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About flatpickingjd

Just your average, liberal vegetarian redneck. Yes, I'm a liberal. Proudly so. I see nothing wrong with that and wear that label with pride. Yes, I'm a vegetarian. I used to be fat, very fat. Then I started taking care of myself, lost a bunch of weight and found it easier to keep that weight off by not eating meat. Or cheese. Or eggs. Or any good stuff. Man, I miss pizza. And, yes, I'm a redneck. I like camping and fishing, listen to bluegrass music and live (from time to time) in the south(west). So, yup, I'm just your average, liberal vegetarian redneck. Serious details about me: I make my living as a lawyer. My practice focus is business law, but I've dabbled in other areas including personal injury, family law, real estate, and water law. I also hold three master's degrees with plans to earn a doctorate. I hope you enjoy your time here, and feel free to comment!

Another cat comes around Pt II

Back in February I wrote about a nasty little beast who started showing up around the house.  He scared Buddy and Spook, chased them both (treed Spook once and cornered Buddy by the patio door) and sprayed the backyard.  Dark … Continue reading

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Some thoughts, one month later

It’s been exactly 30 days since Buddy died in my arms.  As is hopefully understandable, it’s been really hard.  He’d truly become a part of my family and his sudden absence has been really painful.  So many things that I … Continue reading

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Goodbye, my friend.

Buddy died in my arms today, at 7:20 AM. I’m heartbroken. I’ve had three cats in the last 30+ years.  He was by far the most congenial, best-tempered of the trio. All he ever wanted was a warm lap and to … Continue reading

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Another cat comes around.

I’ve been recounting stories of Buddy, a ginger cat who loves my lap and Spook, another ginger cat, who drops by whenever he gets hungry.  We now have a third cat who’s shown up.  Do they have a network or … Continue reading

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Patience, everyone.

As more and more information comes out about the current President and his administration’s ties to Russia, many people are becoming more anxious and wondering whether anything will happen.  By anything is usually meant impeachment, but sometimes includes Congressional inquires … Continue reading

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On the Muslim Ban

The Muslim Ban cannot go unchallenged.  We’ve lived through other bans and purges, were worse off for it, and later realized how wrong they were.  Let’s take a look at America’s racial history.  Apologies beforehand to any group I leave out; … Continue reading

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I weep for my country

We’ve been subjected to the Supreme Leader, Cheeto, for six days now.  What he’s done, with the explicit support of other Republicans and tacit support from Democrats, is chilling.  Our country is becoming unrecognizable. He’s reinstituted the so-called “Mexico City … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

I wish each and every one of you a very Happy New Year.  May it be your healthiest, happiest, most prosperous yet.  I also wish us all peace, joy and love. May 2017 be just the beginning of a long … Continue reading

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Squeezed from the left and the alt-right

I don’t often say much about my personal beliefs as to religion.  It’s not that I’m ashamed or anything; it’s that I think religion is properly a personal matter, and not one that should be dredged up in public.  Some religionists … Continue reading

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When you bring a pet into your home, it’s yours for life.

It’s pretty daunting to take an animal into your home.  You become responsible for every need: food, water, shelter, health.  The animal can’t tell you when it’s hungry, thirsty, needs to come home, or sick so it is up to … Continue reading

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