Thought of the day: blog

The blog post. I know little about the blogging. Merriam Webster says its a website for personal reflection and comments as it relates to what writers have to say about their lives, which I assume includes the people around them, thus, their lives too. In which case, I’ll probably be talking about my wife. I’ll have to change her name to protect her innocence. Not that she’s guilty of anything, except loving me.

As for the word’s etymology, it derives from the combined word Web and Log. Hence, he blog, she blog, not to be confused with Cyndi Lauper’s ‘She Bop,’ which addresses the touchy-feely subject of female masturbation (no puns intended). When I think of log, I think of Captain James Tiberius Kirk of Star Trek marking the USS Enterprise’s progress through space. Boil it down. Think legacy. What do you plan to leave behind?

So, why have I started to blog? For much the same reason. My wife and a few others have said I should put my writing skills to good use and reach out to others. Feel free to share your opinions, ideas, feelings. A professor from my graduate school days at UNLV encouraged me to do just that in my weekly journals. In short, I was forced to reflect on my reasons for teaching. In other words, why I wanted to impart my expertise to a lot of kids who didn’t give a crap about their education. I hold out hope that won’t always be the case. So, now I bravely invite new ideas, leaving myself open to discussions in the hope that sharing my stories inspire someone else.

Published by: frankmarquezwritings

I'm a writer, and have been for most of my adult life. Without making this sound too much like a resume, I wrote creatively in college, dabbling in poetry, short stories and playwriting. Later, I used my skills to become a journalist, public affairs specialist, copy editor and eventually a guy who ran his own newspaper. Now, I'm back to letting my imagination run wild in some new creations including a science-fiction novel. Somehow, I also managed to teach English to high school kids, and roam the battlefields of Afghanistan as a field historian. Field historian may be a misnomer considering all I did was write abstracts summarizing military unit profiles and missions that included hundreds of interviews of troops and contractors in combat. I grew up in a small town called Gering, Nebraska, before escaping to Pomona, California, where I spent my last two years of high school, graduating from Ganesha High School in 1983. I have a Bachelors in English from the University of La Verne (1987), and a Masters in Education from UNLV (2007). In between, I worked for government - the Army and TSA. I served tours in Panama, D.C., and Tokyo, all thanks to a teacher who encouraged me to see the world before I settled down. As hobbies, I run, hike and bicycle long distances. I have also been known to surf and ski. I now live in my hometown after moving back in June 2015. I get to see family on a regular basis, breath fresh air, and not have to ride the D.C. metro or get stuck in traffic. In fact, I ride my bicycle whenever I can. I'm happily married to my wife Lisa, and we watch over a pack of fur babies, our dog Charley, and three cats Spike, Bootsy, and Franky (his shelter name). If you should ever visit me in west Nebraska, be prepared to feast your eyes on paradise.

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