Old Gifts Never Die

Back in 1993, before I went to work in Corporate America, I worked in the civil service Navy. When I left, the command threw many parties—all of which I assumed were to honor me, though some of which may well have been for other reasons.(grin) One of the gifts that one of my co-workers gave […]

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Workload and the Writer

So, yeah … remember that thing about how quitting the day job to write full time will help with the work load? Not happening. This writing gig, it turns out, is just about the same as any project-oriented corporate job I’ve ever had—the multitude of projects overlap forever, and the base skillset for “surviving” is […]

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Bowie

I find myself stopping at points this morning, and just letting out deep sighs. There are passings and there are passings, you know? For me, and I assume many others, the loss of David Bowie has hit very hard. It’s a strange sense I have, this thing with Bowie. I loved his work. It’s widely […]

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Sum

I found this 4-minute film a few days back, but just got around to looking at it. As we move through the holiday season (here in the west, anyway) and into that period where we may just maybe be thinking about things like making resolutions that will help us become better people or maybe just […]

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So, how susceptible are you?

The questions on hand today are: (1) How susceptible to bullshit are you? And … (2) What can you do about it? The answer to number 1, it turns out is that we are all bullshit-susceptible to some level. This is probably no surprise. We are human beings, so we come complete with our own […]

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On Shifts of Tectonic Plates

I did not get to sleep very easily last night. I am struggling with things going on today in ways that I haven’t struggled before. As a result, I’m coming to think this may be one of the most dangerous moments for America and the world as a whole that has existed during the time […]

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Two Whole Freaking Days?

When it takes you nearly two entire days to update your publishing financial data you can probably say several things: 1. Three months is too long between updates 2. You have a ridiculously complex and detailed system 3. Amazon has changed how they do some things since the last time. 4. It’s time to simplify, […]

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Ron’s Most Excellent Adventure

A week ago I drove my little Miata across the country from Columbus, Indiana (just south of Indianapolis) to Oro Valley, Arizona (just north of Tucson). It was an interesting four days. Of note is that my Miata is a rag top, and that with the exception of an hour or so when it rained […]

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While Ron’s driving, you get a deal

Go West, young man (and you, too, Ron) Whew. It’s been nearly three months, but the day has dawned. Tomorrow I should be heading west. Finally. It’ll take me four or five days to drive the distance. In celebration, I thought I would go ahead and put the omnibus edition of Saga on a steep […]

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The time for departure draws near

The time for departure draws near. The moving guys are scheduled to show up Monday to pack up. Tuesday we’ll load the truck. I’ll clean up a few loose ends, and then expect to be on the road heading toward Arizona sometime Wednesday. I am ready to go. I was thirty-two years old when we […]

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