Ron Sparks Author, Poet

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Will the Real Ron Sparks Please Stand Up?

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I am Ron Sparks. The guy in the picture to the right.  That’s me. I own my name legally.  I own the website, .  I own the Twitter name @RonSparks.  I am RonSparks on LinkedIn.  On Facebook I am Ron.Sparks.  On YouTube I am RonESparks.  My many and varied email addresses are all RonSparks derivatives. I have been Ron Sparks for fifty years.  My father has been Ron Sparks for over 70 years. ...

Debt Collectors Love Bad Economies

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I have been harassed, cursed at, yelled at, and forced to endure extremely rude calls for about two months now.  For a debt I do not owe! Let me start from the beginning. The Situation in a Nutshell An AT&T Debt Collection Agency, Source Receivables Management, has been calling me non-stop for two months from phone numbers 321-250-7029 and 877-251-3771.  When I called to tell them they had...

Ditching My Cable Company

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Goodbye Brighthouse. For years you have been my cable provider, my Internet provider, and my telephone provider. I have been faithfully paying you over $2500.00 a year for these services. I have hundreds of channels, HD packages, two HD DVRs, premium channels, high-speed internet, unlimited national calling, call waiting, and a slew of other features I don’t use. All for the low, low, price of...

My Son; the High School Wrestler

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[youtube=] I’m very proud of my oldest son, Matthew.  He has been on the Boone High School wrestling team for two years now.  He started in 9th grade, not even understanding the basic concepts of wrestling.  It was a sport I never participated in so I couldn’t help him, even if I hadn’t been stricken by cancer and fighting my battle at the time.  He made up his mind that he...

I am Dad

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My daughter is upset with me this morning.  She somehow had misplaced her favorite jacket and was complaining about not having anything to wear.  She was grumpy and in a surly mood.  Her mother tried to hand her an alternate  jacket and it was rejected ungraciously.  Carey then tried to point out to our daughter that she had other options in her closet – other jackets and sweaters –...

Enduring Love and Faithfulness

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“…he spoke of a girl of surpassing beauty and faithfulness.” Those words were spoken by the Dread Pirate Roberts in “The Princess Bride.” The scene was where Westley (aka Roberts) had found his Princess Buttercup after 5 years. I watched that movie again last night. At my grandparents’ house. As my grandfather ages, it has become necessary for my sister...

Captive Audience

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You gotta hand it to the airlines – the know they have a captive audience when you fly. We’re all used to the pre-flight checklist the TSA requires the airlines to review with you before each and every flight. We accept them as SOP when we fly. The flight attendants come on over the loudspeaker and go through their shtick so loud it is virtually impossible to ignore them. Now, flying...

The Kindness of Strangers

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It’s not often you meet a really kind stranger; someone who is naturally a nice person and without trying, without fanfare, is just genuinely kind. I met one such person last week. On an airplane. I blogged a few days ago about how poorly United Airlines treated me on my flight from Orlando to DC. My return flight was a much more pleasant experience, because of a kind stranger. United, in...

The Crap We Learned to Eat

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I just took a few minutes during my lunch hour to stumble the Internet. I stumbled on a fantastic website filled with advertisements from the 1950’s – the era in which my parents grew up. I was engrossed – I love the innocence of the time. The optimism that was pervasive in every ad made my smile and I was nostalgic for an age in which I didn’t live. Still, it wasn’t...

Rant: Movies, Commercials, and Trailers

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I went to see “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” last week with my fiance, Carey, and our daughter Ashlee. It was a spur of the moment thing. We were at a nearby jeweler getting her new wedding band serviced and, when we were done, I proposed a movie. The girls wanted to see “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” but I quickly vetoed it. Although I love sci-fi and the movie appears...

Ron Sparks Author, Poet

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Ron Sparks

Ron Sparks is a technology professional, science fiction and fantasy author and poet living in Zurich, Switzerland. His latest book "ONI: Satellite Earth Series Book 1" is available on Amazon.com.

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A man of many passions, I lay claim to a myriad of interests and hobbies. Among them, I am an amateur astronomer, an avid motorcycle rider, a whiskey aficionado, a (poor) surfer, a scuba diver, a martial artist, a student of philosophy, a proponent of critical thinking, a technologist, an entrepreneur, a cancer survivor, and I harbor a lifelong love of science fiction and fantasy. Feel free to strike up a conversation on the social networks below.

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