When my inner voice speaks, I’ve learned to listen

Sometimes I hear a small voice that tells me to do things. Now that I read the prior sentence again, mentioning that I hear a voice makes me seem a little bonkers. Oh well. I think the voice is probably just part of my own internal dialogue or my conscience. Sometimes I wonder if it's… Continue reading When my inner voice speaks, I’ve learned to listen

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Street knowledge: The wisdom of Al

Some of the wisest words I ever heard came from a guy who lived in the woods near I-35. I met him when I was going through a bit of an adjustment phase at my then-new job in 2011. I was in a new city—Austin—with new people, and I felt excited and terrified at the… Continue reading Street knowledge: The wisdom of Al

Alternative facts you may never have considered

In January "alternative facts" became part of our more recent terminology in America. Although some have described alternative facts as "falsehoods," I think we need to dig a little deeper into what we consider to be fact, and then we need to consider possible alternative facts. For example, is it possible that perhaps: North Korea… Continue reading Alternative facts you may never have considered

U.S. map tidbits and stuff I find interesting

How the states are mapped and the proximity of one state to another has always intrigued me. The states get larger as one moves west, for example, almost as if our forefathers got lazy and just started dividing the land into square-ish plots. Here's some other things I love about our states', and cities', mapping:… Continue reading U.S. map tidbits and stuff I find interesting

Personal unwritten rules I follow

In the spirit of my friend Nick's recent post, I've decided to share my own code of unwritten rules that I follow daily. Maybe you honor the same credo? Or maybe I'm nuts. I make it a point to be baseline nice to people. We can all use some empathy. I never ask a woman… Continue reading Personal unwritten rules I follow

Do you like your state’s license plates?

I usually notice when cars around me in traffic have various license plates, usually ones that differ from the norm. Here in Texas it always feels good to see a little bit of home in an Ohio plate—which isn't as rare as you might think. Standard Texas plates are fairly bland, but they're supposed to… Continue reading Do you like your state’s license plates?

Can’t sleep? Give yourself an award

I've been a Super Bowl MVP, an Academy Award winner and the recipient of multiple Grammys. I've been inducted into several halls of fame, lauded for saving countless lives and even won the Medal of Honor. I'm my own Forrest Gump. And it's all because I can't fall asleep. At times it seems like sleep… Continue reading Can’t sleep? Give yourself an award

5 TV shows I watched in the 1990s

I've written previously about the TV shows I used to watch in the 1980s, so I figured why not include shows from the 1990s? Many of my peers from school remember the 1990s quite well, as we became teenagers. Other readers of mine were just being born then, and still other readers were starting families… Continue reading 5 TV shows I watched in the 1990s

My many thoughts on girls in the Boy Scouts

The Boy Scouts of America announced Oct. 11 that in 2018, girls would be allowed to participate in Scouting the same as boys can as a way to meet the needs of modern families. On its website the BSA says: Starting in the 2018 program year, families can choose to sign up their sons and… Continue reading My many thoughts on girls in the Boy Scouts

My thoughts on athletes kneeling during the national anthem

Various U.S. athletes in various sports, namely the NFL, have used the exposure they have to television audiences recently to kneel or, in some cases, raise a fist, during the national anthem to show their disdain with our nation's racial inequality. ESPN, which reports weekly on who in the NFL protests during the anthem, sums… Continue reading My thoughts on athletes kneeling during the national anthem