The Great Bamboozler Of Blogging

A friend who knows nothing about blogs asked me how they refer to me in the blogosphere and I told him I am called The Great Bamboozler Of Blogging, The Captain of Copy and The Old Obnoxious Dude In The Cave. He told me aspires to become a better bamboozler and I suggested he investigate […]

Some Dreams Die & Some Are Delayed

Spent a few minutes with the teenager in my house talking about what comes next and what things we can control and what we can manage. Listened to him express concern about current events at school and some yet to come and smiled because I remember those days too. Smiled because to him these things […]

Do Great Ideas Require Loose Cannons?

About twenty years or so ago I had a disagreement with a co-worker about a project we were working on. We were on deadline and I had three ideas I wanted to submit but he kept trying to stall because he said the three ideas I had come up with weren’t thought out and vetted […]

No One Cares About Your Blog

Someone told me that the moment you were targeted by a troll is the moment you know you have arrived in the blogosphere. I smiled and told them that it is much easier to find a troll or trolls than they realized. Write a post promoting circumcision, for/against abortion and don’t forget to include something […]

5 Things A Dead Guy Could Teach My Children

I was about 14 the first time I met my friend Mr. Emerson but I didn’t like him. Maybe it was because it was my 9th grade English class and I found his essay on Self-Reliance to be dull and uninspiring. Or maybe it was because I thought a man who had died long ago […]

Remember When Truth Killed Reality

The first time I moved to Texas I received a 15 minute long education about the way things were in Los Angeles as understood by a man who had never been there before. My education began during happy hour at a Saltgrass Steak House in the Fossil Creek neighborhood of Fort Worth. The California plates […]

Everyone Knows Better Than You Do

Earlier this week I read an article about a university professor who was attacked for things they said on their private Facebook page. The commentary in question was almost two years old and was only discovered because someone went digging through the offenders Facebook updates. I can’t tell you what prompted the research. Can’t say […]

Can You Name The Job Of The Future?

When you are not quite 15 years-old you find yourself in the precarious position of knowing you are not a kid and that relatively few adults will treat you with like the smart teenager you know yourself to be. It is a hard place to be because those same adults speak about you are being […]

What Happens When You Have No Time To Teach?

Three weeks ago I listened to a man yell into his cellphone about how he refused to hire anyone who didn’t know how to do XYZ because he was too busy to be a baby sitter. It wasn’t my choice to listen to this particular conversation but we were stuck in a waiting room and […]