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About Me


My name is Roger Petersen. This is a personal blog reflecting my thoughts, opinions, emotions, and experiences in the hope of building a community based on our shared common humanity; to serve as a reminder that we are not alone, that our shared struggles and suffering bind us rather than divide us.

Please feel free to share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section under any blog post or send me a message through the “contact me” link above.  This blog is strengthened through your thoughts and expressions, informing and challenging my own notions that inevitably impact my life, and consequently, the blog entries.


On a more personal and casual note, I’m a forty-two-year-old man, inhabiting what I suspect to be a modicum of a midlife crisis.  I haven’t dyed my hair yet.  Then again, I don’t have much hair to dye.  At any rate, my search history doesn’t reflect any desire for toupees.  Not because I can’t pull it off, but because I’m perfectly comfortable with my baldness. 

Not bad, right?

I have yet to come home on any particular day with a Harley; all dressed in leather.  No affairs.  No girlfriends half my age.  I seem to be avoiding all the clichés with no effort at all.  And it’s not like I’m sweating bullets; repeating an internal screaming mantra like ‘You will NOT buy that Harley.  You will NOT buy that Harley.’ Perhaps calling this a midlife crisis is a disservice to those experiencing a true crisis.  Probably better to call it my midlife transition or scenario.  Yes, that will do.

My true reality is that I am extremely bored.  Although I have reached most of my career goals; that part of my world seems stagnant.  I love my job; it doesn’t feel like work.  Yet, it’s not much of a challenge anymore.  I won’t expand on the topic here, since my intention is to show a more lighthearted side.  However, you can read a more serious look at my midlife scenario in my post “A Midlife Crisis: Part 1(Hamster Wheel).”

The Purpose of this Blog

This blog, more than anything, keeps me occupied.  I’m enjoying it too.  I like sharing my thoughts, opinions, and feelings; all that stuff floating around in my head.  It’s keeping me out of trouble.  I won’t presume to believe that my ideas are better than others.  I loathe the tendency to compare, which you would know if you read my series of posts called “The Comparison Game.”

If I may harken back to the first sentence, please allow me a semblance of satisfaction; I used the word modicum.  I don’t think I have ever written or spoken that word; although, I have heard it used by others. While I love a good thesaurus check as much as anyone, this came to me with little thought while writing in this casual style.  Which brings me to my final reason for this blog; I want to be a better writer.  I marvel at anyone who can express their thoughts, feelings, ideas, wit, and complexities while weaving them all together in a coherent tapestry.

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