‘Then shut it down’

6 Oct

You may have had to be operating from an under-rock locale not to know that the U.S. government has been shut down since October 1, because of Congress’s inability or lack of desire to pass a budget.  I say “lack of desire” because Congress and the President have been able to agree on a budget all but 19 times that the question has come up since 1976.   Continue reading

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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: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/daily-prompt-identity/]

The family: We’re an odd bunch

5 Sep

I was an only child.  I mean, really really an only child.  I was my parents’ only child, and my only uncle and my only aunt both had no children (well, my aunt did have a child, but she only lived for one day).

I had friends in Michigan, of course, but no one I really considered a brother or sister.

That all changed when I moved to Georgia. Continue reading

Novel?

27 Apr

It was recently suggested to me by a trusted friend that I write a novel.  The novel will be presented as a series of “short stories” intended to mark milestones in my development as a gay man.

The blog you are currently reading is intended to be a professional blog with a largely G rating.  As you might imagine, some of the stories of my gay evolution are not particularly G rated, so I am separating them from this blog.

You can find these stories on my new DeviantArt page, here.

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.

MrRogers