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Wow, it’s October 16 th already and I haven’t posted anything since the beginning of the month. Writer’s block? Too busy? Nothing to say? Two out of those three would be accurate. Randomness: I’ve had some kind of abdominal situation for the past two and a half weeks. Show More Summary

Random October Musings

OK, I know it’s now November, but I had a busy October and got a little behind in my blogging. The highlight of my October was a long weekend in Asheville NC, one of my favorite towns. I spent this time with two of my favorite people, two women who mean the world to me. Show More Summary

Yeehaw Randomness

This is the second year in a row that my job sent me to Nashville to help a DJ record interviews with country music singers during CMA week. I love my job. During two days, he interviewed 80 different singers or groups. I recorded every interview and took pictures of every performer. Show More Summary

Random Catching Up

I am a little behind in my blogging, as a certain dear friend has reminded me. My crazy busy life sometimes refocuses my schedule and gets in the way of some of my interests, including writing. I’m on vacation this week, so I am attempting to spend some time on things I don’t have a lot of time for, like cleaning my apartment. Show More Summary


I didn’t really think much about bartenders till I became friends with a former bartender. I didn’t know her when slinging drinks was her occupation, but she and I have been to many bars together and I learned a lot about the profession...Show More Summary

Aging, Health, Friends and the Holidays

“Have a Holly Jolly Christmas” is playing in the background as I write this. The Burl Ives version. I used to get the holiday blues during this season; sometimes it was pretty severe and debilitating. Holiday depression dominated the season. Show More Summary

Star Wars, Back to the Future mashup trailer is heavy, Doc

Back to the Future meets Star Wars in this latest fan-boy video that's going viral over the last 24 hours.

Finally found the perfect Nick Lowe song to start a weekend

Yesterday we wrapped up our feature week on John Hiatt, so as an encore; let's bring in good friends of Hiatt - Nick Lowe and His Cowboy Outfit with Half A Boy, Half A Man.

My Process

For the last five or six years, I spent time between New Year's Day and my birthday, essentially the whole month of January, thinking through what I want for the coming year. I call it my 'process'. I also pick a 'keyword', one wordShow More Summary

Happy New Year

January 1 st is my favorite holiday. New Year’s Day. Symbolically it is a calendar point representing the phrase ‘out with the old, in with the new’. We can use this day to shake off old habits and start new ones, rid ourselves...Show More Summary

One Hundred Plus

While watching television last week, I channel surfed into an episode of “Growing Bolder” on RLTV. It is an interesting TV show/website/etc. exploring boomers and seniors who have successfully transitioned into a ‘second chapter’ in their lives. Show More Summary

One boomer’s retirement story: Lessons Learned

Laura Lee Carter writes of the trials and fun of a new retirement home.

My Cheers

Why I love my neighborhood hangout... no two visits are alike. Sometimes we encounter friends, sometimes we know nobody. I met the other half of "we" there, so that's an extra bonus. This evening I had a long conversation with someone I see there all the time but until tonight I didn't really know. Show More Summary

It Doesn’t Take Much

Snow is falling in my part of Maryland this morning. Not much, just a couple of inches. During the first twenty five years of my life, in New Orleans, I only saw snow three times. That’s all, three times, for a total snow fall of less than two inches. Show More Summary

Shop Till You …

For the past several years I have done most of my clothes shopping online or at outlet malls. My last few online wardrobe purchases have been less than satisfactory so I decided to visit an outlet mall recently. The closest one is an...Show More Summary

Day Eleven

Today is Day Eleven of the new year, the 11th day of my annual 'process', just over a week into my year of embracing 'discipline' to achieve what I want in 2015. How am I doing so far? Not bad. I chose 'discipline' as my keyword for the year and I am already making progress in increasing the discipline I apply to my daily activities and goals. Show More Summary

One Eighteen and Other Random Musings

As I started to write this post, I noticed it is 1:18 pm on 1/18. That is pretty random, isn't it? I have many random thoughts and observations floating around in my brain; some end up in random places on this blog. Here are a few more...Show More Summary

Is this John Hiatt tune the ultimate feel-good anthem of the '80s?

I hoped you enjoyed John Hiatt week and whether he has won you over or not, let's end it on a happy note with the joyous Thank You Girl and yet one more trip to visit the Cabazon Dinosaurs.


I took one of those 'quizzes' on Facebook a few days ago; the topic was grammar. There were fifteen questions, each asking the participant to select the correct sentence or phrase from a choice of three. My score: 13 of 15 correct. Not bad. However, shouldn't a 'writer' score higher? Truth be told, I regularly question my grammar proficiency. Show More Summary

Name Trends and more

Autria, Jacqui and Jummy are the first names of three local TV anchors. All three are female, all three work the same morning shift on the same station and all three have unique names which are non-traditional to those accustomed to American English. Show More Summary

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