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

What’s the Point: Playing or Winning?

Recently my friend Billy asked me if I was working on anything, meaning writing. I answered: What's the point? Because, why bother? When I explained the why - he concurred. The Evidence is the data on YouTube's product. I learned, ironically, while watching a Joe Rogan podcast on YouTube, that the latest statistics are: 500hrs … Continue reading What’s the Point: Playing or Winning?

Who Decides: Game Of Thrones

One of the pandemic perks (PP) is more screen time. For me, I started to watch the HBO show Game of Thrones. I know, I'm (as my psych girl said) "a little late to the party. But, better late than never." She thinks she's funny. Sometimes she is, and so am I. However, for now, put … Continue reading Who Decides: Game Of Thrones

Metrics for Year End Review

It's coming on Christmas and then the new year. That means it's time to start reflecting on the year past. I've done this for a number of years now and have come up with a new, quantitative way, to systematically, synthesize my analysis and reflection. Hopefully this will lead to better, or at least improved, … Continue reading Metrics for Year End Review

Hunger of the Pine: Teal Swan

What is the hunger of the pine? And who is Teal Swan? That all depends. Hunger of the Pine is both a song and a book. According to the author, Alt-J, and Miley Cyrus, of the song - it's a metaphor for the yearning, or pining for love or a loved one. The author of the … Continue reading Hunger of the Pine: Teal Swan

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

Social distancing

And then what happened is a long story. Fictionalized in my novels. For me: With and without periods of social isolation, contact, and psychoanalysis. It all depends upon this (what is) and what is not. And who. I'm digging this social distancing. Less traffic. Less confusion. Just that (social contact) which is necessary. What is necessary … Continue reading Social distancing

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

Life and death matters

Life and death matters, maybe. A few days past, in early morning fog, there was a helicopter crash that killed all nine people aboard. One, Kobe Bryant, was a basketball legend. He was only forty-one years old, retired, yet in the prime of his life. The outpouring of shock, grief, and sadness has been unmatched, … Continue reading Life and death matters