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This is the internet home of author/Bob Ross enthusiast Sam Neumann. Check out his books up top or the blog below. Or just grab a drink. We serve drinks here.

Faith vs. Religion

I’ve been on a spiritual journey of late. I’ll spare you all the details—they’re scattered and frankly hard for me to corral—but in the last few years I’ve been trying to reconcile my feeling of connection with a higher power with the seemingly arbitrary (and sometimes hypocritical) boundaries of organized religion. I think we all have that connection, actually; I…

Bob Ross Thursday (Netflix Edition)

Yes, friends, I’ve heard the good news. I’ve gotten the texts and tweets and notifications. June 2016 will go down as a milestone month, because the Happy Painter himself, the greatest man to ever grace our television screens, Bob Ross, is finally on Netflix. His teachings are eternal. His hair is immovable. He is Bob Ross. #BeautyIsEverywherehttps://t.co/PCBk9M9LUO — Netflix US…

Things That Do Not Impress Me

1. Criticizing Fox News and/or Nickelback. I understand the negatives. I am aware. We all are. But these two are the lowest of low hanging fruit when it comes to criticism. They are also both filthy damn rich, which means they’re doing something to please someone, somewhere in the world. Let that be, and let’s move on to hunt the…

Heading North

There’s something about a solo road trip that’s always been vaguely adventurous to me. Even if you know the route—even if you’ve already done it dozens of times before—each time you hit the road, it seems like you’re exploring it all over again.┬áJust you and the car and the highway, and some coffee and a big bag of beef jerky.…

Hello Lodge, My Old Friend

Yesterday, I visited this here website for a reason I can’t remember, and was greeted by this scene: No, that isn’t my attempt at writing a shipping drama in olde english…that’s the default setting of the website theme. I have no idea how it reverted back, and no idea how long it’s been there, because honestly, I haven’t been coming…