Posts Categorized: Communication

I hate hate

Recently, I took one of those quizzes on Facebook that said I knew roughly 30,000 words, which is both preposterous and unverifiable. It was probably only the second quiz I’ve ever taken in the seven years I’ve been on Facebook, mostly for those aforementioned reasons. First, it’s doubtful I actually have a vocabulary of 30,000 words…. Read more »

We need less personality

Jumping from yesterday’s post, I referenced the loss of trust that exists across too many aspects of our lives. It goes far beyond the government or law enforcement. It’s pervasive in our school systems, our workplaces and even our homes. When trust is lacking, suspicion often fills the vacancy and nowhere is this more apparent… Read more »

Every home should have a tall plant

Ah, the 4th of July. Food, fireworks and parties. Ah, hell. I’ve mentioned it before, but it bears repeating, I am socially awkward. Not quite socially inept, but getting there. Generally speaking, I’m as fearful of most of public speaking, but I can force my way through it (provided there is a shower and a… Read more »

Get real

After this extended series of politically influenced posts, my blog has become increasingly depressing and downbeat (at least in my mind), two words I never want to characterize my writing. So, it is with great relief that I post this final politically oriented topic. Hopefully, I can resist my frustration at the election campaigns enough… Read more »

The whole truth

Nothing but the truth? Sigh. If only. Put the clothes pin over the nose, the filters on the ears and take off those rose-colored glasses. As of yesterday, the awful truth is that truth is a thing of the past. In war, truth is the first casualty No one would suggest a comparison between real… Read more »

I know you are but what am I

Aspirational – (1) characterized by a strong desire to achieve something high or great (2) a term no longer applicable in the 2016 Presidential election When the nominating process for both major parties kicked off, there was a lot of enthusiasm and energy behind the idea that a new, better America was going to result from this year’s… Read more »

Divided we stand

Controversy Week continues with my series of posts in response to the dumbfounding 2016 presidential nomination campaigns. Once upon a time, there was a belief in something called common courtesy. It included simple things like respecting elders, being polite to people, holding a door open for someone and saying please and thank you. Somewhere along… Read more »

Constitution or bust

It’s “Controversy Week” on the JMD blog, spurred by the chaotic presidential nomination process currently kicking up dust across America…   Throughout the early campaign process, before the insults and innuendo drowned out most other discourse, there were a number of outraged Republican hopefuls staking their claim as Defender-in-Chief of the Constitution of the United… Read more »

Wr…? I’m never wr…!

For over seven years and more than 800 posts I’ve scrupulously avoided blogging about anything controversial (except for one post about a dog owner that earned me a Facebook troll). This year’s presidential election process is like nothing I’ve ever seen before and it’s shattered my restraint on one of the most sensitive of topics: politics…. Read more »

No news is bad news

Really bad. Awful. Hard to watch, read or hear. I’m sure you’ve noticed. How could you not? We’re surrounded with it constantly. I was hoping the occasion of the once-every-four-years presidential election process might provide some relief, but I underestimated the proliferation of “news” sources, made even more ineluctable by the presence of the internet…. Read more »