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
Waylon Jennings (1937 - 2002) was at his best when he was Lonesome, On'ry, And Mean. Which was a song he recorded in 1974, about the time I first heard him and his band. It was sometime in the early Seventies. I was a bartender at the Warehouse, a night club in Denver, Colorado, where he … Continue reading Waylon: Outlaw Hero
Living at the Edge of the World is a story about a young girl who lived underground (mostly) for five years, in New York City, from 1986 to 1990. In her own words (mostly) with the help of journalist, Jamie Pastor Bolnick. President Donald Trump recently said he wants to put a woman on the moon … Continue reading Living at the Edge of the World: Homeless
At a recent session with my psych-girl, she closed with three "suggestions": Lower your expectations Reduce your drinking Censor yourself Is there a better prescription for unhappiness? Or is it one for happiness? Christopher Hitchens once said: It's not true that you shouldn't drink alone; these can be the happiest glasses you ever drain. I … Continue reading The Pursuit Of Happiness
"What's wrong with Millennials?" was a recent YouTube video from Teal Swan, one of a constellation of contemporary creatives that I pay attention to, to inform me of current happenings. The three women, pictured above, happen to be Millennials on the backside of thirty. They are part of a small group of very smart people … Continue reading What’s Wrong With Millennials?
I took the last step to being a free man in Colorado Wednesday - cutting the cable. That's right! I am now totally internet dependent. (More free?) No more broadcast, or cable, TV talking heads for me. The blather and nonsense is gone. Poof. I have removed from my life all that propaganda, as well … Continue reading Free Man In Colorado: Unplugged
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 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
What is the truth? My Psych-girl (a third wave behaviorist, clinical Psychologist) is skeptical, not only of "the truth", but especially of my assertion that I've a handle on it. Who decides You sure can't trust the old standard bearers, if you ever could? And now, there's the new media (of which WordPress.com is part) … Continue reading The truth will set you free, or weaponized lying?
Inspiration The first formation of this thought, for me, was when I went back to college in the summer of 1994. I was forty-three (43) at the time and returning to "higher education" was a scary thought that turned into action. It (writing is thinking) was an assignment by my E102 (English, the research paper) … Continue reading Writing is thinking, part II