Lost: One Jaw. Please Return to Owner

Sometimes, the universe, or a member of that universe, comes along as if to say, "you need a momentary distraction. May I help?" And help he does. Yoink! That's what I started to say, then learned it was a test shot. Really? What's the class? Introductory Cardiac Arrest? The actual photoshoot is like, what, graduate …

Music Monday: The Last Song Of Your Life by P!nk

If you had one song left inside your soul What would you sing tonight? If you had one chance left before we're old The last song of your life What is it you wait for? Tell me who you are Not what you've rehearsed All the other parts   https://youtu.be/PrLmRtCntgU   Friday, August 2, 2019, …

The Next, Next Hard Part

One of the people from Red River shared a Thorton Wilder quote. He said, "If you write to impress it will always be bad, but if you write to express it will be good." I wrote two of the most difficult pieces of writing that's not fiction or a blog post. The first was my …

Music Monday: Cruel, Crazy, Beautiful World byJohnny Clegg & Savuka

Johnny Clegg passed away from Pancreatic Cancer today. I bought the cassette single, yes that was a thing, for the track. I played it on repeat nearly 24 years ago, the day my nephew was born. Clegg wrote this song for one of his children, one of many international hits with Jalukka and Savuka.

I suggest reading this National Public Radio Article (https://www.npr.org/2019/07/16/738065415/johnny-clegg-a-uniting-voice-against-apartheid-dies-at-66) for an overview of his life and music.

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The End (Of The Academic Year) Is Nigh

This academic year, I learned a new word applying a series of changes happening around me at work: change saturation. It means so much change has happened, in short bursts without room to absorb, you can't do it anymore. I put my vacation request as soon as the call went out to start thinking about …

Do Look Back in Anger: Angry Reads to Listen To

Oasis sang about not looking back in anger, although the Gallagher brothers need to take their own advice, at least, regarding their spat in the press. Women, on the other hand, always get told never to get angry, always pay the price for expressing anger, always suppress anger to the point of getting sick. Some …

Grunting, Pushing, And Sweating

I stepped under the bar without added weight, the thing alone weighs 45 pounds. (I confirmed it.) The bar rests across my shoulders, muscles begin to complain about its use thanks to sudden aches stretching from my shoulders and down my lat. (What!? Why are we being used!?) I take two steps back and begin …