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Unremitting #Hate

A sad day. Yesterday I blocked someone. This was the first block on any social media in at least five years. This runs counter to my belief system, and it saddens me. Well, not completely true. I block #porn slingers. Not as much for moral reasons, but for boredom. Sorry, boys and girls, you’re wasting my time, especially in the load time for your fave wannabe pics. This time, the person has been on a hate-tear for about a year, devolving to proof-by-meme, ad hominem, and answering all replies with the same rubber stamp. I enjoy alternate discussions, emphasis on ‘discussion.’ The more different from my beliefs, the better. As long as it’s a discussion. Unremitting hate is too much.

How President Clinton improved my posture.

How President Clinton improved my posture. Occasionally I get comments on how ‘erect’ my posture is in group photos. When I stand in a group, I interlock my thumbs behind my back. When my shoulder joints aren’t acting up, I clasp each hand to the opposite wrist. This is a habit going back to the 1990’s, and it’s uncomfortable.  It wasn’t until the #metoo meme campaign did I remember why I stand erect like a cigar store Indian in group shots.  (I’ve got to slip some of this material into my short stories.) Epiphany! I started to grasp my hands behind my back in response to the Clinton groper-in-chief stories.  Yes, I’m aware of the current allegations about other Presidents, but this is about my posture and my motivations for changing it. When you are pushed together, you touch each other. It’s unavoidable. I didn’t want to put up with

Exorcising the Killer Critic

Photo Credit: Buried in your psyche, so deep that you don’t even know it, is a demon critic. This is a person, a circumstance, or life event that declared your lack of creativity. For me, it kept me from writing fiction for decades. Subliminating, I scratched that itch by writing technical works. In the Army, I wrote Technical Manuals. In AT&T’s Bell Labs, I contributed to juried proceedings. Later, I spoke at international, NGO, and standards symposia and conventions. All told, I published over 30 non-fiction works. Before you go on, I recommend that you click on and read this: The Killer Critic within. This is one of many essays on how an early critic gets into your head. Judging by the number of recent writings, this is a critical issue for creative types. The reason could have been that that person had had a bad month of putting up

#Marshall, the Movie

You don’t see me recommending movies. “Marshall,” released this weekend, is the rare exception.  I’ve read uncomplimentary Critic reviews on the acting and direction. Ignore that if you want a) a great team-up in a tension movie and b) a clean interpretation of history. Like the movie Malcolm X, it gave me hope that the individual affects history as much as the reverse. Unlike the Malcolm X movie, it doesn’t spend the last 10 minutes literally shouting at you, telling you what the movie was about because you are obviously too stupid to “get it” without the shouting. However, also like Malcolm X, what you get out of it says more about who you are than what the movie is. I’m already seeing political spins that highjack the movie to foster despair. What is the obsession by people to create negativity, using any source? This is a hopeful movie and

Why am I reading this?

Because we’re gonna have fun! The main reason people read Newsletters and Blogs is that they like to connect. Blog readers are fascinated by glimpses into different lifestyles, homes, hobbies, and points of view. Blogs offer insight into everyday lives, how it feels to be that person, and to live that life. Besides: “A smart man makes a mistake, learns from it, and never makes that mistake again. But a wise man finds a smart man and learns from him how to avoid the mistake altogether.” Roy H. Williams.  You can count on me to expose my…mistakes. So, let’s connect! I’m Terry Gene, a writer of novels and short stories. You can get specifics on the tabs above. But, why do you want to read this newsletter? Mostly for the fun of watching a quirky mind at work. Of course, there will be giveaways, aka bribes. I’ll post stuff like: Curious findings from my

The 360 evaluation cupcake

To be honest, I can’t ever remember a #performance evaluation that I could use to # improve my performance.  However, it did keep large numbers of staff staff and consultants happily employed. About every 5 – 7 years, we added more consultants and staff to disassemble the current system and install the next best-ever performance management fad.  I say this as an MBA, from an accredited university, with an emphasis in organization effectiveness. For that reason, I loved this spotlight on performance evaluations: It’s a Good Thing Some People Don’t Like You. Two fails in people-friendly evaluations are the ‘sandwich’ and the ‘3-2-1’ evaluation. The sandwich evaluation assumes that if you front and end load with praise, then the evaluation target will absorb the ‘helpful’ advice and judgement in the middle. In my experience on both sides of the evaluation was that this only builds tension and dread. Be the time

The Niggardly Zerk

The Aliens ululated on the poop deck. My father never finished high school. In his senior year, during World War II, he volunteered for the Navy. After his enlistment, he came home and went directly into the workforce. He liked reading technical and how-to books, and built many things, including three houses, four large garages/barns and a boat. My mother bought encyclopedias, one volume at a time, at the grocery store. I’ve always liked words. My parents ensured that I always had dictionaries. I’m told that at age 3 I giggled over picture dictionaries. At the age of ten or so, while browsing the used book store, I found something called a thesaurus. The thesaurus was my downfall. Every time I found an unfamiliar word in the thesaurus, I would check the dictionary for its correct meaning. Thus, I fell in love with trying to find the right word for

#ILookLikeAnEngineer, decades later.

How did we get so MEAN? Sounding like the spit and chaw crowd on the courthouse steps: It was never like this before. Decades ago, we had had strong, vehement positions. We were the first generation to try to work and play well with others who didn’t think, act, and look like us. We made many mistakes. We had #protests that afterward we could only be admitted to have been over nothing useful. We stuck to our positions even when they clearly were mistaken. Some protests went violent, to the horror of the non-violent.  .. The good we tried to emulate included the willingness to listen to others. We would fill auditoriums to listen to, and catcall, controversial speakers. We would turn our backs when an athlete accused of sexual assault ran onto the field. We believed that we were the voice of the future. The future of tolerance, enlightenment, and

#eclipse photos done right, at 25k feet

The best way, and the only way to ensure results is with a 400 mm lens, Ektrachrome film, while flying along the route of the eclipse. The plane I rented was a Boeing 717 (not a typo).  This is days late, due to rehosting Matryoschka Heritage. The plan was to prove my superior skills by publishing Before the official eclipse day.Okay, Okay. Maybe I should confess that this was in 1979. The airline, which went into receivership the same year, Aero-something, sold 100 seats. We flew over the clouds to get into the middle of the deepest part of the shadow, adding about 3 more minutes. on the right, note the ‘red’ of the sun’s corona peaking through the moon’s valleys.                            

Reaching #GenZ

By now, you probably know that we live in a rural county reported being in the bottom 10% average family income for the USA. This generates issues with availability of public outreach to cover children at risk. Obviously, we have school districts that form the vital, and the traditional safety net for those who have homeless issues. Also, we have Child Protective Services, CPS, which works with the courts and law officers to extend the safety net. This is fine and good, and there will always be those who call for more government control. As one politician once wrote, “It takes a village.” Amari, above, was in the #BBBS, Big Brother, Big Sister system. This is voluntary, with the ‘back office,’ paper costs, etc. being supported by grants. He was 8 at the time we started together. Let’s be honest. I can be used as a model for a “bubba”

We’ve always DUNG it this way

Ever have a disaster with a bank, credit card company, or the ‘trustee’ of your retirement account? Ever have the same disaster, for three weeks with the company that was all three? Ever have your credit drop 100 points because of a screw up that you had no control over? Yep, more #amwriting muse for my I just went through this. All my money was in ‘limbo,’ with no ability to write checks, pay bills, and previous checks were bouncing. Nothing formal like a ‘hold,’ or ‘pending xxx.’ I’ve cleared it up by forcing, yes, forcing, a Federal Reserve wire transfer of everything to a commercial bank that at least is up to date, for the previous decade. All this reminds me of an old parable, offered here below.