Our Country Flunked its Moral Test

 

The good or ill of a man lies within his own will. – Epictetus
 
As I write this today, they declared Joe Biden the winner in the 2020 Presidential election.  While I am thankful that the 4 year reign of chaos of Donald Trump is ending, I cannot understand how almost half the American voters still thought enough of him to vote him another 4 years of office.   One would think separating children from their parents would outrage people against Trump.  Obviously not.  Supporting white supremacy the alt-Right groups?  No.  Lying at a rate that would make a used-car salesman blush?  Nope.  Callous treatment of women, corruption, rampant cronyism, a quarter-million of dead Americans from a virus he ignored, the list goes on and on; none of these things mattered to his supporters. 
 
Even as the Biden team prepares to take over power in a couple of months, I am concerned about effects of this type of blind obedience will do to make-up of our democracy.  When we have seen rabid zealousness take root in our country in the past, it has been divisive and destructive, leading to armed conflicts and the death of innocents.  When nationalism trumps common decency, our citizens have defended human slavery, killed native Americans by the thousands, interned Japanese-Americans and lynched black men for decades. 
 

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Being “That” Guy
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Being “That” Guy

As I write this, today is my wedding anniversary. Well, to be more specific, it is the wedding anniversary of my FIRST marriage.

I never thought I would be the “that” guy who would get divorced; The “usual” reasons for divorce (so I thought at the time) didn’t apply to me. My marital oaths are gospel in my eyes; I work hard, don’t stray, financially astute, no drugs, lightweight drinker, pleasant sense of humor. Now I’m ugly as a dog’s butt, but I figure if I got a girl to accept my marriage proposal, I had to assume looks wouldn’t be high on her priority list.

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A Return to Writing… Something
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A Return to Writing… Something

It has been a while since I have posted anything on this personal blog.  Along with countless millions, I have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and my energy has been focused intently on my business and the health and safety of my family and co-workers.  But as I settle back into a routine, I felt the tug to put something out here.  While this blog doesn’t receive a lot of traffic, that’s never been a goal of mine.  Sure, I love it when people read something I’ve written, but I’m not motivated enough to focus any attention there.  Besides, I feel like blogging is a dying form of social media.  But try as I might, I can’t find another platform that works for me, so here I am.  –AJ

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Managing Remote Staff
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Managing Remote Staff

As soon as the COVID-19 outbreak reached the United States, I implemented a voluntary Work-From-Home policy to ensure the health and safety of our staff, as well remain productive in a chaotic economic situation.  While my company has long had a liberal work remote policy, most of our staff still comes into the office.  This literally changed overnight and as all the self-quarantine lengthened, I worried about the ability of the department management to remain efficient and engaged with work responsibilities.  With that in mind, I added some training in my company to aid management for oversight of remote staff.  I put some information below as it may be a help to others as we move through this crisis.

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Reflections of A Strange Ten Year Anniversary

On February 16th, 2010, my wife DJ and I were home from work early to meet with a representative for repairs on the house. In the preceding weeks, DJ had a few doctor appointments to follow up on some inconclusive ultrasounds during a breast exam, but we were not unduly concerned. Similar situations had happened in the past, with no adverse outcomes. My wife has always been conscientious about her health and wellness, maintaining regular doctor visits, watching what she ate, and exercising regularly. As our repair meeting was ending, DJ received a call on her cell phone. She walked to another part of the house to take the call in private while I finished up with the repairman. (more…)

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