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music soothes the savage heart

Giving Thanks for All of It

It is time for family and food to come together and celebrate a day of parades, football, and pie. So much pie. Okay, so its really about family getting together and for recognizing all the blessings that have been laid upon you, your life, and the lives of your family. Enjoy the day. Enjoy the company. Enjoy the season. Happy Thanksgiving from me to you and yours.

Hair, Fur, Fir

Do you see that look? He knows what he's done. There was so much fur on my floor this weekend, that I could have made a second dog. I don't know how he sheds this much. Constantly. Year round. Always. It's crazy. I was looking for some pictures to post in my Google Photos and I came across this, and a series of 6 or 9 others just like it where I used the 'portrait mode' on my camera. umm... i'm not quite there yet Look, I get it. I'm losing my hair. I don't really care, or at least I don't care enough to do anything about it. But this, this seems to be rushing things along. Why did 'portrait mode' remove my hair? You can kind of see it blurred out there, but it's definitely been removed. Kinda freaky. But now I know what the future will look like. Last night I had some daylight left and it wasn't crazy cold, so I through up a handfull of boards on the privacy fence project that I've ignored for weeks. it'll be nice... eventual

Getting Things Ready

Plans have changed about 300 times, but I think it's finally been decided that we're hosting Thanksgiving. So, this weekend was spent cleaning and straightening and getting things ready. It was also the last yard waste pick-up of the year, so, I added yardwork to the list of chores. And the Lions managed to pull off another loss. There was not a lot of fun being had around these parts this past weekend. Haircut In more festive news, we put up the Christmas tree yesterday. This is the first time in three years that we made it to actually putting ornaments. Last couple of years we haven't made it past the lights. Not quite the same as back when the boys were home. Now that it's just the two of us we've moved away from all the homemade and themed ornaments and went with some nice metallic ones that match the decor. Looks pretty and will be nice when the family shows up for Thanksgiving. Christmas Tree

Do Over

everything is a once in a lifetime opportunity

No November Novel Here

I started with the best of intentions and a kind of need to prove I could do it again. That I still had it in me. Probably the biggest obstacle I was facing was that I had only the roughest of ideas for a story and not even a sketch of an outline. The road clung to them like a jealous lover in an unfamiliar tavern. Dirt and sweat and stink along with three nights of sleeping rough and the accompanying bug bites to prove it. The horses were gone, along with their saddles, bags, and harness. Lost somewhere in the Cairn Wood. Brael had a handful of coins left in his money bag, his kit, and about three bites of hardtack remaining when they finally walked back out of the wood. “Well, you’d think a damn big stack of rocks would be easier to find. That’s all I’m saying,” Glauston said as they stood within the shadow of the forest gazing out over the meadow. “Forest is a bit, more, than I was expecting,” Brael said with a shrug and a grin. “Besides, that horse was shit. And we found half a doz

WtF People?

Maybe it's the bias in my newsfeed, but I keep seeing these articles about people cutting off Teslas or vandalizing Teslas or blocking chargers for electric vehicles and I can't help but wonder, what the fuck is wrong with these people? Are they afraid of electric cars? Do they have a grudge against Tesla, Elon Musk, or both? Are they all oil drillers or traditional auto workers who've been put out of work by a small, fractional reduction in gasoline production due to electric vehicles? Or is it just pure idiocy and ignorance? My best guess is that it's the latter. Look here people, it might not be next year or five years from now or maybe not even 10 years, but this is the inevitable wave of the future. These here newfangled, electronical cars. Yup. It's all about the batteries. We're not even going to get into your not-driving future. Enjoy that while you can. First off, I meant to say electronical. Secondly, we've been working at getting off gasoline sinc

Remembering Is Good

Tonight, I was working on my music collection and stumbled on a track by the Dwight Twilley Band. Which made me remember that Dwight Twilley was a thing. More specifically I remembered the song Girls. Which I really liked back in the day (1984?) but had completely forgotten. But I remember once again. Remembering leads to searching and searching leads to finding this on YouTube. I present you with Girls by Dwight Twilley. Enjoy. Dwight Twilley - Girls This is exactly the kind of pop-rock that I like best. And yes, that is Tom Petty doing backing vocals. Time to look into what else I can find.

Disney+ in the House

I signed on for the big Disney package on day one, which is Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN. Then after a brief once over as I downloaded and set-up each service on my Roku, I ignored them. I don't know that I'll watch much ESPN, being as the only sport I follow is NFL Football and then it's pretty much just the Detroit Lions. So, maybe the occasional Monday Night Football. Pretty much, it's useless to me. Hulu is a thing I already had, only now I have my commercials back. So that's not great. I found an article about how to keep the Hulu upgrade, but that was well after the fact and I don't really care until The Handmaid's Tale comes back. We don't watch much Hulu around these parts, but there are a few things that I do watch on that service. Disney+ seems like it has a lot to offer; the Herbie and Witch Mountain movies, National Geographic, and all those cartoons I watched 1,000 times as the boys were growing up. So with all the Star Wars and Marvel stuff avai

You Have the Power

with great power comes great responsibility

Turn It Up

leave it alone and let it do it's job

And So It Begins

November is National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo is the shorthand version of that. What it amounts to is an annual Internet-based creative writing challenge wherein participants attempt to write a 50,000-word manuscript between November 1 and November 30. We're almost 19-hours in and I haven't started yet. Probably, I should post this on the blog and get going on the writing. Here's the inspirational book cover one more time... Everyone wants the latest gossip and news of the province or the next town over. The local kids all think they can join up and be part of the band. The local law thinks you're just trouble waiting to happen. Everyone is friendly, right up until you've done whatever they ask or rid the mill of gricks. They they want to know when you'll be leaving, how long you're staying, and why you haven't left yet. Being a traveling adventurer is great. Being a trouble making scavenger isn't. The problem is that they're the same thing

Friday Film Day

The lovely and talented Lady Ronn is taking a video class this semester and has given me permission to share with you, her first two projects from class. Now, I will simply preface this presentation by saying that outside of capturing some home movies on our Super8 camcorder back in the day and some phone video of concerts and family, she has no background or experience with making films. So these are quite literally the first two things she has done in the medium. I may be biased, but I think they're pretty impressive for a couple of early attempts. Project #1 "Explore Grand Rapids" is a minute long walk around the city and stars our middle son, Zack. And since this is the first project, we'll start with it. Enjoy. Project #1 This second piece I've mentioned a few times here on the blog, because, well, I'm the star of this one. This is her take on a 5-minute documentary. It runs a bit long of the 5-minute mark, but that's to be expected when you're de