The Christmas That Changed My Life

Yesterday they set up a "Giving Tree" at work. It's a "holiday" tree with tags asking for gifts for underprivileged children. Very much like a Salvation Army "Angel Tree". As I perused the tags it struck me that it was twenty years ago this Christmas that I had the Christmas…

2016: The Year of Being Nice

One of my qualities as a child (through high school) that I really liked about myself was that I was the mythical "Nice Guy". There are 2 things that anyone that met me would say about me. 1) "He's very soft spoken...quiet." and 2) "He's such a nice guy.…

You Make Me Uncomfortable

Whenever I'm near you I tense up and get very uncomfortable. I find that being around you for an extended period of time is absolutely exhausting. I like you and all, I just can't stand to be around you. What?!? Allow me to explain... Those that know me well (all…

Dog Tales

In a previous blog post, I may have given the impression that my grandfather was racist. He was, but that's not what defined him. Not as a person, and certainly not as my grandpa. If you happened to be white, he was a loving, caring, charming, and funny guy. I…

The Face of Racism

As I often do, I woke up this morning thinking of my grandpa. Why this particular incident percolated to the top of my consciousness I do not know, but I think it was an incident that helped define the person I would become, so I thought I'd share it. When…

Changing Things Up

I was messing around with Google Domains, moving my domain registration to there, just so I could easily get off of the servers I have been living on for the last several years, which have gotten hacked again and again. Anyway, while I was tinkering, I looked at my blog…