How should we deal with bigots at Pride events?

It’s Pride month, and you know what that means. Alongside the festivities, family, and friends of the LGBTQ community, there will be a slew of unwanted guests – from sign-holding religious bigots to potentially violent hate groups. How should we deal with these unwanted guests? And what should we do to stay safe at PrideContinue reading “How should we deal with bigots at Pride events?”

DAY 100: One Hundred Days of Quarantine!

We did it! 100 days of quarantine, and 100 blog posts. Though to be fair some of my posts were recycled from long ago and others were pretty short. Be that as it may, I do feel proud for keeping up with this daily blog. However, this covid-19 blog is ending prematurely, just like theContinue reading “DAY 100: One Hundred Days of Quarantine!”

Day 98: Time for Reflection

As the quarantine and my daily blog draw to a close, I figured now is a good time for reflection. Summer is just now starting to begin and it was a long spring cooped up indoors. I’m sure we all have cabin fever and we’re all ready to get out of the house, but theContinue reading “Day 98: Time for Reflection”

Day 99: Final Quarantine Challenge: Be Empathetic

How do you explain to someone that they should care about other people’s problems even if those problems don’t affect them? Why is there such a reluctance to acknowledge that other people struggle with things we don’t? What this country needs now more than anything is for people to learn how to empathize with others.Continue reading “Day 99: Final Quarantine Challenge: Be Empathetic”

Day 95: Hidden Gems: Alley Spring, Eminence MO

My first float trip of the season went very well. We visited Alley Spring in Eminence Missouri and floated the Jacks Fork river. I was really surprised to see the number of people out camping, but I guess I shouldn’t be. We’ve all been cooped up all spring. I think this was my first timeContinue reading “Day 95: Hidden Gems: Alley Spring, Eminence MO”

Day 97: Things my Father Taught Me

What a wonderful Father’s Day! The weather was absolutely perfect and I got to enjoy the day with my family. I can’t tell you how blessed I am to have come from such great people. It was nice to see my grandparents again, and we all enjoyed a fabulous barbecue outdoors. I’m glad to haveContinue reading “Day 97: Things my Father Taught Me”

Day 96: How Will you Change During Quarantine Results

Sometime in March I made a survey online asking a number of questions about how you will change during the quarantine. I got roughly 40 responses and these are the results. Were your predictions correct? I had a lot of fun reading the results of the survey. Thank you so much to those of youContinue reading “Day 96: How Will you Change During Quarantine Results”

Day 94: Are you even registered to vote?

I see an awful lot of people supporting movements, passionate about civil rights, and sick of the Trump administration which thrills me. It feels good to be on the right side of history. But I also know for a fact that a lot of those people posting memes and attending rallies aren’t even registered toContinue reading “Day 94: Are you even registered to vote?”

Day 93: Should I support businesses or stay home?

This is a short post. Mostly, I’m conflicted about the best way to support my favorite local businesses and their employees. I’ve seen a lot of my friends go back to work, especially in the food industry, and some of them have legit concerns about getting sick. To my friends deemed essential workers, what wouldContinue reading “Day 93: Should I support businesses or stay home?”

Day 92: And the winner is…

Back in March toward the beginning of the quarantine I made a bet with friends. I said whoever can guess the date that Missouri businesses reopen gets a shot on me. However, it’s a little bit difficult to choose a winner. Our state partially reopened May 5, but the governor officially started re-opening businesses onContinue reading “Day 92: And the winner is…”