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So, I saw this video on Facebook today. Someone shared it. I clicked. I watched. Now I write. It’s not life-changing, so relax, though it is interesting and raises a point I’ve been meaning to write on for quite awhile. It’s not a “stance” topic, but more of a science versus social acceptance topic I’d like you to think about. And yeah, if ANYTHING will lose me followers on Facebook, this will probably be the thing. lol. Watch. Then read. Learn things. The intent: The author of the video speaks of labelling people by color as a method of conscious intent. Sure, he’s right. We can all agree with that. Well, most of us can. Some of you are going into your hidden closet compartments to break out your white sheets and moonshine to go have an overly-white celebration to wash the blackness out of your system. That’s ok. God … Read the rest…

So yeah, I quit smoking…

Contrary to a lot of other things in my life the fact that I’ve quit smoking hasn’t made it onto any of my social media accounts. Well, it hadn’t before this moment, but I guess since you’re here and you’re reading this.. well.. TADA!!!! *does jazz hands* Why? What? How? Calm your questions and raise your hand to be heard. Better yet, shut yer traps and let me tell story m’kay? Author’s Note:Paula Wells, if you ever read anything I’ve ever written, know that the phrase “m’kay” is forever done in your accent in my head. I don’t know why, but it’s always stuck with me. Do you still say that phrase a lot? I wonder. I’m going to have to ask you one of these days, m’kay?” To the reader – she had this way of saying that at the end of a sentence that just let you know – … Read the rest…

County Clerk Kim Davis, Marriage Rights, Religious Rights, and my thoughts…

I’ve been avoiding this article for a while now but I decided that this particular cup of coffee this morning provided me enough inspiration to get through it, so I’m going to share my thoughts on the matter since I have some time to kill before getting started on the day’s tasks ahead. If you don’t know the Kim Davis story by now, crawl out from under your rock and get some sunlight. Kim is the Rowan County Clerk in Kentucky that refused to provide marriage licenses to gay couples on grounds that it conflicts with her religious convictions. It went to court. She lost. She took it to the Supreme Court. She lost again. She still refuses to issue marriage licenses to gay couples because she says she’ll go to hell for it. Why isn’t she simply fired yet? Even as a Christian that shares some of her beliefs … Read the rest…

Arm Military Bases – or don’t?

I’m so sick of the media and Facebook being the sole source of information people get. Here’s the process: Read dumbass meme on Facebook Accept it as the Gospel truth. Do no research on your own. Get pissed off and rant about the gubment. Come up with your own political policy that’s better with absolutely no idea what the hell you’re talking about. That about sums up most people I see on Facebook. I’m left with the following decision to make on what seems to be an almost daily basis. Let them go on being idiots. Take time out of my day to put together an articulate response to their blathering idiocy. Ok, I tried number one for about a week now and the amount of idiocy that’s still ramping up about the gun control on military bases is starting to piss me off. So, take off your dunce caps … Read the rest…

Muslim Free Zone = Lawsuit you idiots.

Ok, maybe no one will read this. Then again some people read stupid stuff all the time and maybe they’ll get around to this before they think about turning their business into a Muslim-Free zone. Let me clarify a few facts, so you don’t get biased off the get-go. I’m of the Christian faith. I’m white. I’m not racist. I’m not religiously zealous to the point of stupidity. I know the law. You can believe numbers one through four or not, but number five is a given. I’m also a business owner, so I’m required to know the laws that govern running a business, especially a small business. Some of you have seen the video going around; the one where store owner, Andy Hallinan from Florida Gun Supply declares his business a “Muslim-Free Zone.” If you’ve not seen it and want to, here’s the video: In support of his idea, … Read the rest…

Thomas Sullivan, Squire “Skip” Wells, David Wyatt, Carson Holmquist, Randall Smith

Read those names again, please. Those are the names you probably don’t know. We’ve certainly heard enough about Mohammad Abdulazeez to know his name by heart now, but few of us know the names of the soldiers we lost in the Chattanooga terrorist attack. Those are the names that should live on in our memories, in our thoughts, and that should be blasted across the media. Sadly, few of us will remember them tomorrow or next week. We aren’t likely to forget the name of the 24 year old that killed them though. If this is you, as it was me, you should feel ashamed. Write them down and remember them. They deserve it. Now, move on. It’s important that we do move on. It’s important for us as people and it’s important for us as a country. It’s important because we are becoming a country full of victims, a fact … Read the rest…

How Google has changed writing

This is just a side note I want to share with you guys and gals. It’s nothing of any major importance but I felt it interesting enough to want to write about. Writing for me has always been difficult; creative writing I mean. I’m a big one for plots sticking true to real-life whenever possible and scenarios being realistic. It bugs me when I can tell an author has made up a scenario from whole cloth in his mind, yet the physical characteristics of the location don’t really make sense if you listen/read closely.Sometimes if you were to draw it out the way they described it, the building would have five sides. Huh? That’s not a two-story rectangular warehouse… The hard part about the novel I’m working on is that it’s all based on traveling when the grid goes down. I want it to be as true to form as possible … Read the rest…

Vacation Journal Day 6

*peers from the shadows and whispers* The natives are restless. Ever wake up in a jungle and you can just feel the change in the atmosphere? Ok, well me neither, but if I were to ever wake up in a jungle, this is what I’d picture that dangerous feeling would feel like. It’s a feral sensation in the air. There are somewhere between 6-10 adults and 6-10 kids depending on the day. I think we’re holding steady around 14 people sharing the property at the moment. I’m not sure where I’ll get my writing done now that the house is filling up. With close to 20 people here at any given moment the third floor couches, chairs, and spare rooms are turned into bunk rooms. It’s actually great material for the novel. I get to sit back and watch 20 people that don’t know each other that well have to … Read the rest…

Vacation Journal Day 4

The days are running together over here. I thought all day yesterday that it was Tuesday. It was Monday. Only 72 hours into my vacation and I’m already losing track of time. So how did this massive charlie-foxtrot of an idea turn into what it is now? Hang tight and I’ll tell ya. For as long as I’ve known my wife she takes her birthday week off every year and goes to the beach to spend time with her toes in the water and butt in the sand. *Cue the Zack Brown music.* Well, after my mom retired and moved out to where we live and Amy’s parents retired and bought the RV and sold the house, we are sans a place to hang out on the beach for the first time since we were born. It feels strange to come to the OBX and not have a place that … Read the rest…