BEING A CREATURE OF HABIT (well, sort of) (um, not that often, really, but occasionally), I turn first to tried and true Merriam-Webster when looking up definitions for new (and sometimes old) words and phrases. It’s still one of the best online dictionary resources, even if I do find more appropriate definitions for my needs in other dictionaries. READ MORE
A LOT IS ASKED OF MYSTICAL LIBERALS! The latest is my cat now wakes me up at four o’clock. In the morning. She does this after failing to rouse Berni. El gato loco has finally realized that nothing rouses Princess Berni when she’s asleep (except the occasional pea that I place beneath her side of our double-thick futon). READ MORE
DOUG WAS A CELLIST with the Seattle Symphony. He was a good if undistinguished player, so he sat in the back of the cello section. It wasn’t the best situation, and he dreamed of better things—to be a better musician in a better position! But no matter how much or how often or how hard he practiced, he couldn’t seem to get any better! READ MORE
BACK IN THE ’80s, Belane and I were living in St Helena in Northern California’s gorgeous Napa Valley. Aside from selling records through the mail with ads in Goldmine magazine, I made a few extra bucks by doing handiwork for neighbors. I could fix a lot of things, mostly minor repairs. But I was always available and didn’t charge much so I got a few gigs. READ MORE
AFTER LANDING A HUGE CONTRACT, John’s company gave him a four-day/three-night weekend for two at a famous golf resort in Scotland. As he was single, he invited me along, despite my having neither knowledge of, or love for, the game of golf. John knew this as I was forthright about these things and I always tell the truth!
Of course I accepted but I had to get the go-ahead from my significant-other E. READ MORE
I MET THE GIRL OF MY DREAMS in the last month of the last year of the last century. I was 47 and Berni was, well, let’s say younger. People who know us now think we’re a perfect match, a ‘natural’ couple. But it wasn’t always so—especially not in the beginning, when I was gaga over her but she was considerably less than gaga over me. READ MORE
JUST HOW DOES LSD affect human consciousness? This question has puzzled users and investigators for more than seventy years. Personally, I have been more amazed and filled with joy wonder awe at the Universe/Void/God than puzzled by the how of these things. And that seems to be a defining difference between the experienced and the non-experienced in the world of LSD and any and all things psychedelic. READ MORE
FELLOW ROCK & ROLL FAN Steve Adams posted an image on my Facebook page of an Australian predator. It brought back memories that I had long suppressed of an event that involves three inhabitants of Australia: the Mamu, an ancient spooky thing from the deserts of Down Under; the drop bear, a legendarily ferocious critter that preys on unwitting tourists; and the extraordinarily lovely actress Nicole Kidman. READ MORE
THE BOSTON SYMPHONY was performing Beethoven’s 9th Symphony each Sunday during the month of December. Now bass players hate “the Ninth,” as there is a long segment in the middle where they don’t have a thing to do—page after page and not a single note! It makes them look and feel dumb sitting there like that.
So rather than sit on their stools idle for twenty minutes, the conductor had decided that during this performance, after the bass players had played their parts in the opening, they were to quietly lay down their instruments and leave the stage. READ MORE