THIS BLOGSITE could have a better title than my name with "dot com" tacked on to it. I had considered Ratiocinations Out of Thin Air as a title — and that would have been a great title, if a confusing one. Too many people wouldn't have taken the time to ratiocinate over the meaning of the word "ratiocinate" and just moved on.… READ MORE “INTRODUCTION: ratiocinations out of thin air”
ONCE UPON A TIME, we made things with care, with craftsmanship, even a touch of art. The number of items so made that were used in everyday life would be a long list indeed, but here I am only going to address the front covers of old books. Really old books.
When we see and hold books … READ MORE “covers of 19 various unrelated books from the 19th century”
TWENTY ODD YEARS AGO, I was turned on to Glimpses, a novel by Lewis Shiner. I'd never heard of the author but as I don't keep up with much of anything anymore (it's the old age thing), that wasn't surprising. Because of the source of the recommendation, I read the book and thought it might be an … READ MORE “shawna mccarthy created a space of her own”
FOR THE PAST FEW MONTHS, I have been involved in a rather large project with two other writers, John Ross and Lew Shiner. I assembled a list of every record to make it to #1 on the Cash Box Top 100 chart from the beginning of 1960 through the end of 1969. Each title is linked to a recording … READ MORE “twisting with john and lew at the tell it like it was a-go-go”
MY ATTENTION remains focused on Tell It Like It Was, my new publication on Medium. And Tell It Like It Was remains focused on music — mostly music of the '60s but we will get into the rock & roll and rhythm & blues before and after that decade eventually.
In the past week, Lew Shiner and … READ MORE “we keep on keepin' on telling it like it was”
TRUMPOLYTE! Did I just coin a word? It combines the surname of the current President of the United States with the word acolyte. Originally, an acolyte was "one who assists a member of the clergy in a liturgical service by performing minor duties." And it sure does look to us non-believers that there sure is a lot of that … READ MORE “a trumpolyte attends or assists his/her leader religiously”
MY APOLOGIES for neglecting regular readers of my blogs for the past few months. Fortunately, there is a good reason for this that has nothing to do with those silly rumors circulated by the VRC that I had run off and joined a progressive commune in Vermont left over from those hippie-wannabe days of yore. Sigh, as enticing … READ MORE “be the first on your block to tell it like it was!”
ELVIS AND SOCRATES walk into a bar. No, wait — should it be "Socrates and Elvis"? Either way, here's what this post is all about: I came across a 3-minute video of Indian guru Gaur Gopal Das talking about gossip. Normally, I avoid the advice of "wise" men — especially those I have not heard … READ MORE “socrates and elvis walk into a bar”
THIS MORNING, the question on Quora was, "Who is the most overrated music star of all time?" Rather than answer the question — which I don't believe can be answered to everyone's satisfaction — I addressed the assumptions of the question itself.
My answer is indented below between the images of Bert Blyleven (with … READ MORE “you probably overrate that which you love”
ANOTHER DAY, another question on Quora begging for an answer from me. (Well, maybe not begging, but looking like it requires my attention.) Hopefully, my answer will be unlike others that will be posted and if it doesn't inform, will at least entertain.
THIS TIME, the question on Quora was "Why do you not want to be famous?" and I read it at four in the morning. That's before I'd had the first sip of my Café Bustelo (a good coffee to wake up with). So I put on Miles Davis's WALKIN' (a good album to … READ MORE “I guess I’ll just have to remain anonymous”
TODAY'S QUESTION ON QUORA that caught my attention was, "How do music artists have such rich lifestyles if everybody pirates their music?" Since I had just finished my monster mug of Café Bustelo — and I tried honey instead of my usual light brown sugar as a sweetener, which I won't be doing again — I thought … READ MORE “on the "rich lifestyles" of music artists and movie stars”
I JUST PUT the finishing touches on a rewrite and update of an old article of mine on '60s teen model Colleen Corby. While rereading the text and checking to see if the images were linked to their source, the opening sentence caught my attention. It read, "The term 'supermodel' didn't exist when Colleen Corby … READ MORE “the heyday in the blood is tame (and what is a heyday?)”
RESPONDING TO A QUESTION on Quora, I used my answer as the basis for a short article that I titled, "Conservatives Not Exactly Enthralled by Trump Are a Problem." I was addressing what I assumed was a conservative individual who posted that some conservatives "aren't exactly enthralled" with Trumps' presidency.
The point of my piece was to take the questioner to task … READ MORE “can we call trump's tweeted temper tantrums "tweetrums"?”
THIS ONE IS A DOOZY! The question on Quora was, “Would liberals be surprised to learn that conservatives aren't exactly enthralled with Donald Trump either?" One must make some assumptions when engaging other Internetally, so I assume that the person who posted this question is politically conservative. I also assume that he assumes that asking it displays … READ MORE “conservatives not exactly enthralled by trump are a problem”
THE REDMOND REPORTER is our local paper here in Redmond, Washington. It's a typical smalltown paper: twenty pages with local news and advertisements. Unfortunately, I rarely pay any attention to it, but yesterday it was brought to my attention by an article on the front page of the September 7, 2108, edition.
The article was … READ MORE “screening for mental health risk factors for our kids”
FOR THOSE READERS who have their own WordPress sites, I assume you occasionally do what I (alas) consistently do: mistakenly click the Publish button on the right side of your Edit Post work page when you meant to click the Save Draft button. To overstate the situation: leaving the Publish button exposed is like leaving a gun … READ MORE “wordpress publish button is like a gun with the safety off”