This one is mine.

I just finished watching the HBO documentary, “The Bee Gees — How Can You Mend A Broken Heart”. I enjoyed the entire documentary. I especially liked learning that their falsetto singing style was improvised and adopted later in their career in pursuit of a new sound. I also learned that the Bee Gees wrote many songs for other artists, too.

I took note of the following statement in the beginning by Barry Gibb, the last remaining brother:

“I am beginning to recognize the fact that Nothing is true. Nothing. It all comes down to perception.”

I was surprised that someone…


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Sometimes I talk with my mom about what is going on in my personal life. I’d talk about the difficult days, the victories, and a few things in between. When I talk about the trouble I can see coming, I often laugh. She’d say, “Scott, that’s a gallows laugh.” Yeah, I guess I have that. But I don’t think of it that way.

A gallows laugh is defined as, “humor that makes fun of a life-threatening, disastrous, or terrifying situation”. Yeah, that’s me. Oh, yes, I see trouble on the horizon. …


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I took my family to an aquarium yesterday. I’m not really a fan of aquariums. I know what they’re for and I respect their purpose. I know that my kids love to see the fish. But I recently learned that whales swim more than a hundred miles a day, and I thought of poor Shamu. So fish must swim a few miles a day, too. I thought of Nemo.

They had a few land animals there, too, but they all just looked incredibly bored, like, “This is it?”, otherwise they were sleeping. They did not seem all that happy to…


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I am the black sheep in the family when it comes to Trump. My sisters won’t talk politics with me. One of them can’t find the time to return my calls. My brother reads the articles that I write and share with him, but he disagrees with me about every assessment I have ever made about Trump. And my mom thinks that I am unwilling to find one good thing about Trump to write about.

Well…

I had a huge argument with Mom about Trump yesterday. I’m very disturbed by it. I want to set things right. I really do…


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I’m a morning person. I have always been a morning person. There is just something in me that loves the morning hours. I like to get up long before everyone else because that is when I find peace. I like the early morning quiet. I like to sort my thinking early in the morning with writing. This is my most creative time. This is why I rise when I do.

Long before I got in the habit of writing, I had jobs that required me to wake in the dark, even before the first light. I didn’t need an alarm…


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There was a time when I used to watch the Super Bowl every year. It was the only football game I’d watch all year. Every other game just looked the same, so I didn’t see the point of watching an entire season. I figured I’d just wait until the Super Bowl and watch the best of the best duke it out.

I enjoyed watching the players scatter, the slow-motion replays, and the half-time acts. But there was one thing that they used to do at the end of the game after they handed out the trophies. They’d interview the quarterback…


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So I finally got a good read on a rising star in conservative culture, JD Vance. While on Twitter yesterday, I happened upon one of his articles in The American Conservative, “A Civilizational Crisis”. I read conservative opinion pieces from time to time to see if there is anything that I might happen to agree with. I do this to check my assumptions, to see if my ideas can stand up to scrutiny. To see if their ideas can stand up to scrutiny.

I don’t know about this. Giving the parents more votes seems like a good idea on…


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For months now, I’ve been reading stories of ransomware. It was so scary for me that I shut down my Ubuntu machine that I was using for years, and just withdrew into my Chrome and ChromiumOS devices. I once thought it was enough not to run Windows at home. Not anymore. The hackers are going after the Mac users for their money, too. And the market is responding.

We’re so tired of malware and scared of ransomware at work that they removed local admin rights at my day job. With a change to group policy in the Windows domain, they…


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Long ago, a good friend of mine told me that the brain doesn’t understand the word “no”. I forgot about what she had said to me for a decade or so until I had kids. As my kids became toddlers, I assumed that they didn’t understand what no means. It’s simply a foreign concept to toddlers, much to the disappointment of my wife.

With this knowledge in hand, I made a point to always make affirmative statements to my kids. I also made a point to keep out of reach, anything that I did not want my kids to touch…


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Whenever I see Republican politicians talking about money and work, I see them wringing their hands over the enhanced unemployment benefits that people can now get. They worry that employers can’t hire enough people to do the work. Those benefits will soon expire. Those people will either starve, be homeless or find work. At the same time, I see how the GOP has steadfastly refused to raise the federal minimum wage for decades.

Mainstream Republican incentive theory says that if we pay more for labor, we can expect to get more labor. Yet, when I look at their behavior, they…

ScottCDunn

Husband, father, worker, philosopher, and observer. Plumbing the depths of consciousness to find the spring of happiness. Write on.

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