Douglas Smiley

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If I’ve been down this road before I apologize, but after a month of staring down the same scenery I’m taking this turn so I can look at something different. When I was younger it used to grate my nerves when people would get sad about a celebrity dying. Why get sad about someone you’ve […]

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For the last three or four months I’ve been meaning to sit down and write about some of the things that have been going through my head knowing that I have a baby on the way. Everyone says my world is about change, so for posterity’s sake (and my own) I wanted to be able […]

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For as long as I can remember I’ve always been most content surrounded by solitude. Every now and then I’ll get the urge to peek my head out of hiding, but for the most part the land of quiet and calm is a place I’d rarely leave if life didn’t force me to. When I […]

My Antidepressant

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This blog exists in large part because I’ve always wanted to write this post. It’s important to me. And because it’s important, I’ve always held off writing because I  find it incredibly difficult to say what I want when I’m talking about something that means so much. In this case it’s not a something I […]

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“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” -Leonardo Da Vinci During my time as a guy with a blog who types words for random people to read, I’ve referenced Da Vinci’s quote approximately 164 times. Why? Because it’s the only quote I know (not true), but also because I’m consistently reminded of its validity in my day […]

Beano

On December 30th, 2016 my pup Beano passed away. I want to talk about him. Throughout the course of my life I’ve had different people tell me that they would never say out loud that they love a pet. They would admit to caring deeply for an animal, but love…that was for humans. Well, I […]

Over the past few months I’ve found myself reading biographies on people that lived well before modern times. One of the things that struck me as particularly interesting was the way writers went about gathering information on their subjects. There were no TV interviews to watch, no documents left behind on the internet, and no living relatives […]

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Insert Obvious Statement here I think it’s safe to say that no matter where your political alliances lie the tenor of discourse leading up to and following the election generally amounts to a great big pile of shiitake mushrooms — buried under a great big pile of shit. The candidates were disgraceful, members of congress were […]