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20150730

in the past month, alone, i have been assaulted with:
“you’re an asshole”
“poor parenting”
“piece of shit parent”
and the old stand by, “kids hate you”

which are from a spoiled 17yr old girl caught with her hand in cookie jars?

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reflections

20150701

When I was 18:

I had graduated high school Summa Cum Laude.  I had applied to many universities and was accepted at almost all of them, but chose the University of Texas at Austin.  After enduring an appendectomy two weeks or so prior, I moved out of my mother’s home and into my dorm room that I couldn’t afford (but didn’t know that yet).  Barely walking due to surgery, I started college and got a job.  My job to pay for my dorm and meals prevented me from actually getting dinner.  So I sufficed with getting a bit of lunch-to-go in the mornings.  It was a difficult start to college, but within a year, I was working as a “co-op engineering student” at IBM.  Yay.

When I was 24:

I was gainfully employed at Texas Instruments and selected as the lead engineer for the Sun Microsystems contract for the products we would manufacture and test. (It was kind of a big deal in the technical world.)  I had a wife and a 2 year old daughter, living in a 3 bedroom apartment with a new car and washer/dryer.  Life was good.  A year later, I’m figuring out that divorce was inevitable.  Yay.

When I was 30:

I had my own consulting business, a (2nd) wife and 3 children.  Every penny my family had was solicited, earned, and collected by yours truly.  I did rather well, though I didn’t know it because I didn’t account for any of it.  That was the wife’s part – spend and keep track of bills.  Life was pretty good.  Little did I know how difficult self employment would be over the next 5 years.

When I was 36:

Business was in the toilet (thanks, 9-11) and decided to sell myself to the government for a few extra hundred per month.  Also, really wanted to do military service all my life but never wanted to deal with it.  That makes sense to me, somehow.  I spent that year in basic training and Officer Candidate School.  The remnants of my business tanked.  My 4th and final child was born.  I embraced being just a soldier/employee full time and only helped out former clients as a favor.

When I was 42:

I went to war.  It was a horrible experience.

When I was 43:

My second divorce began and I learned things about how my children’s mother treated them behind my back.  That was a nastier divorce than most deal with.  Not often a mother calls the police on her own children for peacefully walking away from her abusive behavior.  Enough said on that.

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Random Links of the Day

20150701

RadioLab (NPR Program)
www.radiolab.org

NO, this was not founded as a Christian or any other religious nation:
http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/07/04/35-founding-father-quotes-conservative-christians-will-hate/

Australian Army
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QaqpoeVgr8U

WOW
http://petapixel.com/2011/05/04/amateur-photographer-shoots-largest-ever-photo-of-the-night-sky/

Your Rights with Collectors
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/creditcom/debt-collectors_b_1353676.html

FREE Books
http://bluesyemre.com/2014/05/28/the-internet-archives-digital-books-collections-over-6000000-fully-accessible-public-domain-ebooks-ebooks-and-texts/

CreationMuseum
https://www.facebook.com/IFeakingLoveScience/photos/a.456449604376056.98921.367116489976035/841765719177774/?type=1&fref=nf

Alan Turing
https://www.facebook.com/IFeakingLoveScience/photos/a.456449604376056.98921.367116489976035/848990975121915/?type=1

HubbleTimeLapse
http://www.iflscience.com/space/outstanding-time-lapse-stellar-explosion-hubble

Men are Rape Victims Also
http://goodmenproject.com/ethics-values/brand-men-recovering-military-sexual-trauma

Be Water
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGFf3SRP1bE

FTW PD
http://dfw.cbslocal.com/video/10399291-fort-worth-pd-recruiting-lgbt-community/

LGBT Rights History
http://dish.andrewsullivan.com/2014/07/15/the-astonishing-actual-history-of-the-gay-rights-movement/

All About That Bass
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuyGVhQFLbs

Origins of the American “Religious Right”
https://youtu.be/_Gf4jN1xoSo

“One Nation Under God”
https://youtu.be/CAQNzoiMI7s

American Fascists
https://youtu.be/0bNEqAU7S2w

Thank God I’m A Virgin
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ChgCOyWp8uM

LGBT Veterans Monument
https://youtu.be/SOkbLzG8NB4

IFB
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/unfundamentalistchristians/2015/05/welcome-to-the-duggars-world-of-independent-fundamental-Baptists/#st_refDomain=t.co&st_refQuery=/meCAVxMddW

5 Stupid Things about the Civil War
https://youtu.be/XeR4Sq_uL-g

“Biblically Correct” Marriage
http://biblicalgenderroles.com/2015/05/23/8-steps-to-confront-your-wifes-sexual-refusal/

Forced Education
http://www.filmsforaction.org/articles/seven-sins-of-our-system-of-forced-education

Witold Pilecki
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witold_Pilecki

Jeaanne Manford PFLAG
https://www.facebook.com/amightygirl/photos/a.360833590619627.72897.316489315054055/856706324365682/?type=1

Hate the Protesters
http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-ways-powerful-people-trick-you-into-hating-underdogs/

Mens Fashion
http://www.boredpanda.com/1970s-mens-fashion-ads/

Can We Forgive You
http://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/to-evangelicals-can-we-forgive-you-wcz/

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doing math

20150627

I counted a few times: at least 50 new cars behind me or passing me on the road every hour. Not counting just parked, and only commuting and using rough estimates… Continue reading

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just yesterday morning

20150627

Back in about April 2013 I said to LaFonda, “It is really odd to care so deeply about an issue that will never affect me directly, but i do care with all my heart. It is about long overdue fairness.” Continue reading

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Favorite StoryCorps Stories

20150624

StoryCorps is invaluable. Check it out for yourself, but this is a running list of my personal favorites.  The entire point of life is the stories we live, tell, and share. Continue reading

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pride references

20150623

“Pride” sells better for rallies, but the real point is DIGNITY. With that said, here are some links I’ve collected to answer some questions and serve as reminders.

These links should answer the questions: WHY? HOW? WHO? and, most of all affirm that when silence is broken It Gets Better.  Regardless of subject matter, silence is a slow death.
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