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Richard Cummings

Richard Cummings is a writer, traveler, and web content developer.

Get your copy of his latest book entitled Obvious Conclusions, stories of a Midwestern emigrant influenced and corrupted by many years living in San Francisco and abroad. It just received its first outstanding review "...reminiscent of David Sedaris or Augusten Burroughs" on Amazon UK.
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How to Enjoy a Movie Twice [or a Mr. Brooks Movie Review]

mr-brooks-movie-reviewMy friend “rented” the movie Mr. Brooks last night. The dance clubs were a-calling so we were only able to see the first 15 minutes. We will watch it later today.

I have seen the movie Mr. Brooks…and I haven’t.

I did see it. About 6 months ago, Mr. Brooks was one of the first movies that I saw when I arrived in Uruguay. They promoted it very differently here and made the movie seem much better than the promotion I had seen in the USA.

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Richard CummingsHow to Enjoy a Movie Twice [or a Mr. Brooks Movie Review]

No Country for Old Men: Movie Review

no-country-for-old-men-the-movieAfter seeing No Country For Old Men, I was left with this feeling: huh? This movie won the Oscar for best picture?

I saw the movie in Uruguay. Typically, they show English movies in English with Spanish subtitles. I like this. A dubbed movie (which they do on television here) is simply irritating.

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Richard CummingsNo Country for Old Men: Movie Review

A One Day Trip to Colonia, Uruguay

visit-colonio-uruguayMy Uruguayan friend Vicky and I took a trip to Colonia, Uruguay last week.

Colonia is town situated along the border between Argentina and Uruguay.  Most folks pass through here on their short journey to Buenos Aires (the quick boat gets you there in just an hour).  It’s well worth it to take the time to visit Colonia rather than just passing through.

Colonia is a strong mix of Spanish and Portuguese history.  The two empires fought endlessly over Colonia like she was a woman neither could live without.

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Richard CummingsA One Day Trip to Colonia, Uruguay

Ten Things Every New Blogger Must Know

Initially, it seems like such an easy idea.

“I have ideas and I want to share them.  I’m going to setup up a blog and everyone will want to read what I have to say.  Maybe I’ll even make money!”  It’s not that easy.

Here are ten things that every new blogger must know:

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Richard CummingsTen Things Every New Blogger Must Know

New Bloggers: Three WordPress Forum Rules You Must Know

First off, I want to send a big thank you to all of those people on the WordPress forums who have helped me and helped others.  As someone relatively new to blogging, your help has been indispensable. 

(Note: This article was originally written back in March of 2008. But these rules of eitquette transcend time so I’m leaving them here to spread WordPress goodwill.)

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Richard CummingsNew Bloggers: Three WordPress Forum Rules You Must Know

Did John Edwards Mean What I think He Meant?

When someone has no good reason to say something, they might be saying more than you think.

As I got to thinking who would win the 2008 November elections (Barack, Hillary, McCain) today, I thought of the words John Edwards spoke to Wolf Blitzer while he was still in the race…”I am the most electable of the three of us in the general election.” At the time, John Edwards trailed by wide margins in all of the polls and seemed to have no justification for saying this. Perhaps, this was just politics as usual. Perhaps.

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Richard CummingsDid John Edwards Mean What I think He Meant?

Building Blog Traffic: A Cautionary Tale

I don’t always treat myself like I treat my clients.  With my clients, I always use a measured, methodical approach.  When it’s just me, sometimes I just jump right into the fray.

[NOTE: I wrote this post back in 2008 when I had just started out. For a new blogger, the thought process is as applicable today as it was back then.]

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Richard CummingsBuilding Blog Traffic: A Cautionary Tale

Letter to George Bush Before the War

President Bush/Whitehouse:

I hope that this email falls into the hands of someone with authority.

I am a 34 year old business owner originally from St. Louis, Mo. and now living in San Francisco, CA.  I have never emailed the government and my participation in government has always been limited to voting 4 times a year for president.

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Richard CummingsLetter to George Bush Before the War

What Happened Today

what-happened-todayThis is an essay I wrote way back in 1992. I keep it hear on A Rich Idea for those who may want to let some words of reflection trickle across their being.

            The day is done and the darkness falls from the wings of night as a feather wafted downward from an eagle in flight.  Yep, it’s true.  Another day ended.  Revelations didn’t present themselves as readily as tabloid TV showcases adulterous activities, but there are always miracles to be found, shooting stars only noticed by those curious enough to look. 

            Sally Jesse Rapheal’s daughter died yesterday to compound her misery which accrued from a son just getting struck by an automobile.  Her life is now as tragic as many of those who appear on her show.

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Richard CummingsWhat Happened Today