The Indie Bookstore. Part IV

Bookstore Adventure is what an Independent Bookstore really is. Now, I'm not talking about those huge, famous ones like The Tattered Cover in Denver, Powell's in Portland, or Politics and Prose in DC. Because they are almost like the corporate Barnes and Noble. But even those pale in comparison to what Amazon can offer. Recall … Continue reading The Indie Bookstore. Part IV

The Indie Bookstore. Part I

Recently a reader of books from Amsterdam stated to me that she "never really understood what an Indie bookstore is." This post is in response to that. Because it's a very important thing - Indie bookstores. So important I wrote a chapter in my book, Election 2016: The Great Divide, The Great Debate, about the … Continue reading The Indie Bookstore. Part I

Joe Biden’s Revenge

"Joe Biden's revenge" is a phrase I lifted from Hunter Thompson's 1985-88 collection of essays chronicled in the book Generation of Swine. It refers to Biden heading a committee to vet Judge Robert Bork for nomination to the US Supreme Court. Biden, at the time, had just been "disgraced" for "cribbing a few lines on some obscure … Continue reading Joe Biden’s Revenge

The Perfect Storm

The Perfect Storm was a phrase made popular by journalist Sebastian Junger, with his 1997 novel and subsequent major motion picture. The subtitle is: A True Story Of Men Against The Sea. I think the phrase applies now as then. You can read my review of the book here. The perfect storm describes a confluence of circumstance … Continue reading The Perfect Storm

Grocery shopping, etc. and so on

Went grocery shopping today (Tuesday, March 31, 2020). Day twenty (20) of the COVID-19 panic in the USA. I was a little apprehensive, given the news coverage; and also, some folk I follow here on WordPress. What I saw and experienced today was pretty typical of my prior grocery shopping experiences. Thank goodness. [Granted, I live … Continue reading Grocery shopping, etc. and so on

Unemployment, skills, & the résumé

During this time of "shelter-in-place" and forced unemployment, why not take advantage and reflect upon your skills? And, prepare a résumé? Start sending them out, because this will end, and you'll want to "hit-the-ground-running". This is a great opportunity to reflect and refocus. Trust me. Phases and stages  of life (according to me; and this will make … Continue reading Unemployment, skills, & the résumé

The Magpie Cafe, part II

Yesterday, two days after Valentine's Day, I walked when the weather had warmed. The usual - past the site of the future Magpie Cafe - and lo, the birds had begun nesting behavior - repairing winter damage, preening and posing, chatting, and yes - kissing. Call me crazy for asking, but how do they know? The … Continue reading The Magpie Cafe, part II

The Magpie Cafe

The Magpie Cafe is a dream. Ever since I began working in the restaurant industry some fifty years ago - I've imagined having a cafe that integrated where I lived with that which I love. Mostly, of all things - I love people and conversation, good food and spirits, music, wood and wild country. So … Continue reading The Magpie Cafe