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“Cornfields to City Streets ~ Everything That Lies Between: A Collection of Short Stories & Lessons in Life” is a collection of short stories based on the real life events and happenings of Jon Patrick Sage. These were written over a period of 15 years, and reflect a growth and maturity in character that most undergo, but few bother to record in prose. Yet, Jon has kept a journal of sorts, for at least these, and some upcoming events, which not only point out the importance of any particular situation, often with deep and somber tones, but also highlights the laughter and humor found in nearly every interaction. The quality and joy in life is present, more often than not, if we only take the time to look for it. If so- it will be found, and this is the essence of “Cornfields to City Streets ~ Everything That Lies Between: A Collection of Short Stories & Lessons in Life”.
-Jon Patrick Sage
It is often said that the unknowns in the business or financial worlds are the most dangerous elements. Likewise, our approach to certain issues, whether they are unknown or not, is a key factor that will determine a success or failure.
In my travels this last week, I visited an “S-Bridge”, constructed on The National Road around 1824 or so just west of New Concord Ohio. At first glance, the bridge (which were numerous at the time) seems an odd-fit, and is peculiar looking at best. But, when its design is understood, the bridge and what it accomplishes, becomes crystal clear. Continue reading
Plans- as they pertain to the building trades, there’s not much else is there? Everything begins, continues, and ultimately goes back to… the plans and specifications.
Plans and Specs, Plans and Specs. We say it and we hear it day in and day out. I’m sure that there have been sub-contractors and superintendents who have contemplated standing in front of train! If only… if only they would never again hear – Plans and Specs. Continue reading
This time of the year, in many respects, can be the MOST hazardous for drivers, especially for truckers- who often travel from one extreme to the next. Until it is summer, we are very often faced with cold temperatures at night and warm ones during the day.
If you combine this with storms and precipitation extremes of many areas in April and May, you could wind up with some unexpected conditions. While it may be sunny and beautiful in many locales, you can very quickly encounter winter or stormy driving conditions well into the summer months depending on your location! Continue reading
***Update!!! The Duke of Edinburgh is stepping down from Public Activities. He is Patron, President or a member of over 780 organisations, with which he will continue to be associated.
Without going into too much speculation, although it’s difficult not to do so- Queen Elizabeth’s Senior Aides have called an emergency meeting for later today to be attended by all staff from each Royal palace. This will reportedly affect not only this at Windsor and Buckingham Palace, but also any and all residences, distance from London notwithstanding. This news out of London broke just before 12:00 am EST 4, May, 2017. Continue reading
I have begun what will be my first and hopefully greatest work. That’s right, I’m joining the throngs of “writers” out there, and am penning my own masterpiece- my first Novel. I’m a little over halfway done with a first draft according to input from a couple of my editor friends, and that’s exciting! But, I have been trying lately, perhaps a bit to much, to try and “turn the story” towards it’s ending. As a result, I’ve been struggling a bit with 500 words a day or maybe a sentence re-work here and there, and my process has slowed over the last week. I think that SOME editing along the way might be helpful to keep the story on some kind of pathway. Others, including Steinbeck, say to just write and then edit when it’s time to edit. And really, who am I to argue with the likes of Steinbeck? The man was an expert writer and my literary hero!
He gives us 6 tips for writing and number 2 says to “write freely” and edit later… Well, maybe I should try that. Still, I’m a little bit of a grammar Nazi, and when something isn’t correct, I feel the need to go back and correct it! I’ll do my best to try and get past that. Continue reading
When speaking of the Black community in the United States- many people, even some in the Black Community, may only know of the NAACP, or perhaps some the efforts of Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson. This goes double for White America, who know next to nothing of some of the struggles faced within the Black Community or of the many organizations that have lined up to assist.
We have found a list denoting the top 10 organizations that are actively helping out in the many areas that have been neglected for far too long. Continue reading
Just now breaking- what began as a disagreement over how and where to stow a stroller between a young mother from Argentina and an American Airlines flight attendant turned into a shouting match when another passenger stood up for that young woman. The video (you know there HAD to be a video), has now gone viral.
The flight attendant allegedly forcibly grabbed the woman’s stroller and removed it from the plane, saying that it could not be stowed overhead. At that point, the baby she was holding began crying and the mother became hysterical with worry and grief. Continue reading
It’s all that divides me from the outside world, and vice versa. In the window of my office, built long before double pane and vacuumed sealed units filled with argon gas, the window is but ¼ inch thick, and in the grand scheme of things, that is a substantial barrier. Continue reading
During the 2016 campaign, President Trump ran on a number of issues, not the least of which was a statement and/or promise that the United States “cannot be the policeman of the world, we cannot protect countries all over the world”. However, it is quickly becoming clear- from last week’s attack on Syria, to the carrier fleet being moved towards the Korean peninsula, and now- today’s confirmation of a bombing in Afghanistan, that the U.S. is doubling down and ramping up its military and policing actions WORLDWIDE!
I, for one, could not be more disappointed. Continue reading
I ran through a stop sign today. Went right through it without ever looking. That’s bad, Į know. That’s a really bad thing. I wish I had it to do over again, maybe I’d… No, I’m sure I would stop if I had it all to do over again. But, like everything else in life, there are no do-overs. You do it once, and it’s done. Whatever that may be. Continue reading