My Flag


My flag is red, white, and blue. It is the same flag I swore to protect and the same flag I have come to cherish since becoming a citizen. Maybe that flag isn’t as important to some of you that were born under the safety of it. To immigrants, adoptees, and nationals the American Flag means more than we can say.

Have your symbols. Have your victories and celebrate them and life. That is your right and it is the same freedom we all cherish in this country. Do not impress your values on me, that is not freedom. In fact it is the very thing people so often claim to hate. Have your banners and wave them proudly. Create new symbols and add value to them. Just do not try to raise those symbols above the one thing that is meant to represent us all. Leave my flag the fuck alone.

-Opinionated Man

Jason C. Cushman

  

The HarsH ReaLiTy (another one bites the dust)


Opinionated Man:

Thank you everyone for the support and encouragement while I dealt with things. I really do appreciate it and obviously you as well Linda. -OM

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Originally posted on lindaghill:

So soon on the heels of the demise of the WordPress site “Mindful Digressions,” hosted by the amazing Doobster, comes the closure of HarsH ReaLiTy, brainchild of our beloved Opinionated Man, Jason Chandler Cushman.

I met Jason shortly after I started writing here on Life in Progress – I commented on one of his posts and was flabbergasted when he responded. From that day forward I knew what it took to gain a following, and quickly learned that there is a community at WordPress – one that is supportive, caring, and friendly. I thought about deleting my post “Save HarsH ReaLiTy,” but I think I’ll keep it open – it illustrates more than anything I’ve seen so far what a fantastic place we have here. You can view it here: http://lindaghill.com/2015/01/14/save-harsh-reality/ Most of all, read the comments. They are inspiring and heartwarming both.

Belinda at Idiot Writing – https://idiotwriting.wordpress.com/ – and…

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All the Best in a Harsh Reality~


Opinionated Man:

Funny thing about that quote. Such a different state of mind was had when writing those words. It is almost ironic… at least to me. I appreciate you relaying my words while I was gone Belinda. -OM

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Originally posted on ~Idiot Writing~ :

‘It is obvious that he wants the sun, but he does not want the recognition from the light. He bleeds for the safety of the shadow even as the darkness betrays him and turns to day. Sometimes I miss the night’ ~Jason Cushman

This is all that is left of Harsh Reality. The only quote I could find of Jason’s, which I had saved in an old draft from when I was guest blogging on his WordPress site.

Why?

The blogsite, ‘Harsh Reality’, hosted by aopinionatedman AKA – Jason Cushman, has closed. 

‘End of an era’, may be a cliché, what more can I say though? A blogger has been silenced.

He made us laugh, he made us mad, he made us sad and happy and shared parts of himself no one else would dare to do. Most of all – he made us think to look behind our masks and…

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What a Weekend! Sunday!


Opinionated Man:

Great post and photos! I guess the obvious question is… did you have black pudding? :) -OM
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Originally posted on wafflemethis:

So after a fantastic day on Saturday and a good nights rest Sunday begin with a full English breakfast then after packing the mountain back into the car and checking out we planned a countryside route toward Glasgow and the M74 home.
First stop Loch lubnaig

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A peaceful coffee and relax on the shores in a beautiful beautiful place

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Then across to the falls of dochart a pub lunch and a pint before making the most of the photo opportunities

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I even managed to get Mrs waffles to have a photo taken.

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Then a quick visit to Loch lomond to see Mr and Mrs Duck and the Ducklings before the long drive home and the reality of work the next day.

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