Family and friends lovingly claim I am “the world’s most talented ne’er-do-well.” That is such an exalted title to live up to in my comfortable anonymous mediocrity. After all, I’m just a soft-hearted, hard-nosed, liberated contemporary old-school kind of guy. Politically speaking, I liberally sprinkle the conservative while conserving liberality. I’ve thought “in-the-box” and “out-of-the-box,” but I often find I’d rather create a new box.

I’m a rehabilitated adrenaline junkie whose metamorphosis went from competent athlete to shining a seat with my sagging behind: from butterfly to caterpillar in multiple stages of injuries and medical malfunctions. I have gone from making a living with my physical prowess to existing while prowling the ever-changing parameters of my mental faculties for creative inspiration that will – if Nature or Nurture have done their jobs (otherwise with a stiff drink or a swift kick in the butt) – eventually find release in artistic expression.

I’m a disabled Veteran with patriotism tattooed on my heart, which fuels my pet peeve toward anyone who thinks its okay to infringe on an individual’s right to freedom of expression, freedom of religion, or any other traditional American mainstay. And the two human traits I prize above others are courage and compassion.

Welcome to my little corner of the virtual world.


17 thoughts on “About

  1. Freedomborn ... Aussie Christian Focus January 15, 2016 / 10:31 am

    Thank you jwtatfbc for joining up with Freedomborn, I look forward to sharing with you on both our Blogs.

    I too value Courage and Compassion highly but Love is the most important reality to me, meaning God’s Love not what the World propagates as Love.

    “Christ”ian Love – Anne.


    • jwtatfbc January 16, 2016 / 4:53 am

      Thank you for your comment and mutual joining of this blog. And I’m in agreement with you regarding Love; which to me fits with my image of courage and compassion. After all, “No greater love hath man than this that he lay down his life for a friend:” which embodies courage, compassion, and Love.

      Liked by 2 people

  2. 34poet January 17, 2016 / 2:08 pm

    Thanks for liking “The Hat”. I appreciate it. I also deeply appreciate your service. The Rancherwriterpoet.


    • jwtatfbc January 18, 2016 / 1:40 am

      Thank you for your response. I just found your blog recently and enjoy it very much.


  3. Mary Cathleen Clark January 31, 2016 / 2:20 pm

    First of all, I wish to thank you for your service to our country. Years ago, my older brother was drafted and sent to fight in Vietnam. It changed him forever in ways I won’t go in to, but he never lost his courage and compassion.
    I enjoyed reading a little about you; it’s always nice to know a bit about the person behind the blog. Is there a name you care to share when one addresses you?
    By the way, my friends call me Cathy. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • jwtatfbc February 1, 2016 / 12:59 am

      Thank you for your response. I’m known by a lot of names; some I won’t use in polite company, ha ha. But my real name is Jerry. But friends call me JW, or Jer Bear. Nice to “virtually” meet you, Cathy.
      And I’m glad to hear your brother has retained those traits.

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  4. Lady Quixote/Linda Lee February 29, 2016 / 1:46 am

    I, too, appreciate your service, very much.

    My husband is my best friend and my hero. He is a chaplain and a disabled Vietnam combat veteran.

    There is no greater love.

    Liked by 1 person

    • jwtatfbc February 29, 2016 / 3:35 am

      Thank you so much for that heartfelt response. And I wish you two the best always.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. IJustWanttoWrite March 25, 2016 / 3:03 am

    I can tell just from this that I am going to enjoy your writing style. I got here through your poem collaboration with Mary Cathleen Clark, and really enjoyed the read.

    Liked by 1 person

    • jwtatfbc March 25, 2016 / 9:38 pm

      Thank you for the comment. She’s a good friend, and will like to hear how the collaboration interested others.

      Liked by 1 person

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