Category Archives: video

Former and Further Adventures of Ralphie

Christmas means many things and around here, it always involves movies —and we crown our days of viewing old favorites with “A Christmas Story,” reserved for post-Christmas dinner. I shared my back story with Ralphie several years ago, relating how my … Continue reading

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Quick Fun on YouTube

Spending some time watching YouTube recently, I found myself tunneling down several rabbit holes to discover a true treasure trove of short films. These “shorties” mostly run about 10-15 minutes. Some are as short as 3 minutes while others run … Continue reading

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No Eye Contact Required

“Writing is something you do alone. It’s a profession for introverts who want to tell you a story but don’t want to make eye contact while doing it.” When I read that quote from author John Green, it immediately resonated … Continue reading

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Video Echo, or Some Clips Never Die

So, um, when you made “Don’t Touch That Dial,” did you ever dream it would be an opening act for a feature film about Mr. Rogers? Because it was. It started as a video experiment, an idea inspired by the … Continue reading

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Blast from the Past, 1983 ACTV Academy Awards Edition

As I’ve pointed out for years now, the past just keeps on growing — in more ways than one. Not only do we constantly keep pushing the present into the past, but we’re forever finding forgotten tidbits from days gone … Continue reading

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Austin — Forever Changing

Austin has always been all about change. My earliest memories of Austin come from the early 60s when we would come up from Houston to attend UT football games. Often, we’d meet up with Uncle Willie and Aunt Marion, who … Continue reading

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Christmas Comin’ At Ya!

It’s the holiday season, folks, and for the first time in years, I am missing out entirely on the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. As we approach our first Colorado Christmas, I’m feeling a little homesick and nostalgic, so here’s a look … Continue reading

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Bittersweet Birthday: Missing Tom Petty

Tom Petty should have been celebrating his 67th birthday today. Instead, we are left to remember him. My old hometown, Austin, proclaimed today “Tom Petty Day,” and that sent me reeling back through the years of hearing his music, so … Continue reading

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“Love Will Make You Do the Strangest Things”

…like get married — years ago! Happy Anniversary to good friends David and Anne Ducharme-Jones! In addition to being life partners for many years, these two partner together in song as well. Over the last several years, I have had … Continue reading

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Happy 4th of July!

Celebrate our country’s birthday with some American tunes today! The obvious starting point is our national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner” — except that the tune itself is so difficult to sing that only rarely do we hear an outstanding live … Continue reading

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