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April 10, 2007

A brief introduction...

All theory, dear friend, is grey, but the golden tree of actual life springs ever green.

- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)

Having been recently invited to join in here in this fine Washington community, it seems only polite to properly introduce myself, so here goes...

I am James Murray; though most online know me as Erevann. Odds are, if you see that alias used somewhere, it's most likely me (though there does seem to be a young gamer in France who had picked up the name for a while). I was born in Detroit MI in 1972, with a surprisingly clear memory of my youngest years in the '70's. I recall clearly seeing Nixon resign on a black & white TV, Carter's presidency, the Iranian hostage crisis, and a personal keystone moment of Reagan's first inauguration, as I was in Catholic school in a tiny town in Kansas at the time. Oh yes, I know redstate living quite intimately.

I've been a presence online since the late 80's as a pre-teen on Prodigy, using a good old MacSE. Techie and tinkerer, I'm a software engineer, working one contract or another on the MS campus for almost a decade now. If it beeps and can electrocute you, I've probably toyed with it. But of course, that's my bread and butter (though sometimes, simply bread!).

My interests in the political realm revolve mostly around the communications, specifically the more cognitively oriented aspects of the never ending, macro and micro political discussion we are all engaged in. For instance, one of my favorite past times, is engaging those of a more rightward political bent, in face to face discussions. For actually persuading and disabusing people of particular misconceptions (which seem to run rampant in any age), there's no better method in terms of making real progress, at least in my experience.

For the time being, the focus of my writing consists of:

  1. How to address the stark divisiveness of American politics, the failures of communication as it applies to politics, world affairs, and engagement in discussion between diverse points of view.
  2. Perhaps more importantly, the welfare, support, and consequences of American military personnel both within and returning from combat.
  3. The culture, religions, and history of many of the worlds people and how they relate to politics and world affairs.
  4. Economic and employment issues, with a large dose of union/labor perspective.
  5. Lastly, an overriding theme of what ties these topics together, influencing the bigger picture perspective, at the local, state, and national levels.

I'll be sharing my personal experiences and conversations with our men and women in uniform in particular, as well as my habit of engaging in discussions with those from the other side of the aisle. Try to tell their stories and be the voices of those who wish to remain anonymous. I'll offer insight and advice, as well as accept and put into practice the same, on how best to keep the dialogue productive.

I am greatly looking forward to the discussion and input of everyone here. Since I began participating in the growing online political community, my experience and education concerning just about every topic imaginable has grown right along with it. It's given me hope these past years and despite everything, created in me a relentless optimism for the future, I can't help but seek to share.

I'm honored and grateful, having barely graduated from high school 15 years ago myself, to be invited and welcomed to join such knowledgeable and educated individuals, as are here in this wonderful little piece of the political blogosphere. I have a feeling that in addition to everything else, it's going to be a lot of fun!

Posted by Erevann on April 10, 2007 at 10:54 PM in National and International Politics | Permalink


Welcome James, happy to have you.

Posted by: lisa | Apr 11, 2007 4:44:47 PM

It's great to be here!

Sorry I haven't managed to email ya back yet. I've been a bit overwhelmed this week between the blogging and the job interview tomorrow.

Be patient with me please! :)

Posted by: Erevann | Apr 11, 2007 5:07:40 PM

Welcome aboard, young feller. Look forward to your take.

Posted by: op99 | Apr 12, 2007 8:55:33 AM

Why thank ya! I'm quite happy to be here!

Posted by: Erevann | Apr 12, 2007 3:05:58 PM

"Economic and employment issues, with a large dose of union/labor perspective."???? Hhhmmm, I wonder who's that could be....

Posted by: tracy | Apr 20, 2007 12:46:57 AM

YOU my dear lil Italian spitfire! ;)

Great to see ya around here and getting active!

Posted by: Erevann | Apr 20, 2007 9:31:47 AM

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