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
At age 42, I am now a denture wearer. That statement, or being able to #write and/or actually say it, has been a long time in the making. As an example, it is now the end of February 2017. I began getting tooth extractions in earnest this last November of 2016. But to take it even a few steps farther back than that, I began breaking and then losing parts of teeth back in the spring of 2015. Of course, I will tell you that I’ve always “had bad teeth”… but, I have also NOT always practiced good dental hygiene.
When I was maybe in the 2nd or 3rd
grade, I visited the dentist to have my first tooth pulled. The dentist gave little Jon some “laughing gas” and even at that tender age, I experienced a special kind of thrill as I consciously caught a terrific buzz in front of my mother- who, for whatever reason, decided that she would be a Mom and stay in the tooth pulling room with me.
“He Will Die In Jail”
This is the “Tweet” sent out by a way too high up former NSA intelligence analyst John Schindler; “Now we go nuclear. IC war going to new levels. Just got an EM fm senior IC friend, it began: “He will die in jail.”” What the hell kind of language is
that, and why do I need to decipher 3rd grade looking writing from a
former intelligence officer?
I awoke this morning to a sharp realization in which I compared my time in San Francisco this last year alongside the personal relationships in my life… of family, friends, and acquaintances. I mean, we’re all interconnected to some degree, and at different junctures, the severity and/or intimacy only depending on the particular person or relationship in question. If this weren’t the case, then how would we be related at all?
At any rate– I was struck by the recollection that even though I spent approximately 4 months in San Francisco, known by the locals as “the City”, I was dismayed for not having pursued the City’s identity sooner. Continue reading
December 24, 2016
The spirit of giving is alive and well in most of us; however, only a handful actually carry out the task. The rest of us seem to #labor in some kind of hapless obscurity, possibly thinking that only because we imagined that we might grant some amount of charity to someone at some point, that we are justified in not performing the act, simply through our mental conjuring of it. I know that at some point, I have been guilty of this notion of “at least I thought about doing it”, with that somehow making the totality of my inaction “o.k.” I do know one thing for sure, and that is that one the occasions that we do actually engage in a charitable action we should actually give it a great deal of thought beforehand, so that it is actually charitable to the intended person(s), and not a hindrance. Continue reading
By: Jon Sage
December 11, 2016
On a Sunday, which many consider to be the Holy day of the week, we consider the spiritual aspects of our shared human condition. While the religions of the world are numerous and incredibly diverse, spirituality might be more constant than some may think. As an example, in most people’s estimation, there is included in their process of soul searching some inkling of an idea of our spirits having an eternal existence; others would go as far to say that the soul of man– his spiritual essence, is simply immortal, as if we were all gods. However you choose to define your individual religious and/or spiritual experience, one thing is certain, it will be mystical. Continue reading
By: Jon #Sage
December 10, 2016
It is easy to abide with yourself… you’re just there! But, to abide not only with the challenges of your life, along with everyone else and with THEIR challenges… and all of this affecting you? Well, that is where it can get a little tricky navigating the waters and playing well with others.
Why is this important? Continue reading
My wife mentioned something the other day in passing that made a whole lot of sense. We were talking/arguing about how in the world are we going to pay all of our bills, and how do all the other perfect people manage to do the things they do. I had said that I heard that so and so had gone to the Casino, and were getting a massage (a couple’s massage nonetheless, and I would be interested to see how that whole thing works out ~ hey, I’m a GUY).
Anyhow, the entire mess can be traced to one thing in particular – Social Media. Continue reading
I have said before that inspiration comes from within. I understand that many others have said such a thing, or implied prior to my arrival as a moonlighting #author, and as such, I don’t lay claim to the notion. If I were to check, the idea of inspiration, as it may apply to any number of things, is one that enjoys a universal ownership, a public domain of use. Not one person owns it; likewise, each would define it differently. Thus, as I say, inspiration ultimately comes from within an individual. Along the way, it will then be flavored and tempered by forces and influences within and then without that person. This then, would shape the direction, or perhaps the tone of whatever inspired work is in question. Continue reading
I have always believed that I am an impatient person. Nowhere is this more evident, at least in my adult life, than in my lack of reading. I have begun many books, though have actually finished very few. The problem is that if I am not completely taken in by something, I give up quite easily, and am willing to set it down, and walk away.