand on something, you’ll attract attention, but also opposition.
It’s a price to pay, but there is no other way.
I’ve decided throughout my life, usually, to stand for something. But never so publicly. It’s a new thing for me, but it does feel right. And honest.
A random image from my life
Evening fires are rare, but I do sometimes burn old documents.
What I’m doing
My wife and I did our first kayaking trip of the season, and fished, too. Gave the trout we caught (it’s a group effort when you are trying to balance in two different kayaks while reeling in and netting a fish) to our cat. The same cat who has brought three different full-grown squirrels into the house (only one had been dispatched) didn’t know what to do with it. We had to cut bites for him. Pitiful.
Summer plans include no big trips, just outdoors stuff. We are planning to make the trip to the total eclipse zone on August 20th, which will be a couple hundred miles south of us. It will be my first total eclipse.
My workout has continued to go well, with only a minor injury setback. I have to keep reminding myself to progress slowly or pay the price. The difference in my recovery ability now that my psoriatic arthritis drugs are in full effect is amazing. Had no idea this was causing problem for so many years.
What would I do without medical insurance? It seems I’m at the doctor every other week. It angers me that some people have to make life-or-death choices about getting/skipping treatment. You can guess my position on American medical reform…
Diet is on track. I finally found a pre-meal combination that has made a huge difference in my ability to maintain control when eating. It’s a shake that would be disgusting to most people, but is working well for me. Still tweaking it. Got rid of more trigger foods, which also helps. Still eating once a day; I can’t see going back to eating more often than that now.
An image from an upcoming article
What I’m reading
I recently read On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder. Worth a look.
I’m trying to find a science fiction author I can get into. I like a particular type of science fiction, best typified by Iain Banks, who could possibly be my favorite author ever. I was crushed to learn he had died by the time I found his SF novels.
How about you?
What’s going on? Do you have a comment about any of this? If so, use my contact form. Happy to hear from you!
Until next time… remember: Think about it. A lot. Then do something.