Author Archives: Brian McCarrel

About Brian McCarrel

I am the late, great middle class working stiff that is the framework of society. Notice I didn't say foundation, that would indicate my ego was over sized. I (like many of you) am a victim of my own desire to be what those around us think we should be. But more on that later ... And excuse the grammar, I'm NOT a professional.

A test from God – Part II

Thank you, dear reader, for returning to my yarn of adventure and survival in the great wilderness. When you last heard from me I was battling incredible odds through a tortuous mountain storm in conditions so bleak most men would … Continue reading

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A test from God – Part I

In case you haven’t noticed, the times they are a-changin. Accord to Mr Dylan, Come gather ’round people Wherever you roam And admit that the waters Around you have grown And accept it that soon You’ll be drenched to the … Continue reading

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You are being watched

I’ve been watching you. Not in the creepy stalker way. Not in the secretive NSA way. Not in the we-didn’t-do-anything-with-that-information Facebook way. I’ve just been watching. I watch at stoplights, I watch at the grocery store. I keep my eyes … Continue reading

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Lack of Security

We all need certain essential “things” to survive and prosper. Food, water, shelter, sleep, and sex all come to mind for most of us. The common pursuit of these essentials is the basis for society. That way we can work … Continue reading

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Welcome back

Alright, so it’s been a while. You see, I started writing. Not for a living, mind you, but getting paid to write nonetheless. This caused a strange thing to happen. I started to dislike pounding out words. I believe it … Continue reading

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Thought for a beautiful October day

“Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; love more, and all good things will be yours.” – Swedish proverb

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I recently had a conversation with a friend about leadership. Not necessarily leadership like the President, CEO of a corporation, or a field general. This conversation was about being first, taking chances, and shunning security for the sake of doing … Continue reading

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Godspeed, adventure and exploration

On Thursday of this week Scott Carpenter died. For those of you that are less than somewhere in your 50s, he was one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts and the fourth American into space. The Mercury Seven astronauts were … Continue reading

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Thought for an October evening

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. – Mahatma Gandhi  

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Dance monkey, dance

There is an old saying about authors. It’s been paraphrased many times, so I’m not sure of the exact original words. What I was told amounts to “you make the monkeys dance.” It means that the writer of a story … Continue reading

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