Thursday, August 21, 2008

Thank You, Ma'am... May I Have Another?

Screw me once, shame on you. Screw me twice, well shame on me. At least, that used to be my motto. You see, in my younger days I saw things a bit more black and white. Not to say, the edges have blurred to the point of non-existence, but I’m definitely more inclined to forgive and forget for certain infractions, having said that, others are still a shunning offense, though they are few and far between.

I’ve found that the older I get, the easier it is to offer second chances to those who come in and out of my life. Life’s too short to hold grudges.

Over the years (and on multiple occasions), I’ve managed to put myself in positions that by all rights, I shouldn’t have came out of alive, yet here I sit, typing this post. I’ve been shot at, stabbed, gassed, poisoned and beaten to within an inch of my life (I wasn't always the kind, caring, well mannered man I am today), but somehow I always find a way to keep on keeping on. If the Powers That Be have seen fit to offer me a second chance (or countless ones for that matter), then who am I not to return the favor?


  1. And we're happy for everyone of the second chances you've had! Keep plugging!

  2. lol, thanks, Anny. I'm rather glad I'm still here myself. :D

  3. Okay, now that's just teasing...

    Beginning to see where some of those books come from, though.

  4. Hey James!!! You got internet time. Heh.

    I've met you only briefly once (okay, more like one occassion, but a few times) and you totally rock. I get the impression that you are mellow and forgiving but you have that badass edge that would totally scare me if I pissed you off. Good thing you're a friendly guy. I wasn't prepared for the badass thing based on your photo. ;)

  5. By the way, James isn't tooting his own horn, but I'm gonna.

    Go to for the MOST INCREDIBLE review of James' work by Mona. You won't be sorry.

  6. Crisp, concise & precise! I love the way you say things. It is a sure shot formula for success!

    I agree with everything you have said here! Because i have been through similar experiences & changes!

    Yes, Everyone, even the devil deserves a second chance!

  7. ...who knows, it might just change him... :D

    Kelly, thanks for your kind words!

  8. lol, Cindy. Yeah, my dark writing definately springs from dark times...

    Aww, thanks, Kelly. You rock too.:D lol, if it's any consolation, it really takes a lot to piss me off these days. :D

    And, yep...the review is amazing. Mona is a truly talented writer in her own right.

    Thanks, Mona. Sorry to hear you've had to endure similar experiences, but what is the saying? That which doesn't kill us, makes us stronger?

  9. Trials by fire tend to make us stronger, I think. Glad you got your second change, my friend.


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