Monthly Archives: August 2018

Granddad Moves West, 1918

My Grandfather grew up in rural East Texas, but he moved west 100 years ago, in 1918. This also meant the end of his teaching career at age 38, a decision he made to better provide for his family. I’ve … Continue reading

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Old & Young Together: Intergenerational Living

Recently, I’ve posted about certain topics I feel we need to talk about, specifically aging and death. Lest you feel I focus too much on such “morbid” topics, here are several links on a related topic that holds out hope … Continue reading

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“Sometimes I Sing” — Songs of Will T. Massey

Released on The Weathering (2016) — available on iTunes and Apple Music. My headlights are two lucky stars, Spilling into the street. My shotgun blonde wants to hear a song from the stage. It’s the least I could do: She … Continue reading

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Walking Home with Ram Dass

The spiritual leader, Ram Dass, has been walking home quite awhile now, starting out as a clinical psychologist anamed Richard Alpert at Harvard, where he worked with Timothy Leary to explore the impact of the psicolycbin mushroom and other psychedelic … Continue reading

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Cotton Trading in 1900s East Texas

My grandfather, G.M.C. Massey, wrote of his life in rural East Texas circa the early 1900’s. Here he describes buying and selling cotton, speculating on price changes — an early “day trader” of sorts. I had been teaching at Reilly … Continue reading

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Here We Go Again…


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Our Common Ground — Aging

Granny once sent me a birthday card saying “It’s Your Birthday — so you’re a little older!” Inside, it added, “SO WHAT!? So is EVERYONE else!” Yes, we’re all a little older today — if we’re lucky. We are all … Continue reading

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Pick a Peck of Program Presentations — SXSWedu 2019

SXSWedu 2019 is coming! Okay, it won’t happen until next spring, specifically March 4-7, but planning for the annual gathering has been underway since before this year’s conference wrapped up. SXSWedu encompasses not just the annual conference each spring in … Continue reading

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“Mr. Johnson’s Store” — Songs of Will T. Massey

Another one of Will’s early songs, originally included on his 1989 self-released cassette, Slow Study. Fifteen and poor, The youngest of four Walks through the door Of Mr. Johnson’s store. Short of silver to pay, He put the bread back … Continue reading

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More Summer Songs

August is upon us — the season of summer vacations. So, sing some songs of summer — here’s a few to choose from, mostly from my younger days. In the Good Old Summertime An early recording — Billy Murray (1902) … Continue reading

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