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About nhbrownlee

Advertising copywriter, Creative Director and state of New York college professor. I love true stories. Who doesn't?

Too Stubborn To Leave

The other night I was in a men’s shelter in New York City. Not living there — thank God — but doing volunteer work. While talking to a group of men who had to be there we started to all gripe about … Continue reading

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Ever felt useless?

This morning I woke up with a thought ringing in my head…and it wouldn’t stop clanging. All I heard as I was showering and shaving and dressing was the sound of a voice saying, “You’ve lost y our usefulness.  You’re … Continue reading

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Fashion makes the weather

Yesterday I got caught in the rain.  Stupid of me. I should have paid attention to the morning weather reports that said “possible showers.”   Of course it said showers not downpour like the one that I found myself caught in … Continue reading

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understanding?

This morning the news came in from Orlando. Understanding? I’m trying.

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Robin Red-Beast

A month ago a robin began attacking our house’s rear window.  Seems it had taken to living in a fir tree that borders our back porch. Every morning, and a few times a day, it would attack the rear window.  … Continue reading

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Bright Moment in a Sad Day

I was going to write about the truly embarrassing state of American thinking today. Not to dwell on the whole political mess and all the shouting and screaming and finger-pointing, but I’m not waving Old Glory right now.  Instead I’m … Continue reading

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Flourish into the Future

Tomorrow the college where I teach is holding their graduation. The students will hear the usual congratulations and exhortations to go out into the world and “live your passion”, “achieve your goals”, and so on and so forth. This past … Continue reading

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“ER” for President?

I’ve been watching the folks running for President of the United States.  I understand that it is basically a lot of politicians blathering and a couple of “non-politicians/business people” bleating. However there’s also been a lot of complaining going on. … Continue reading

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Courtesy

This morning I boarded my usual New York City subway after the normal rush hour which meant that the train wasn’t jam packed.  Crowded yes but not jam packed.  All the seats were taken so I stood in the middle … Continue reading

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Changed your profile today?

I had the same Facebook profile picture for the past number of years.  Five or six years if my memory is correct. The picture worked for me. Originally it was a shot from 15 years ago on my wedding day. … Continue reading

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