Monthly Archives: June 2020

No New Who

Arrival of the refund check for the tickets made it official — no Who show on the horizon. It’s the end of a long journey of longing. Back in January 2019, I bought tickets to see the Denver performance of … Continue reading

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We Interrupt This Isolation for…

…a quick, unexpected visit from my old friend, Bob Monahan, and his wife, Sally. I was siting alone in the house (well, Sara was in the other room) when I get a message from Bob that he’s out at the … Continue reading

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Songs of Will T. Massey — “I’ll See You Around”

If only it were true these days, Will — still wondering where you’ve wandered to now. From his 1989 independent cassette release, Slow Study, this was a staple of Will’s shows as he broke onto the national scene with his … Continue reading

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Father’s Day 2020

Happy Father’s Day! I don’t always put up holiday posts from the back porch. The only other Father’s Day blog post I’ve ever posted, 5 years ago, summarized what I called “memory snapshots” of my dad, images that form the … Continue reading

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Juneteenth — A Promise Unfulfilled

On June 19, 1865, African-Americans in Texas received word that they had been freed from slavery as of January 1, 1863. In that one sentence lies the root of the conflicted nature of Juneteenth as a symbol of the unfulfilled … Continue reading

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Slipping Past 600

Oops. I had intended today’s entry to commemorate 600 blog posts here, but, you might say a funny thing happened on the way to the back porch. Last Friday, I published a draft of a piece I’ve been working on … Continue reading

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Johnny Got His Gun

Johnny Got His Gun — Dalton Trumbo This book further radicalized my reaction to the ongoing horrors of the overseas war. When they released a movie version movie I don’t know whether I’m alive and dreaming or dead and remembering…Inside … Continue reading

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Friends — Near & Far, New & Old, Here & Gone

Let’s face it — I spend too much time on social media. Specifically Facebook. As in I’m online morning, noon, and night. And while I am working to curb this pseudo-addiction, it always lights up my morning when I glance … Continue reading

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Granddad Reflects on Some of Life’s Rewards and Fortunes

I’ve told you about inheriting this box of pages, half-pages, and page scraps of memoir manuscripts from my grandfather that my Mom had been trying to edit. She did a marvelous job of pulling together some account os his early … Continue reading

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Humans on Hiatus

Well, it’s been about 4 years since last week… — Alan Arkin quarantine ditty As quarantine restrictions are slowly being lifted, I reflect on our enforced break. I have found it similar in many ways to an unexpected hospitalization or … Continue reading

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