Grateful Mondays #2: 9/18/17 - Opportunity, big brothers, and wives who murder

Grateful Mondays #2: 9/18/17 - Opportunity, big brothers, and wives who murder

Every Monday, my wife and I will take this time to reflect through all the weekly struggles, frustrations, screaming children, unplanned expenses, surprise bills, disappointing date nights, speeding tickets, challenging co-workers, and whatever else the week throws our way to highlight what we're both grateful for. 

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Grateful Mondays: 9/4/17: Life after the storm

Grateful Mondays: 9/4/17: Life after the storm

All I know is it's about high time we started counting our blessings a little more consistently than we currently do. 

So every Monday, my wife and I will take this time to reflect through all the weekly struggles, frustrations, screaming children, unplanned expenses, surprise bills, disappointing date nights, speeding tickets, unbearable co-workers, and whatever else the week throws our way to highlight what we're both grateful for. 

We know too many friends and family who lost every single thing they owned, but still got away with their lives to complain about the bullshit. 

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On Charlottesville and what comes next

On Charlottesville and what comes next

Saturday, August 12, in Charlottesville, VA, a white nationalist group, Unite the Right, exercised their right to protest the renaming of Emancipation Park from Robert E. Lee along with the removal of the Robert E. Lee Statue. 

Protesters arrived as early as 8AM. 

Counter-protesters arrived against the direction of Governor Terry McAuliffe who urged, "...Virginians, no matter how well-meaning, elect to stay away from the areas where this rally will take place."

Before noon, due to increasing violence, Governor Mcauliffe declares a state of emergency after law enforcement declared the gathering unlawful. 

Shortly after 1PM, James Alex Fields, Jr., a protestor from Ohio rams his vehicle into a crowd of counter-protestors killing 32 year old Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others. He's currently charged with 2nd degree murder. 

Heather Heyer's final public Facebook post read, "If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention."

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I'm not a writer by any means, but these are the three main reasons I write

I'm not a writer by any means, but these are the three main reasons I write

In no world where the internet doesn't exist where any human privileged enough to have access to wi-fi and products designed by Steve Jobs, and can self publish their elementary ramblings to the world, would I be considered a writer. 

But that's not the world we live in. And people pay me to write the thoughts in my head on the internet. So I've been criticized as a writer, but that would be unfair to every human who's taken the craft of scribing words serious enough to study and practice getting better at it. 

Because my writing style is more or less, get lost in my feelings about some subject, smoke marijuana, and spew it all out - guts and all - unfiltered, in one long rambling medicated rant that only makes sense to myself at the time, but almost always leads me to shame if I dare to go back and read my own thoughts aloud. 

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