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A Tired Old Man

by Jim Moniz 0 Comments

Most people who know me would say that I am generally a happy guy, and that not much gets to me. This is not one of those moments.

 

From a woman’s march partially led by a woman with ties to Hamas (in case you haven’t heard the news, Hamas is not a feminist-friendly organization), to protests in Berkeley against Ann Coulter and Milo Yiannopoulos (Berkeley? The Birthplace of the Free Speech Movement? Really?) and beyond, this has not always been a good year for the Jimster. Add to this that the mainstream media is using these events to further an agenda to separate us and keep buying the pills they peddle…

 

Folks, I’m just plain tired.

 

I’m tired of elected representatives who represent only themselves.

 

I’m tired of groups claiming to be anti-Fascist and anti-Nazi who put their message across using the same tactics as the groups they claim to oppose.

 

I’m tired of the media, pundits, and politicians who were gob-smacked on Election Day, and are trying to save face and get their revenge for being wrong by continuing false narratives about the President. (And no, I didn’t vote for him, so please, let’s not go there.)

 

I’m tired of our colleges and universities being infested with the Leaders of the Participation Trophy Movement.

 

Most of all, I am tired of these pathetic attempts to make me feel guilty for being White, Catholic, Libertarian, and (most of all) American. I refuse to accept responsibility for dreamed-up micro-aggressions or hallucinated advantages over my fellow humans.

 

I’m also pissed that Glen Campbell died.

 

I’m gonna go sit in a corner and watch Popeye cartoons. I’ll be less tired and cranky next time, I promise.

 

 

What happens in Vegas – Dog Abby

by Abigail Hope 0 Comments
What happens in Vegas – Dog Abby

Dog Abby,

My buddies and I planned a bachelor party for my friend Robert about a year ago. We decided to spend a weekend in Las Vegas. We pooled our money together and paid for everything in advance. Now his fianceé is saying she wants to come along. I tried to explain that this was a guys-only thing, that everything had already been arranged, and promised that we wouldn’t let him do anything to damage her trust. It wasn’t enough. She got angry at all of us, and threatened to break off the engagement if we went without her. I think Robert might be better off without her at this point. Am I overreacting?

Over in Andover

Dog Abby paw print

 

Dear Rover and over,

My advice is to you because ultimately Robert is the one that will have to make the decision. I can only offer what you might ask Robert to do, but please do not be upset with him if he doesn’t listen. Weddings are stressful things and many times the wedding gets in the way of the marriage.

Talk to Robert, in fact, you may even want to bring this letter with you. After he is done laughing at the fact that you wrote a dog for advice, read him my story.

Mom and dad agreed to take care of their friends’ dog, Atom, while they were away for a long time on vacation. Atom and I got along at his house (even though he did not like to swim), and we were OK together, but when he came over to my house he tormented my cats. I mean, he was vicious and just would not leave them alone. Mom kept hoping that he would get over it, but he never did. We finally had to take him back to his house and just visit him every day.

While mom really wanted him to get along with everyone, he had no desire. She had to make a tough decision because his inability to change was hurting the whole family. This was his choice and his alone to make.

Now, please understand that I am not comparing Robert’s fianceé to a Terrier, but people are not that different. He was a Terrier when we visited his house. He was a Terrier when he visited our house. He will be a Terrier long after the honeymoon is over.

So will Robert’s fianceé.

Atom fit in with his family at his home, and they got along fine there as long as there were no cats. If this works for Robert, then this is great. Atom did not fit in anywhere else, so we had to go places without him. He was still Atom when we got back, and he was still part of his family. No one loved him less, and he was OK at home with his squeaky toys.

If the fianceé lady wants to come to Vegas because she does not trust Robert, then that is a bad, bad thing. It will not ever change, and Robert must decide if he wants that forever. He may be OK with her being fine at home and nowhere else, but that may also mean that he does not get to go anywhere else with her.

If the fianceé lady wants to come because she’s never seen Vegas and is jealous, then she can plan her own trip with her own friends, and she will have more fun with them than you.

Overall, if you are a Terrier, you are not going to become a Retriever just because that is what others want. For some, a Terrier is indeed best. For others, a Retriever is better. Either way, you gotta stick with your Terrier or your Retriever, so you best decide before you make them part of your forever family.

Love,

Abby

Jesse Oakley III

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Jesse Oakley III

People who have come before you and have had less than you have done better than you.”
~Maya Angelou

Just before our show, this is the quote that Jesse tweeted on his account.

Jesse Oakley the third (or to those who know him, i-i-i) is one of those people who brightens a room just by entering it. He is known as a consummate Toastmaster with a miracle memory. He is also a writer and the author of “Greetings Happy People.”

Jesse’s baby face and toothy, but genuine, grin make him the poster child for happiness and strong life choices. Plus, Abby thinks the world of him. Because of his intellect and his move from the east coast to the Las Vegas area as a teen, Jesse survived merciless teasing and bullying. He chose to rise above, and he has soared ever since.

 

 

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Divorce Distress – Dog Abby

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Divorce Distress – Dog Abby

Dog Abby,

I’m 12 years old, and my mom and dad divorced a couple of years ago Mom met a man at church a few months ago, and they are starting to go out on dates. I like this man, and I want my mom to be happy, but there is a part of me that still wants my mom and dad back together. Is it normal to feel this way?

Confused in Columbus

Dog Abby paw print

 

Dear Cornfused,

I am only 10 years old, but I am told that my years make me older than your years, so I will tell you what I learned when my mom and dad divorced. When my mom and dad first split up, I was devastated. He was the only dad I ever knew, and I worried that I would never have another dad who loved me again. The thing is, I did not know any better because he really was the only dad I ever had! When mom found the dad I have now, I gave him a chance, and he was the best dad ever! If my first dad wanted to hang around, I would have had two dads — and that would have been super cool. But, things work differently with dogs and people, so we never saw my first dad again. I hope your first dad wants to be there for you forever.

I know that my mom would never have been happy with my first dad. If mom wasn’t happy, how could I be? If they were both miserable, how would I feel? Mom is super happy now, and so is my new dad. Give your new dad a chance. If he’s awesome, then your life will be, too. It doesn’t mean that your first dad doesn’t love you anymore. It just means that you get more love, and your mom (and most likely your dad) will be happier!

Lots of extra love,

Abby

H.G. McKinnis

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H.G. McKinnis

I first met Holly at my Toastmasters club, where she joined after only one meeting and then jumped right onto the board. Our club meets in a bar and focuses on humor, so Holly fit right in. She is smart, sassy, and has a wicked sense of humor. She is also an accomplished author with an interesting background. She recently celebrated the publishing of her murder mystery, “A Justified Bitch.” We may disagree on everything in politics, but we agree on nearly everything in literature.

Holly has a fascinating career as a Nude Dresser in Las Vegas. She has a myriad of interesting stories and a lot to say.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Heather Silvio

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Dr. Heather Silvio

If there is one thing we can say about the good doctor, it is that she is always busy. I first met Heather when she was in the play Inspecting Carol with my husband. She was looking to rebrand her website. She had already written a book, been awarded many honors from the Air Force and from the DoD, gotten her doctorates, starred in several shows, and to top it all off, was planning her own wedding. Geesh, lady, way to make us all look lazy! She has since gotten many more clinical hours as Psychologist, released several more books, recorded a jazz CD, and is in the process of finishing a screenplay. Heather’s mind is as active as the rest of her, and you’ll find that — not only is she incredibly intelligent — she is incredibly likable. This is the pragmatic, perspicacious, and powerfully pretty Dr. Heather Silvio.

Find Heather here:

Web site: HeatherSilvio.com
Facebook: silvio.heather
Twitter: @heathersilvio
Instagram: heathersilvio

LinkedIn: heather-silvio-2596084
Goodreads: heathersilvio
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Fair Share – Dog Abby

by Abigail Hope 0 Comments
Fair Share – Dog Abby

Dog Abby,

I volunteer for a local charity benefitting veterans and the elderly. Recently, a board member criticized me for not doing my fair share of work. Abby, I work a full time job, have a family, and have an active church life as well. I don’t have as much time to devote to this as this board member does, as he is retired. It made me angry enough to consider leaving, but I love doing this. Should I take my talent elsewhere?

Hurt in Houston

Dog Abby paw print

 

Dear Hurt,

Maybe I am thinking about this too simply (I mean, I am a dog, after all), but how much are you getting paid? Mom told me that “volunteer” means you don’t. So what is your fair share? Is it divided by how much you are paid? Then you are already giving 20 bazillion times more than anyone else!

My cat, Max, thinks that his fair share is anything that lands on the floor. We have had very serious discussions about this in the past. Well, I am the dog, and since I am at least 10 times bigger than him, I tend to get the most. I fetch the paper and do other chores around the house while all he does is meow. It’s only fair.

So, since your friend has 10 times more time than you do, he should do more than you do. It’s only fair.

When Max and I talk about it, he is very reasonable. Maybe you should talk to your friend and work out a schedule. Sometimes those of us who are bigger just like to have our say. Other times, we just want more treats.

Love,

Abby

On the Crazy Train

On the Crazy Train

I am not a Nazi.

Just making sure that’s out there – because pointing out the obvious seems to be mandatory for any public declarations these days. Do you know why I must state that? For stating the following: I am not a Communist.

See, the political climate has emboldened half-wits with positively no knowledge of history to honestly believe that you must be one or the other. This is insane.

Both are evil. Both have no place in the U.S. or any civilized society. Both lead to control and murder. And, yet… anyone who publicly states they are NOT pro-Antifa or did NOT vote for Hillary are immediately labelled as Nazis. Even if they are gay Jews or black themselves, they are somehow white supremacists. Welcome aboard the Crazy Train.

So, what we end up with are a bunch of brain-washed, violent racists who are fighting violence and racism by being violent and racist. Told you it was off the rails.

If you are against fascism, racism, government control, mass murder, and the quashing of personal freedoms – well, then, by definition you are against both of those ideologies. It is simple, frankly. Look it up if you are not familiar with the history.

Anyway, I gotta get back to my goose-stepping or flag waving or boot shining or whatever in the hell Nazis do. I have no clue…

By the way, I am amazed at how timely this old song’s lyrics are…

Lyrics to Crazy Train

Crazy, but that’s how it goes
Millions of people living as foes
Maybe it’s not too late
To learn how to love
And forget how to hate
Mental wounds not healing
Life’s a bitter shame
I’m going off the rails on a crazy train
I’m going off the rails on a crazy train

Let’s go!
I’ve listened to preachers
I’ve listened to fools
I’ve watched all the dropouts
Who make their own rules
One person conditioned to rule and control
The media sells it and you live the role
Mental wounds still screaming
Driving me insane
I’m going off the rails on a crazy train
I’m going off the rails on a crazy train

I know that things are going wrong for me
You gotta listen to my words
Yeah

 

Dave Clark

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Dave Clark

I first met Dave Clark more than a decade ago at a Toastmasters meeting he was filming. Or speaking in. Or maybe I was speaking. You know, it was so long ago that I don’t remember how we met, but I do remember it was through Toastmasters and we were instant friends. One gets to know Dave incrementally. He can come off as a quiet guy, and I think that has a lot to do with the fact that he’s a deep thinker. He has an awesome sense of humor. He’s supportive, intelligent, and resourceful. We have a lot to learn from Dave and how to prepare for the zombie apocalypse (as if it hasn’t already happened).

How to find Dave:

Web site   pugetsoundprepper.com

Facebook pugetsoundprepper

Twitter @thedarkwingdave

Instagram  davecvideo

Others  davecvideo.com
 

 

 

 

 

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Hiss and growl or forgive and forget – Dog Abby

by Abigail Hope 0 Comments
Hiss and growl or forgive and forget – Dog Abby

Dog Abby:

Several years ago, I had a falling out with my brother when I pointed out that his wife was openly disrespecting him. They have since divorced, and he recently called me to ask forgiveness for taking sides with her even though deep down, he knew she was wrong. I’m still very hurt over the whole thing. Should I let bygones be bygones?

Sister in Santa Ana

Dog Abby paw print

 

Dear UpSetter:

When Mom and Dad first got together, Dad had a cat named Junior Barnes. I had a cat named Stormy, and we were best friends, but Junior did not like me. Not. One. Bit. He would hiss and growl and run away, even if I was just sitting there. I tried to be friends, but he was not interested. Later, when Mom and Dad moved in together, Junior found out that he could go in and out of my doggie door. He really liked that door. He realized that we would be able to get along, and we became friends. He would even sleep on the bed with me sometimes. Our whole lives changed from there on — from losing Stormy, to gaining new kitties, to moving all the way to another state. Junior and I went through a lot together, and it would have been really hard if we were not friends through it all.

If Junior Barnes can forgive me for being a dog, then you can forgive your brother for being a bonehead. You don’t have to remember the whys and hows or even the whos and whats. What is important is that he wants to be your brother again.

Junior crossed over the rainbow bridge two years ago, and we all really miss him. I am glad that we were able to be friends. Never, ever, ever let a moment go by to make up with someone you love. You just don’t know how long you will have.

-Abby

Junior Barnes

Junior Barnes and me during our photoshoot for my book, Nose-to-Nose Networking