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Tales of Jake Strider

May, 2015

  • 20 May

    What Do You Want In Life?

    BT MICHAEL REISIG – How about I start this column with a simple question: “What do you want most in life?” If you don’t know what you want in life, you’re going to have a really tough time finding it. It’s the equivalent of an Easter egg hunt with no Easter eggs. Some of the answers to the above question ...

April, 2015

  • 15 April

    The Pursuit of Happiness

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – I can hardly believe the number of people I run into who tell me how unhappy they are, here in America, the land of opportunity – the land of plenty – the land of “ if you don’t have something, just complain loud enough and we’ll give it to you.” Mostly this is because the new ...

March, 2015

  • 30 March

    The Society That Forgot How to Function

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – The other day I was at a store that rents things. I chose to rent one of their things and the girl at the counter said I owed $4.57. So, I handed her fifty-seven cents and a ten-dollar bill. She immediately went to her electronic calculator to figure that out. I looked at her and said, ...

  • 24 March

    Learning From Our Mistakes

    BU MICHAEL REISIG – Those people who know it all have a hard time learning from their mistakes. Those who are afraid of taking a chance or two and learning any of it are equally disappointing. Ultimately, we would learn more from our occasional blunders if we weren’t so occupied denying them. Mistakes are the dues we pay for an ...

  • 17 March


    BY MICHAEL REISIG – I would have had this column done a lot earlier, but I accidently picked up a book a friend gave me, and before I knew it I’d lost a half-hour, and then I felt I should eat a little something, you know – to keep up my strength, and then, when I settled into my computer, ...

  • 14 March

    Indifference, Ignorance, and Mayhem

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – The nations on this planet are constantly in motion – like moons around a planet. Some are rising and some are declining. The elements that determine the momentum and transformation of societies are not always intellect, faith, or even compassion. Sometimes, at a certain point, one of the most influential elements becomes indifference. And sometimes indifference ...

  • 4 March


    BY MICHAEL REISIG – Kindness is a universal language – it doesn’t matter what race you are or what religion you adhere to, you are in tune with it. The blind can see it and the deaf can hear it. The concept of kindness is simply the act of offering a benevolence – nothing asked, nothing expected. But the strange ...

February, 2015

  • 14 February

    Intellect and Intuition

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – Intellect is one of the most coveted elements of the human psyche, yet for all our struggles to define it, and pigeonhole this fundamental necessity of mankind, it is still challenged by intuition, faith, and politically correct protocol. It is the Achilles’ heel of mankind, the new god of the intelligentsia, who have come to rely ...

December, 2014

  • 10 December

    The Animals That Love Us

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – Animals have a way of filling an emptiness we didn’t know we had. When you think back, you can’t remember missing them before you got them, but when you look forward it’s difficult to imagine life without them. One of my favorite quotes is by Mark Twain, and it sums up a lot of the nature ...

November, 2014

  • 19 November

    Passive Aggressive Behavior

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – We often hear people use the term “passive-aggressive.” But I don’t think everyone understands the concept. My favorite internet definition of passive aggressive is: “Number 1: Being marked by, or displaying behavior characterized by the expression of negative feelings, resentment, and aggression in an unassertive passive way (as through procrastination, pouting, and stubbornness). Or number 2: ...