Have you seen the movie Groundhog Day? You know, that movie where the main character wakes up to relive the same day over and over again. Do you ever feel that way? I know I do, over and over again. It’s the black cat– the glitch in the Matrix. If there is anything I can learn about myself by re-reading old journals and archived blogs, it’s that I keep reliving the same personal challenges over and over, each time thinking that this time, I’m actually going to do it, or conquer it, or change it. I’m pretty sure you know where I am going withRead More →

I want either less corruption, or more chance to participate in it. Ashleigh Brilliant I live in a small Appalachian town in north-central West Virginia called, Clarksburg. Once known as one of West Virginia’s top industrial cities, it is now a diminished version of the old city that was called, “The Jewel of the Hills.” In many ways, Clarksburg’s story is very much like that of other American industrial cities. As the downtown stores migrated to shopping malls, factories closed, and population shrank, many industrial cities fell to the savages of blight and poverty. The downtown, which was once a bustling center of activity, becameRead More →

There are some big directional changes coming in my life. I’m sure some will be joyful and some will be sorrowful. I don’t know for sure what will happen, but I am thinking of taking anyone who is interested along on the journey. It might be a mistake to put my life out there for everyone to see. I stopped blogging many years ago because I realized that putting information on the interwebs for all to see can impact your personal and professional life, so censoring yourself and curating what you share is generally encouraged– yuck! I don’t like having to worry about what otherRead More →