Patrick

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 30 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.
Faith

DVD Player That Misses the Point

Coming soon to a store near you (if it's not already there): the technology that takes the "guilt" out of watching a movie with sex, violence or profanity, by simply removing the content. RCA's Clearplay DVD player, selling for just...

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Saturday 6

Saturday Six – Episode 2

1. If you had to choose one, which natural disaster would you most want to experience in person and why? A) Hurricane B) Tornado C) Wildfire D) Earthquake E) Flood 2. If you only had 30 characters (including spaces) to...

Blogging

AOL J-Land Reality Check

OK, I admit it: I'm confused. You might be, too, when you get to the end of this essay! When I first heard about the removal of Amused's Journal from AOL's Editor's Weekly Picks because of "masked profanity," I almost...

Fun & Laughs

25 Things…

This entry was inspired by John M. Scalzi's "By The Way" site. Here goes: 1. Yes, I really do work in TV. 2. I am not height/weight proportionate. 3. I am making progress (32 pounds so far) to change that....

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Saturday 6

Saturday Six – Episode 1

Here's how it all began, on April 17, 2004! My friends will tell you that I'm usually running about ten minutes behind schedule. I'll take advantage of that lovable tardiness and turn the Friday Five into the Saturday Six. Give...

Journalism

A Headline More Hip Than the Story

A headline in this morning's Richmond Times-Dispatch caught my eye. There is was, right on page A3, a section of the newspaper usually reserved for serious news junkies and political zealots looking for fresh material with which to slam the...

Life

They’re Scared NOW??

The porn industry in California has been rocked by an HIV scare, as two performers have recently tested positive for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. As a result, adult movie production there is under a two-month shutdown. Mary Carey,...

Life

McDonald’s Deserves a Break Today!

I'm really beginning to feel sorry for McDonald's. No matter what they do, they just can't win. Before announcing a series of steps to make their menu healthier, everybody accused them of trying to make America fat with their cheeseburgers...

Grammar

Ten Words That Need to Go Away!!

1. "Bling-bling" - It's not really a word; it sounds more like something a three-year-old might say when she really means, "Bottle." 2. "Myself" - If you use this word, nine times out of ten you use it incorrectly. You...

Faith

Faith That’s Hard to Believe

I'm a Christian, so I know the importance of faith in one's life. If revealing to you that I'm a Christian makes you think less of me, it might be food for thought for you to consider the fact that...

Journalism

Rooney Riles Military

Sometimes when I am responding to a journal entry I've read elsewhere, I find that I have enough to say that I quickly exceed AOL's limit. That's generally a good sign that I should just create my own entry about...

Blogging

Lessons from AOL J-Land

What I've learned about life from AOL journals so far: 1. Spelling doesn't matter. 2. Grammar doesn't matter. (I suppose that those who can't spell generally can't be expected to use the misspelled words correctly!) 3. If you do spell...

Life

The Problem with Political Ads

The problem with Political Ads? Simple. They lie. Those of you who are depending on political ads for the information to help you make an informed decision are likely going to be making the worst possible decision in the voting...

Life

Political Statements By The Numbers

You really can find almost anything online. I was browsing through various journals and noticed an odd box down one of the side columns. The title of the box was: "American Deaths in Iraq," and there was a counter keeping...

Life

"Moron" or "Apologist?" You Decide.

Responding to my essay on "The Problem with Politics," one reader left the following comment: You right-wing morons don't get it. Bush is either an absolute liar or just a dumb-ass. Either way, he's a loser. For him to try...

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