It’s starting to not feel okay. It never felt right, but I understood it. There were just too many unknowns. Too many what ifs. Too many warranted fears. This virus is absolutely still an enemy. And we as a country have an answer for enemies. We have the most powerful military in the world to […]
Hi. My name is Denton.
I write about whatever is on my mind, but it's mostly about finding a life I understand. Often that is difficult. Contentment and joy are both ridiculously elusive. Sometimes my mind can be so unsettled that depression, anxiety, or self-doubt creep in and stay for a while, and sometimes it can be so goofy and erratic that my focus can be robbed wondering how M&M's got their name. And then I'm done for hours because I have to research ALL the candy.
I came to blogging by way of addiction (20 years, alcohol AND tobacco, holla.) I needed an outlet because I really should have gone to AA wearing a "Does not play well with others" t-shirt, and writing was my outlet. Those people at AA told me not to think, but I don't know how to not think, especially with a mind bursting with chaos after 20 years of sedation.
So I came to blogging by way of addiction - and I write a lot about that - but I’m staying because now I’m sober and I can’t stop thinking about all the aftershocks. How do I find contentment, what does joy look like, how do I handle all of the regret, how in the hell do people make friends? But I also needed a place to talk about family and education and sports and what I think career politicians should do with a sharp dildo. I haven't written about that last one yet, but it's coming!!
So that's why I blog. I pray I'm interesting enough that you never regret reading. And if I help in some way, that in turn helps me find joy and contentment. And that's worth it for everybody involved.
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I did my research on what to call these things. Some people say "posts," some say "articles." Some people even have a list of rules that you must abide by if you want to call them articles instead of posts. Some people need a hobby.
I don’t specifically remember the moment in 2014 that I said to myself, “Why in the heck are you still a registered Democrat?” but I had never known anything else. My grandfather was the Democratic mayor of Four Oaks for about 40 years (not exaggerating,) and my dad was a JoCo School Board member in […]
Ever noticed that somewhere around 127% of all political candidates campaign on lots of stuff that is never actually questioned or explained? The one that has always made me roll my eyes is “Common Sense Leadership.” “I’m Roosevelt Beamon, and I promise Common Sense Leadership.” Blah. Liar. I mean, it’s obviously just a buzz phrase […]
There have been doubts. There have been tears. There have been internet trolls. There are continuing struggles with fundraising. There is a developing theme of having the least campaign time of any candidate alive because of being stuck inside four pandemic walls with two toddlers and a wife now working more than full time. There […]
I was reading a thread on Facebook recently and ran across somebody who commented a couple of times about something that really made me step back and think. He was talking about how people complain about politicians who are currently in office but they offer no plan to fix whatever it was they were complaining […]
I didn’t run for office just to win. I didn’t run just for the competition. I sure as heck didn’t run for power. I didn’t even run for the validation of a platform, but the world is validating it for me in horrible, disgusting ways. I’m but one little voice, and sometimes that voice is […]
If I could pick one destination for the phrase “social distancing” – this is, of course, if such a personified ending was possible – I would commission a hole dug all the way down to the magma, drop it in, curse it, watch it burn, and then bury it a thousand miles below Earth’s surface. […]
I’m not sure I can adequately express how badly I hate the word “liberal.” I do not hate those who are sullied with such a title by those who find name-calling to be the best means by which to debate politics, but I can’t stand the word. For starters, I proved in my last blog […]
In reading about politics and the division we have in this country now, you sometimes see a phrase that basically says, “We’re really not all that different.” The reason you see that phrase is because it’s mostly true. You don’t often see much in politics anymore that you can actually look at and say, “Well […]
I’d like to offer one short perspective on the partisanship of this pandemic, and rather than anyone taking it personally, I hope you will simply consider it. Every single aspect of our lives has been infected with toxic partisanship over the past several years, and the fact that a pandemic exacerbates that should be embarrassing […]
On April 1, 2000, the Census Bureau of the United States announced in their once per decade census that the population of the United States was 281,421,906. Today, based on the Census Bureau’s online Population Clock, the United States stands at 329,491,711 people. That is an increase of roughly 48,000,000. In percentages, the United States […]
**Note: If you would rather read this on Google Docs, where the tables below in the blog post were created and look MUCH better (especially on a mobile device,) it can be found here.** I get rather tired of politicians using spin to tell me how much they have done for me and my ilk, […]
Had enough of this yet? Or is this your Disney World? I can imagine that if you are married and have a family, the thought of being stuck in the house with them every day for the next few weeks is horrifying. It’s probably especially bad if you are a ninja drinker. The fear and […]
The easiest way to describe the type of classes and students I teach would be to describe my school as a whole from the “top” down. At the tippy top is a school within a school called the International Baccalaureate program. This is for the students that smashed their first birthday cake with one hand […]
With ten days to go before all of my signatures were due to the Board of Elections and I could finally file for the office of North Carolina House of Representatives, I heard something that just about floored me. I heard about a person (who shall remain nameless but is related very closely to a […]
Here’s a few of the many reasons I will die an unaffiliated voter, candidate, and anti-partisan advocate. When I read back over this list, it feels like common sense. When I look at the world through the many lenses and mediums we’re allowed to peer through on a daily basis, I know it’s not. But […]
In researching my place in the disgusting world of politics (of which I do not belong, thank God,) I am becoming more and more struck with just how hypocritical both parties are because of one very significant character flaw: blame. It’s not always a trait of hypocrisy, but in politics, it may very well be […]
The following is a list of thoughtful, neat, crazy, brilliant, stupid, conservative, liberal, anarchist, socialist, greedy, selfless, and sometimes humorous ideas on how to fix public education. Pick any or all to start a new conversation if you are tired of slamming your own hammer into your own face, as this is essentially what reasoning […]
I’ve been hit pretty hard with addiction and alcohol and drug abuse all around me in the past week or so. It’s hit me not because I have strong personal relationships with any of the people I’ve seen affected, it’s hit me because of the shame I still feel knowing that their stories were my […]
There once was a group of middle-aged animals who decided they wanted to move to a new city and build a life of their dreams. There was a donkey of impeccable vanity, a bear of exquisite naivete, an elephant of near immaculate egotism, and then there was a two-legged dog. They chose a four bedroom […]
A couple of months ago I wrote a living eulogy which was actually a lot of fun to write, and in that I said I really only wanted one “gift” if I died young. I wanted somebody to pay for my website hosting until all my kids got old enough to appreciate their father’s words. […]
It bothered me daily for weeks because I know the mind of an alcoholic. I HAVE the mind of an alcoholic. I SAW an alcoholic at a gas station when I stopped in to grab a bag of chips. I saw him buy at least two and possibly three forty ounce bottles of malt liquor. […]
Back in 1802, a famous phrase was born. For what can probably be considered obvious reasons at this point, that phrase has been consistently attributed to the Constitution ever sense. Therefore, people are often rather surprised when they learn that “Separation of Church and State” is nowhere to be found in the Constitution of the […]
Before We Begin…. No, I’m not dead. At least I don’t think I am. Or I might be depending on when you’re reading this. And I’m not planning on dying anytime soon. I don’t really want to anyway. I’m finally starting to enjoy this life. But should I die before enough changes that I must […]
I quite simply could not go on without writing how I felt about our political climate right now. It feels historic. It feels as though I will look back one day and know this was the moment where everything in America changed. Sure, it’s been a gradual change since Obama was elected, but America is […]