Category Archives: Culture

On This Valentines Day

  One of the most wonderful things within the many fine and good examples that Bruce Lee left us with, is his example of inclusiveness. Despite being met with prejudice throughout his life, he seemed to hold no such feelings in his own heart. He continuously broke with traditions. He fell in and love and married who he wanted to

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Gold Mine, These Are the Words I Managed to Save

During the fall months of 2008 and on into 2009, and on…for a while, reality slipped away from me. Amid the avalanche of dissipating solidity descending into complete confusion and chaos of thought, I threw more than twenty years of writing, of work, into a cauldron of flames. Two file boxes of poems, stories, notes, one completed novel, and two

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Fairy Wails

  Fairy Wails Where is this hero Who is so oft spoke of? Where it this mythological man, Who saves the day, Who mends the heart And lights the way? Where is the hero Who wasn’t fucked up by his mother? Who melts the bitterness of betrayal? Who elevates all men By the virtue of his stature, And the stature

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Mr. George A. Romero

Some years ago now, I wrote a rambling blog post that was titled “Closing the Loop On Romero.” I still have what I wrote but I’ll spare us the reposting of it. The gist of it was that when I was in the seventh grade, in my Advanced English class, we watched two films, a 1955 film titled “Les Diaboliques,”

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Can You Hear the Quiet?

I’ve been doing some serious thinking about the world lately. Can you hear the quiet? This serious thinking isn’t a new thing for me. This bout of thinking began with the drug induced suicide of a rock star. I’m referring to it as drug induced because we’ll never really know and the fact is that those kinds of drugs can

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It Is Still Beautiful. Chris Cornell.

Grunge is the music that my generation created, whether the label of “grunge” is one that was met with approval or acceptance or not. Passionately philosophically divested in many ways from the heavy metal and “pretty” hair bands and glam bands of the heyday of “sex, drugs, and rock and roll” of previous generations, the “heavy” in “Grunge” was born

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The Girl in Geiger’s Bookstore Didn’t Know That

Favorite Films Part 3, or 4 Crime Stories and Noir Let’s get the Bogarting done. The Big Sleep, 1946 Howard Hawks directed, based on the novel by Raymond Chandler, which I’ve read and enjoyed. The running time on this one is just under two hours. It’s plot heavy, and it is good. Bogart portrays private eye Philip Marlowe in this

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An Unraveled Hem, Joan Didion

I’ve kept some kind of a notebook, or journal, since junior high. Thankfully, the majority of them have gone the way of the wind. I suppose that’s a nice way of saying that I destroyed them at one time or another. I recall erasing every word one January, in some other life a million years ago in the year of

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Pull Together America

Written on January 24, 2017 So, it has only been a week since I posted anything, it has felt like longer. Today President Trump signed an executive order the gist of which is that the Dakota Access Pipeline is going through. My opinion, I continue to think that it would be smarter to re-route the pipeline. However, here is where

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Resilience. Carrie Fisher. The New Modern. How To Be Yourself.

So, I’m uploading/importing files to Kindle Direct and, apparently, that can take a minute, unless I start typing something else, I figure, and never mind that I need to vacuum and dust, and I thought, I’ll write that post now. Last night I watched the HBO sort of documentary, it was more personal than that, “Bright Lights,” about Debbie Reynolds

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You Know How To Whistle… Lauren Bacall.

 I was first introduced to Lauren Bacall by way of the silver screen when I was all of sixteen years old as she burned up the silver screen acting opposite Humphrey Bogart in Ernest Hemingway’s “To Have and Have Not.”  Betty, as she was known to her friends, was just nineteen years old when she came out to California for

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