BRING IT ON
With each new challenge I face, I’ll bring my best. You can too. Thanks to everyone for their support.
BE CAREFUL KNOWING YOUR HEROES TOO WELL –
A.K.A. WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS
Mentors are important. Heroes can be as well.
When you first meet your hero, you will be less than objective. Every thing you hear from that person will be colored by your preconceptions. Until it’s not. Continue reading “”
YOU WILL NEVER KNOW WHO I AM
The life of a true artist is unique and unlikely to be knowable in its entirety to many, if any at all. Continue reading “”
RAW AND HONEST
There’s always more stuff to acquire. So, how much is enough?
Very few people ask this question of themselves.
Van Life folks do it every day. Check out the film Nomadland!
Long before Instagram, my wife and I lived that mobile dream for awhile. It was a good time camping on and off the road for eight years. My Steinbeck’s America book project resulted from that experience:
THIS CODE STILL WORKS TODAY
Gene Autry’s Cowboy Code
1. The Cowboy must never shoot first, hit a smaller man, or take unfair advantage.
2. He must never go back on his word, or a trust confided in him.
3. He must always tell the truth.
4. He must be gentle with children, the elderly, and animals.
5. He must not advocate or possess racially or religiously intolerant ideas.
6. He must help people in distress.
7. He must be a good worker.
8. He must keep himself clean in thought, speech, action, and personal habits. Continue reading “”
IT’S A DARK TIME IN U.S. HISTORY
I’m taking time off from the blog as I recover from the shock and sadness of yesterday’s historic national disgrace.
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Saturday Night Live with John Belushi as the “Samurai Optometrist” aired in November, 1978. I remember that night very well because a dozen of us optometry students were watching it live in a small apartment in Chicago while attending the Illinois College of Optometry. I don’t think anyone who was there has forgotten it.
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
For the artist, photographer, writer, or anyone else doing a job that looks like a lot of fun… Competition and rejection are part and parcel of what you will experience, especially early on. Believing in yourself is critical at this juncture. Continue reading “”
IT WAS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME – FLYING CARS
“The 1960s animated cartoon series – The Jetsons – is best remembered for its depiction of a future that just never seemed to get any closer (apart from video phones). And nothing about this future is more lamented than the prolonged absence of George Jetson’s flying electric car. The bad news: There are still no flying electric cars. The good news: Florida is building a place to park them.” Continue reading “”
MAN, AM I GLAD THAT’S OVER!
TELL YOUR STORY
I feel vey fortunate to have grown up in an isolated fishing village in Alaska.
Everything was possible. My imagination was set free. Telling my story took a bit longer. Continue reading “”
RAIN AT LAST
Washington state has finally received some rain today. More is forecast for tomorrow. I’m hoping all my friends in California and Oregon are receiving some relief as well. Continue reading “”
DIANA RIGG R.I.P.
Famous for her class, beauty and wit, Rigg drove a Lotus Elan in the ’60s hit TV show “The Avengers”. Continue reading “”