And PenceWatch.US Was Born

I was introduced to a Facebook page I loved so much I would return to it repeatedly every day in the hopes that new posts had been added. The ghost writing was witty, insightful, tidy (even crisp), and brilliantly wrapped some very serious matters with a touch of humor, sarcasm, and wit in ways that illuminated and expanded perspective. I thought I detected 2 distinct voices but was unsure. When I asked a close (virtual) friend if he knew the writers, knowing that he was very familiar with the page and suspecting he might be one of writers himself, he confessed his involvement and told me about Sharon Hambrick.

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Sharon Hambrick

Sharon, an accomplished children’s author, and I quickly became very good virtual friends. Fast forward a few years. After the 2016 election, she, like perhaps most Americans, was shocked by the election results. She posted a series of inane, one-sentence, humorous posts to her Facebook wall. I could tell she was temporarily a lost ball in tall weeds1. I told her she needed something to do2 and that I was heading out west near where she lives.

She suggested we meet in the real world. What a novel concept! We did! She’s crazy wonderful. With the waitress’ insistence that we take as long as we needed to catch up3, Sharon and I literally talked non-stop4, and the idea of PenceWatch.US was born!

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Tim was born at the end of the post-world war baby boom, was a child of the ’60’s, a teenager during the Vietnam War, and a young man when economics reportedly began to trickle down. Now, six decades under the expanding belt, he lives in a post-truth world: science and truth are just a passé inconvenience studied in last-century university. He reaches for his smartphone in a dumbworld to take a stupidselfie. [Fake camera sound] Oh! Well, that will never do! What’s that app that removes wrinkles and blemishes? Never mind. He doesn’t have to remember. He just asks Siri… He’s a post-truther now! I’m just saying: he’s got questions. Real questions. And someone really needs to look into this, really look into this… That’s all I’m saying.


  1. as we say in the South 

  2. somewhere to invest the gift of her writing 

  3. Our waitress was awesome, and, after hours had passed, she went home and traded shifts with her daughter. Such nice ladies! 

  4. and we still have so much more to say to each other! 

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