Awkward Time of Year: CALL TO VOTE!

A short segment on NBC News struck me plainly and sadly. Correspondent Jacob Soboroff (Jacob’s Twitter) talked to California voters, particularly young ones, about the prospect of voting. The entire segment, in my opinion, was a bit of a shock. Watch here: California Mid-Terms Report What struck me most about this was the display of apathy... Read more »

My Problem with Grammarly

When I want to hear to my favorite tunes, I web jet to YouTube on the computer, or open Spotify or Amazon Music when going “mobile” (I don’t pay for music often because I’m a product of the Napster Revolution). Several times during a listening session, without fail, I’m interrupted by these increasingly annoying Grammarly ads. If you haven’t... Read more »

Awkward Stance: First Day of School Pictures are Awful

No more. Please no more. I can’t endure obsessive displays of “Pinterest Creativity” anymore. Flowers in your daughter’s hair. Holding up the chalkboard with the date and grade. A t-shirt with Class of 2031 (or some distant year). Forced thumbs up and smile. Posing in front of  school signs, their uninterested siblings, hungover bus drivers,... Read more »
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The Awkward Art of Self-Promoting

Self-Promoting. Could there be a more selfish, vile, and annoying act on the internet? Well, I’m sure I could think of some other internet activities to which those adjective apply, but as a recent practitioner of unbridled self-promotion, I know the feelings all too well at the present moment. On August 10, 2018, I independently... Read more »

Awkward on Memorial Day - A Reflection

Another year, another Memorial Day in the United States of America. Every year the holiday approaches with only a few reminders to my daily life – the weather is a bit warmer, and there’s a three-day weekend. Huzzah! But I wake up on Memorial Day Monday to a tsunami of American flag pictures, service men... Read more »

The Awkward Act of Gift-Giving

The Awkward Act of Gift-Giving
Gifts are like people. They come in all shapes and sizes. You like some more than others. You need some even though you may like others more and find cooler and more hip. Gifts, however, are just … gifts. And you can toss, exchange, return, refund, re-gift, shelf, or love and use until you can’t... Read more »
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Seized Items at Michael Cohen's Office (List)

A source unfamiliar with the situation has informed this non-reporter of additional items seized by the FBI during the April 9th raid of Michael Cohen’s – President Donald Trump’s personal attorney and a National Deputy Finance Chairman of the Republican Party – home, office, and hotel as related to Robert Mueller’s well-known federal investigation. A... Read more »

Why Loyola's Run Mattered (to me)

I needed more than 24 hours to digest, reflect, and express thoughts and feelings regarding the Loyola Ramblers men’s basketball NCAA Tournament run – probably because I didn’t want a sob-filled post typed out by angry fingers with ludicrous, madman insults to Michigan and their fans everywhere. So I took 36 hours, and feel that... Read more »

Insultful Ode to 45

I got to thinking – “when was the last time I posted?” For all the inquisitive folks out there demanding for an answer: November 9, 2016 – the day after the presidential election. My usual 8 weeks – 9 months hiatus lasted a bit longer I suppose because it has taken quite a bit of effort to lift... Read more »
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President Trump's United States of Awkward

You can’t just do THAT. Despite your political allegiance, a system (that U.S. Constitution thing) was ratified 228 years ago to protect us from certain oppressions, tyrannies, obstruction, political swings, and underrepresentation, ensuring unalienable rights and the flexibility to fix in the light of human and cultural progress (those are called Amendments). Needless to say,... Read more »