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Please Go Away, Joe!

Imagine that you have a standing restaurant date with a friend or family member to stay in touch. You meet regularly and can quickly pick up the conversation from the last visit. Read more…

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King Hipster

I turned off the freeway one exit ramp earlier than normal to get a cup of coffee and collect my thoughts before checking into the office. Not so much as collect my thoughts, but clear my head of the stuff that slipped through the shadows during the long commute. Read more…

Love is Just a Four-Letter Word

“And now I understand
After waking enough times to think I see
The Holy Kiss that’s supposed to last eternity
Blow up in smoke, its destiny
Falls on strangers, travels free
Yes, I know now, traps are only set by me
And I do not really need to be
Assured that love is just a four letter word”

- Bob Dylan, from Love is Just a Four-Letter Word

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Do Not Stop on the Tracks

I went down to see this Gypsy woman, you understand,
I told her my story, I told her what was goin’ on.
And she told me, man she said, all you need, all you need,
She said all you got to have, oh Lord,
Just a touch of Mojo’s hand, oh bring it back on,
And it feels pretty good, yes indeed.

- Grateful Dead, from Caution (Do Not Stop on the Tracks) Read more…

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On the Run

“Well, I dreamed I saw the knights in armor coming
Sayin’ something about a queen
There were peasants singin’ and drummers drumming
And the archer split the tree
There was a fanfare blowin’ to the sun
That floated on the breeze
Look at mother nature on the run in the nineteen seventies 21st century”
-Neil Young, After the Goldrush Read more…

Something to Believe In

“If I could just get off of this LA Freeway
Without getting killed or caught”
– Guy Clark, from LA Freeway Read more…

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Thief

It’s a great time for baseball fans. With a couple of weeks left in the regular season, a number of teams are still in the pennant race. Perennials, such as the Cardinals, Dodgers and Tigers are in the thick of things. I’m enjoying the Pirates’ return and newcomers such as the Royals, Orioles and Mariners.

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Fitful Sleep

“The mountains and the canyons started to tremble and shake
as the children of the sun began to awake.”
– Led Zeppelin, from Going to California

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Five Parts Museum and One Part Utility

“In another lifetime she must have owned the world, or been faithfully wed
To some righteous king who wrote psalms beside moonlit streams”
– B. Dylan, from I and I
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Perfect Enemies

“Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.”
- Leonard Cohen
from Anthem Read more…

True Places

“It is not down on any map; true places never are.”
– Herman Melville from Moby Dick

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One Hack of a Day

I spent yesterday in the company of amazing horses and people who love horses. Put the two together and it’s a sight to behold. Gracious hosts, gorgeous grounds and lovely Bay Area weather made it special. Read more…

But I Do Like Silence

Recently, I’ve made a few phone calls to a software support phone number for help nobody else could offer me. They alone held the keys to the progress I very much needed to make at those particular moments. Read more…

And Sing About It

The news of the day makes me pause to think about those children unfortunate to have been born into the wrong place. Throughout the world, young lives are stolen. Yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Thugs with weapons in charge out there. Politicians unable to get it right. Flags flying. Children dying.

Time to kill our children
and sing about it.
Let’s all kill our children
and sing about it.

- from December Skies by Michael Timmins

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