Fortune and Glory

“The Interwebs is the land of friends, fakes, frauds, and phonies. Still, one should always say, ‘Howdy.’ Why? Because Southerners are polite, now and forever more.”


I’m a tech guy, writer, and a hack of photographer—see above. A few favorite locales. The Quad. A Nashville eclipse. Downtown Franklin, TN. The Coloseo. As the longest-running train in the United States, the Durango to Silverton train (bottom right in the grid) is an amazing piece of engineering. It has operated out of the same Depot since 1882. What would it have been like to cut the tracks through the canyon to chase silver in the mountains? You can see from the picture the train dances along the cliffside. The live view is breathtaking. Hard to imagine the blood, sweat, and tears those shed to build the line, but I’m sure there was at least some doubt. I think we all have those moments in life where we hesitate to push ourselves for one reason or another. It’s hard to put yourself out there. No matter what we do. Fortune and glory.

To keep me going, one of my favorite quotes is tacked up on an old bulletin board in my office. I came across these words in college and still steal a glance from time to time. Say what you want about Teddy Roosevelt, but he was one daring man.

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure … Than to rank with the poor spirits though neither enjoy or suffer much. Because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory or defeat.”

Teddy Roosevelt

Confidence is king. At times, it can be fleeting. Who knows? Maybe, a kind word or friendly article will strike a chord. To navigate my personal blog of sorts, try clicking Featured Articles. These are typically longer reads. Nines is an evolving collection of my favorites taking into account personal choice and all-time hit count. Mizzou fans were hungry for a championship against Auburn in 2013, taking down my hosting server (this feels somewhat quaint with today’s technology). But, hey, we’re always hungry. Sigh. The curse continues. Short Form is an experiment I ran a year ago, where I wrote daily, quickly and more than a little dirty. The project lasted about 180 days, but then I felt this was distracting from other endeavors. These were quick thoughts. Snippets. Quotes. A glimpse in time. Ideas that didn’t quite reach the summit. But that doesn’t mean they weren’t important. Perhaps, just maybe, they will lead to a story one day (I do add a quick thought here from time to time). And Cliff Notes and Speeches are just as advertised, I like to keep track of what I’ve read of late (this is more for me than anything). And Books, well, that is shameless advertising. Support me by giving these a read.

Seek your dreams. Nothing but, “Fortune and glory, kid.” More to come.

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