The Impractical Cabinetmaker, and ‘those people’

The Impractical Cabinetmaker (1979) was a book written by James Krenov, a Russian born, famous, fine-woodworker and philosopher. He has a lot to say about life and work, love and passion. Not unlike Sigmund Freud who intimated life was about nothing more than love and work. From Krenov's book: Not long ago I was asked: "What … Continue reading The Impractical Cabinetmaker, and ‘those people’

Time Fades Away: My Life’s Soundtrack

Recently a reader, and a friend, asked me, "What's your favorite Neil Young album?" Because we were talking music. Something we like to do. However, we're 36 years apart in age. That fact doesn't matter though, because he's really into Rock music and its cultural influence on America. Moreover, I was there from its inception, … Continue reading Time Fades Away: My Life’s Soundtrack

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 III

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

Commitment To Loneliness, Freedom, Or Money?

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?

Minimum Wage: The Concept

The concept of the minimum wage (mw) was originally conceived as a hedge against slavery and child labor. The argument follows. Because there is law that labor must be compensated for in currency, people (non related  adults and children) cannot be forced to work in servitude. That was the thinking. Concept Creep is what happens … Continue reading Minimum Wage: The Concept

Coronavirus Effect: Christmas Edition

Friday I had my Year End Review with my psych girl. It went well, I thought. I celebrated the way I do, by myself in the Magpie Cafe - eating, drinking and listening to my favorite playlists. Then I went to bed. "Merry Christmas" and a happy New Year. But in the early morning hours … Continue reading Coronavirus Effect: Christmas Edition

Baseball 2020: Fall Frenzy

I was skeptical when major league baseball announced its plan to play a sixty game "regular" season and then the "Fall Frenzy" playoff format. Really, I thought. What with all the craziness of 2020 - Who cares?. The season began July 23rd, with the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers being featured on ESPN. Because … Continue reading Baseball 2020: Fall Frenzy