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Coming back

31 May

It’s been a while.

I miss writing.  I’ll be back more regularly soon.


Excuses excuses…

20 Jan

Okay, so I totally meant to get back and start blogging here again.  And then I got distracted.  And distracted.  And then I forgot what I got distracted from.

Seriously though, I’ve been busy, at least in the past couple weeks, starting and managing two new blogs and Facebook pages.

Excuse me while I use my own blog to promote these other projects…

  • Heather’s Pay It Forward 2014: A dear friend of mine, Heather Escoe, recently started a year-long “pay it forward” project.  As her friends and family rallied around her cause, I decided to use my own Internet savvy to promote the project, both through a Facebook page and a blog.  Facebook page here.  Blog here.
  • Linda’s Fight:  After seeing the work I did on her own Facebook page and blog, Heather approached me to ask if I would do a blog for her Aunt Linda, who was recently diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.  Of course I readily agreed.  Facebook page here.  Blog here.

I appreciate greatly those of you who follow and interact with me here.  I hope you follow my other projects as well, because I am really enjoying doing them.

Blogging success?

6 Sep

To consider myself a successful blogger, a few things would be important to me.

  1. Posting more regularly.  I haven’t been posting as regularly as I should, both to keep readers engaged, and to fulfill all the things I want to write about.
  2. Engaging with the readers.  Often my posts include TalkBack points.  I use those to try to attract comments and reader engagement in my posts.  It’s not as much fun if I feel like I’m writing at a brick wall.

So those are my goals.  I’m gonna work on improving those aspects of the blog so I can eventually become “successful.”

[A prompt from here: What would it take for you to consider yourself a “successful blogger”? Is that something you strive for?]


What’s in a name?

5 Sep

For many people, there are great stories stretching back 69246237841 years as to how they got their names.

For me, there’s not so much history with my name but I’ve never had a problem with it.

Brian is an Irish name meaning “high” or “noble.”  Neither of those are bad things, I guess.  I think it suits me pretty well, and I guess after 27+ years it better, whether I particularly care for it or not.

To fulfill the full responsibility of the blog prompt, I insert here that I [obviously] haven’t any children. 😛

TALKBACK:  So what do you think of your name?  Where’d you get it?  Tell me in the comments.

[Blog prompt:]

Boston aftermath

22 Apr

The days in the aftermath of last Monday’s deadly bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon brought to mind the days after 9/11 — looking over our shoulders, waiting for the next shoe to drop, wondering when “normal” would return again.

When an MIT police officer was shot and killed late Thursday, it touched off a surreal manhunt that paralyzed Massachusetts for most of Friday.  Sure, one of the suspects was killed Friday morning, but there was still another guy on the loose that police spent most of the day looking for. Continue reading

Look for the helpers

16 Apr

I know this image and images like it have been going around since Monday afternoon, but it’s worth sharing this morning.



16 Apr

They were men and women.

They were mothers and fathers.  They were children.

They were American.  They were Kenyan, Ugandan, and Indian.

They were runners.  They were spectators.

These were not soldiers in a war or residents of some far off country where IEDs are commonplace occurrences.  These were runners, spectators, and people just doing their jobs in Boston.

This morning, the families of at least three individuals are mourning their losses in the bombings at the Boston Marathon yesterday.  The families of at least another 144 individuals are hoping for the best as they deal with traumatic injuries. Continue reading