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Writing Exercise – “Looking in the Rearview Mirror”

I wrote this essay as my exercise for this week’s writing group meeting. The prompt was “looking in the rearview mirror.” When I was in high school, one of my friends used to pull out a little compact with a … Continue reading

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Some songwriting magic

Have you played the online game of Heardle? It’s obviously similar to the smash hit Wordle in that a new short puzzle appears daily. At some point in the last several months I began playing both of those games plus … Continue reading

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Writing Exercise – “You left something behind”

I haven’t posted one of these exercises in a while. In fact, to my surprise, it has been well over a year! To recap: My longtime writing group (we’ve been together since 1991!) does short exercises to share each time … Continue reading

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Tenacity

I don’t know what kind of tree this is, but I have to admire the tenacity with which it continually regrows branches/suckers that have been cut off. You can see scarred burls from years of pruning all along the length … Continue reading

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A podcast series worth listening to

I stumbled across a page I’d bookmarked months ago and gave a listen. Really enjoyed it and thought I’d share here. The podcast series is by “Team Deakins,” aka legendary Academy Award winning cinematographer Roger Deakins and his wife, James … Continue reading

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Geode cake tutorial

Okay, I’ll probably never make this, but I love rocks, took a year of geology in college, and think this geode cake looks like a lot of fun. How inventive!

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A chance encounter with “Tubular Bells”

Heard this old song on the radio driving home today. It has literally been YEARS since I’ve heard it or even thought about it. The song, “Tubular Bells,” was released in 1973 and went on to be used as the … Continue reading

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4 chords to rule them all

I remember thinking when I was about 11 or 12 years old that pretty soon there would be no new music. Because how could people possibly continue creating new songs? There was only an octave’s worth of notes, iterated multiple … Continue reading

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Green light, rainy morning

A nice, gentle spring rain was falling this morning as I waited for the light to change acros the street from my office. I loved the abstract image of the green light glowing through the circles of raindrops on one … Continue reading

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The Story of “Smooth”

Remember “Smooth,” the Santana–Rob Thomas megahit from twenty years ago? Rolling Stone has a fabulous article out today recounting how this unlikely collaboration between artists of such different musical genres and generations came about to result in the classic single … Continue reading

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