This blog has nearly taken on a life of its own; it has become a ride on which I am not only the driver (author) but I am also a passenger. In my role as passenger I am delighted every day to see the new places I am taken. Of course, as the driver, I have a huge degree of input as to where I go. It’s kind of a circle … kind of … I guess. I hope you are enjoying the ride too.
Yesterday, I supposed I would expand on my writings concerning the Second Amendment and related topics. The idea was born during the wonderful Forum on the Second Amendment I participated in at Augusta State University (GRU) and some of the confusion and misinformation I perceived among the audience and my fellow, learned presenters. I already have a book in draft mode on the subject. In fact, I’ve been working on it for about 12 years now – I haven’t gotten very far in organizing a huge mass of notes and my thoughts.
The old blog, I have found, not only allows me to quickly publish articles which, by all indications, are appreciated by a wide range of people; it also gives me a chance to go through certain subjects piece by piece in a somewhat logical order. I find this beyond refreshing, academically speaking. Each post is a potential chapter-starter for later, more in-depth publications. I started this forum with two ideas in mind: 1) entertain people with my mad ravings; 2) use it as a forum to sell the books I have in various stages of publication readiness. The first part comes naturally to me. I had no earthly idea how to go about the second. Now, after several months of plodding through, the concept is just presenting itself to me.
If you have ideas (who doesn’t) and want to communicate those ideas with the world beyond simple posts on Facebook or Tweets, then I highly recommend you start a blog. Use WordPress like I do or any other forum. They are numerous, FREE, and easy to use – I’m a Luddite and I get this stuff. I would love to add you to my “blogs I follow” tab over on the left. Write about anything or everything. There are no standards here (except those we create ourselves) and possibilities are limitless.
They really are limitless. In addition to my initial goals, I have added permanent pages which feature and promote my professional business services, my academic aspirations, businesses I respect, and many other things. While I’ve received some businesses from the site, I have yet to receive a donation. Shame on you Scrooges… Just kidding. Heck, I don’t even list a way to give even if you wanted to. May have to fix that…
Okay, enough babbling. I have outlined eight areas I will cover concerning the Second Amendment and related topics, though the number is subject to change. That’s one of the great things about blogging – you can change anything at any time without restriction. The first in the series will focus on the Natural Law origins of self-defense in general, the precursor to the Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms. The theory existed long before man devised physical weapons, when his only defense came from his actually two arms, right and left. It’s eternal. That is the main point of my first column which will debut soon.
Today I am pleased to announce the arrival of the site’s fourth sponsor: Createspace! See their ad on the left (with all other ads and information). The services they offer are geared towards publishing in the modern world. I am using them for my books (soon, soon). Check out all of their unique features, which go beyond books. This is a gateway to listings on Amazon, Kindle, and other sales avenues – without having to appease a big publishing company or deal with an agent. Look into it!
I updated my CV (big resume), see above, today with some more current information – much of it the result of this site.
This evening I get a new column out. I have several near completion on a variety of topics. It all depends on work and family considerations and how I feel… Stay tuned.
In The News:
Let’s see…war, rumor of war, economic woes worldwide, double-crosses, turmoil, crises … same old stuff.
Here’s something I find fascinating and potentially very useful and educational! MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology for those of you in Cornfield) did something almost unthinkable a few years ago. They basically placed their entire curriculum on the internet completely free to all takers! Check it out: http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm. They count some 2500 courses are available – again all for FREE. Here’s their promo: “Empowering Minds: Through OCW, educators improve courses and curricula, making their schools more effective; students find additional resources to help them succeed; and independent learners enrich their lives and use the content to tackle some of our world’s most difficult challenges…”
Essentially, one can now receive a self-guided education from one of the finest universities in the world for free. I think some courses are limited or exclude – like security sensitive nuclear classes. Otherwise, just about everything available in Boston is available to you on the same computer you’re looking at now.
I regret that I have not made full use of the program, despite knowing about it for some time. I vow to change that. In the future I intend to report on what I learn soon. They offer programs in history, economics, and political science, among many others. I need to pick something out and explore it. You should to.