Hold That Thought

From Christmas, 2006.

I’m going to be taking some time  away from the computer as I prioritize  a few issues  and also make a visit to my parents in NJ. Here is their amazing story.

This crazy month reminds me of a quote  from a friend after a very difficult time in my life.

“If there is one thing I am learning as I age, it is that all of our experiences, good and bad, contribute in ways we never could have imagined to the value we ultimately bring to the world. So I have become more accepting of things that happen because I believe they will improve me in the long run”.  (Bill Steiner, November, ’03)

See y’all on the other side of tomorrow.. . and Keep On Smiling.  (Too bad we never got a video of us playing this one, or do we Jim?)

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A Good Place To Be.

“I’m in a really good place right now. Not emotionally or spiritually. Just on the couch with my dogs”….@sungazing1

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Sleep Tight

I saw this picture on Twitter earlier and it reminded me of a song from one of my favorite albums, from my college years.

The Paxton Report.

Some of you may remember when Three Mile Island lit off in 1979.  I first wrote about it back in 2011.

Here is a live version of the song, performed just two years after the accident.   While I have always enjoyed Paxton’s music, I could not disagree with his politics any more than I do, but even when he tries skewering my side, he’s funny.

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Can Someone Explain This To Me?

Over the last few weeks, I have encountered more than a few situations where our funeral home was called to care for a family  where there has been a death due to heroin overdose.  

During the day, I have my scanner on as “background music” in my office and the number of “heroin overdose” dispatches for the Cincinnati Fire Dept. is mind boggling.  It seems that an hour can’t go by without at least one and this morning, while doing some reading, I heard four within one hour.  In the time it took me to create this post, there have been two dispatches for heroin overdoses within the City of Cincinnati.

Ohio made the national news with this sad story, just the other day, Parents die of suspected heroin/Fentanyl overdose, kids find bodies

A county just to the North of us had five, heroin related deaths in 26 hours last weekend.  Some of the  smaller coroner’s offices are running out of space to hold the bodies and are looking to funeral homes for help with temporary storage.

What in the world is going on and is it happening everywhere?

Blues musician, Paul Thorn asks the question.


Robbin’ and shootin’ and rapin’ and killin’
Bloody murder, molestin’, runnin’ airplane into buildings
Everytime I turn around somethin’ else is goin’ wrong
Hey hey hey, tell me, what the hell is goin’ on?
Scared to read my paper, can’t watch T.V
The world’s gettin’ way to crazy for me
Everytime I turn around another poor child is gone
Hey hey hey people, what the hell is goin’ on?
[blues solo]
Keep your doors all locked up real tight
Don’t let your children get outta your sight
Oh boy, the good old days are gone
Oh somebody please tell me, what the hell is goin’ on?

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It Runs In The Family

A humorous look at the reality of it all.

For the rest of the story, go here Aging Gracefully, or not


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Sunday sentiment – haiku

Re-blogged, because sometimes the truth is funnier than fiction

Peter's pondering


Happy with myself,

my body is a temple.

Perfection’s passé!

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GCS 3-18-77

The 40th anniversary of a great song by Steve Forbert, telling of his early days in New York City.

Grand Central Station, March 18, 1977, from the Alive on Arrival Record.


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