Author Bio


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I was born in Pusan, South Korea (Busan if you are Korean) and was left on a street when I was 3 years old. I was adopted and lived my early childhood in Jackson, Mississippi which was… interesting. I moved to Memphis, TN around the first grade I believe and although similar in some ways, Memphis was very different in others. My adopted parents are white, my mom is a writer and my father is a doctor, and I have an adopted sister (SK as well) and a white adopted brother. I am the middle child.

I grew up playing competitive soccer, golf, and gymnastics. I hate baseball, so I guess I will never be “American.” Something about small hard objects being thrown at my face does not appeal to me. I was never tall enough, when I was young, and did not get picked often to play basketball. They would say “we will takkkkkkeeee… Cindy!” “DAMMIT!” Growing up with all white friends and black school mates was a bummer because I was generally in the lower 25% in height and weight. A fact that was readily apparent in physical altercations, but I will say that I gave as good as I got. I grew up white, which really just is the simple truth. I didn’t even eat Asian food, and yes I say Asian here because I wasn’t Korean at the time.

I attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and quickly went from a good student to a below average student. Mainly because for some reason to do well in school you have to attend class, a concept that passed me by. I did not do well in college mostly because of anger at my birth mom, which I discovered in 2000. I still have not met her or talked to her and she has kept me from ever meeting my older sister, whom I didn’t know existed till 2000 as well. It took me 12 years to move past that. I still like soju though… so at least I have a comforting companion.

I enjoy writing, poetry, history, animal shows, ESPN, a few regular shows, and I also LOVE Anthony Bourdain. If I could meet him I would, he has inspired me in many ways. I would also love to meet Robert Jordan, W.E.B. Griffin, and Raymond E. Feist, my three favorite authors. Unfortunately I will have to wait a bit to meet Jordan, RIP we will always miss you Robert. Your light still shines.

Currently I work in information technology under the yoke of Corporate Rule… but maybe one day I will be able to be a real writer. Right now I do not consider myself a writer at all, in fact I would say I am an amateur pretending to be a writer. I will accept the title of blogger though, that I suppose I have earned. I enjoy scotch, 12 years or even older if I can afford it. Famous Grouse is my favorite brand because it is cheap, but if I could drink Macallen every day I would. Unfortunately my Crohn’s keeps me from drinking too much of that, probably a good thing.

What else, this is beginning to sound pretty frivolous, I like debate and I admire conviction and passion in anyone. I dislike people that throw facts around without basis, or that try to validate themselves by throwing up hypotheticals, that to me is the most annoying thing ever. I guess I am more human than I thought.

I currently live in Colorado with my wife and two daughters. It snows here. I hate snow. Anyways, that is pretty much me.

Jason Cushman

-Opinionated Man

aopinionatedman@gmail.com

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942 thoughts on “Author Bio

  1. Hello there! It was nice to know an opinionated man from South Korea. I have been in few parts of Asia but not been in your place yet, which I hope to visit soon. You have given your country such an impression. Thank you.

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  2. I just wanted to stop by and say thank you for the follow, but I quickly pressed the follow button myself! You have an unique perspective and I look forward to reading more from you!

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  3. Thank you for the follow on my blog yeatofthedyke.WordPress.com! I really appreciate it. I hope you enjoy my blogging, and be on the lookout for new posts (:
    Your blog looks really great, and I can’t wait to start reading it and see where you go with it.
    Have a wonderful day.
    -Sara

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  4. I am excited to start reading your blog. I am intrigued in your unique perspective, it seems that you have had a very interesting life.
    Thanks for following mine as well.

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  5. You seem to me an amazing personality Jason!! I see your blog is hell popular :) :) Plus i read a few posts and you deserve this popularity !!! Thank you for a follow back Jason – Love, Veronica

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  6. Thanks for liking and following my posts.
    Sorry to here that you were having a hard time with your mom and hope and pray that you have forgiven her. Being raise by my mom was hard and forgiving her was hard since she really feel sorry that she left my dad until couple years ago. But she will always be my mom and I am thankful that she brought me into this world.
    Love and Blessings,
    Donnia

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  7. Hi, what an interesting blog you’ve got here…really enjoy reading what you’ve got to say. Thanks for the follow over on ‘365 days of God’s Love’. Cheers and God Bless :)

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  8. Interesting blog! Thanks for following Shepherding All God’s Creatures, I hope you enjoy it! We love animals and we Love God and we also Love the Church but wish the church would take their place in including the animal kingdom as part of what ministry is all about. Thanks again for following us!!

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  9. What a poignant perspective you offer in this blog, an interesting counterpoint to my own struggles from family dysfunction through infertility. Thanks for the follow!

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  10. Thanks for following my blog. Also I like debating too, and at least the way I was taught debating involves explaining things as thoroughly as possible, so I also don’t like it when people just throw something at you and think it can be called an argument.

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  11. Hello dear Opinionated,
    How touchy story! Your parents were really desperate ar insane to leave you on the street at age 3…because I can imagine you have memories of your early childhood…..I am so happy that you stopped by because my ambition is also being a writer! When I lived in Japan I was inspired by the Asian fox mythology and wrote a book about it included the Korean fox demon as well…
    I’d love to hear of you again I will certainly read more stories from your blog
    thanks again for stopping by
    best rgds
    Lilla the Spajzgirl

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  13. Hi Jason,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and following! Lovely to read about your background, very interesting and some areas kind of reminds me a bit of my childhood except I was token Asian in Ireland! Looking forward to reading more of your stuff! All the best :)

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  14. Nice to meet you, and thanks for following me! And don’t feel bad about not being tall enough. I have been 5’2″ since I was 10. I was a tall fifth grader, but at 35, now I just get called “adorable.” Punks. :\ :D

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  15. I fail to understand how you can deny being a writer; writers write—compulsively. If you can’t keep your sore and swollen fingers off the keyboard, you’re a writer. Authors, on the other hand, are simply published writers, often with huge egos because they are numbered among the few drops of cream that has floated to the milk jug’s surface. At times I think they are the scum that floats on a pond’s surface, but they are just the ones who don’t appreciate my contributions to the literary cosmos. See what I mean? I’m a writer because I can continue ad nauseam.

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    • I suppose I have just never considered myself one. I am starting to though as I have been at this for almost 18 months… not long by most standards, but long for me. I appreciate the encouragement. :)

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  16. Hi Jason, thank you for following me, I really appreciate it (I am a loyal reader of your blog), yet who can blame it: you write amazing. And I am sure that even you (not just your followers) will be able to call yourself a writer soon (because you definitely are already!) :) Hope you have great day, -Joy

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  17. Hello, Many thanks for following my blog and liking to read my stuff in Africa, Kenya – Nandi Hills town. Having such fans (me included) means you’re already a good writer and not an amateur. You’ve inspired me to raise my game to your blogging level and that’s why I followed you instantly.

    I hope my writing would get as “tall” as I am ;-)

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