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by David Todd McCarty | Wednesday, November 18, 2015

There is really no more American holiday than Thanksgiving.

It embodies everything we think of as good about America. Celebrating a bountiful harvest. Giving thanks. Sharing with family, friends and neighbors. The promise of good things to come.

Some of you might be thinking, “What about the Fourth of July? What about celebrating the birth of our great nation? Independence Day? Isn’t that the most American holiday?”

No. It’s not. Allow me to explain.

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by David Todd McCarty | Tuesday, November 17, 2015

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

The world has gone mad. There’s no denying this, but if we can gain any solace from our current predicament, it’s that it’s not the first time, and unfortunately, it won’t be the last. We have a history of madness in the family if you will.

In the Christian tradition this is known as original sin. The fall of man. The point where we left the Garden and were broken forever. Other cultures have their own origin story, but here in the West, where a majority still identify with a Judeo-Christian faith, we left the safety of The Garden and entered a world of violence and madness.

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by David Todd McCarty | Sunday, November 15, 2015

I recently purchased a Fitbit, a wristband computer that records your steps, heart rate, etc. If records a ridiculous amount of information and displays it all in these cool graphics on your phone. Nothing like a little mild OCD to help motivate you to lose weight.

Walk a mile. Check your phone. Climb the stairs. Check your phone.

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by David Todd McCarty | Thursday, November 12, 2015

I originally began writing this on Veteran’s Day, mostly in response to the flood of nonsense I saw on my Facebook feed. It was just sheep. No thought. Just empty, saccharine gestures.

I didn’t post it out of the respect that I do have for people who have served, or are still serving in the military. It’s an often difficult, thankless job with shitty pay, and very few benefits. I understand why they feel they provide a service to a largely ungrateful nation.

But, and you knew there was going to be a but, I have an issue with the whole thing and I think it’s disingenuous to pretend that I don’t.

The truth is, I have a hard time reconciling my displeasure with how we utilize our armed forces in this country, with the sacrifices of the people who serve.

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by David Todd McCarty | Wednesday, November 4, 2015

There is nothing more satisfying, more perfect, or even more mystifying, than a perfect slice of pizza. When done properly, pizza contains the perfect blend of chewy textures, combined with salty, acidic and smokey flavors, all in a food you can eat with your hands. And it’s cheap!

However, finding that perfect slice is much more daunting than you’d think. It’s such a simple food, with only a few ingredients, that you would think it wouldn’t be so hard to find, but if you really believe that, you’re probably from the Midwest and you’re wrong.

The great thing about truly good pizza is that it’s still a mystery. Is it the water, the dough, the oven, the cheese, the sauce? Yes. And at the same time, a resounding no.

At its most basic, pizza is dough (flour, water, salt, yeast) tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. But a lot more goes into it than you’d think.

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by David Todd McCarty | Tuesday, November 3, 2015

We live in a loud world.

The music. The traffic. The colors. The entertainment. The styles. The music. It’s all deafening.

Kanye and Kardashians. Big egos and asses. Poster children for the era we currently find ourselves in. All hype. No humility.

Even the written word seems to have gotten loud. John Stewart doesn’t make a joke. He destroys. Obama doesn’t make a point. He annihilates the Republicans. She’s not pretty, she’s stunning. You didn’t find something amusing, you can’t stop laughing. It’s not mildly interesting, you won’t be able to believe your eyes.

There is no cool anymore. Just hype.

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by David Todd McCarty | Monday, October 19, 2015

 

Nostalgia (n). 1. A sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.

When looking through old photographs, we often say things like, “Look at this picture of me from when I was younger.” But as my wife would tell you, all pictures are from when we were younger.

Time marches on and nothing ever stays the same.

Nostalgia is more emotion than truth. We look back through rose-colored lenses at a time when we believe things were better. That’s just not always accurate. We choose to remember the good parts, and leave out the bad parts. Than can be a very healthy thing in the right hands. But it can also lead to damaging results.

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by David Todd McCarty | Thursday, October 15, 2015

 

My wife Jane thinks it’s silly to talk about having a fire in the fireplace.

“Where else would you light a fire? The sink?” she’ll say.

I guess she has a point, but it sounds strange to simply say, “I think I’ll start a fire” then walk into the other room.

I grew up with a fireplace and I have one today. It’s glorious.

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by David Todd McCarty | Friday, October 9, 2015

 

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats. It was the second time I’d heard the song, but the first time I didn’t look up who it was. I was on my way to get a haircut in my rental car, so I was listening to the old fashioned radio instead of satellite. It was a local alt rock station, which to some is still just corporate rock, but I’m almost fifty years old, so it’s often all new to me.

At first listen, it seemed like a strange style of song to be on this station. Kind of bluegrass, a little country. Even for a station that plays bands like Mumford and Sons. It definitely had a throwback sound, and I was digging it.

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by David Todd McCarty | Tuesday, October 6, 2015

 

It’s scarf season motherfuckers. That’s right. I’m breaking out my scarves and there’s nothing you can do about it. Black ones, grey ones, yellow ones. Linen, wool, cotton. Long, wide, frayed, infinite loop, keffiyeh. I’ve got em all. And yet, I just bought two more.

I’ve always said that fat men love scarves, but that’s probably not even accurate. A lot of fat men are constantly hot, so maybe a scarf is not the thing for them. What I should say is that this fat man loves scarves, and really, that’s all that matters.

I love scarves because they go with everything. They draw your eye to the face, as opposed to the oversized midsection. They hide and disguise in very clever ways. They are, in effect, quite magical.

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