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OWAIN GLYNDŴR: THE LAST PRINCE OF WALES…

September 22nd, 2016

Five-hundred-fifty-five years before my birth, my Welsh ancestors made a final push against the occupiers of their land. Owain Glynd?r, the last real prince of Wales led the rebellion. Glyndŵr was a descendant of the Princes of Powys through his father Gruffydd Fychan II, hereditary Tywysog of Powys Fadog and Lord of Glyndyfrdwy, and of […]

THE WELSH TEN COMMANDMENTS…

September 5th, 2016

Found on a postcard sent by Cousin John West from Wales: Thou shall: Worship sheep Drink beer Wear three feathers with pride Not slay dragons Love rugby Not be too friendly with the English Keep a welcome in the hillside Learn our Anthem (not just the chorus) Eat and “enjoy” leek soup Congregate and drink […]

FROM SCOTLAND VIA WALES…

September 4th, 2016

Cousin, and shipmate, John West shipped us two Scottish flags this week. The first is the Royal Standard of Scotland. The second (mouse over the above image to view) is the National Flag of Scotland, also known as St. Andrew’s Cross or The Saltire. Thanks to John’s generosity we now have the complete set of […]

A RARE SKIDMARK MOMENT WITH WCPN…

August 10th, 2016

I listen to WCPN’s Sound of Ideas when I can and every few weeks I call in to make a comment. I had not planned on making the call yesterday to the show but then that all changed. You can watch (or listen) to the part of the program that grabbed me beginning at timemark […]

HOW WILL I RECREATE MYSELF TODAY…?

August 1st, 2016

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FAIR WINDS TO THE USNS HARVEY MILK (T-AO 206)…

July 29th, 2016

The United States Navy is poised to honor gay rights activist and the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California, San Francisco City Supervisor Harvey Milk by naming the second ship in the John Lewis class, T-AO 206, the USNS Harvey Milk. According to Sam LaGrone, writing for the U.S. […]

BLUE BLOOD: DANNY REAGAN VS. JAMIE REAGAN…

July 23rd, 2016

As a young second-class petty officer stationed in San Diego (living in Chula Vista, which borders on Mexico) I went south more than a few times. One trip, riding in the back of Bugsy Boatright’s yellow Toyota pickup, took me to Hunan’s in Ensenada. We were celebrating someone’s birthday and in the course of the […]

COFFEE, TEA OR THE NINE OF HEARTS…?

July 15th, 2016

I prefer coffee to tea, but the routine is more about the drumbeat of actions and less about the details. Balanchine rose early, before 6:00 a.m., made a pot of tea, and read a little or played a hand of Russian solitaire while he gathered his thoughts. —George Balanchine (1904-1983) page 124. From Daily Rituals: […]

PULL MY DAiSY, 1959…

July 15th, 2016

Found in James Campbell’s Ginsberg, Kerouac and Burroughs: celebrating the Beats in Paris. The tile comes from a collaborative poem by the same title by Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady which begins: Pull my daisy tip my cup all my doors are open Cut my thoughts for coconuts all my eggs are broken Jack […]

MARY JO IS IN GERMANY WITH HER MOTHER…

July 9th, 2016

The first pictures from Mary Jo’s trip to Germany with her mother have arrived.

OH—WHAT THE FUCK—IO…?

July 4th, 2016

Years ago when I used to hang out at then Caribou coffee shop near Beachwood mall, an acquaintance who had recently returned from Saudi Arabia (but who was not of Arab descent) made a point of wearing a red and white Keffiyeh, or head scarf. People didn’t freak out—and this was post 911—but they were […]

JUMP…!

July 4th, 2016

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TRY YOUR IDEA, FIX YOUR IDEA, KEEP ON MOVING…

June 30th, 2016

I’m at what most people think of as near the end of my career(s). In the model that applied to my father and grandfather, I suppose that is true, but I don’t think so. In my mind, retirement equals slow (or some cases, not so slow) death. I don’t want to go out that way. […]

WORDS COUNT; ONLY IF THEY LEAD TO ACTIONS…

June 6th, 2016

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WELL, MAYBE EIGHTH GRADE WAS…

May 15th, 2016

HOW WILL I, AND YOU, SERVE TODAY…?

May 2nd, 2016

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WHY THE HELL DO WE KEEP LOSING X…?

May 1st, 2016

Terry Moore’s TED Talk… In mathematics, the letter “x” represents the unknown variable. It is also, arguably, one of the most popular letters in the pack. We see it everywhere: Generation X, the X-Files, and our favorite, TEDx. So why does “x” represent the unknown? A few years ago, Terry tells us, he decided to […]

CAFFEINE: THE ACCEPTABLE ADDICTION…

April 29th, 2016

On Thursday I commented on Oliver Burkeman’s examination of Mason Currey’s Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, and clearly the topic is so dear to Oliver’s (and my own) heart that he decided to revisit the book, focusing on the common coffee thread among artists. ‘Delightedly he seized hold of the bag containing the sugar and […]

HOW TO FIND THE ULTIMATE HIGH…

April 11th, 2016

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THE LADS HAVE A BIT OF A LIE IN…

April 6th, 2016

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