Getting started

This blog was begun in late April 2013 to provide an outlet for my compulsion to commit opinions to words, normally opinions or lines of thought out of step with the majority. Just as this is a new blog, I am a new blogger, which means the start will undoubtedly be a stumbling one.

But stumbling matters little, since this is being written for friends and family. They are sometimes stimulated and occasionally appalled by what I have to say, but are inclined to graciously giving me wide latitude. But to be honest, my own entertainment is perhaps the greater reason for trying to get thoughts into words, thoughts that are carefully crafted hopefully with reason and logic intact. For many years I have found that I clarify my thoughts by writing quite as often as my writing is guided by settled ideas.
While I’ve no need to restrict who sees these pages, my intentional “audience” is anyone with the curiosity of spirit to question all those things we think are unquestionably right. besides, now I can foist these ideas on everyone who-driven by whatever measure of masochism-chooses to read them.

Finally, let me explain that I’ve not provided a chat-like provision for this blog, nor does it ask or accept “like” responses. I am not trying to start a dialogue or an argument. Friends and family know where to find me and certainly have access to methods to communicate their agreement, their challenges, and if it comes to it, their disgust. If that renders these musings little more than a mind-dump, so be it. [ADDENDA: (1) In July 2013 I added an email address to which comments, challenges, and requests from anyone can be communicated to me: johnjustthinking@bmi.net. (2) That email route can still be used, but a more common comments section was added in October 2014; you are invited to use it.]

About John Bruce Carver

I am a U. S. citizen living in Atlanta, Georgia, having grown up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, graduating from Chattanooga High School. I served in the Electronic Security Command of the U. S. Air Force before receiving a B.S. degree in business/economics and an M.Ed. in educational psychology, both at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. I then completed a Ph.D. in clinical (and research) psychology at Emory University. I have two daughters and three granddaughters. An ardent international traveller, I have been in over 70 countries for business and pleasure. My reading, other than novels, tends to be in history, philosophy, government, and light science. I identify philosophically as a secular humanist, in complete awe of the universe including my fellows and myself. I am married to my best friend, Miriam, formerly of the United Kingdom and Canada.
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