I sometimes get deep into my thoughts and feelings and start thinking the cards are stacked against me or I'm unlucky or whatever ... but then I sit on my porch and watch those "stupid birds" simply refuse to give up.

This morning my wife sent me a picture of one of the baby birds on the chair, getting ready to fly.

Persist!


The doves on my porch overcome stupidity with hard work. So can we.

Every spring, in a much anticipated migration, the birds return. A frenzy erupts among the inhabitants, and a dispute. Are they beautiful? Are they a nuisance? Residents point and debate. People gather to take pictures and share them with the world.

No, these are not swallows to Capistrano, but mourning doves to my porch. And the “people” are just me and my wife.

The debate is simple: Are the mourning doves a nuisance, or an inspiration? Well, the lines are clearly divided. There is some substantial evidence for the nuisance side.

Twigs and straw intended for the nest.

It starts with their efforts to build a nest…


Parkland

On this weekend of the third anniversary of the tragic school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Students for Gun Legislation shares our interview with Fred Guttenberg.

Fred’s children were students there, and were present that tragic day. Fred’s son Jesse survived the shooting. His daughter Jaime did not.

On that day, Fred was pressed into activism for sensible gun legislation. Since then, he has advocated tirelessly for reasonable restrictions on guns and ammunition. …


Understanding Advertising

Dr. Anglerfish or: How I stopped worrying and learned to love the ad.

Ruthless, cunning, deadly. In the darkness it waves its lure, hoping to draw its next meal.

Advertising.

It seeks to devour every available dollar. And while it does not deliver death, advertising can feel ruthless and invasive, inserting itself where we least expect it. And it is relentlessly hungry and on the prowl.

A ghost-like female anglerfish, with two males attached. Photo by Neil Bromhall.

I long considered advertisement to be no less predatory than an angler fish.

The angler fish, for those who don’t know, is an especially cunning and conniving predator. Over time it has developed a long modified dorsal fin that serves as its own fishing rod, which it…


They wanted to make it the focus of an SEO strategy

My client had invented a term and they wanted to make it the focus of their SEO strategy.

The inventive folks at Llama.io (now Llama.im) developed a physical greeting card with a creative twist. When you scan the barcode on the card, your cell phone accesses a personal video message from the sender. With their card you can close the distance from a loved one and deliver a more nuanced and personal message. One part physical card, one part digital message.

To emphasize this, Llama.io coined the word “phygital.”

It is a clever term. A portmanteau, jamming the words physical…


An introduction by the Neighborhoods United Co-chair

[These are the remarks I delivered at the press conference to explain the process that resulted in the Neighborhoods United plan on August 21, 2020.]

My name is Jack Jose. I am an educator, and author. I am the co-chair of Christ Church Cathedral’s Gun Violence Prevention Working Group, and the President of the Board of Ohio Students for Gun Legislation. I am the Co-chair of Neighborhoods United.

But I’m really just some guy.

About a year and a half ago, my friend Brian Garry gathered a group of concerned citizens in the meeting room of the Linn Street YMCA…


Does anyone want to produce my Anti-Trump commercial?

Title: Farmers for Trump.

Intention: to demonstrate that Trump tariffs on China were yet another failed deal, and that he has made American farmers — who are proud of their independence and self-reliance — dependent on him and his policies and the kind of welfare they despise.

Scene: Various cut scenes, sweeping in over soybeans or corn, could be Ashland, Ohio or Ashland, Iowa.

Male narrator: “America was never about one man in the White House”

Scene: Quick cuts: farmer eating breakfast / pulling on boots /walking alongside a cornfield.

Farmer #1: “I used to have to get up early and do the chores…


Why Connor Marrott joined the national effort to reduce gun violence.

This essay by Connor Marrott first appeared in as an opinion post in the Cleveland Plain Dealer in June of 2020. Connor is the Northeast Ohio Regional Organizing Director for Ohio Students for Gun Legislation. This article was published here with his permission and with requested attribution and link to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The murder of George Floyd and images of people burning cars, police making arrests, feel like a second awakening in our community. …


LaPierre and three others engaged in massive scheme to defraud donors

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Thursday that New York is filing a lawsuit calling for the dissolution of the National Rifle Association.

James cited widespread misuse of NRA donor funds inconsistent with the purpose clause. In total, more than $64 million dollars of organization money was spent on a variety of personal expenses including clothing, lavish meals, and exotic vacations and cruises with friends and family members.

“Wayne LaPierre, Woody Phillips, Joshua Powell, and John Frazier instituted a culture of self-dealing, mismanagement, and negligent oversight at the NRA that was illegal, oppressive and fraudulent. They overrode and they…


And Ohio still has not taken necessary steps to reduce gun violence

A year ago tonight in Dayton’s Oregon District, a gunman opened fire outside of Ned Peppers bar. One moment it was just another warm summer night on the town, friends dancing, dining and drinking together, and then the night air was cut with the sound of gunfire.

Police responded promptly and heroically, and the gunman was himself shot and killed less than a minute after the shooting had started, but not before seven people were dead.

This happened just one day after a mass murder targeted hispanic shoppers in El Paso.

Google Maps street view of Dayton’s Oregon District. Ned Peppers is on the far right. Screen capture by author, August 4, 2020.

The next day, survivors gathered to mourn lost friends…

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