This Is Us

My Father and I near the end.

For the first 12 years of my life, the idea of a “dad” was pretty esoteric. I knew I technically had one, but I’d often go years without seeing him. He was off-limits, “broken.” He had something called “alcoholism” probably because of his experiences in a place called “Vietnam”—neither of…


Woman reading book in meadow.
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The world today is a relentless, never-ending, all-consuming onslaught of news and opinion. Tiny red bubbles alert us to all of the information awaiting us as soon as we’re done consuming whatever kafkaesque malaise-inducing collection of paragraphs our eyes are currently glued to; each more dire and serious than the…


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The passage of time is relative, and the last four years have been easily the longest in my lifetime. It’s difficult today to truly remember the visceral, gripping despair I felt four years ago as our nation turned over the keys to a violent white supremacist bent on self-aggrandizement. …


Let’s let Manny take an easy one, for once, ok?

Manny Pacquiao / Conor McGregor Creative Commons

Let’s be honest about a couple of facts right up front: Firstly, Manny Pacquiao is 42 years old and unless you’re Bernard Hopkins, you really shouldn’t still be Boxing at an elite level at 42 years of age. Secondly, Pacquiao…


“Donald Trump” by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

In honor of his historic achievement, I gift unto the world my single greatest linguistic creation: repeached. Yesterday, Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States of America, was impeached, for a second time, for incitement of insurrection following the storming of the capitol building on January 6th.


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Last year I, along with roughly 104,000 other people all seemingly simultaneously discovered a new Twitter account that asked a very simple question: Has Jeff Bezos Decided to End World Hunger Today?

The premise of the account centers around 2 connected concepts: 1. according to the IFPRI (Internation Food Policy…


(Image by Arek Socha from Pixabay)

Among the litany of terrible, awful choices made during Donald Trump’s tenure as President of the United States, Space Force is undoubtedly one of the most ridiculous. …


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When the phone rang in early May 2008, I was 26 years old and had never been to Georgia. I was about eight years deep into a middling political career where I’d worked every conceivable job from lackey to Web Developer on both local and statewide races. …


A developer's perspective.

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I don’t think I’m making too many assumptions when I say that we all, as Medium writers, would like to better understand how our pieces are read and how they earn. …


Do you really need to upgrade?

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It’s 4 years old, the screen is scratched and the battery life is dismal, but my little iPhone 7 is still pretty amazing. …

Ryan Nehring

I’m a Developer, Activist, Husband & Father. Romani-American. On Twitter @Ryan_Nehring or at nehring.ryan@gmail.com. Top writer in Politics, Design & Tech.

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