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Is it any wonder why the pandemic continues?

Is it any wonder why the pandemic continues?

Greetings from Boonville, Missouri. Tonight I speak at Central Methodist University in Fayette. When I’m not speaking at colleges, I run my college speaking agency from my home office and write books. Consequently, there are many weeks where I don’t leave the hill my wife and I live on. Therefore whenever I head out, I’m […]

Crazy-ass Montana

Crazy-ass Montana

Montana is a great place to live if you enjoy wilderness and wildlife, but it’s a scary place to live if you enjoy science and human rights. This is especially the case now that Republicans dominate the legislature and state-wide offices. Not to be outdone by Florida or Texas for crazy-ass shit, Montana is now […]

The Badlands

The Badlands

Marty’s photo of the day #3648: Deb and I just returned to Montana after a week-long trip to Minnesota for Deb’s father’s funeral. Milt Froehlich actually died back in January and caught COVID-19 while in the nursing home. He was too ornery to let COVID kill him, but after he recovered it was just time […]

Halestorm and Evanescence!

Halestorm and Evanescence!

Marty’s photo of the day #3603: In the marriage advice chapter of my latest book, Hits, Heathens, and Hippos: Stories from an Agent, Activist, and Adventurer, I talk about how Deb and I have kept our 36-year marriage fresh by doing spontaneous things. Examples include suddenly deciding to travel to all seven-continents, moving to Montana […]

Even a shrew . . .

Even a shrew . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #3585: “Let me get this straight. You’re not going to wear a mask and you’re not going to get a COVID-19 vaccination because it will make Donald Trump look bad and Joe Biden look good? I’ve eaten shrews with eyes more open than yours.”

Nanga Sumpa

Nanga Sumpa

Marty’s photo of the day #3551: For anyone who has read my latest book, Hits, Heathens, and Hippos: Stories from an Agent, Activist, and Adventurer, this is Nanga Sumpa, the Iban longhouse that Deb and I raced the flooding deep-canyon river to get to. In Borneo, entire tribes live in a single longhouse, and when […]

My COVID-19 vaccination: the reaction and the whining

My COVID-19 vaccination: the reaction and the whining

I had never had a reaction to a shot before, but after I got my Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, I felt like I had gone several rounds with a heavyweight boxer. My wife, Deb, on the other hand, didn’t have any reaction to the shot she got at the same time. From what we’ve […]

A ground squirrel vs the far-right

A ground squirrel vs the far-right

Marty’s photo of the day #3547: “Let me get this straight: You don’t believe DDT harms wildlife; you don’t believe humans cause global warming; you don’t believe masks help stop the spread of COVID-19, yet you do believe that your god will soon reinstall Donald Trump as president. Isn’t that kind of like a ground […]

What responsible people do for Christmas this year

What responsible people do for Christmas this year

Yesterday Deb and I met our son halfway between our houses (we live 40 miles apart), stood outside wearing masks, and exchanged boxes of Christmas presents. This year, for the first time ever, Deb and I will spend Christmas alone (just like we did on Thanksgiving). We are doing so because we are responsible people, […]

Author unmasked

Author unmasked

Marty’s photo(s) of the day #3408: I took these two self-portraits in the green room last night, moments before going on stage at Eastern Arizona College. As mentioned in my previous “Don’t Get COVID-19 and Die Tour” posts, this was the only in-person show I planned on performing during the pandemic (I’m performing lots of […]

Don’t Get COVID-19 and Die Tour

Don’t Get COVID-19 and Die Tour

Marty’s photo of the day #3406: Today is day #2 of my 2,600-mile roundtrip “Don’t Get COVID-19 and Die Tour.” I’m driving from Montana to Arizona. While there I will pick up some items of my late mother’s that have been stuck in storage (in Sun City West), and then proceed to the southeastern part […]

Three our of four ain’t bad

Three our of four ain’t bad

Marty’s photo of the day #3372: Soon fall will be here; then a new president; then the end of the COVID-19 pandemic; then the Minnesota Vikings will finally win the Super Bowl. . . . Okay, maybe not that last one.

Virtual travel to Italy

Virtual travel to Italy

Marty’s photo of the day #3332: Americans aren’t welcome in many countries at this moment because we have a psychotic president who claims children are “virtually immune” to COVID-19. So let’s travel back to December 2008. This was the view from Deb’s and my hotel room in Venice, Italy.

The Great Stupidity Purge of 2020

The Great Stupidity Purge of 2020

Let’s call the COVID-19 pandemic what it is: The Great Stupidity Purge of 2020. A key trait of conservatism/Republicanism is that once a person believes something is true, no evidence whatsoever will convince that person to change his/her mind. Consequently, those initial months of Donald Trump treating COVID-19 as nothing more serious than the flu […]

The best way to deal with a Trumper? Mock on!

The best way to deal with a Trumper? Mock on!

Since the rise of Donald Trump, numerous liberal friends have disapproved of my treatment of those in the Trump Cult. While I treat Trumpers with snark, those friends feel that a better way to deal with such people his through friendly conversations and reasoning. Now that we are into year four of the Trump Cult, […]

Hey, Donald Trump gave them the idea!

Hey, Donald Trump gave them the idea!

Marty’s photo of the day #3231: Yesterday was a busy day! Martyman was at the local hospital entertaining patients, and the Republican Jesus was at the bowling alley and nail salon shooting coronavirus. Unfortunately, both are now convinced that they caught COVID-19. Fortunately, they both also saw Donald Trump on the television, getting great ratings […]

Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day

Marty’s photo of the day #3229: Happy Earth Day! Because human activities have taken a COVID-19 break, the planet actually is enjoying one of its better Earth Days. Since I’m an environmental college speaker, Earth Week is traditionally my biggest week for bookings of the year. This time my entire week was wiped out. Tonight […]

The difference between liberal thinking and conservative thinking

The difference between liberal thinking and conservative thinking

Here’s a perfect example of what is so fucking wrong with conservative Republicans: Millions of them are terrified that some poor person will get some government benefit that they don’t deserve. Such talk is standard on Fox News. Yet Judy Kudlow, the wife of Donald Trump’s top economic advisor Larry Kudlow, very publicly applied for […]

Martyman is going on a beer run.

Martyman is going on a beer run.

Marty’s photo of the day #3209: My wife and I are well prepared for sheltering in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sure, I lost my April college speaking tour and a book-signing and all the press and publicity that goes with those events. Sure, many of the stores that carry Deb’s weaving kits have temporarily […]

The gift of toilet paper

The gift of toilet paper

Marty’s photo of the day #3207: Those who regularly follow my posts know about all the far-right Republicans that live within a few miles of Deb’s and my house. We do have one liberal family a quarter mile away from us, however, and the husband, Aaron, and I do most of the maintenance on our […]

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