Monthly Archives: July 2020

We interrupt this blog for this important message…


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Remembering my Friend, Mike MacNaughton (Part 1)

  My best friend, Mike MacNaughton, died unexpectedly in his sleep last week. The loss of any close friend is difficult & life-changing, and Mike was my best friend for most of my life. Recently, we reconnected again after a … Continue reading

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Pick Up the Phone. Make the Call. Today

“I meant to call him just like week…” My best friend of over 50 years, Mike MacNaughton, died unexpectedly in his sleep last Friday night. Several months ago, after over a year of silence, he called me about the time … Continue reading

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Songs of Will T. Massey — “A Little Bit of a Heartbreaker”

A later song from Will, written after he left Austin to retreat to a West Texas ranch house near San Angelo for a little while. In the video performance, shot at a backyard house concert in Austin,  he introduces this … Continue reading

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Day of the un-Dead

About this time, I should be sweltering in the sun amidst the growing crowd in Folsom Field, waiting for our second show of the weekend from Dead & Company. Of course, due to COVID cancellations, that is not what I’m … Continue reading

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Granddad & Miss Nora Villa Ault

In 1918, my grandfather, G.M.C. Massey, picked up his family to move from his rural East Texas home to San Angelo, where he would live the rest of his life. Within the year, his wife, Carrie, died unexpectedly. Age 38 … Continue reading

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Declaring Independence

I usually celebrate the 4th of July by declaring my independence from crowds and parades and mass celebrations by staying home. Not an issue, this year, of course, with subdued celebrations due to the ongoing pandemic. No, I’ve never been … Continue reading

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