“In Confessions of a Winning Poker Player, Jack King said, ‘Few players ever recall big pots they ever won, strange as it seems. But every player can remember with remarkable accuracy the outstanding tough beats of his career.’ Seems true to me.” –Mike McDermott in Rounders
It’s Thanksgiving break. And I have to confess.
Continue reading “Enjoy Every Sandwich”
Sometimes I title my blogs by something LOGICAL. Lately, as I’ve been working, I’ve been in a musical rut. I’ve tried to dust off some old tunes in an attempt to brighten up a bit. My sister (Alyx) was a big R.E.M. fan in high school and college, and she turned me on to them. I’ve become a fan of a lot of bands later, less popular works. I haven’t listened to much R.E.M. in years, and I’ve forgotten how GOOD “All the Way to Reno (You’re Gonna Be a Star)” was. In the liner note to In Time, I swear Michael Stipe wrote, “If you think you’re going to Reno to be a star, you’re either delusional or grossly misinformed”, but I could be making it up as I’ve long since lost my copy of the liner notes.
Continue reading “Youthful Porpoise and Other Ramblings”
“Comfort me!!!!!!” -Bono (intro to “Until the End of the World”, Paris 2015)
Continue reading “To My Students”
“I suspect that most of us get old without growing up, and that inside every adult (sometimes not very far inside) is a bratty kid who wants everything his own way.” -Bill Watterson
Continue reading “1918 and Lessons Not Learned”
During the 1968 Olympics, African American athletes from the United States that gave the “Black Power” salutes in support of the civil rights movement were LOUDLY derided. The International Olympic Committee kicked Tommie Smith and John Carlos out of the Olympics simply for bowing their heads and raising a fist during the national anthem. That was peaceful – and made too much of white America uncomfortable almost 52 years ago. Sounds a lot like today, doesn’t it? Why do we get to be “comfortable” with a protest, unless if the only outcome is that we don’t want to be bothered under any circumstance?
I feel compelled, due to recent current events, to explain a few things about me and this blog. By nature, blogs ARE a selfish endeavor. I’m going to start very general (talking about me) and work up to the specific. Upfront, this is totally shaped by the murder of George Floyd and the subsequent events in Minneapolis, MN. If you feel like you’ve been bombarded, look away now, but I’m not apologizing.
Continue reading “Showing My Cards”
Do fondest dreams ever come true? Most times they don’t, sometimes they do.
I’ve said it before. It’s one thing to have your brain believe something. It’s another level of belief and appreciation to have your gut believe it.
Continue reading “Skip”
“Thank you for saying very nice things.” -Kieran McCarthy
Continue reading “Sub-Cockle Area – The “Thank You” Blog”
“I could help you, but it’s your fight.” -U2, “Get Out of Your Own Way”
Continue reading “Sabbatical, Step 5: Present Tense”
“The vicissitudes of life usually teach an intelligent person what he can handle. It does help to have someone wise in the ways of candles to steady you as you grope toward the light.”
Continue reading “Sabbatical, Step 4: Finding Career #2”
“R-E-L-A-X. Relax.” -Aaron Rodgers
Easier said than done.
But I did learn how to do it.
Continue reading “Sabbatical, Step 3: Relax. Get a Plan.”