Writing Prompt Response: A computer is filling out DnD stats based off of yourself. You see your stats and you’re surprised to see you have an exceptionally high skill you didn’t realize you were good at…

I am going to be sharing things I have written on here, fiction and nonfiction. I’ve already shared blog posts I’ve written, but there’s much more I can, and should, write.

Guest Article: Autumn – A Time for Cuddling (1 of 2)

A special thanks to my good friend Kenneth Green for letting me write a post on his blog. You can find it here. This will be a two part series that discusses staying close to someone you are romantically involved with, and rekindling things when the fire dulls to embers. I’m hoping to write more themed content like this in the future, and hoping it will help this blog’s focus and purpose take shape!

She’s Almost 5 Years Old, People

Last night my daughter informed me our oldest had hurt her, by “being mean” and specifically by not letting her sit in a chair that he was using as a foot rest. I asked her “What do you think his punishment should be?”

She goes “Umm… we can punch him?”

I say “No, honey. We don’t punch people, that’s not okay.” Then thinking about recent events, I added “Unless they are Nazis.”

My daughter smiles and seems to understand, and she says “OK.” After a few more moments, she then says. “So I can punch [big brother], because he’s a Not See?”

VLAN Down By The River

Sung to the tune “Rolling on the River” by Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Lyrics originally written by Brian McDonald

Bet a good job is a Net Admin
Workin’ for the WAN ev’ry night and day
And I never lost one packet of a frame’
Worryin’ ’bout how the load balance been

Big switch keep on addressin
‘Proud Core keep on routin’
Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ on the VLAN

Cleaned a lot of routes in Memphis
Pumped a lot of NAT down in New Orleans
But I never saw the good side of a HASH
‘Til I hitched a ride on a VLAN queen

Big switch keep on addressin’
Proud Core keep on routin’
Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ on the VLAN
Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ on the VLAN

If you come down to the dat center
Bet you gonna find some PORTS who’re live
You don’t have to worry ’cause you have if you got no CAT
People in the data center are happy to give

Big switch keep on addressin’
Proud Core keep on routin’
Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ on the VLAN
Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ on the VLAN
Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ on the VLAN
Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ on the VLAN
Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ on the VLAN

The Pregnant Dear Scenario

In a forest, a pregnant deer is about to give birth. She finds a remote grass field near a strong-flowing river. This seems a safe place. Suddenly labour pains begin.

At the same moment, dark clouds gather around above and lightning starts a forest fire. She looks to her left and sees a hunter with his bow extended pointing at her. To her right, she spots a hungry lion approaching her.

What can the pregnant deer do? She is in labour! She is constrained by the fire on the one side, and the flowing river on the other, boxed in by her natural predators.

What does she do? She focuses on giving birth to a new life.

The sequence of events that follows are:

– Lightning strikes and blinds the hunter.

– He releases the arrow which zips past the deer and strikes the hungry lion.

– It starts to rain heavily, and the forest fire is slowly doused by the rain.

– The deer gives birth to a healthy fawn.

In our life too, there are moments of choice when we are confronted on all sides with calamities.

Maybe we can learn from the deer. The priority of the deer, in that given moment, was simply to give birth to a baby. The rest was not in her hands, and any action or reaction that changed her focus would have likely resulted in death or disaster.

“Every moment is a moment of choice.  Every hour is an hour of Destiny.”

(Stolen from a bunch of places, none of which credited the original author if in fact there was one.  If you know the author, feel free to share).