Clearly I See

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Crisp, the morning air almost hurts for me to breath. I blow fog with each breath I take. It is cold, cold and wet; I feel the damp grass slowly soaking my wool jacket. Above a bird of some type circles. He cries, whether for food or for his mate, I know not. I only know he is free. Soaring, […]

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Another Meeting – HarsH ReaLiTy

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Confidential – Boardroom Transcription April 15th, 2015 Denver, Colorado Location: Top floor – Tower of Evil Bored: “What are we doing here again? I was having fun watching ice melt downstairs.” Sarcasm: “Mr. Bossman has more supposedly important shit to tell us. He obviously hasn’t heard of email.” Jason: “I heard that sarcastic. I thought I intentionally didn’t invite you […]

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A HarsH ReaLiTy Meeting

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Bored: Hurrah… another meeting for nothing. You know you could at least order us Qdoba Bar like your company does for you every blue moon. Those tacos looked off the chain last time. Way to not share! Jason: That doesn’t even make sense. Way to not share? Just because I am driving this boat doesn’t mean your ass isn’t on-board […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Beautiful Weed

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Someone said you were bad, not worth keeping around. Your single flower droops, letting me know that you heard their unkind words. They were jealous, do not mind them, they tried to grow a cactus and thought there would be flowers. They are ashamed that something that is free, such as yourself, could possibly outshine a forty dollar rose. And […]

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Thank You Lori for Sponsoring HarsH ReaLiTy!!!

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I got an offer out of the blue yesterday from a reader to sponsor this website for a year. Lori was kind enough to pay for this site to be hosted for a year. I’ll of course promote her site and blog, which you can find at http://lorieb.com/ by the way, when I can. Since I no longer am on […]

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SSL Cert issued! I am a moron…

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You ever bought something and never used it? I did. My SSL cert was just sitting there waiting for me to activate it on my godaddy account. I’ve now activated it and it should be good to go within 72 hours. Sorry for the inconvenience people! I know it is never a good feeling to see that warning! Hopefully aopinionatedman.com […]

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For Males Only – 10 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

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Every year I try to cater to my few male followers and write an opinionated article for Valentine’s day. This is a long standing tradition running a year now. I couldn’t think of anything witty to write this year other than my previous post “Why you are alone on Valentine’s Day” so I decided I would write a list of […]

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Site Update

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Ok so I basically am rebuilding from scratch here. This might take a little while! Please be patient! I finally got to the mod settings so your comments won’t be held anymore in queue. I hate that! I still can’t get that dang WordPress subscribe button to work and I am not sure how to place ads other than with […]

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Windows and Mirrors

I see a social media of hanging windows and mirrors. Brief glimpses into the lives of some, reflections of the moment from others. Represented by cookie cut square images, we are how we portray ourselves to the world. Photos spinning in the wind chased by the concerns of the daily. We present dots waiting to be connected, tiny bubbles of light that represent […]

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The Grind

People ask me “when do you work?” I am always working. I got bills to pay with the daily gig and the dream to chase at night. I also have a family to take care of. You do what you do right? It is called the grind. -Opinionated Man @smokendust

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Share a Post!

I am looking for things to read tonight. Have a post you want to share? Drop the link here! -OM

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Asking for Help – Please Share and Help Me Find My Sister

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I have tried before to locate my sister. I have failed. Part of me wants to never try again. A lot of me hates that part of me. I will try again because there is always a chance she might see this. One can hope. My name is Jason Chandler Cushman and I was born in Pusan, South Korea in […]

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