Randy’s blog — more than 700 entries — goes back to 1994. If you’d like to read through all of them, it’ll take you awhile — but you’ll be amply entertained. The first entry is here: Introducing My Blog, and there are links at the bottom of each page (above the comments) to get to the next entry.
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A Listing of ALL Blog Entries is here — the listing is long. Note there’s a search function in the navbar if you’re trying to find something specific. The following is a listing of the most-recent entries:
- 070: Pushing for Better - Company owners aren’t just employers: sometimes they’re mentors who can change lives. My buddy Doc recently told me about his old boss, and his story illustrates what I mean very clearly. Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast70
- Me and …Rodney King?! - I was a bit startled yesterday to learn that a well-known person featured in a This is True story was in fact aware that I wrote about him.
- Fixing Georgia - A story in this week’s issue needs a lot more room for explanation, not to mention a full-sized copy of the graph involved. First, let’s start with the story, from True’s 18 May 2020 issue:
- 069: A Link to the Future - When you really look into something that’s “obvious” and “common sense,” sometimes you’ll find that ...the “experts” are wrong! This is the story of a man who was pretty sure the industry experts were wrong about something, and boy did it take him a lot of effort to turn that industry around. But he did, because his Uncommon Sense beat their common sense. Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast69
- A Just War - A story by True contributor Mike Straw this week uses a powerful quote as a tagline. Mike, a retired career U.S. Air Force officer, posted a Twitter thread about his research for the tagline, and it was so good I thought I’d have him expand his introduction just a bit so it can be posted ... Continue Reading
- Why My New Podcast Host is So Cool - Why I'm jazzed about my new podcast host: it's easier for you!
- 068: What Normal? - Everyone says they want to “go back” to “normal” rather than have the constant uncertainty of the pandemic. But what “normal” do we want to “go back” to? It’s time to think about a new normal — what do we want to go to as this craziness ramps down? (11-1/4 minutes) Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast68
- 067: Counterintuitive - An American company that makes masks and other PPE chose NOT to ramp up production to help with the COVID pandemic. That sounds like a decision to be criticized, but it’s actually an example of Uncommon Sense. This episode explores why (14 minutes). Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast67
- Stay Put …Still - The Scenario Discussed in my blog post Stay Put looks more and more likely: that pressure on government officials to let businesses “open back up” is growing, and it’s way too early for that.
- 066: Masking the Problem - Some of the stories told in Uncommon Sense are wonderful, but we can’t always relate to the person in the sense we can’t necessarily emulate them: we’re not all well-connected technology geeks, born at the right point in history, or whatever. But here’s a couple of stories about regular people who got past whatever fears they have of the coronavirus, and stepped up to make a difference that anyone can do — if they apply a little Uncommon Sense. Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast66
- Stay Put - Business owners pressured government officials to let them open back up…. Theater owners even descended on Mayor Mills’ office to demand he ease up on restrictions that were costing them $50,000 per week.
- Kup-pa Ko-fi - True has had a presence on Patreon for a few years now. Patreon is one of several sites that helps “creators” get support from patrons. In late 2017, Patreon made a bone-headed decision that resulted in well over half of True’s patrons bailing, mostly for my own home-rolled alternative. The downside of both: having to create yet another “account” on ... Continue Reading
- 065: Beating the Fear over Covid - The rise of COVID-19 is exceeded only by the fear it engenders. Yet Uncommon Sense tells us that fear is getting in the way of what we should be focusing on, not just in the face of the pandemic but always. Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast65
- 064: The Line in the Sand - Colorado, having seen constant partisan manipulations of redistricting in the past — Gerrymandering — actually did something about it, and they did something radical in the process: they exercised Uncommon Sense (18-1/2 minutes). Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast64
- Every Day is International Women’s Day - No, this isn’t a trendy “International Women's Day” post (but I love one tweet I saw: “There is absolutely no symbolism more perfect than International Women’s Day being 23 hours long.” —Elaine Filadelfo)
- 063: The Contrarian - Having Uncommon Sense often means going against what “everyone” says is the right way to do something. Being a contrarian can absolutely be the correct way to succeed. Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast63
- 062: “Why Should I Have to Develop a Sense of Humor?” - 062: After This is True stories on religion, it’s fairly typical for a reader or two to complain. This time the complaint was, ‘Why should I have to develop a sense of humor’ (about his religion)? This episode is my response to that question: it of course comes down to …a matter of Uncommon Sense (19-1/4 minutes). Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast62
- Make Cheating Wrong Again - A bit of a rant about the Georgia State Trooper cheating scandal: their commissioner has the problem all wrong.
- 061: The Domino Effect - 061: James Flanagan followed his gut, and the domino effect that followed is so amazing, you’ll find it hard to believe that one guy’s efforts are probably a part of your life every day — even though he’s been dead for several years. (12-1/2 minutes). Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast61
- 060: Uncommon Sense in Kids - 060: Uncommon Sense in Kids — How to Help Your Kids be Millionaires ...when YOU aren't rich (15-3/4 minutes). Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast60
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