I am an ethnic Pennsylvanian.

That may not make much sense to most people, but it does to me. This statement goes to the core of what ethnicity is and the strange fascination we have with it here in North America.

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Who Ya Know

I like to think I’ve found the secret to life.

I realize that’s rather arrogant, so bear with me for a while. If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you’ll know that I’m prone to grandious statements and deep subjects. By doing this I’m trying to provoke people to think outside of the constraints their everyday lives have clamped on their thinking.

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Starving Artists

The image of a struggling artist is a powerful one in Western culture. Many people believe it is an artist’s lot to starve, and more importantly that depravation is an important part of the creative process. In this view, great art has a life of its own that comes from the birthing pains of anguish. An artist is must suffer to create works that will endure, because great art is born from torment and strife.

What a load of horseshit.

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Juanita Bartlett

Many writers have influenced how I write. Vonnegut taught me about perspective, Hesse taught me character development. M�rquez taught me the importance of painting the reader into the moment. Dialogue is trickier, because my sense of it came from someone I don’t know all that well. What I can say is that it came from “The Rockford Files”.

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Stock Marks, not Market

I admit it, I’m something of a perma-bear when it comes to the stock market. I believe that any time you put your money into something you cannot see, there is the potential for abuse. Multiply that by hundreds of millions of people investing hundreds of thousands of dollars, and eventually there will have to be an enormous scandal.

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