Toasty Toes at Tony Robbins Event

I actually like Tony Robbins, and I lean toward buy-in to the basic concept of motivational speaking. The difference between believing you can do a thing, and not do that thing, matters. I've had amazing successes at points in my life, and terrible failures at others. Some of those amazing successes were attended by a deliberately positive mindset, some of the terrible failures were attended by aimlessly negative ones. … [Read more...]

Death From Above! Sloppy Bats!

If you've read my Falling Leaves post on Earth Day, you know I have a somewhat grim view of what's coming. Based on nothing more complex than the fact that we have no way to control human population growth, and will probably never have a conscious, deliberate way, we are screwing ourselves out of a future. Control will come from outside, via natural forces, and it will be ugly. On that light-hearted subject, here's an interesting article from the New York Times: The Ecology of Disease. … [Read more...]

No Secret Here: I’m Voting for Obama

Facebook friend Dave H. used the acronym "LMO" in a political comment earlier today. After I asked about it, he clarified: LMO stands for “Lord Messiah Obama.” Ack. My reply went on for a bit as I explored how I felt about Obama, and other things. I’m reprinting it here because ... well, I wanted the clarification to get a larger airing: Re: Lord Messiah Obama I don't think Obama sees himself that way. I don't think thoughtful people see him that way. … [Read more...]

An Open Letter About the Making of Mistakes

I’m always afraid of screwing up. Seriously. That's especially true when I'm online, because sometimes online reactions can be extreme. One little mistake, and you’re suddenly The Enemy. I once got on the wrong side of a group of women on a feminist website, and ... damn, it got nasty. Some of the nice ladies actually followed me to the comment sections of other websites to point out what a viciously sexist woman-hater I was. I’ve made disparaging comments about tattooing, and oh boy, … [Read more...]

YOUR Thoughts and Feelings Are Nothing. Wrong. Bad.

Whew. I just stumbled across a link to an Answers in Genesis page, and oh boy, it’s ugly. In an article posted June 6, 2012, Tim Challies asks and answers the question, What Kind of God Would Condemn People to Eternal Torment? The beginning lays out the question, but in a way that’s almost comical in its intensity: … [Read more...]

Desert Warrior Seeks Millionaire. Sort Of.

I doubt he would ask for help. In fact, presented with this piece, I expect to hear from him, and I’m about half convinced he will be annoyed or embarrassed and ask me to take down the post. (And then, crap, I will have to decide whether to honor his wishes in what really is a personal matter, or ... you know, help him against his will.) But ... I have this friend. He’s a distant friend, an Internet friend, someone I’ve met in person only once. But he’s a Friend, with a capital-F, … [Read more...]


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