A Money Desert

A Money Desert

May 11

Disclaimer:  I’ve always hated it when an author starts something with a disclaimer, yet I find that a disclaimer seems warranted for this post.  I’m writing this post to try out an idea and I don’t have any other forum suitable for such a thing.  I’m posting it here in hopes that I can solicit feedback and further refine the idea.  I’m not an economist, so this idea could be...

Surrender

Surrender

Jan 06

A dear friend a fellow warrior asked me today, “What is the difference between defeat and surrender.”  As I attempted to answer the question, I realized it wasn’t that simple.  It wasn’t something I could just spit a short reply and it be clear enough.  So I decided to explain my thoughts more thoroughly. “Defeat” is a simple concept.  It is the opposite of victory.  Defeat...

An election prediction

An election prediction

Nov 07

A lot has been said going about the upcoming Presidential election on November 8th.  A lot has been said about what will happen if this candidate or that candidate gets elected.  I thought I’d take a few moments to make some predictions about what will happen after the election. First, the candidate I voted for will not win.  I know this and I’m perfectly comfortable with it.  I won’t...

Feeding the fire

Feeding the fire

Oct 14

Let’s pretend that I punched you in the face. Now suppose that you punch me in the face in response. Who is wrong? I suspect you’ll say that we both are.  I agree.  Nobody should get punched in the face.  Ever.  And yet it still happens.  While it disturbs me that this still happens, I’m far more disturbed by the way we respond when things like this happen. It seems that more often...

Good guys and bad guys

Good guys and bad guys

Sep 28

It seems like a lifetime ago, but in that other life I was once a telemarketer. At the time, I was estranged from my wife, but we were both living with her parents.  I was trying to pay bills, trying to mend my marriage, and I took the first job I could get. Every evening, my wife and her mother would take turns telling me what a miserable human being I was.  The next morning I would get up and...

Here there be monsters

Here there be monsters

Sep 12

When I was a child, I used to be afraid of monsters in the dark. There were times that I could feel the monster under my bed.  I could sense the claw reaching up from underneath to grab my ankle.  Thankfully, it couldn’t grab my ankle as long as I had my blanket tucked around my foot.  My blanket was like a force field, protecting me from the monsters in the dark. My father attempted to help...