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"Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind."
"Every calling is great when greatly pursued."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Do nothing, say nothing and be nothing and you will never be criticized."
(Paraphrase)
- Elbert Hubbard

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March 30, 2017

It's been a while since I did an update. My new website is coming along nicely (DCUE - you
can access via logo at left). I will be adding content over the next month or so, and then
when I have all of the sites I have visited on there, I will be deleting the abandoned
photography from this site. I have let go of ruraldecay.net; I didn't have much content on
the site and I don't think it came up in search rankings, so I didn't get much traffic. But
being the quintessential nerd that I am, I just had to add the DCUE site because having
less than four websites would be unacceptable.

I am still having a blast teaching my friend to paint. She has a natural ability, so it has
been pretty easy to teach her. She is very enthusiastic, which makes it fun.

I must say, I am happier than I have ever been in my life. I am in a fantastic
relationship, have been sober several years now, have finally found the right combination
of medication that I need, have great people in my life, am painting and doing
photography, and I enjoy every day no matter what I am doing. I have had a lot of pain in
my life, but it has all been worth it to get to where I am now. Life is so precious, and can
be gone in an instant. I don't want to waste one single minute. I wake up happy, and can't
wait to get out and play. It is possible to be a nihilist and still be happy and positive. :)

February 15, 2017

Added a blog post on some new paintings I've done.  I've been painting quite a bit since I
set up my new studio.

February 3, 2017

Happy February!  Winter will be over before we know it.

I have a new photography logo!  I designed it myself.  You can see it on the vertical menu
bar.  I love bats, and black and red is my favorite color scheme.

January 28, 2017

A friend designed a new art logo for me.  It's fantastic!  She's a senior graphic designer
and is such a talented artist!

January 26, 2017

A friend who is an excellent graphic designer is going to design a logo for my new site.  
Very excited to see what she comes up with.

Speaking of which, I am teaching the same friend to paint.  Actually, she is more or less
teaching herself - I am just guiding the process.  I enjoy teaching.  For an impatient
person, I am surprisingly patient when it comes to that.  It is great seeing the excitement
on someone's face when they explore art.

January 25, 2017

A chart indicating reputable news v. biased/questionable news.

I have bought a new domain - dcurbanexploration.com.  I will be creating content in the
next month or so.  Once I have the new website up and running I will be moving all of my
abandoned content there.

January 18, 2017

Added a blog entry re: new paintings.  I did three recently.

January 9, 2017

Machiavellian personality test.  This very brief test estimates whether you have high or low
Machiavellian tendencies.  I tested high mac.

January 5, 2017

Happy New Year!  I am very excited about the new year.  I just set up a new art studio in
my home, and I am happy as a clam!  Wishing the best to you and yours in the year ahead.

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