17 Reasons for Optimism in the Age of Trump
Feb20

17 Reasons for Optimism in the Age of Trump

It cannot be understated how much Trump’s election has deepened and widened an already enormous divide in our country. Many people have legitimate concerns about this man that are based on things he has said and has already done as president. This is unlike Obama’s detractors and their wild conspiracy theories, like Obama being a foreign born Muslim, who was going to impose Sharia Law, take everyone’s guns, and force...

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Why Thanksgiving is the Best Holiday Ever
Nov23

Why Thanksgiving is the Best Holiday Ever

Honestly, I don’t even know where to begin when trying to explain how great Thanksgiving is. I guess I can start by saying that a mere side effect of this holiday is one of the very best things about it: it acts as a barrier to Christmas, that overblown, corporate-driven, consumer-fest of a holiday that is so far removed from the spirit of giving on which it’s supposed to be based that it sometimes causes supreme acts of selfishness...

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Dear World: This Is What An Existential Crisis Looks Like
Sep19

Dear World: This Is What An Existential Crisis Looks Like

I’m sorry, World. I know my country and this whole Trump thing is scaring the bajeezus out of you, but I guess that’s what an existential crisis looks like from the outside. And to be perfectly honest, it’s pretty damn scary watching it here on the inside, too. The fact of the matter is, though, that there are two Americas, and we’ve been battling over some defining issues about what this country is and what it...

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Thank you NSB, It’s Been Real
Sep01

Thank you NSB, It’s Been Real

To all our fans… It has already been 3 years. Looking back on it now, it is really amazing what we have been able to do in that time. I had always loved writing and having a voice, no matter how small it was, and through the tireless efforts of numerous people, we were able to achieve something with NetSideBar that I never thought possible. In the first year that we opened our proverbial doors, we saw about 39,000 unique hits...

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When You Don’t Belong
Aug07

When You Don’t Belong

I have lived so many places over the years, they all start to run together. I confuse the North End of Boise with The Heights in Houston. Did I catch that fish on the Snake River or was that the James? “Oh yeah, Target? It’s on Kirby by Reliant. Shit, sorry, wrong town. It’s on Main Street in Destin.” Did I see that band in Austin? Houston? Boise? Richmond? I couldn’t even begin to tell you. I grew up in rural Botetourt County,...

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Brexit, Trump, Gun Control & George Bush: 5 Things To Do When Your Country Embarrasses You
Jul12

Brexit, Trump, Gun Control & George Bush: 5 Things To Do When Your Country Embarrasses You

With an election that shocked the world, England, and I specifically mean England – not Britain or the UK – voted to leave the European Union. And with that vote, many of my friends in the UK felt a feeling that has been all too familiar to me and many other Americans over the past few decades: embarrassment. It’s an embarrassment that comes from your fellow countrymen doing something so stupid you cannot even wrap...

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