I’m A Face In The Crowd

Our daughter, Elissa, Steve and me  in Charlotte a few years ago. That was a very special evening for me.

Our daughter, Elissa, Steve and me in Charlotte a few years ago. That was a very special evening for me.

It has been quite a while since any music has found it’s way to these pages and I decided I needed to find and share a Steve Forbert song for this evening.  It took a while to find this gem, a spirited live version of  the first song on side 2 of the first record, Alive on Arrival, (1978).

This performance (1979)  took place just about the time that I was being introduced to Steve’s music while away at college in Maryland. Since then, I’ve seen him dozens of times and realized that I will not be able to catch him on his annual tour through the Southeast this Fall.

If you are a fan of Steve’s music, just put his name in my search box and you will find many songs and stories.

Maybe next year he will play somewhere within driving distance of our new home in Michigan?

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Hard to believe, isn't it?

Hard to believe, isn’t it?

Courtesy of Steve Layman at Anderson Layman Blog, recently hacked by the Russians.  

My friend, a DNC operative?

Good reading, day in and day out.


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About Journalism

th-2“It may or may not be true that man’s great use for language is to conceal his thoughts; but I suppose that we should all agree to the somewhat analogous propisition that the one great use of newspapers is to suppress news”

G.K. Chesterton,  “The Lies of Journalism,”

Written long before cable TV  news networks and even before TV was invented.  I bet ‘ol GK would have some interesting insight into current events, eh?

Quote taken from one of my favorite books to pick up and thumb through, The Wisdom of Mr. Chesterton edited by Dave Armstrong.

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Fish And Evil

A snippet taken from today’s meditation  from Zig and Dr.Ike’s Book of daily insights.  Image 1

“Fish probably aren’t aware that they are wet, and we probably aren’t aware of the impact of evil on our lives because we’ve never been completely separated from it”

Thanks to my buddy Dick for introducing me to this book earlier this year.

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A Long, Yet Cogent Sentence

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.…….Leo Buscaglia.

When I would listen to tapes of Leo speaking,  he had the voice that would make me  want to hug the cassette player or the steering wheel if I was driving.  He was one of a kind and the world needs more men like Leo.

It’s hard to believe he’s been gone for eighteen years.

Leo, on life and death.

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Update From Michiana

A few random observations. . .

My wife Alicia and I have moved to a small city named Dowagiac (də-wah-jak) Michigan.

Even the trash trucks are regionally branded.

Even the trash trucks are regionally branded.

Just a little  North of South Bend, Indiana,  we are part of a seven county region that is referred to as Michiana (mishy-ana).

Most of the bigger stores and shopping opportunities are in South Bend and  Mishawaka, IN.  I find it strange that I have crossed the state line at several points and there is no indication/signage that you are doing so.

Apparently it doesn’t rain here much as I have had no luck trying to buy a raincoat/trenchcoat for dressing up and shoe covers (also known as “rubbers”) for inclement weather, which I am told is not that far off.

We are at the Western edge of the Eastern time zone, so tonight the sun sets at 9:10pm. Where we used to live in Aiken, SC, the sun set at 8:32.

We can hear radio staions from Chicago and Milwaukee, where it is an hour earlier. That can catch you off guard during your morning commute.

Despite the warnings from well-wishing friends and family, it hasn’t snowed here yet. As a matter of fact, there has been a bit of a heatwave with heat indices near 100 degrees.  The forecast is that the daytime temperatures will be down in the 70’s by the weekend.

The people here are as nice as can be.

Big trucks. Bigger than I ever saw in South Carolina.

Big trucks. Bigger than I ever saw in South Carolina.

I have seen trucks with more axles than I can count as they pass by. Must be state regulations that forbid them where I lived in the past.

Many of my favorite grocery products  do not seem to be available and being the creature of habit that I am, that is getting a bit frustrating, but I will survive.

I am finding that most everything seems different here from what I am used to, including international service clubs, fraternal organizations and even the Catholic church which is only three blocks away.

I have finally given up the need to be right, well, most of the time.

I am learning a new way of life.

You are never too old to begin a new journey.

You are never too young to mellow out.






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Note To Self


“Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


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