Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Me Being Me

So. Where to begin? An introduction is in order, for certain. Most of the people who will see this already know who I am, but for any newcomers to the party I will explain myself. Literally.

Showing my love for the Cubbies.

My name is on this blog, so that should take care of that. Professionally, I have spent my entire career in communications. I first started off as a "deejay" at an FM radio station in Madisonville, Kentucky, and then moved into the world of print journalism. I stayed with it for 20-plus years and held jobs as sports editor, managing editor and editor until finally I decided I had enough of having stories "spun" for me and that I would try my hand at doing the "spinning."

In 2008, I began a public relations career with the American Cancer Society that connected me to wonderful people across the South. Five years later, in a move that is becoming more and more common, my position was eliminated and I took a job in development, or fundraising.

Earlier this year, I was let go by the Society and now am searching for my next gig. But in the meantime, I thought I would see what I could pen to try to stay sharp with words and creativity and perhaps share a bit of my opinions too.

Some of my personal side may bleed into that. I am a husband and father to two sons. I am a band dad, which means I am extremely proud of both my boys' talents and support the work of the arts in our schools. Don't get me started on how music and theater are pushed to the side in our schools! That's for another time.

While I am not a stat-spewing baseball fan, I have come to enjoy the game ESPECIALLY when it comes to the Chicago Cubs. There will be plenty to write about there! And I do enjoy golf, despite my horrible slice that I have had for years and have tried everything this side of a witch doctor to try to fix. More on that later, as well.

I am fascinated by politics and especially this lunatic asylum American voters have been given as "choices." But more so I want to see partisanship and power grabbing and posturing pushed aside so that we can do what is best for our country and not just for one political party or one politician. I'll get on my soap box there, too.

But one thing is for certain. After 40-someodd years of life, I want to find a voice. My voice. I want to say what is inside me and not be fearful of what anyone might think. I need to turn the page on my own vulnerability.

One of, if not THE most amazing things I have ever had shared with me was a TED Talk about vulnerability. After I watched this talk by Brene Brown, it was like the scales fell from my eyes like they did from Saul's. It was incredible and gave me a little sense of courage that I hadn't really felt.

So after some life changes that were not of my doing, I wanted and needed to exercise my vulnerability and find the strength and courage that comes from this. And here we are.

My goal, just to make it clear, is to write at least once a week. I don't want to just slap something on this blog and it not be worth reading. I want to have something that hopefully will make you laugh or think. It may be as lengthy as this post (which is a lot longer than I had planned) or it may be a couple of paragraphs.

But I want it to carry some meaning to it. And carry some me-ing to it, too.



  1. Welcome to blogging. I'm looking forward to reading it. I've been blogging since 2008 and really enjoy it. My blogging as led to a weekly column in my local newspaper. An Arkie's Musings

  2. Thanks! I didn't have a lot of free time to write but now I do! Say hey to Regina for me!Good to hear from you!