The Backstory or 'background knowledge' - i.e. the past, or the events that led me to think I should open a bookstore. In 1994, recently divorced with a school-age son, I decided to go back to college and major in Psychology. After graduating in 1996, I took a job in the field as a counselor … Continue reading The Indie Bookstore. Part III
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
In 1974 James Michener published an epic, historical novel, Centennial. Subsequently (1978) it was made into a twenty-hour TV "miniseries". The book was typical Michener (over 1000 pages), taking us from prehistoric, earth forming days, up until the present. The Story was about Colorado, my home for (mostly) the last forty-five years. I was twenty-five … Continue reading Commitment To Loneliness, Freedom, Or Money?
You know the old saw: The more things change the more they stay the same? I've been reminded of that lately. A lot! Because of one thing leading to another, as is usually the case. I've been looking back at my writing through the years. In fact, as far back as 1970. It was good … Continue reading The More Things Change: Recovery
Drinking With Men is the title of memoir written by Rosie Schaap. (I've c&p'd my review below.) Today is "Happy Hour Friday" with my bff. I can hardly wait to get his call via FaceTime. He's said as much to me - that he looks forward to HHF every week. My Drinking I've chronicled in … Continue reading Drinking With Men
What happened to education? is a great question. Certainly books have been written, and will be written (maybe), regarding answers. My answer is both simple and extremely complex. Survival and greed, in other words: Life at work, or biology on planet earth. My Favorite People are progressives. (see them here and here and here.) However, … Continue reading What Happened to Education?
It's time to OPEN up. Sure, we'd be going into the wild, but it's time. It's been 44 days (March 11) since the world (human) panicked and shut down. I'm not going to go into the time-line, nor the reasons why what happened happened. Books will be written and be mostly wrong. Because, "Everyone has an agenda. … Continue reading Into The Wild: Open
I am a free man in Colorado. My wish is that you might also become free. Okay, not likely. So the question becomes: Who's responsible for that? Which becomes a very deep inquiry. Worthy of super, high level, expensive psychotherapy. Which under the current social restrictions is impossible. What can be done when every interaction … Continue reading Free Man In Colorado
Gone but not forgotten is singer songwriter John Prine. He died Tuesday of the virus. He was seventy-three and in poor health. I was introduced to John Prine's music in the early 70's by my neighbor, friend, and drinking buddy, Mike. Mike was a Vietnam vet and a postal worker - as was Prine, a … Continue reading Gone but not forgotten
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