The Drive of Shame, 2018 Edition (UPDATE: ONE GOT THROUGH!!)

Good morning.  I have to write this blog post early, because by the time you read it, I’ll be on the highway to Syracuse. Let me explain. The New York State Fair requires that all non-accepted entries for the photography competition be claimed today.  Of the six entries I submitted for 2018, three of them…

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The last time children were taken away…

I am normally a very open-minded person when it comes to Facebook.  My friends have differing opinions and ideologies, and they post them on their Facebook walls.  I don’t have to agree with what they say, and they don’t have to agree with me. Yesterday, I unfriended a longtime Facebook friend.  The comment made?  “If…

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Father’s Day for children of abusive fathers

I remember the moment clearly.  It was the spring of 2014.  I was visiting the Albany Center Gallery; my photo The Jumbuck, a profile shot of an Icelandic sheep, was my first-ever acceptance into the Capital District Photo Regionals.  Man, what a great moment.  What an accomplishment. Then I received the text. “Dad died.  Don’t…

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Why you don’t say what you shouldn’t say…

There’s a tremendously sinister wave in our world.  It’s the shaming wave.  It’s the superiority complex wave.  It’s the “I’m better than you and you need to listen to me because I’m right and you’re wrong” wave. Ugh. Think about this.  Think about the time you saw someone or heard about someone’s background, and already…

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Why “full disclosure” is so important

When you are in any form of media, it’s important to disclose that the information you’re providing is either your own, or that you were requested or required to say something by your company’s mandate.  Or if you are offering testimony on a product in your blog or in your podcast, you need  to disclose…

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Jeremy McNamara: Badge 5475

Tomorrow, my friend Jeremy McNamara gets to fulfill the #1 entry on every competitive runner’s life list. He’s going to run his first-ever Boston Marathon.  He’s wearing running bib number 5475, and he’s going to race the 26 miles from Hopkinton to Copley Square on Monday morning. This is a major, major, major achievement.  I’m…

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Reaching back to reach forward

I’ve written in previous blog posts about my journey.  It was never easy.  I survived many trials – everything from vicious child abuse and horrendous bullying, to several adult struggles in parenthood and relationships. Somehow I made it through all those moments. Today … my struggles are more internal.  Both physical and mental. Last Monday,…

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