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Here we are again

My mind can only be imprisoned if I allow it. Yes, here we are again. But how will I do it differently this time around? It’s clear that joylessness isn’t working.

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Title omitted in protest

I’m writing in protest of the business of digital “content.” What a disgusting word! While flirting with the idea of another web site redesign, all of the same stuff is coming back at me. I’m already losing my good humor. So I’m indulging in a new fantasy. It’s one in which the business of digital […]

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Celebrating Frani’s new album, Relay Delay, with an acoustic concert

Here’s something completely different, let’s just play! When I heard the mixes of Frani’s new double album, Relay Delay, I thought it was some of the best stuff I’ve heard from him yet, which is saying a lot. I didn’t get to play with him on the release show for his 2020 acoustic album, Frani, […]

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January 1, 2021

I’ve been hoodwinked by new years before. There was one in particular that really put one over on me. I was jubilant at the dawn of that new year. I had the highest hopes for my new band in that year. I envisioned great things. There were some great things, but none that I anticipated. […]

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Goodbye to Rosie, the Queen of Corona

I’ve been waiting it out at home for longer than some. The pandemic has taken away my enthusiasm for many things. I have only moments of optimism. November 7th was certainly a high point. What followed in my ridiculous country, of course, restored that good ol’ American despair and rage in fairly short order. This […]

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The Chess King

In the summer of 1982, I was eleven years old. For one day, I garnered the unofficial title of Chess King. No one called me that, and it wasn’t even that I was unseated after that day. It just ceased to be relevant, as many things are wont to do amid the breakneck pace kept […]

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My new favorite place

Well-intentioned local writer/musician finally goes completely mad

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I’m in awe of what has been taken away

I’ve just read about DHS secret police snatching people off the street in Portland. I also read a letter demanding that they be withdrawn signed by Oregon senators and representatives. A letter. Really? Does one quash a secret police in the United States with a letter? I doubt that would be my first choice if […]

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Independence Day. We’re on our own.

June was not the month I expected. In one respect or another, I spent the entire month with a toothache. My teeth are crumbling, despite my best efforts to care for them. Due to genetics, as I approach half a century in this life, my teeth are just quitting, cracking. This year, I even lost […]

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The Band

Feeling good about the 20s

What has just concluded is probably the most enjoyable and productive holiday season I can remember. My new year and my new decade are looking promising, largely due to the forming of multiple musical ensembles with which I’ve become involved. These collaborations are expected to provide performance opportunities as well as new records. The order […]