“I’m dumb because I have a brain tumor. What’s your excuse?”

I just got home from spending an evening with some neighborhood friends who were in town for the weekend. We were catching each other up on our recent woes. In years’ past, our misery this evening would be centered around the rival St. Louis Cardinals being 3 (now 2) outs from winning another World Series. …

Otis Redding, “Pain in My Heart,” 1964. Otis Redding’s debut album

Doing a quick album review of Otis Redding’s Pain in My Heart reminds me how absolutely frightening it truly is regarding how much I don’t know about what I should know. For example, I still have only heard 50% of Otis Redding’s work and know maybe 1/3rd of his story. It’s even worse for Sam …

Jesus, Etc.: “Two, Two Chords” or “Tuned to Chords” (It’s How Things Stick with You)

“Jesus, Etc…” by Wilco. Divine song. It came out in 2002 and everybody thought the song was about the 9/11 attacks. Truth told, it was written and recorded before 9/11. In fact, in my opinion, the grief becomes misplaced in the song if you think it’s about 9/11. But it’s how things stick with you. …

A Letter to Myself and a Few Friends on the 14th Anniversary of This Hated Day

Study any canonical text long enough, be it religious or law, and you’ll find something credible to support your position. For every… “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” – Lao Tzu There’s a… “Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.” – …

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