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A Day of Grace and Gratitude

During Thanksgiving I did several social media posts about things for which I was grateful, and it sort of morphed into "live blogging" the holiday. I share some excerpts here; I should also note that we don't travel for Thanksgiving…

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The Preposition of US

October 31, 2020

Halloween. The Blue Moon. All Soul's Day. And the eve of an election the likes of which most of us have not experienced in our lifetimes. The gulf between ideologies has never seemed wider. Most of us…

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Pt. 3: Eddie Van Halen - An Appreciation

Somehow it seems both ironic and fitting to close my personal appreciation for Eddie Van Halen today, on what would be John Lennon‘s 80th birthday. 

The mist of time and memory always color the lightning bolt moments of youth. Looking…

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Pt. 2: Eddie Van Halen - An Appreciation

After that first Van Halen album owned the radio for the summer and fall of 78, I have to admit I gotten a bit tired of hearing some of the "hits" too much. With everything else they excelled at as…

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Pt. 1: Eddie Van Halen - An Appreciation

Summer of 1978. The upperclassmen at the high school I'd go to that autumn were driving their souped-up cars with the windows down, the various Alpine and Blaupunkt and whatever supercharged stereos blasting the otherworldly sounds of Eddie Van…

Stepping Onto the Stage Again

Today it feels surreal, like maybe I was dreaming. I last set foot on stage in front of a "normal" audience six months ago today at Austin Acoustical Cafe in Texas. It's been little more than 6 months since our…

A Musical Storm Warning

It's hard to describe what this computer image means to me. For the non-musical, the display is a basic recording studio editor, with waveforms produced by recording each individual or voice on its own track. In the studio we edit…

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Seeing the Stories with a Different Lens

Like tens of millions across America, we watched and reveled at Hamilton yesterday. As a creative, I'm always spellbound by a really well done multimedia event like a musical. But to hear one of our origin stories recast by the…

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The Privilege in Retreat

I needed today to lose myself in my thoughts. It is baldly a privilege that many others do not enjoy; to be able to retreat in these times of turmoil and civic unrest to work out my emotions and thoughts…

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Things I Will Never Understand

My heart is so sick tonight. I will never understand how we ever came to judge our standing relative to other humans based on our God-given skin pigmentation. To my fellow humans in all your beautiful shades that make you…

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Memorial Day

On this Memorial Day I honor my ancestors who gave their last measure of devotion to save this country, and all those who served and never returned safe home to their families. My heart today is especially with all of…

Thirteen

Thirteen years ago we left home for another prenatal checkup for this backwards and wrongside up baby we were expecting soon. We weren't planning on making a stay at the Birthing Inn, but that's what was decided that morning. No…