Nick David Wright

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Yes, I am the flip-flop king!

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January 24, 2010 at 5:05 pm

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Spam boy

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The mother moved into the checkout lane and began unloading her cart.

As the items inched towards me on the conveyor belt I noticed her surreptitiously slip a couple cans of behind another product out of view of the young boy sitting happily in the cart.

It piqued my interest as it was obvious she did not want her son to see those cans. And her plan almost worked. They were almost to the scanner when he saw them.

And he let out the most heart-wrenching sobs I’ve ever heard from a kid. These were not your standard “I’m a brat and don’t want that” cries either.

He wailed: “No, mom! Please! No! Not SPAM! Please don’t get SPAM!”

You’d have thought she was buying some kind of torture device.

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January 21, 2010 at 5:00 am

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How fundamentalism sabotaged my life

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I recently picked up the book “I’m Perfect, You’re Doomed: Tales from a Jehovah’s Witness Upbringing,” by Kyria Abrahams, from the library.

It’s a story about a girl growing up as a Jehovah’s Witness, later to be “disfellowshipped.” I’m not particularly interested in reading about that group of folks but a snippet from the cover jacket caught my eye …

“… explores the ironic absurdity of growing up believing that nothing matters because everything’s about to be destroyed.”

And that resonated with me, because that’s exactly how I grew up.

I wasn’t taken to particularly extreme churches as a child, but the groundwork was laid. And when I found myself cast out of my mother’s house after turning 18, newly married and out in the real world on my own for the first time in my life, that early conditioning took control.

I never finished high school. I was failed my senior year for handing out “Chick tracts,” and I didn’t go back. College was out of the question because the rapture would happen any minute, why waste time in class when I could be out “winning souls.” Not that — to my knowledge — I ever actually won any souls. Funny how constantly arguing with people about how wrong they are tends to turn them away.

Eventually I realized how insane I was being and quit. Quit everything to do with Christianity. In fact, I declared myself pagan. But by that time the damage was done. I was too busy earning a living to go back to school. I’d found myself a career that I was good at that didn’t require schooling (photojournalism) and I coasted on that for nearly 10 years.

Now here I am 31 years old, working on finishing that high school diploma and trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life. One thing I will be doing … living.

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December 29, 2009 at 2:59 pm

What do I want out of life?

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This is a question that has hounded me for some time now.

And I finally realized that I actually know exactly what I want out of life, I just have no idea how to go about getting it.

And what I want out of life turns out to be really simple:

  • I want to spend my time engaged in pursuits meaningful to me, not always chasing after money. In other words, I want to life a life and not spend all of my time earning a living.

At least, it sounds simple. Turns out, not really simple at all; unless of course you happen to win the lottery or get left millions by forgotten Great Aunt Millie. Neither of which conditions apply to me … yet … hopefully.

So how does one escape the seemingly-inescapable trap of working your life away? I have managed to discover a few tips and tricks and I’ll be happy to share them after I get my thoughts a little more in order.

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December 29, 2009 at 1:51 pm

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