Take a Beat

by Ray Colon on April 7, 2014 · 2 comments

Rage by Daria from Copenhagen, Denmark (Scream  Uploaded by JohnnyMrNinja) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Unlike horror movies, which I love, reality crime dramas leave me feeling anxious and horrified. What these stories seem to have in common are the limited problem solving skills of the principals. Sometimes, those skills appear to be non-existent.

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Disconnected

March 20, 2014

Glowing testimonials are nice, I suppose, but really, who believes them anyway. If you’re like me, your assumption when you see one is that it’s fake, bought, or coerced by the dangling of some prize in the eyes of would-be reviewers. These days, affirmation is not difficult to come by, if you’re willing to relentlessly […]

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Demons Get a Bad Rap

March 18, 2014

There wasn’t any hint of the demons that plagued him. His nondescript manner caused him to blend in with everyone else. Unremarkable would be a suitable description of him, as it would be for most of us, if our neighbors were polled. When word spread of that horrible thing that he did, no one could […]

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Strike a Pose

March 16, 2014

I recently synced my iPhone photos to DropBox. I’ve had this phone since 2011, but there were only 300 or so photos on it. That’s not a lot. Worse, many of them were not very good. Blurred photos, it seems, is my specialty. But there were a few that I like, so I’ll share them.

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Hope and Change Takes Time

March 14, 2014

Yesterday, I finally went through the enrollment process at healthcare.gov. Last year, I was among those who were frustrated with the broken website, and I experienced some of that same frustration yesterday too, but once I was able to log on, the application process was pretty simple. Back when the Affordable Care Act was being […]

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Wimpy Just Was Hungry

March 12, 2014

“Be careful what you wish for,” the saying goes. In 2014, I’ve gotten so busy that I can actually make a living by freelancing. Sweet! Now I can go back to grumbling about my work like everyone else. Right? Wrong.

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Before I Go

December 18, 2013

In a comment to my last post, there was a mention of “deathbed repentance”. My initial reaction was, “That’s a sure cure for writer’s block.” That’s how my brain works. Usually, the first thought that enters my mind is inappropriate, sarcastic, childish, or gallows humor. Fortunately, my mind’s interlocutor is up to the challenge, routinely […]

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Remember When You …

December 8, 2013

I received a letter from a high school friend a couple of weeks ago. I haven’t seen him since the 80’s. More surprising than being remembered after such a long period of time was the reason for his having decided to contact me. He wanted to apologize for spilling a drink on me some 30 […]

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My May-December Romance

December 5, 2013

It’s hard to believe that I’ve written almost 62,000 words for clients since my last post in May, but I haven’t found the time to blog. Instead, I’ve been trying to woo clients with words, formulas, and testimonials. This hasn’t been your typical May-December romance. Hello my dear readers! Some of you have contacted me […]

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Here Comes the Chump

May 23, 2013

You’re never too old to be taken for a chump. Predators are everywhere.  If we’re lucky, we aren’t targeted as their prey.  Most of us believe that we are too savvy, too smart, or simply not gullible enough to fall for a scam, but the truth is that victims can be found everywhere.  The realization […]

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I’m Not Heisenberg

March 18, 2013

My daughter’s spring break coincided with my birthday this year. It was nice to have her home to mark my 53rd lap around the calendar. I worked all day on Tuesday and didn’t get home until 7:30. It was good that I was working at a new job. It was bad that it was at a job that […]

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Etching Granite

March 2, 2013

Most of the details are known at the beginning. It’s just a matter of transferring the data from our first government document. Name: Born: Only one factual detail remains to be revealed before the craftsman can begin the etching. Died: After that, all that’s left is the drafting of a few words to summarize our […]

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Not Naming Any Names

February 18, 2013

“You’re not going to write about this, are you?” If you’ve blogged for any period of time, you’ve probably heard this question. It doesn’t matter if your blog is read only by a few people, or if you change names to protect the innocent — knowing that you write about things can sometimes give your […]

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In My Mirror I See…

February 8, 2013

It surprises me that people are so enamored with the sight of their own reflection. To take what we see when we look into a mirror and somehow leave that experience with a positive feeling just doesn’t make any sense at all. The mirror reveals every blemish, every imperfection, and every bit of well-worn evidence of our […]

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When Everything Seems New

January 23, 2013

My daughter was startled by my reaction. Her tentative response prompted my wide-eyed look. I had been caught off guard. My composed demeanor pierced, there was no hiding my astonishment. I was aghast. Okay, I may be overselling it a bit, but it was a surprising moment.

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I’m a Profiler

January 11, 2013

“If you have God all over your profile and I don’t follow back, it’s not that I don’t like you. I’m just trying to avoid an argument.” This was a tweet that I wrote a few days ago, but never sent – partially because it may be a tad inflammatory, but mostly because I really […]

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Advancing Philomena

January 7, 2013

One of my brothers has always liked to say: “I’d rather owe you that money for the rest of your life, than cheat you out of it.” The concept of debt – of payments and balances; of the good kind versus the bad – is interesting to consider. Borrow to invest: Good. Borrow to survive: […]

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Juggling Act

December 30, 2012

Rather than subjecting you to a year-end “best of 2012” post, I decided to fire-up the Wayback Machine to share something that I wrote long before I started blogging. This story was written on March 13, 1996, when my 20-year old daughter was three. It’s one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy it. Happy New […]

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After The Prayers

December 22, 2012

I know almost nothing about guns and murder, death and dying, justice, or crime. My usual experience, like yours, in all of these things is peripheral, save for the times in our lives when these realities came near. We lose a loved one – a parent, a sibling, a spouse, or a dear friend and […]

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The Sensible Millions

December 14, 2012

There will never be a tragedy bad enough to convince some that America has a gun problem. No one is safe. Nothing that I write here will change any minds, so I won’t even try to argue the point. It’s the rest of us, the sensible millions, to whom I address my plea. Stop the […]

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It’s All in Front of Them

December 12, 2012

It was a packed house for the 5Th and 6TH grade Winter Chorus at my daughter’s school. The children put on a good show. As they enthusiastically performed, I started to think of all of the potential that was packed onto that stage. Not the American Idol type of potential that is pervasive in our […]

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The Have-Nots

December 5, 2012

I’ve always advocated for the causes of the downtrodden, the unlucky, and the beset upon – In short, the have-nots. Bad things happen to good people. This is certain. Sure, bad things also happen to bad people, but I refuse to believe that this is the norm. I’ve been gainfully employed for most of my […]

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You’ve Got That Look

September 29, 2012

“Lemon, what happened in your childhood to make you believe that people are good?” That’s one of Jack Donaghy’s lines from 30 Rock. The character, played by Alec Baldwin, is a straight shooter, whose facial expressions reinforce his words. In real life, there’s often a disconnect between the things that people say and the facial […]

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Today is All about Awesome

September 24, 2012

I’m excited to announce that I will be writing for Life As A Human – “the online magazine for evolving minds.” After submitting a sample to express my interest in writing for them, I was thrilled to learn that I could join their team of writers. If you were following my blog last year, you […]

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Just Hire a Lawn Guy

September 22, 2012

“You know, he don’t have a straight angle in that whole god-damned porch, or the whole house for that matter. He is the worst damn carpenter.” That is how Clyde, from the movie Unforgiven, described his boss – the town’s sheriff, who dutifully worked on building his house in his spare time. It didn’t matter […]

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