Why Write, To Blog

I think I’ve talked about this before, why I write and more important, why some of that writing — most these days — ends up here.

It’s simple.

This is me. These thoughts and creativity are my outreach to the universe, to put Jeff out there,

Authentically me.

So that’s what you get,

Authentically me,

This cadence,

These topics,

This syntax,

Oh so much,

Yet never enough,

So write damn it, WRITE, Blog,

Now! GOOD.


I listen to the NPR Politics Podcast pretty well every afternoon on the drive home after work. On Friday (8/20), I *LOVED” the discussion and the chemistry evident between the three commentators.

Kelsey Snell and Ayesha Roscoe are regulars on the pod, but Clare Lombardo was a voice I’d not heard prior. And when they were discussing schools and masking mandates, Clare lead in with the “….TLDR on the situation…”, and Ayesha jumped in that TLDR meant “Too Long Didn’t Read”, which is apparently currently lingo;

as Google explains,  “TLDR is commonly used to summarize lengthy content and can signal a sort of executive summary at the start of news articles or emails.”

And I loved it. And I loved the rest of the conversation too.

That’s it. That’s the blog for Saturday. Just appreciation and props to three professionals sharing good info with us and having fun a long the way.

Here’s the pod episode: https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510310/npr-politics-podcast

Go to minute 13:00 of the pod to hear the TLDR…

and BIG thanks to these three fine professionals for all they do for us reporting and keeping us informed and making it good. REAL GOOD.

Kelsey Snell

Ayesha Roscoe

Clare Lombardo

Lyrics Post: “Jaded”

Conflict, disagreement, irresponsible governance, selfish, disease, war, rebuked love…all (and more) to be jaded by.

I refuse to accept these as the last word. Circumstance and Evil will not win in the end.

But this song…”Jaded”…from a while back, well,

Green Day ripped through a good one here…

Somebody keep my balance
I think I’m falling off
Into a state of regression
The expiration date
Rapidly coming up
It’s leaving me behind to rank

Always move forward
Going “straight” will get you nowhere
There is no progress
Evolution killed it all
I found my place in nowhere

I’m taking one step sideways
Leading with my crutch
Got a fucked up equilibrium
Count down from 9 to 5
Hooray! We’re gonna die!
Blessed into our extinction

Always move forward
Going “straight” will get you nowhere
There is no progress
Evolution killed it all
I found my place in nowhere

Always move forward
Going “straight” will get you nowhere
There is no progress
Evolution killed it all
I found my place in nowhere, in nowhere, in nowhere”

Writer(s): Billie Joe Armstrong, Michael Ryan Pritchard, Frank Edwin Wright III

“…Nobody’s Bargain…”

“…but hell, a little touch up and a little paint…”

Frankly, this lyric came to mind recently as I was thinking about myself…middle-aged guy, recently single, a little flabby, frumpy…

It might sound like I’m being critical of myself, but I think it’s more just honest,

Like everyone, I am who I am and where I am in this moment.

And that’s ok.



Finding joy?

These actions sustain us.

Slog Through

Some days, weeks, longer,

Feels like we’re slogging through.

Keep a little smile on the face, head down to the grindstone, thankful for what we have,

Undertone though?

Slogging through, legs heavy, thick on your mind, in the back,

Slow go.

It’s this very time, each time, to stop the slide,

To pause and give thanks, quiet thanks, silent nod, to something, anything, good;

And that’s enough, can sustain another minute, hour, day,

To reset, breath, refocus, and go forward. GO FORWARD.

Yes you can. Even through the slog, legs heavy, stacks all around you,

Fear not, and you are not alone, and don’t give into panic,

Oh no no, not alone, go forward, that you can, do,


Live With It

Decisions you make,

Live with it.

Late supper time with the kids,

Live with it.

Last minute shopping for school clothes,

Live with it.

No TV after dinner,

Live with it.

Sub-optimal departure from a 20-year war,

It sucks,

There’s no good time, it turns out,

Live with it.


The Taliban militias are over-running Afghanistan as the US military draws down. The people of that country deserve better.

“We don’t count because we’re from Afghanistan. We’ll die slowly in history”

Tears of a hopeless Afghan girl whose future is getting shattered as the Taliban advance in the country.