Why I Blog on WordPress

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Can I help you to smile when smiling has become unpopular. Allowing you some respite from the struggle we all share in our own way. I extend a virtual hand because it is virtually effortless to do. Caring to see if care is needed and showing concern where concern has become extinct. Can you feel the want that comes from […]

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Tracing my past

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I could trace my past all day. Drawing question marks in the sand. Rewriting history so many times over in an attempt to understand what happened. Does it ever really help? I could trace the lines of your name. But would I ever know you any better? Rewriting words that will forever be a mystery to me. In a language […]

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The Color of My Words

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Do the color of my words matter? Would you read them better if I dressed them in white or black? Combining the passion of the moment with the honesty of my pen. I color my words blindly just as I color all of you. Do you appreciate my attempt? Or instead do you hate the shade that I chose. I […]

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Gifts of a Stranger

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Gifts of a stranger, a nameless man who in some societies would be called my father. A man I have never met, and yet I receive a gift from him every day it seems. With the coming of age comes the revealing of his face. I see it in the mirror, even if I have never dreamed it. My hand […]

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Shattered Glass

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Shards of a broken heart create stepping stones from Eastern coast. They create a path that leads back home, but where is home to those that were abandoned? As I tenderly step across the white tipped waves I see myself reflected in cacophonous imagery. I am overwhelmed by each step as I live a lifetime in each moment. What could […]

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Frozen tears

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Frozen tears, I will not cry. Instead I’ll smile as I watch you die. Parting clouds I see them not. Warm hole instead, I hope you rot. Hate saved for a better cause. Smiling as I watch you fall. Taking pleasure in another’s pain. How I love the falling rain. Melt my frozen tears today. Let them fall on their […]

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In Loving Memory

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Her name was Kitty. She was an elderly woman at my church and that is all I knew to start off, other than the fact that suddenly I had been “tasked” with fixing random stuff at this old woman’s apartment. I believe that if you had asked me on the first day going to Kitty’s house what my feelings were […]

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Perfect Imperfections

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I love your perfect imperfections. How easily you stand out against the normal black and white of beauty. I love even more how you seem to love yourself. How your self-love is not anchored to anyone else’s approval. Instead you approve yourself each morning and that confidence shows. How it shows. Love your perfect imperfections. They are uniquely yours. They […]

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The Killing Field

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The children run and play amongst the broken bones. Roses grow and butterflies fly above our fallen foes. We cannot escape as much as we turn from the past. Our feet shuffle and toes squish amongst the fallen ash. Tears of the dead have watered those many oaks. They pull in each drop as the rag does soak. And with each […]

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Brushing Death’s Door

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I brush my fingers along the metal bar. It says “Press here to Enter,” but still I wait and ponder. I can feel his presence in my fingertips, it does not bring a feeling of sadness or fear. Nor will I pen some overly used quip about a lost lover. Instead I feel a vibration from the door that comes […]

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Today my sun died

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Today my sun died and the earth rushed to take its spot. I walked inflamed by a world on fire that had no clue it was burning. How brightly it burned, flames casting the shadows of my doubt onto a wall of observation I could not ignore. My life became a storybook with pages ready to fall… how they fell. How beautifully […]

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Blogging {Social Networking} – By: OM

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I browse a lot of blogs daily and that is the first part of social networking to me. It can be a chore and hard to force myself to do daily because we all want to reside in the comfort of our own blogs and wait for the loyal to lineup outside. It doesn’t work that way though. It only works […]

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I stopped by your blog today…

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I stopped by your blog today and noticed something off. Curtains hung that matched a different season as snow piled high around the blog you once loved. I thought at first you had built an igloo to comfort yourself while creating word strings in the night. But it was not so. Instead I heard with alarming clarity my own voice […]

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Blogging – Be Responsive

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I think the most important thing with “blogging” is to be responsive. I understand of course we are all here for our own reasons. We all have goals for our blogs. Some are here to share, some to care, some to sell, some to promote, and some simply to spill our thoughts and minds. I have my reasons for logging […]

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10 Reasons I Would Quit Blogging

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The Justice League finally accepts me as a member. North Korea kidnaps me. And then makes me Emperor. WordPress makes me a member of their Freshly Pressed staff. Wait… never mind. That really isn’t a moon up there. The Broncos accept me on as Peyton Manning’s backup. People find out who I really am. My robotic arms stop working. My […]

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A Writer’s World

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I live my life writing scenes mentally. For the longest time that was life for me, living with one foot in reality and the other foot dipped in ink. My journey and tales would be recorded in various colored notebooks that I secreted away in my “not so secret” bottom drawer. Without an outlet I could never fully recharge at […]

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The Tone of my Fingers

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What is the tone of your writing? Do you feel it in your fingers? Sometimes I feel like my ten digits write the sound of my heart. I allow them free reign upon the playing field of my keyboard. The taps of the keys lessen the stress I feel in my shoulders. My body looks to my fingers for guidance, […]

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WordPress Meet and Greet – All Bloggers Welcome!

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One of the best posts I ever made was the Meet and Greet post on my original blog. I was going to port that link over here, but instead decided a new post was in order for the new place. I’ll keep this on the slider to make it a sticky. All bloggers are welcome to promote their blogs or websites […]

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Kamsahamnida

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Thank you for giving me so much to hate you for. It keeps me warm in the night when my heart begins to feel the bite of loneliness. I hang upon the sky the only Korean word that won’t die. Kamsahamnida. The only word I know, the only word I still cry. Thank you on the nights when I think […]

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The Night of the Big Game

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It is a Friday night and I am just now getting ready for the school football game. It is my sophomore year of high school and things have changed somewhat. My friends and I are able to drive, life is a little bit more fun, but the bullying still exists on a frequent occasion. I yell that I am leaving […]

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A Story of Two Rings

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I have been asked only three times the story behind my two rings. Most males, obviously, wear only one ring. The second ring is not an engagement ring; it is actually a second wedding ring. I have lost 2 wedding rings in my life. One was due to… circumstance. The other fell off my finger at my old job. I […]

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10 Annoying Things People Say

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“I hope you don’t get offended by this but…” You are about to say something that is going to make me want to punch you in the face right? I never understood why people feel the need to say this. It must be due to a weak backbone because they normally follow this phrase with something highly offensive. “I hope […]

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Book Cover – Draft 1

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How the Bottle Drank Me

There was a time in my life when I was an alcoholic. Generally when I share this information people look at me and my youth and instantly shake their head. How can someone so young have ever had a disease that is always given a face of age, grief, and shame? What they see are the walls I have always […]

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vLog – A Book of Triggers Page 1- By: Jason C. Cushman

If I were to imagine a book of life it would best be described as a book of triggers. For what is life other than a slowly revealed circle of need, want, and more need? My book of triggers has always been my journals that I have kept throughout my life. Triggering thoughts, feelings, and emotions of the moment laid […]

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Which way to America?

Thirty years ago a Korean boy stepped off a plane accompanied by a translating chaperone. He was two and a half years old, he was most likely scared, and he was about to step off the plane into a very foreign white and black world. I remember a few things from my early childhood, but the one thing I really […]

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Blogging – To niche or not to niche

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We all blog in our own way and we find what works for us. Some of us seek out like minded bloggers and form communities around our niche. Others, like me, enjoy a wide range of blogs and topics that keep our readers interesting. We freely share our lives and our lives will never belong to a specific category or […]

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Blogging Tip 309

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Rescheduling or respinning posts is an effective way to share articles people may have missed. When you reschedule a post by altering the published date in the quick edit or edit screen it will place your post on your follower’s readers. It will also place it on the overall WP reader according to your tags. Here is a tip. Because […]

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Tagging – Spreading the love

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I know everyone by now has read a post on tagging. I have read many of them and I find that sometimes people leave out some key pieces of info. I thought I would share some of the points I think people leave out. Yes, we know by now that you are allowed up to 15 tags per post. These […]

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Kingdom Come

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Come into my kingdom come and see what my will has done. Scribbled words and forgotten phrases, leftovers from mental mazes. Hoping upon a hopeful thought. Swirling thoughts I’ve already bought. Killing dreams before they’re made. Shelving thoughts for which I save. And then I fall to fitful slumber. A slave to thoughts from which I wander. -OM 44.1 @smokendust […]

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Blogging – Helping Others

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How many of you help others daily? Why do you do it? Do you gain some personal satisfaction from the act or do you physically feel your halo grow brighter each day? I help bloggers daily because I want to. I get bored easily and I find inspiration from seeing other individuals motivated. I feed off that motivation and also […]

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My Opinion on Fashion

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Here is my take on current fashion. I am not fashionable. I was once… when bouncers were letting me skip everyone in line. It doesn’t take much, just move to Knoxville, Tennessee and be the only Asian guy that cares to befriend bouncers. They will remember you (there aren’t a lot of Asians in Knoxville if you didn’t know). When […]

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Adding HarsH ReaLiTy To Your WordPress Reader!

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Danny from http://www.dreambigdreamoften.co/ shared a helpful tip for adding my new self-hosted blog to your reader. He suggested the below steps! “If you copy Jason’s URL you can create a List in Reader and add his url to that list.  I do so for Self-Hosted bloggers and am able to keep up with their posts easier because I can read and comment […]

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You are a Poor Writer

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I was told in the 11th grade by my teacher that I was “a poor writer and I should consider finding something else to be good at.” It angered me because this termagant had no clue of my love for reading and the written word. Just because I didn’t see her “images” of Thoreau suddenly I was inferior? I did […]

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Hoping to Die

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There was a time in my life when the land was covered in darkness. It did not matter what time of the day it was there was simply no light. I walked the world a ghost and prayed to any god that would listen that he or she would simply end it for me. I wanted to die. I wrote […]

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Journal Entry .1

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You may wonder why this journal entry is numbered .1. It is a simple reflection of the feeling I have right now as I rub the eagerness from my eyes. I haven’t felt this energetic about blogging for over a year and I am surprised at the renewed vigor I have received. It is directly related to feeling like I […]

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Opinionated Man on Facebook!

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I went ahead and reactivated my original Facebook account for this website. I appreciate the connections! https://www.facebook.com/aopinionatedman/?view_public_for=212884802202999 -Opinionated Man Jason C. Cushman  

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Google+ Group: Social Networkers

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I started a community tonight on Google + called “Social Networkers.” I will use this community to bounce ideas around with people on networking, social media, seo, traffic, and site growth. If you are interested in joining the group please use the link below! Thanks! https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104042776816946301210 -Opinionated Man Jason C. Cushman @smokendust

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Inner Networking – Blogging 369

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“Inner networking” is my term for using your previous connections to refresh your network daily. What if I told you that many of you already have an active list of people you should be connecting with when you have the time? It is a list full of people that want to talk to you and comes with easily clickable links. […]

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My Life

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What do you think about when I catch you thinking all alone. Do you contemplate your “haves” or your “have nots.” Do you feel the love I send to you with all my heart. A love so strong it moves the tips of the grass in waves as it washes over your reality. Can you hear the beating of my […]

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A Struggle to Feel Accepted

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Sometimes it feels like life is an endless road of wanting to be accepted. After your family it begins when you comprehend the concept of friendship and with it the pain and harsh reality that not everyone has the same amount of friends in the world. For some who find it hard to form bonds on this planet, this realization […]

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Nine Reasons Being Asian Is Awesome

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1) I can walk to the park and start swinging my arms around and claim it is some form of martial arts when it isn’t and people will join in. 2) My eyes are so small I don’t really need shades. I buy them anyways because they make me look badass. 3) If I am ever lost in the woods […]

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One too many times

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I guess something happened where I can’t comment anymore on WordPress. My comments are going straight to spam. I’ve spoken with Akismet twice now and they claim I am not flagged. They are also having me do a test comment. Until it gets fixed I won’t be able to comment on any of your blogs. I’ll be reading though… I […]

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My Thoughts on Moving to Self-Hosting: Part 1

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Many of us wish to get paid to blog and for some of us WordAds on WordPress.com is not an option. We are forced to seek our fame and fortune elsewhere which begins the journey to becoming “self-hosted.” There is a lot of fear behind the idea of going self-hosted and much of that fear is bred from the idea […]

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Adopting Yourself – Part 1

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The ironic part about being an adoptee is that the first and final steps of our lives are the same. Just as we must accept being adopted in the first place, we must also accept ourselves for who we are in the end. That acceptance, that journey, can take a lifetime to occur and not all adoptees ever fully accept […]

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Daily Denver

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-OM  

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The Day We Killed Jesus

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As I grow older I sometimes catch myself lost in reflection upon specific times of my life. Usually when this happens it is a pain point I am revisiting as I ponder a decision or lack thereof I have made during situations in my past. His name was Josiah. We laughingly called him Messiah because that is funny right? Well […]

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That is just stupid

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I figured out what was happening and it is just stupid! So if you self-host and run jetpack you may run into a situation where you can’t “reply” on your own website when jetpack is enabled. Once you disable jetpack you can then comment on your site… but guess what happens? You can’t comment on other wordpress sites without being […]

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Art For Sale! – Girl On The Purple Couch

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Girl on the Purple Couch Painting Media: Acrylic on Poster Board Artist: See Cushman Price: $350 My wife painted this in High School and it is 22×14 inches. It was one of her favorites. If you are interested in purchasing this piece please reach out to us at aopinionatedman@gmail.com. It will come with a black mat. Jason C. Cushman -Opinionated […]

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Feel free and share a post today! All bloggers are welcome! -OM @smokendust

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