I started this blog in 2003, with the encouragement of Fred First, whose Fragments from Floyd blog finally inspired me to move to this part of Virginia.
After years of commenting endlessly on other blogs, I decided it was time to start some ripples of my own.
I had already considered that blogging might be the equivalent of writing in the sandy margin of the sea, but I feltl the lifespan of many books is not as long as the life of an active weblog. It's the readership that matters. If an idea takes root in someone elses mind and gets passed on, that's reward enough.
Since then, I have had more than 642482 visitors and have written a book based on my experinces in the corporate world, Danger Quicksand - Have a Nice Day, which is still being downloaded by people who are looking for more satisfying work.
In the last few years, my interests have expanded from writing about ideas for staying creative and making a living in the post-corporate world, to developing a personal and business counseling practice, to involvement in local and national issues that affect our friends and family.
During this same period, I have seen a transformation in the nature of the Internet and social networks. This single blog became a series of blogs and my writing has recently expanded into multiple facebook groups which offer interaction with specific groups of readers without boring the others.
When I first started witing, my focus was on dealing with adverse working conditions and barriers to career satisfaction. Once Danger Quicksand was published and I moved to SW Virginia, my focus went to small town life here in Floyd. The artisans and artists provided an entirely new set of opportunities and I set about meeting and promoting those who made life in Floyd so satisfying. I also wrote about the restaurants and local businesses which gave this county its unique character.
I was really enjoying what I was doing, but a long time reader wrote me and said that I was no longer writing the business advice that had attracted him to my site. He wished me well, but he needed what I was no longer doing and needed to move on.
Well, the evolution still continues, but in the thousands of articles I have written, there are many which seem to have lasting value because they still get frequent hits from search engines. I am planning to restructure this site so it is easier to locate the articles of lasting value and to see where I am writing on subjects of specific interest.
I also hope to make this site easier to use and comment on. Your readership has been very encouraging and I want the site to be as useful as possible.
We are heading into rough financial times and I feel that sharing useful information is one way to even the odds.
Barack Obama has won the Presidential election with a 1.7% margin of the popular vote. That makes for an evenly divided country with the cities being Democratic and the rural areas being Republican.
We may see gridlock on a continuing basis with a Republican House and a Democratic Senate and Executive Branch, but Obama now has the chance to stack the Supreme Court with Liberal judges, so his plans for making the US a Socialist country will continue at an accellerated rate.
The only problem with Socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money so we will probably encounter problems with the current uncontrolled printing of money as the government spends more than the country produces.
Will we see more bankrupt cities? I think so, but I could be wrong. The idea of more Detroits makes me shudder.
Either the Administration figures out how to get its act together so American small businesses can grow and prosper or we will see a rapid growth in an underground economy where more and more transactiona are being done off the books in an effort to evade confiscatory taxes.
Living in flyover country will have more significance than ever before. I can envision that the quality of rural life and urban life will move in different directions as pressures increase to make the government provide an ever increasing range of free services.
If we can keep working together at the local levels and avoid the extreme polarization which has permeated the political scene for the past two years, we will probably be able to come to a rational solution that benefits our families and the children to come.
Looking at our common needs and desires can allow us to work through the issues of the next four years. Looking only at our philosophical differences will get us nothing but strife and stagnation.
It will definitely be a challenge and challenges are best handled with the most cheerful attitude we can muster. Let's make it happen!
I only say it is boring because we have been subjected to this unbelievable outrage for almost four years:
• $6 trillion in new national debt under Obama…after he promised to decrease the deficit.
• Obamacare — A massive and incredibly convoluted bill which
exponentially increases the federal government’s control over our
personal lives…which neither Obama nor a single Democrat even read
before passing, and which will likely bankrupt the nation.
• In both the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, the Obama
campaign purposely disabled the credit card verification system for its
Web site donations, allowing anyone from any foreign country to donate
with no limit and no proof of identity; in both elections it was
demonstrated that people overseas and people with obviously false
identities were able to donate to Obama campaign, in direct violation of
several laws. To this day it is not known what percentage of Obama’s
campaign funds are illegally obtained, since there is no documentation.
• Billions of taxpayer dollars gambled on “green” companies like
Solyndra, NextEra, Ener1, Solar Trust and many others — all of which
• An intentional refusal to enforce federal immigration laws.
• Unemployment at or above 8% for almost his entire term in office (which was actually closer to 15% actual unemployment).
• Operation Fast & Furious — a government-sponsored illegal
gun-running scheme designed to purposely go awry so as to induce public
outcry for gun control.
• Spent 20 years listening to a racist anti-American pastor (Rev.
Jeremiah Wright), whom Obama described as a mentor. On March 18, 2008,
Obama gave a speech in which he said “I could no more disown Jeremiah
Wright than I could disown my own grandmother” and “[Wright's church,
Trinity United] embodies the black community in its entirety.” Now Obama
tries to pretend that Jeremiah Wright doesn’t exist, and that his
extremist anti-white philosophy didn’t influence Obama’s worldview.
• Increased the percentage of Americans dependent on food stamps to
unprecedented levels (now over 15% of the nation’s population).
• Militarily intervened in Libya in 2011 without the Congressional
approval required by the War Powers Act — technically an impeachable