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Aug 23

August 23, 2018


Falling through the Cracks of the American Dream

My life, I will admit, is a constant explosion of chaos (with a name like Maelstrom, I figure it’s genetic). There is always SOMEthing going on, which I’ve always felt was ever-so-slightly fantastic. My life is FULL: I don’t have a “bucket list” because I kinda want to do EVERYthing, and there’s no point marking it off a list because I’ll probably want to do it again. The way I’ve always looked at it, as long as I’m doing something…

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Aug 8

August 8, 2018


What if They Gave a Sale and Nobody Came?

There is one central problem with capitalism that people don’t seem to get–and I don’t mean on a philosophical level. As a rational, logical system for basing an economy on, capitalism has a fatal flaw: in order for it to work, people have to keep buying stuff. I bring this up because I was trying to think of some place to eat and realized how many of my favorite restaurants have closed in the last year. Café Rouge is gone,…

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Jul 16

July 16, 2018


In Defense of the Four-Letter Word

I have never considered myself a writer, per se, so I don’t know if this is normal, but whenever I remember to post here (a small miracle in itself), I sit down and just type like crazy until it feels like I have something that roughly resembles a point. Once I have a whole bunch of sentences on the screen, I have one of the hardest jobs, at least for me: going through and taking out all the swear words…

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Jul 2

July 2, 2018


To Tech or Not to Tech: Yeesh, What a Question

I’m not a technophobe. I know, I know, starting a post like that is just begging for people to come crawling out of the woodwork and point out how much I AM scared of technology, but I’m not. I mean, I have a healthy respect for it, as I feel too few of us do, but that’s not fear, it’s common sense. Every time we log on or plug in somewhere, we are giving the world access to our lives….

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May 31

May 31, 2018


Twitter, Tawdry, and Just Plain Wrong.

A couple weeks ago, someone I had never met told me over the phone that I sounded–and I quote–”young and sexy.” I had to laugh. While I appreciate the compliment, these days it takes a whole lot of energy just to keep from being old and saggy … the “young-and-sexy” train left the station a few years back. For the most part, I guess I’m OK with that. I wouldn’t say things get any better as you get older, but…

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May 3

May 3, 2018


Living on the Edge … of the Country …

I love, love, love San Francisco. I’ve lived a number of places all over the country before I ended up here, but this is home. It felt right just driving into town the first time. SanFran isn’t just a city, it’s an entire way of life. Having said that, it’s also not always the easiest place to live, for many reasons. Housing costs are out of this world: a couple months ago, a 1,000-square-foot home–with non-working plumbing and decomposing mattresses…

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Apr 23

April 23, 2018


Creating an Environment that Profits Everyone

Seems like every time I get an urge to write in this blog anymore, I am starting off with “I’m not a political guy, and this isn’t a political blog” … which would tend to make my readers (all seven of you) start to wonder if perhaps the opposite wasn’t closer to the truth. But the fact that certain issues have become political hot potatoes under the current regime doesn’t negate the fact that they are still important issues; frankly,…

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Apr 2

April 2, 2018

two 3d humans with empty chat and idea bubbles

Quality Content and Quality Conversation

I met this guy over the weekend (no, not in a bar; we were at the Collaboration Fest Craft Beer Festival in Denver. Which I suppose is kind of like a bar. But not really. Anyway …). He’s an internet marketing consultant who lives over in Oakland and went to school near Loma Linda. I learned this in the first five minutes, because those are the ice-breaker type questions one usually asks within five minutes of meeting someone. The idea…

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Mar 5

March 5, 2018


Guns Aren’t the Problem; We Are

I try very hard not to get political in these little missives of mine, but I’m having more and more trouble understanding the deep rift between sides in the “Gun Issue.” Let me first state that a) I know how to shoot a gun. I was raised on a farm and taught early; and b) I do not own a gun, nor do I want one. That is not any kind of edict against guns themselves: I just have no…

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Feb 8

February 8, 2018


How to Be Disorganized in One Easy Lesson

I’ll be the first to admit that I am not the most disciplined guy in the world. It’s not my fault: there are just too many things that I want to do, and they’re constantly interfering with the things I need to do. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. People accuse me of having ADHD; happens all the time, but I’m not sure. I’m not the sort that gets completely distracted at every new shiny object, nor do…

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