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The Aftermath of a Police Shooting

  When I contacted Jeff for his interview, he was reserved and a bit on the dry side. Despite my attempts to make him adore me like everyone else, he had a barrier around him. I was a bit disappointed because I thought by some cosmic connection, he would immediately sense who I was and warm up to me. He didn’t.I wanted to say, “Do you know who I am? I am the wife waiting to fall asleep until she hears her husband’s truck pull into the driveway. I am the mother who tucks her children in and has had to answer questions such as ‘Are the bad guys going to kill Papa tonight?’. I am the person in front of you that purchased your meal or coffee because I can see your uniform in my rear-view mirror. I am the person in the crowd who wants to tell you that you are doing a great thing. I am the one won’t turn on the news because she is tired of seeing you crucified. I am the voice that says you aren’t a murderer or bigot or dickhead, you are a good man. I am the one who respects the soldier and the law enforcement officer above all others. I am your friend.”...more

Behind The Officer Down, There Are More Left Standing

 The hardest thing about writing this blog is picking the pictures to go with the stories, Blogging 101 tells you that is how people are drawn to your story. Before writing about Jeff, I looked at every picture on his Facebook page looking for the right one.  For a guy, he had plenty to choose from – pics with his wife, with his kids, in his uniform, in his Air Force uniform and even nerdy high school pictures. Amongst them all, I found the perfect picture. It’s a picture of Steve, Jeff, and two of their buddies in Steve’s hospital room. To the random passerby, it just looks like 4 guys visiting their sick friend, but it’s much more than that. It’s a picture of survival, fear, relief and love. Actually, if you look closely, I think Steve and Jeff are holding hands just below where the picture cuts off… If the picture was so perfect, why didn’t I use it? Because I spoke to Jeff and Steve, I see things beyond the exhaustion, things that you may not. To me, the picture of Jeff is very revealing, Steve got shot in the face, and Jeff was the partner trying to keep everything, and everyone, together. I couldn’t use it because I felt the picture was just too personal, there was too much pain in his eyes.So why did I chose this picture? This is the picture of a regular guy on the beach with his kids. This is what is beneath the badge and the blue. This is the man Jeff should be allowed to be. Being a Police Officer doesn’t always allow him that luxury. Being shot at more than once reduces the likelihood that he will ever be that man again. ...more

You May Not Be Racist But...

Think twice before you use one of those popular expressions or words meant to highlight someone's short-comings. Years ago when I learned the origin/meaning of "indian giver" I quit using that phrase. Not only is it racist but pretty factually, historically incorrect. Read more on the theory of "Indian Giver". ...more

Poverty, Part Two

American dollar buying power vs Canadian loonie?I’ve had a couple of folks contact me and point out that the original total of $4.31 isn’t that much less than the SNAP challenge....more

4 Identity Protection Habits Every College Student Should Have

For some of us, fall is about to begin and the graduates of the class of 2014 are heading off to colleges across the country. It’s an exciting time—there’s a reason so many people call college the best four years of their lives. You learn so much about the world and yourself. You make lifelong friends. You are an adult without the full responsibility of being an adult....more

The iGrill Mini, A High-Tech Meat Thermometer for Your Phone

 While bluetooth meat thermometers have been around for a few years now, finding one that worked was a challenge.  The iGrill Mini seems to of finally broken through the barrier and into a world of smartphone and bluetooth harmony.  And we love it!...more

Poverty, This Side of the Border

When agreeing to do the SNAP challenge, I mentioned that Canada doesn’t ‘do’ food stamps. I said I would find out the numbers that would be representative of poverty on this side of the border.I received that information yesterday…and I’m here to tell you that there’s no way I would ever deliberately attempt to follow the same numbers here. Nope, nope, nope. The SNAP challenge is actually *easy* in comparison, in my humble opinion.Ok, so here’s what I found out....more

Botnets Here, Botnets There, Botnets EVERYWHERE

What are these “botnets” you keep hearing about? Botnets (think roBOT + NETwork—gets you “BOTNET”) are a network of secretly compromised, run-of-the-mill home and office computers that have malicious software—controlled by a solitary hacker or cybercrime ring....more

Riots will be a necessary part of society until we change society

Riots are a necessary part of the evolution of society. Unfortunately, we do not live in a universal utopia where people have the basic human rights they deserve simply for existing, and until we get there, the legitimate frustration, sorrow and pain of the marginalized voices will boil over, spilling out into our streets....more