Posts Tagged ‘blogs’

Shoutout to a Favorite Blogger

Posted: June 16, 2016 in Food, Uncategorized
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I’ve been a fan of “Marie, Let’s Eat” for many years. The tiny rural restaurants (often but not exclusively BBQ joints) that he reviews are exactly the kind my bride and I enjoy. I’m sad to learn the family is moving from Georgia to Tennessee, because it will mean fewer new posts local to me. The bright spots are that he’s reviewed probably 250 places already, most of which I have yet to explore, and I like to visit Tennessee (where the blogging will, we’re told, continue).

He recently penned About “Georgia Barbecue”. This post (and, in truth, every post) does a couple of very important things: a) it reveals that BBQ in GA has unique regional styles, is worth exploring, and busts the myth that Memphis or the Carolinas have a lock on the genre, and 2) for those of us who travel the rural routes in GA it provides a valuable guide from a dedicated food blogger who is, despite his protests, an expert.

To my friends out of state, bookmark this guy if you ever travel through this way.


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It’s beginning to feel like the time has come again to bring this page out of mothballs, dust off the accumulated debris, and launch some new content. Summer is fast approaching, so I’ll have some hiking posts to write. There are a lot of new restaurants our there (some of which are only new to me), and I’m still interested in exploring and reviewing them. We are nearly six months away from the Presidential election, so there’s a lot to cover there (some of which may even be original). I may even get to chronicle my bride’s progress as she builds her side business to mammoth proportions so that she can keep me in a manner to which I would enjoy becoming accustomed. Who knows what direction this journal may take?

My intent is to work up to a regularly periodic post schedule, but until I get into that habit things are certain to be sporadic. Don’t worry if some time passes between one post and the next.

Readers will, I hope, be entertained by my hiking, restaurant, and business articles. Religion and politics, however, have become blood sport of late. I hope you find my analysis of these contentious subjects useful and interesting, and that there is much upon which we agree. I would love to hear your comments, as well. And even if you disagree with the things I write here, that’s okay – we can probably still be friends. If you use the comments section to give voice to your displeasure I’ll try not to let my feelings get hurt. And if you promise to not think less of me for these opinion posts, I promise not to think less of you for being wrong. 😉

See you soon!


Numbers Do Not Lie

Posted: November 29, 2011 in Fun
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I checked my readership stats today, and this is what I found:

Numbers Do Not Lie

Everyone’s a critic, indeed. 😉

October has been getting the best of me, quite literally.

Every year it seems that my October calendar is filled with obligations and events, and this year was no exception. I was prepared for it this year, and intentionally limited my efforts to the major, most important things. I think I was able to give my best this way; looking back, I feel a sense of accomplishment and pride over the (slightly) smaller list of significant things we’ve done, instead of regret that I tried to do too much and screwed up half of it.

How effectively do you edit?

Unfortunately, one of the things that got jettisoned was my focused attempt at keeping up this blog. But I still gave it some thought during this brief hiatus even though I wasn’t actively writing. In my writing, like my calendar, I’m going to cut things back a bit.

Many of the posts on this blog are around 650 words, which works out to about a page and a third printed out on ordinary paper. That’s pretty lengthy in this ADHD world. Sometimes it’s by design (a 5-part series covering the 5 biggest topics in a complex book, or a 9 point essay on life – one topic per golf hole). But for the stand-alone, single-topic blog post, usually it’s just because that’s how long it takes to make my point.

The least obvious thing about my writing (or anyone’s, maybe) seems to be how much pruning goes on prior to publication. My best guess as to how much was left on the “cutting-room floor” would be around 40%. I know, doesn’t look like it when there’s still 650 words left, but there you go. It makes it all the more heart-breaking when the response I get is “TLDR” – Too Long, Didn’t Read.

No one has literally responded that way. (Well, one person has, but she went back and read it later. Thanks, sweetie.) But I can usually tell that it’s what they’re thinking. There’s just so much a person can write before the next shiny object distracts the audience’s gaze.

So let me be as reassuring as I can be – I promise to keep it short and sweet, and there will be a darn good reason when it’s not. And for the record, today’s total is 381.


What’s your storytelling style – short & sweet, instructional, funny, verbose, strictly factual, a grammatical mess? Does it change depending on the listener/reader? Share it in the comments below.

This article is part of a five-part series. See Part 1 here.

How Immigration Used to Work

I am shocked and embarrassed to note that I never wrapped up what was turning into a fairly sharp series of blog articles. So, it seems that before I begin contributing again to this blog in the New Year, I need to take care of some housekeeping: Part 5 – How Immigration Used to Work.

Levin asserts that, contrary to the arguments posed by the left, the immigrant of the twenty-first century is cut from a different cloth. His motives and ambitions are not the same. The left insists that to restrict the immigrant’s entry is entirely racist, and is a denigration of America’s diverse heritage. Further, that America is dependent on its immigrant population, and the natural born Americans are inferior in virtue and shallower in faith.

Our “melting pot” was indeed a tribute to massive and diverse immigration. What was different about those primarily European immigrants? There are many differences, a few majors being: historically, these immigrants were predominantly skilled laborers; they were leaving their homeland to become fully American, throwing off any allegiance to their former nation; they arrived on our shores expecting to put themselves fully and completely under the rule of law, and in return gain the full protections outlined in the Constitution. This has changed in outrageous ways: Juan Hernandez, in an ABC interview in 2001 while serving as the Hispanic outreach director for the Mexican president, said, “I want the third generation, the seventh generation, I want them all to think ‘Mexico first.’”

Assimilation is always a touchy subject, because in this PC-charged age to advocate assimilation is to disparage the immigrant’s culture and race. But why has assimilation, which once seemed to occur naturally, become an odd exception? Levin’s answer is that where previous waves of immigration had easily defined starts and ends, “the current influx is not a wave but an ongoing tsunami that began more than forty years ago and… is likely to continue in the decades ahead.” Our country has no time to absorb the current residents before more follow on their heels.

Going back to the PC idea that cultural purism is an admirable and morally superior trait in our immigrants, much of that stems from the idea that there is no “pure American” culture of which they could become a part, or that American culture is inferior to those of other nations and is therefore not worthy of protection. Historically, however, becoming an American had a larger meaning beyond the location of your home; when people became Americans, it was an identifier that encompassed all the rights and privileges spelled out in our founding documents. It raised them up to a higher status than they held in their homelands. This is still the case today – but once here, they are treated as if retaining the purity of their original culture is of highest import and will achieve the same results for America as the melting pot of old.

Levin taught me something about the 14th Amendment and a common misinterpretation of it – namely, that any child born within the borders of the US, regardless of the nationality of the child’s parents, is automatically a US citizen. Sometimes the things you assume to be fact turn out to be based on nothing more than movie lore, I guess. Turns out that the purpose of this amendment was to grant citizenship to the emancipated slaves. “All persons, born or naturalized in the United States,” says the Amendment, “and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States.” Under any logical definition, an illegal alien is not subject to the jurisdiction of the US. If you grant citizenship to any baby born here, children of foreign diplomats would become US citizens – but they don’t, because that’s not how it works.

Surprising statistics of this chapter (some taken from a 2004 estimate by the Pew Hispanic Center):
* 1 in 8 US residents is an immigrant, and 1/3 of them are here illegally
* 9% of Mexico’s population was living in the US
* 57% of all illegal immigrants are Mexican
* 55% of all Mexicans living in the US are here illegally

The left is determined to push us towards a one-world government. The recent climate conference in Copenhagen was evidence of that, as well as the relationship President Obama is fomenting with the UN. By destroying the concepts we hold about immigration and transforming the laws to align with them, they erode the sovereignty of our country. (I would be interested to see how many registered voters can tell you why US sovereignty is still important.) Hopefully there can be a real debate on immigration that doesn’t degenerate into claims of racism, xenophobia, bigotry and prejudice. I fear that as long as the subject remains on a political stage, it can’t make any progress at all.

Part 1: World Opinion and American Exceptionalism
Part 2: Economic Intervention
Part 3: The Linguistic Psy-War Tactics of Liberals
Part 4: Overpopulation and the Green Movement

I wonder how many blogs, exercise regiments, diets and get-organized plans begin in January from year to year? Ah, well. I try to follow the path less travelled, but sometimes I have to just bite the bullet and do something that could be interpreted as “typical”, even if the motivation behind it was not. So here’s a blog. At least now I have someplace to put my thoughts, reviews, rants and insights. I am writing to an audience of one – me. If anyone else should happen across my words, I hope they read them knowing that this is a private conversation taking place in a public forum, not unlike an overheard discussion at a nearby table in a restaurant or coffeehouse.

The effort I spend on my varied interests tends to wax and wane – I’ll be passionately, seriously focused for time, then gradually back off and another gets my attention for awhile. Then months or years later I pour myself into it again. The older I get, the more desperate I get to find more free time, so I can spend all day all week all over all of my hobbies, interests and passions. I think most people imagine that’s what retirement will be like.

It would be nice, if true.

Friday January 18, 2008 – 10:12am (EST)