Category: First Person

Note: Presentation of these texts or “accounts” of “real world” “experience” from the perspective of “individuals” going about “their” “lives” should not be taken to imply an official Ordinary Times position as to the ontological status or scientifically verifiable existence of so-called “ego.”

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Oh no…it’s the Chicken Dance!

Even though the ceremonies differed, the one constant in the celebration is the wedding reception. Specifically, the music.

Jimi Hendrix 11

Ever Heard “Hey Joe?”

I used to think that I missed out, that I was born in the wrong era when it comes to music.

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On Changing The Subject

A place where you can go to get news about sports, sports, sports and not Trump, Trump, Trump.

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The Value Of Writing

The ability to write, not only in the formal sense of being able to succinctly put together an argument but also in a more informal sense, is an underrated and overlooked skill.

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In the Summer, in the City…

1966’s “Summer in the City” by The Lovin’ Spoonful is a song that always comes to mind during heatwaves like the one bearing down on about 195 million Americans this weekend.

Alone 15

Watching Television Alone

The point is that I use literally anything else to delicately suppress the sentiments and sensations of life.

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Things With Acronyms

I don’t drink. I don’t drink coffee. The only drugs I’ve ever taken are… powerful stimulants. Funny how that happened.

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The End of the Beginning

Forty is do or die, give up or hold out, wind up or wind down. It’s the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning. Forty is the precipice between “can I see your ID” and free coffee at McDonalds. If life were a cheeseburger, forty would be the patty

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It Really is All About the Money

Pretending to be bewildered at the failure of recruitment and retention efforts while denying that compensation plays a role is bad business, even for government.

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Down in New Orleans

The city has been destroyed many times over, by war, fire, disease, and flood. Each time, she comes back to life, more vibrant than before but with another layer of rich history atop her deep and storied façades.

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A Polish Joke

The whole point was to see myself through other eyes, note the differences in perception, and try to understand where they come from.

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A Vigil for Lyra McKee

Lyra McKee was the personification of Northern Ireland’s post-Troubles potential.