Why Am I Soft In The Middle?

Alicia and I were rummaging through some boxes yesterday and came accross a DVD on the making of Paul Simon’s  “Graceland” and we decided to make that part of our Saturday evening entertainment.  Graceland_cover_-_Paul_Simon

With now over 16 million copies sold, it is easily his most successful album.  For us, it came out while we were still newly married and was a staple for music around our house, so in many was, last night was a trip down memory lane.

In the DVD, Paul talks about how he wasn’t happy with the song “You Can Call Me Al” and almost deleted it from the record until Lorne Michaels of Saturday Night Live (editorial comment #1: when SNL was still funny) came up with an idea.

The rest is they say, history.  The song has a great riff, a better hook and became the hit of the record with the help of the video below.

(Editorial comment #2: for you youngsters, MTV used to be an outlet to learn about new music through music videos.  These days, its crap)

Thanks for the help  Chevy and for those of us old enough, is there anyone who doesn’t remember this one?



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Morning Light


It was a beautiful morning in South Carolina. Now, it’s beautiful and hot.

“I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day . . . with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.”

J. B. Priestley


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IMG_8186.jpgI came accross this photo the other day and guess it would be from the Summer of 1991 with Elissa (now 26) and Kelliann, (now 29).

Megan was still almost four years out.

Nothing like being the daddy to girls.

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Being Honest

IMG_2087.jpgI was stopped at a traffic light this afternoon and saw this view. 

I never saw the driver, but it’s nice to see a little honesty out there.

“I don’t skinny dip, I chunky dunk”

Yeah, me too.

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Which Wolf Do You Feed?

A classic parable, worth repeating (As Yvonne also states) as many times as possible. Maybe someday we will remember the lesson?

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I’ve seen this Native American parable before, but I think it bears repeating, so here it goes:

A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says there are two wolves inside of us which are always at war with each other. 

One of them is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred and fear.

The grandson stops and thinks about it for a second then he looks up at his grandfather and says, “Grandfather, which one wins?”

The grandfather quietly replies, “The one you feed.”

We can use this parable in our daily life by which story we feed our souls, especially when life gets challenging and we feel like we are alone.  We can become depressed and angry for the circumstances we find ourselves in or we can feed ourselves and the situation…

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Conflicting Messages

Image 3-8I never cease to be  perplexed (and often disapointed) at how otherwise generally  reasonable people can draw such different conclusions by looking at the same set of facts. The events that unfolded in Charlottesville this weekend are a perfect example.

I have concluded that the deciding factor is a combination of where you get your “news” from and ultimately, “what you want to believe,” regardless of where the facts take you.

Some may counter that I too, am a product of those two forces.  Possibly,  but I would counter that my having been a student of society/politics for over 30 years helps me see through the “spin.”

Maybe I am fooling myself.        I hope not.





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Past My Bedtime

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.   Here is my picture:



Not like these guys, back in the day.

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