April 2020

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  • Pippies or Pipis and Other Seafood Delights

    When I came across the Pippies.org website, I was intrigued by the name. So much so that when Dean accepted my application, I had to query where he came up with the name. Turns out he is an Aussie and used the name of the local shellfish for the name of the website. I grew […] More

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    "Sailboat" – To the Class of 2020

    Ben Rector sings in one of his first hit songs, “I feel just like a sailboat, I don’t know where I’m headed … I’ve been lost and found, but mostly I’ve been waiting”. I listened to this song the other day and burst into tears, because never have these lyrics applied to my life more […] More

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  • One More Minute

    So Gene is finished and the essential work week has been completed. There is an odd stillness combined with the scent of drying ink.  The gloves and work uniform have came off.  The thin paper mask is discarded properly.  I put lotion on the bridge of my nose and spray my work shoes once again.  […] More

  • Anyone seen my teddy bear?

    Anyone seen my teddy bear? In the 80’s, Sports Illustrated had these great posters of whatever sports icon you could imagine. Joe Montana, Walter Payton, Reggie Jackson, Pete Rose, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird to name just a few, surrounded by a thin white border making it look like a three foot trading card.  On […] More

  • Mirrors and windows

    Your humanity is like a big old house.  The downstairs windows are your aesthetic beauty, your physicality, your book smarts.  What you’ve lived in has been established over the generations, but you renovate.  The foundation is as solid as your attention to it.  But those downstairs windows….they’re going to slam shut one day….and when they […] More

  • GPS

    With any conversation of length with me, you’ll find I use analogy and metaphor quite often as a means with which to relate psychological and sociological concepts in ways that are relatable and understandable.  I’ll get stuck trying to explain something and then find something else in the everyday that explains it for me.  When […] More

  • The diaspora play a vital role in the political future of Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Original article by Clark G. Curtis for Emerging Europe September 26, 2019 It has been well over a year now since Mirsad Hadžikadić, a professor of 30 plus years at UNC Charlotte and a native of Bosnia and Herzegovina, announced his intention to run for the Bosniak presidential council seat in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Though he did […] More

  • The Funny Side of Artificial Intelligence

    Humor is what makes humans special. When people try to teach machines humor, the results are at times laughable but not in an intended way. What makes humans laugh? Some laughter may be caused by conflicting emotional states. Embarrassment, apology, or confusion can cause nervous or courtesy laughter. Humans will laugh at jokes or will laugh […] More

  • Don't let the smile fool you….

    Anyone who’s come in regular contact with me knows the challenges with which I’ve been faced.  We’ll call it “psychological archaeology.”  Digging through the past, an age-old time, long since forgotten.  You wield your delicate tools, you sift through the past, and you look for fragments…incomplete and damaged pieces that you gently excavate in order […] More

  • I'm a Good Dog

    Looking for a Pit Bull? You will find them sitting on a sunny spot on your couch. Do be warned: Pit Bulls are loving, caring, and think they are lap dogs. Yet, no other breed of dog has been so severely misaligned and misunderstood than the Pit Bull, yet very few other breeds or mixed […] More

  • Embracing the seeds of change in Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Original article by Clark G. Curtis for Emerging Europe February 21, 2019 There is a groundswell in Bosnia and Herzegovina as citizens (mostly young people) are beginning to embrace a vision of hope and change in their country—a change that could lead to democracy and a brighter tomorrow for all.  The seeds of the new […] More

  • Sex, Women and Men: The View of a 76-Year-Old White Male

    The sexual revolution was not that revolutionary. There has always been just good old sex. Approximately 75,000 thousand years ago, the massive Toba volcano came to life in a super eruption that occurred around the site of present-day Lake Toba in Sumatra, Indonesia. The Toba catastrophe caused a global volcanic winter that lasted between six […] More

  • Pandemics and Epdemics and Humans

    An epidemic is defined as an outbreak of disease that spreads quickly and affects many individuals at the same time and is generally localized. A pandemic is an epidemic but one with greater range and coverage. It can be classed as an outbreak of a disease that occurs over a wide geographic area and affects […] More

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    Feelings of Today: Liming on Cobblestone

    It seems at the moment that the life we are in resembles well, nothing.  Maybe it looks a bit like the questionable sweater your mysterious Aunt always wears or like the bottom of your backpack after a school year has ended.  Confusing, loud, itchy looking, and how they hell did that (us) get there (here) […] More

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  • Millennial Adulthood: My Struggle with Debt

    When you were five or even ten years old and someone asked you, “How do you see yourself at age 30?”, what did your vision include?  Were you earning six figures, married with kids, owning a home with a yard and a white picket fence – you know, the American dream?  That’s certainly how I […] More

  • What You CAN Do For Him

    Time and time again, I hear women complain about their husbands. Young women! Women in their twenties, complaining their twenty-something-year-old husband is working too long. Complaining their twenty-something-year-old husband doesn’t pay enough attention to them, doesn’t help clean up, leaves his shoes out, leaves his plate on the table, forgets to take the garbage out, […] More

  • The quest for change in Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Original article by Clark G. Curtis for Emerging Europe When Clark Curtis, a former director of communications at the College of Computing and Informatics at UNC Charlotte learned that his old friend Mirsad Hadžikadić was running for president of Bosnia and Herzegovina he approached him about the idea of documenting his story. In typical Hadžikadić […] More

  • How Gullible Are You?

    Throughout human history, there have always been evil and heartless humans who preyed on the weak, the defenseless, and the gullible. The advent of the internet has opened the floodgates for scammers, scumbags, and other heartless bastards who prey on gullible people, particularly the elderly and infirm. They are in the same class of perpetrators […] More

  • A Productive Member Of Society Means Something New Now

    Two months ago, being a productive member of society meant we were in the workforce.  We were out there every day, hustling to the rise and grind of the workweek.  Some people’s workweek included a nine to five job, while others had shift work, and some worked on the twenty-third floor of a high-rise building […] More

  • 7Sees You

    “In these uncertain times.” Almost every advertisement produced in the past few weeks has begun with this melodramatic phrase accompanied by slow music in minor keys. I am thoroughly confused because I can’t think of a time when time has ever been certain. Time and uncertainty go together like peanut butter and jelly. Time is […] More

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