The Trouble Of Living On The Margins.

The trouble with living on the margins is that we too often get trampled by the mainstream herd. The mainstream is like a massive herd of cows, or maybe I should say sheep. It is kind of like a super-tanker, it can’t be turned quickly. Trying to get the mainstream to understand those on the margins is a very long-term thing. It simply doesn’t happen … Continue reading The Trouble Of Living On The Margins.

Neurodivergent. I Kinda Like That…

Given last Friday’s announcement of the new RJsCorner, where one of my life goals is now to raise the awareness of how people with autism might think differently than most, we are in most respects very much the same as everyone else. To accomplish that I need an uncomplicated moniker for autism that hasn’t been already blemished by too many common misunderstandings. I know the … Continue reading Neurodivergent. I Kinda Like That…

Welcome To The New RJsCorner…

The New RJsCorner is taking a pretty serious shift from past content. Politics, and the ugliness that it entails, is no longer part of this site. The primary focus is now learning about the diversity of man, and accepting and maybe even celebrating those who are different from you. It is about my primary shift to a positive focus. I will leave the negative things … Continue reading Welcome To The New RJsCorner…

Stuck Between Two Worlds…

All my life I have been stuck between two worlds. Perhaps the most severe is when I went totally deaf 34 years ago. It was obvious that I was no longer in the hearing world, but by the same token I wasn’t, and never would be, in the Deaf world. The isolation that resulted was frustrating, depressing, and almost tragic. But that would not be … Continue reading Stuck Between Two Worlds…

Life On The Margins – It’s not just about adversity…

I’ve been posting too much about adversity being on the margins. It’s time I started looking at the positive stuff that puts us there. Yes, I am on the spectrum, but even that has a lot of good stuff about it. My absurd focus allowed me to be a valued member of a 300+ person engineering team. I contributed things that neurotypicals could likely never … Continue reading Life On The Margins – It’s not just about adversity…

Finding Yourself In Your Differences

I have made it no secret here on RJsCorner that I struggled through life trying to figure out what was wrong with me. My very narcissistic mother who abandoned me when I was nine years old did nothing but amplify those negative feelings I had about myself. In hindsight, I am kind of glad she left, as I don’t know how much damage she would … Continue reading Finding Yourself In Your Differences

Stop Being a Jerk!!

The idea for this post came from Anna over at Medium.com which is one of my favorite sites. The article was entitled: Stop using Asperger’s as an excuse to be a jerk When I read this article, the first person I thought of was Elon Musk. He had recently come out as an Aspie. But, he was not the first highly successful person to be … Continue reading Stop Being a Jerk!!

Hard Work Is The Enemy Of Creativity

Let’s face some facts. The corporate world expects you to “Put your nose to the grindstone” and not let up until the job is done. That creates an atmosphere of workaholics who then go up the corporate ladder, and that self-propagation results in a less creative environment. The more hard work you indulge in, the less creative you become. What is the answer to this … Continue reading Hard Work Is The Enemy Of Creativity

High Intelligence Means That You Are On The Margins

Having high intelligence almost always means you are living life on the margins. Of course, the perfect example of this was Albert Einstein. People with high intelligence break new ground and are always looking for things to challenge them. Mainstream thinkers are followers, geniuses are always ahead of the herd. Often times, way ahead… But, let’s look at the common traits of genius from another … Continue reading High Intelligence Means That You Are On The Margins

About Knowing…

One of my readers recently pulled up a post I wrote in 2015 about knowing. It is something I want to bring up again for those who have not seen it. We should all be constantly in block 4, always be looking for things we presently don’t know. The subtitle for this blog as shown above is: Think for yourself, Question Everything, Never Stop Learning. … Continue reading About Knowing…

If I Were A Bird…

If I were a bird, I would be a very rare sighting indeed! I am not “one among many” in most regards. Let’s look at this a little further. I am deaf. That makes me a rather rare character. According to the statistics, less than 1% of the population is without ANY hearing. I went deaf at about 40 years of age. When that happened, … Continue reading If I Were A Bird…

Form vs Function

I think most of my readers recognize the title above. “Form” is the artistic/creative side of the tools and toys around us, whereas “Function” is about how well it does the intended job. It is the analytical side. I must admit that I am stuck between these two poles, but when it comes to deciding which was to go, I almost always go to the … Continue reading Form vs Function

Innovation Is A Margin Thing…

Let’s face it, nothing much comes from the mainstream except task forces, meeting, and other such mundane things. Innovation almost always happens on the margins. Innovation by its very definition is not mainstream. The only way paradigm type change comes is through out-of-the-box thinking. Far too many of us just go with the flow and don’t make waves. We draw our salary and do as … Continue reading Innovation Is A Margin Thing…

Internalized Capitalism

Let’s start off this post on some thoughts of the mainstream. There really is not “one” mainstream, instead they are more like tributaries feeding into one massive deluge. Of course, there are the Lumpi-Trumpies (Lazy Minded/Proudly Ignorant) who get so much attention today. There is likely not an original thought among them. 😵‍💫 There are also those who follow each other down one path or … Continue reading Internalized Capitalism

When You Have Seen One…

It’s nice to see some of the more famous and innovative people out there come out as being Aspies. Like me, most of us who are over 30 years old are self-diagnosed as the Asperger’s Syndrome establishment is almost totally concentrated on young children. Adults with Asperger’s just don’t appear on their radar. I didn’t know until I say the above article in The Week … Continue reading When You Have Seen One…

Scribbling On The Margins

I am a scribbler on the margins. The body of the first draft of any post here seldom gets through without some serious corrective scribbles on the margins, at least the e-margins. I don’t use much paper anymore, so maybe I should call it virtual scribbling. Lately, I have been trying my hand as actual scribbling and doodling and have discovered that at least in … Continue reading Scribbling On The Margins

Being a Creative Person Means Living On The Margins

Let’s face it, mainstream thinking makes very little accommodations for creative thinking or risk taking. I worked for a number of years for a very conservative mainstream company nicknamed “Ma Bell”. Back then she controlled everything when it came to communications type stuff. When I started working there as a young engineer I had many ideas about how to make things better for both us … Continue reading Being a Creative Person Means Living On The Margins

LOM – A Celebration…On The Margins

I don’t know about you, but I kinda think it is time to start celebrating. We have had a dreadful year fighting this virus, but the end is now in sight. We had an anguishing four years with a ranting incompetent narcissist in the daily news. Simply speaking there haven’t been many reasons to celebrate life in general. When I started Life On the Margins … Continue reading LOM – A Celebration…On The Margins

LOM – Some Are Forced, Some Seek It Out…

Some people are forced to the margins, some seek them out, but for most it is likely a little of both. Being marginalized against your will is most often a bad thing. But sometimes good things can come from being forced there. Things that result in positive action. A case in point is the Republican Party’s attempts to keep people of color from voting. That … Continue reading LOM – Some Are Forced, Some Seek It Out…

LOM – I am A Word Collector

I recently watched a new episode of Last Tango In Halifax which is a British TV show about two retirees who were in love in their youth meeting again and getting married. I have to say I am watching much more British TV now than ever before. Endevour is probably my favorite. But, that’s another post… Anyway, on that show, one of the retirees mentioned … Continue reading LOM – I am A Word Collector

Cooking Is My Life (well sort of…)

LOM (Life on the Margins) is supposed to be about creativity among a few other things. So, I have been thinking of putting on a “Recipe Corner” as that has been a significant part of my creative life. I figured it out, and it looks like I have cooked or at least helped cook, about 1.5 million meals in my life. Most of those meals … Continue reading Cooking Is My Life (well sort of…)

Deaf People Cling To The Margins

Sometimes I cling to the margins with my fingernails, and sometimes I stomp on them with both feet. I haven’t been in the mainstream for so long I don’t even realize what it is anymore. I have been deaf for going on thirty-five years now and believe me that requires some serious margin clinging. It just amazes me how the mainstream has no idea of … Continue reading Deaf People Cling To The Margins