I have started many websites and blogs before. All of them with a focus on their audience and providing relevant content.

Tales from the midst of life is different. This is the most personal project I’ve started so far.

I am writing about what is relevant to me – not what’s relevant for you.

Reading this blog will take some of your time that might better invested elsewhere.

This is not a “must read”. You choose if you want to visit my personal space or not.

I’m in the midst of life and try to live it in a conscious way – not just let it slide by and see it come to an end – way before I might pass away. This, of course, is a constant struggle and that’s what part of this blog is about. My journey with all its ups and downs is the core piece of this blog.

I have a number of long standing love affairs with things I am passionate about. One part of this blog will cover my “affairs”.

Sometimes I get really mad. I need to vent. There is a rant corner on this blog just for that.

More often than getting mad I get highly amused – especially by odd stuff. Of course I’ll write about that as well. That is clearly the lighter side of the blog.

I am also part of the Twitter and Facebook community. One section of the blog will cover a digest of these updates. It simply shows what’s been driving me on any given day.

This blog serves as a journal for me – in the true sense blogs were originally designed to be – before they became the powerhouses of modern content distribution.

Of course this blog is garnished with typos. I am a serial typo producer. At least you know I didn’t outsource the stories of my life;-)

Casual Friday





Grass roots
Being in the zone
Feeling overwhelmed
Crime Prevention
Death penalty
Agreeing to disagree
Shutting someone down
TV Networks
Thrift stores & garage sales
Khakis and embroidered shirts
Living without fear
Letting go
Holding on to anger
Lifelong learning
Being grouchy
Laughing about myself
Making fun of others
Resolving conflict
Anything addicting
Fast food
Living in the fast lange
Being stuck
Nice smells
Cigarette smoke
Natural highs
Gender equality
Being macho and being serious about it
Lifelong relationships
One night stands
Being physically active
Silent treatments or other forms of passive aggressiveness
Random acts of kindness
Being a dick
Not caring for others
Non-violent communication
Parents yelling at their kids

Domino Candy :)



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Time for some wishful thinking

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Suggested considerations for online daters

This post belongs into the strictly personal category. These are just some considerations of mine. Take the best and leave the rest. Maybe they can help some of you to gain a little more clarity about whom they should be looking for. As we all know: “Love is all around”.  That doesn’t mean we need […]

Too hot to handle?

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How to disarm a racist

I’ve been reading updates about the Paula Dean story. Here is a good write-up that lists some pretty appalling facts. It is another story that evolves around the “N-Word” but of course it goes much deeper than that. I don’t like how this debate is often reduced to the use of one very disrespectful word. […]

To bang or not to bang

You have most probably heard of the Bang with Friends Facebook App by now. It made the rounds on nearly all social media blogs last week. It let’s you select which of your friends you’d have sex with. If one of those chosen ones decides that “banging” you would be a good idea as well […]

Lessons from 2012, applied to 2013

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To helmet or not to helmet?

I grew up in a world where everyone whore helmets when riding a motorcycle and no one wore them for skiing or cycling except when  racing. That conditioned how I felt about them. I see people in Colorado riding their motorcycles without helmets and think it is pretty stupid. To me it is one of […]

Questions to Paul Ryan before he can have my vote

Venting alert: today I am not censoring myself. I am not being polite. I am letting it all out. Because I can’t always suck it up. I am very disappointed in what the Republican party has turned into. They have become a club of extremists. They put shame on our country. In any other Western […]

London, thanks for the reminder

Dear Great Britain, there are really a lot of things that suck about you: Your weather, even in the days of global warming Your government(s) are often annoying, especially when it comes to European politics Your poisonous food London’s financial district has been one of the big creators for our global financial crisis Plus you […]

I never argue. I’m just trying to explain why I am right.

I never argue. I’m just trying to explain why I am right.