Why Otis Redding is worth listening to, why I first started listening to him, and why I’ll never stop.

with friends at marina golden-gate rec area. Seriously, Sausalito is pretty much there.

Once in awhile, with family friends or fellow patrons at the pub, I get asked, “What got you into music?” My first deep dive into music started after I quit basketball in High School. It accompanied my deep dive into faith. The band I started with was the one who kept being played every thirty …

[Review] “Beatlebone” by Kevin Barry. I was looking for Prose and got a delightful story about John Lennon.

As I last wrote about back in March, I wanted a book with prose. While with Katie at Town Center Books in Pleasanton, CA the week before I had to head back to Indiana for most of the Spring, we asked the college student working the shop for such a prose-y book. He told us …

The history of predicting Doctor Who’s Next Doctor on the Betting Boards.

Update: BBC announced on Friday, July 14th, 2017 that the 13th Doctor will be announced after the Wimbledon Men’s Final on July 16, 2017. No sooner was it announced then Jodie Whittaker, one of the central characters in new Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall’s last show, Broadchurch, shot up the betting boards. She’s now even …

Allergies for new Bay Area Residents within 3 years of moving here? It happened to us, too. But…

[vc_row bg_color=””][vc_column][vc_column_text]One of the things we were told to prepare for when moving from Chicago to San Francisco was that we were going to develop allergies within three years, but that we’d adjust. We had doctors tell us that, friends tell us that, blogs tell us that… But we dismissed the warnings because we thought …

”Santa Clarita Diet” Season 1. “I just stuffed a man in a meat freezer.”

Release Date: Stars: Drew Barrymore (seriously, it’s Drew Barrymore), Timothy Olyphant (Justified… Deadwood) Episodes in Season: 10 Avg. Length of Episodes give or take: about 45-50 minutes Genre: Comedy & light gore Language usage: Fuckin’ liberal In case you’re the one person who hasn’t seen the trailer for “Santa Clarita Diet.” I saw the teaser …

“Will the Circle Be Unbroken?” vs “Can the Circle Be Unbroken (By and By).”

I was writing the beginning of the ending of the fifth first book when, before I realized it, I had been singing Will the Circle Be Unbroken? for over an hour. Hell, maybe a day? Week? It just crept up on me as I’ve been thinking through where I was going with this story. Well, …

[Review] Netflix’s “Keith Richards: Under the Influence.” Things I Learned (or Forgot I Knew).

It was 12:30am on a weeknight. Tuesday or Wednesday last week. I was still wired from all the work still to do to move clients off our platform and onto other sites. ‘Too tired to think. ‘Too wired to sleep. So I started flippin’ through my Netflix list when I realized I still had the …

TV & Media #FOMO but we turned off the TV at 8pm tonight in order to read and write and create.

chromecast makes a great fomo fox

It’s 9:03 pm on a Tuesday night in mid-late January. Katie’s on the phone with her brother discussing what to read next: Thoreau, Kierkegaard, Asimov, McCarthy…Brian Sanderson’s Mistborn appears to be the winner. I’ve got a stack to read on my farmer’s table… …and a stack of what I’m currently reading next to my side …

[Review] “Feelin’ Good.” David Ruffin’s Second Solo Album. Released November 1969

Shortcut: Link to Feelin’ Good on Spotify David Ruffin’s second solo album, Feelin’ Good, was released in November 1969, 6 months after the first album, My Whole World Ended. Feelin’ Good has some serious gems in it, but at times it also feels hastily slapped together to leverage the fans’ desire to see a Ruffin …

The best cover of Feelin’ Alright? might belong to David Ruffin (Sorry, Joe Cocker & Traffic).

Shortcut: a Spotify playlist of many different covers of Feelin’ Alright? from which you can compare & contrast. Monday afternoon I was driving down I-5 South towards Bakersfield. Just me, the hills, the fields, the cattle, the tundra and desert…I was gonna stay there the night and then head down to LA on Tuesday for …