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Sunday Night Ramblings – 12/02/2018

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My whole life, I’ve been an advocate for equality. Quite simply, all individuals should have equal protection under the law. Period. Any person willing to work full-time should be able to afford the basic necessities and have access to adequate healthcare. As an educator, I taught people from every spectrum of society, and I tried my best to treat every student with respect and dignity, regardless of any differences we might have had. Even at my lowest, darkest points, I have remained true to and stood up for my convictions.

That said, I’m weary from all the hate and divisiveness and hypocrisy both political extremes espouse. If you believe any politician has your best interests at heart, you simply aren’t paying close attention. If you believe your political party is above win-at-all costs tactics, you are naive. Politicians and politics will not fix this country and advance our society. Only we as individuals can do that, and we can only do it through dialogue and interaction.

I’m weary from the butthurt brigade seeking daily for some new outrage to fuel their Twitter feed. You have no idea how easy you’ve had it, and most likely, if you ever encounter REAL difficulties you will learn that simple fact. If you are emotionally crippled by the depictions of fictional characters, you seriously need to go climb a mountain or swim a river and reconnect to the realities of nature. Emotional knee-jerk reactions to stimuli are a dangerous substitute for rational discourse, and hate is not the antidote for hate. Real love, tolerance, and forgiveness are the cures.

I’m so weary from Ivy League graduates telling me that I am privileged. I’m tired of being judged for my skin tone and gender yet told that’s not racism or sexism because I’m part of the powerful group. Hate is hate. Prejudice is prejudice. Opposite sides of the same coin are still the same coin, no matter how loudly one side screams that it’s the “good” side. Double standards are self-serving and only breed more animosity and resentment, and for the segment of society that wants an eye for an eye, no amount of retaliation will ever satisfy them.

That’s all for now.

Sunday Afternoon Ramblings – 10/28/2018

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I haven’t blogged in awhile. There are a handful of reasons for that. First, my new business keeps me pretty busy, so finding the time to blog has been a challenge. Second, I just haven’t had a whole lot to say. Also, I’m not entirely sure anyone wants to hear the things I do have to say. Finally, the current climate in our country, the extreme partisanship and witch hunt culture and mob mentality, has so disheartened me that I don’t feel there is currently any room for thoughtful discourse, rationality, or even silly sarcasm.

To the readers of The Brotherhood of Dwarves, I offer my deepest and sincerest apologies for the delays in releasing book five. I had hoped to have the book out well over a year ago, but for whatever reason, I struggled to find an editor who would actually follow through with completing the work. Therefore, I ended up editing the book myself, which to me is not ideal. However, the final draft is now complete and ready for publication. Unless something happens, The Kings of Dwarves will be launched Wednesday, October 31.

Hopefully fans of the series will find this to be a satisfying conclusion to the story. Personally, I’m pleased with it. All of the major story-lines are resolved, and the emotional intensity of this book will take many readers on a fairly impressive ride. I’ve said many times over the years that Molgheon is one of the most underrated characters in literature, and the resolution of her story should prove that to be true.

That’s all for now.

Cover Reveal Ramblings – 10/21/2017

As promised, here is the new cover for book five. The art was done by Marc Guerrero, who is a rock star and a pleasure to work with. I’ll reveal the title sometime next week. Please, leave a comment and let me know what you think.

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Saturday Night Ramblings – 10/14/2017

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For most of this week, a nasty viral infection knocked me out of commission. The lymph node on the right side of my jaw swelled up to about the size of a golf ball, and the pain from that was pretty severe. I’m on the mend,​ thankfully, and was able to get back to work today, but the illness put me pretty far behind where I want to be on clearing the new section of vineyard.

I’ve gotten back the first set of edits from my editor, so the book is that much closer to coming to life. Also, he is pleased with the quality of this book. Now that I’m getting over the infection, I will get on my part of the polishing. Sometime this coming week, I will reveal the cover, which is absolutely gorgeous and exactly what I want for the final installment of this series.

Finally, today my beloved Memphis Tigers knocked off the #25 Naval Academy. For the first time in team history, the Tigers have defeated two ranked opponents in the same season and have now beaten three consecutive ranked foes. When I was a student there, we were pretty much a basketball school, and I never dreamed I would see the day that we would legitimately be the best college football program in the state of Tennessee. Go Tigers go!

That’s all for now.

Sunday Afternoon Ramblings – 9/24/17

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I’m reaching out to my friends on both ends of the political spectrum. We live in contentious, divisive times, and many days it feels as if our country is about to split apart into a fragmented mess. I’ve written many posts on this blog about how we need to find common ground and attempt to heal, or we are going to spiral into something violent and bloody.

Well, here is yet another opportunity for us to come together, if we have the courage and fortitude to show unity.

Yesterday, our president called certain American citizens “sons of bitches” for protesting during the national anthem before football games. Regardless of whether or not you agree with their form of protest, which is both peaceful and civil, and whether or not you believe in their message, which is a plea for improved social justice for African-Americans, you should be horrified by the president’s remarks.

We are Americans. We live under the rule of law established by our Constitution, and one of our most fundamental rights is the right to express our beliefs, especially beliefs which run contrary to government policies. This right is imperative for a free society. If we do not have the right to speak our minds, to criticize our leaders for their failures, and to question injustices, we are no longer free people.

Regardless of whether or not you voted for Donald Trump, you need to recognize that his remarks are a form of authoritarian fascism, which discourages citizens from standing up for their rights and encourages employers to punish employees for questioning authority.

In a free society, it is simply unacceptable for the president to use the office as a means for squelching public discourse. His words were deplorable, and his message, though cloaked in pseudo-patriotism, is as un-American and unconstitutional as anything I’ve heard in my life.

Now is the opportunity for us to come together as free citizens and tell the fascists and bigots who feel empowered by their leader in the White House, that we will not allow hate to divide us, and we will not allow fear or threats to take away our rights to express our beliefs in peaceful and civil manners. We are Americans, whether we are black or white or brown, whether we are liberal, conservative, or moderate. We are the shining beacon of liberty. We are the greatest country on earth, not because we are perfect, but because we have the freedoms and the rights to stand up for our beliefs and express our views without fear. Now is the time for unity.

Thursday Morning Ramblings – 8/17/17

I have friends from every end of the political spectrum. Within my circle, there are gay liberals, a gay conservative, transgender individuals, a handful of homophobes, educators, financial advisors, ministers, truck drivers, mechanics, artists, musicians, moderate conservatives, proud Trump supporters, and even a couple of Baltimore Ravens fans. These people are my friends because each and every one of them treats me with love and respect, and while we may sometimes bicker over politics or policies, at the end of the day, I know my friends have good hearts. Liberal or conservative or moderate, the vast majority of people just want to live in peace, work at a job they enjoy, and make certain that their children are safe and happy. That’s the real American Dream.

However, I will say this as succinctly and clearly as I can. If you believe that other people are not worthy of the same rights as you because of the tint of their skin or their gender or their sexual preference or the god they choose to worship, you are an asshole.

In our country, you have the freedom to be an asshole. You can believe whatever outdated, backwards, inbred horseshit you want to believe, but you are not free from the consequences of your ignorance. You do not have the right to harm others just because they don’t fit into your pigeonhole of what’s wholesome. You do not have the right to deny American citizens their inherent human rights which are guaranteed by the Constitution, no matter how many racist clowns you might get elected as president.

We as human beings are capable of terrible atrocities. At our worst we are petty, vicious, insecure people who rush to judgment. In those times, we are worse than animals. But that is not all we are. We are also capable of kindness, charity, cooperation, love, and mercy. In those moments, we are divine.

At this point in history, I hope that the good and decent people of this great country will stand together, regardless of political views or superficial differences, and tell the hatemongers that they do not have the final say. I hope the best of us will rise up, stand together, and demonstrate that evil will not conquer good and hate will not supplant love. We must set our insignificant differences aside and unite against the bullies and tyrants who thrive on hate. The time is now.