Darren Mack

This post shall be a tough one. Those who follow the news ought to recognize the name in the title. Darren is my cousin. I was born on a January 29th, and he, the 31st -- of the same year, 1961. Our mothers -- 1st cousins and very close companions and friends in those years -- were in the very same hospital at the very same time. Our parents took outings and trips together in those days, so I'm personally suspicious that conception occurred for both couples on one of those getaways -- though I've understandably never breached the subject. How's that for background? I've a many-faceted heartbreak over this sad event, perhaps to an extent even close family members don't realize, and what follows ought only to heighten it. I've a secret: part of what I owe, insofar as success in business and finance (those who read regularly, know), I owe to: my grandfather, Clarence Goodsell, and the Mack family -- both role models of sorts as I was growing up. Truth be told, whenever my grandparents were throwing a party -- and they did it in the best traditions of the post-depression era -- I always looked forward...


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Richard Nikoley

I started writing Free The Animal in late 2003 as just a little thing to try. 20 years later, turns out I've written over 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from diet, health, lifestyle...to philosophy, politics, social antagonism, adventure travel, expat living, location and time independent—while you sleep— income by geoarbitrage, and food pics. I intended to travel the world "homeless," but the Covidiocy Panicdemic squashed that. I became an American expat living in Thailand. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. ... I leave the toilet seat up. Read More

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