Imagine yourself rolling down the street with a friend. You are the passenger, and you're cruising through a residential area. You begin to perceive a slight uncertainty within the vehicle. Your friend's mannerisms transform into moderate anxiety. You can feel it coming; the car is approaching someone or something. Then it happens. The driver points … Continue reading Sleight of Hand
I have nothing except respect for our Armed Forces. The men and women who choose to serve are the bravest of the brave. These are The Super Heroes of The United States of America. God Bless The United States Armed Forces! Joseph Shanklin May 31, 2021
This morning I woke up and asked myself a question, "Sooooooooo, why would anyone write a piece about Giant Black Crickets?" Hmmmmm, why would I do such a thing? Lately, I have found myself in a situation. I want to share a few of my personal experiences. It's not that I believe my life is … Continue reading Why Would I Write About F*****g Giant Black Crickets?
The Journals Summer of Giant Crickets Truth can easily be as strange or stranger as fiction. Much of what I've experienced throughout the rollercoaster ride would overload the average wierdshitometer. This event took place approximately five years ago. I'd been spending quite a bit of time at a friend's house in Aurora, Colorado. My buddy … Continue reading Summer of Giant Black Crickets
A Journal Introduction From stinging monster, soaring eagle, and phoenix rising, I have evolved through the ranks of Scorpio, ultimately emerging from the ashes of decay. When I proceeded to begin blogging two years ago, I had only recently returned from the land of the dead. Or, as some may see it: The drug world. … Continue reading My Personal Evolution
The 1859 Carrington Event. On September 1, 1859, a mighty geomagnetic storm slammed into Earth. Telegraph lines became electrified and set offices ablaze in Europe and North America. The events were observed and recorded by British Astronomers Richard Carrington and Richard Hodgson. A similar solar storm missed Earth's orbit by nine days on July 23, … Continue reading The 1859 Carrington Event
Something Interesting In September 1977, NASA launched the twin Voyager Spacecraft to probe the outer reaches of our solar system. Voyager I is clipping along at nearly 38,000 miles per hour and is more than 14 billion miles from Earth. Having taken a different path, Voyager II is roughly 12 billion miles from Earth. Thousands … Continue reading Something Interesting [Voyager I & II Today]
Recently, I came across an intriguing article about addiction recovery. This particular piece compared the following: (A) Quitting through a structured program, such as The Twelve Steps. (B) Quitting through abstinence. The abstinence method eliminated the use of a Higher Power and focused exclusively on the concept of the addict being their own Higher Power. … Continue reading My Thoughts This Morning [Just Say Maybe]
Following four years of drug use, I sobered up 28 months ago. Shortly after cleaning up, I began writing. I fell in love with writing instantly, swearing myself to her for life. Oh yes, for myself [Writing] is a woman. How else could I explain such an intimate relationship? Fortunately, my wife has witnessed the … Continue reading What’s Next?
My personal list of mistakes and bad decisions is extensive. Some of them I've written about, and others continue to remain on hold. I've had more than my share of failures, but I excel in one particular area of life. Together with my wife, I have made two beautiful and amazing children. Both of my … Continue reading I’m Back From My Son’s Graduation