Category Archives: life & death

Farewell 2016!

The end of any year automatically prompts reflection. With the deaths of so many well-known and beloved musicians, movie stars, and celebrities in 2016, many of us look forward to the coming of the New Year with great anticipation — while still trying … Continue reading

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“Why Don’t We Get Hitched Over Labor Day?”

As I understand it, that was Dad’s ever-so-romantic proposal to Mom back in 1949, delivered in that fine Austin dining establishment, Jake’s, a burger & beer joint. It worked. On September 3, 1949, Nora Dell Massey married Leonard Keith Buller. … Continue reading

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Coming Attraction: Me!

That’s right, off the back porch and onto the main stage! I’m taking a workshop called “Creating a One-Person Show.” Maybe I’m not ready for prime time yet, but you know I’ve got some stories to tell, and my days … Continue reading

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for Paris and Beirut and Kenya…for all of us

My heart is heavy again with the senseless violence we have witnessed this past week. For solace, I turn to my joy — music — and specifically, I often listen to this piece of “musical medicine” from David Wilcox at times like … Continue reading

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Brent and Beyond — “Give it just a minute and it will blow away…”

Part 7 of my long strange trip to the Grateful Dead’s 50th Anniversary “Fare Thee Well” 1989 My work finally approved an out of town conference request for me, and I was headed out to San Francisco for the ITVA Conference … Continue reading

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The Secret to Treading Quicksand

In a word: DON’T! It’s not a good idea and it doesn’t work. Yes, I speak from experience. My brief attempt at treading quicksand happened during my doodlebugging days. “Doodlebugging” refers to seismic survey work, a key part of oil & gas exploration. Seismologists … Continue reading

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Temporary Time Traveller

Recently, I ended an online profile with “…and temporary time traveller.” It’s true — but hardly qualifies me as unique. We are all temporary. This is our one shared truth. We are temporary and we will all die. We get … Continue reading

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