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Retired technologist — eschewing cubicles; observer extraordinaire; perpetual student; philosopher; poet; essayist; advocate for nature and wilderness.


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I am from gentle women with a soft touch
Women who wrestled with weak men
Women whose spirit and vision
Rose above anger and jealousy to anchor my faith

I am from the weak men
Who let their ego and hubris
Determine their actions as they
Heard a relentless drumbeat
Of worthlessness, never “getting a break”

I am from the kindness of strangers
Strangely more kind than family


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Have you ever witnessed the joy of a newborn baby? In those moments when a newborn is not bothered by discomfort or hunger, they exhibit pure joy. It comes naturally. We are born with it.

Once born, however, we immediately and purposefully begin our journey of “growing up” — discovering who we are and who we are going to become. It’s a common, if mysterious, refrain — the joie de vivre of youth giving way to the melancholy responsibility of adulthood.

When we are children, adulthood looks irresistible because it seems synonymous with autonomy and freedom. We start out yearning…

don’t believe it

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In recent history, there have been many attempts by government officials, agencies, corporations, and politicians to put just the right interpretation on events and actions such that we ignorant members of the populace will be properly influenced to hold “correct” opinions.

From Donald Trump to Joe Biden to the FDA, a common set of “rules of engagement” have been utilized to obfuscate by omission, and obscure by subterfuge. Like Rumpelstiltskin, they spin straw into gold, but it almost always is fool’s gold. No matter. The public often buys their lies in the short term.

The problem with spin is that…

what do you think?

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I sent this request to Medium a couple of weeks ago and they have not responded. Do these changes make sense to you?

These new settings¹ are requested in order to give authors complete control over how (where) postings appear in their feed. An author would be able to reorder their feed as well as “clean it up.” In other words, an author would be able to present their work exactly how they want it to be seen by their readers.

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Bootstrap — Friday, September 10, 2021 — ©️ 2021, Rusty Alderson

life’s burning questions

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When you take a break
Do you give it back when you’re done?
Even though it’s a piece of cake
Are your chances slim-to-none?

When you say you will be right back
Who is going to be left front?
And when you’re not the leader of the pack
Will you let the headhunter hunt?

When giving in, do you feel
That you must also give out?
Do you really want to be a big wheel
Or do you just want to pout?

I know you have thought about giving up
But have you ever thought about taking down? …

Bootstrap — Wednesday, September 8, 2021 — ©️ 2021, Rusty Alderson

Bootstrap — Tuesday, September 7, 2021 — ©️ 2021, Rusty Alderson

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Bootstrap — Monday, September 6, 2021 — ©️ 2021, Rusty Alderson

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