Armistice Day, 2017

As November 11 draws near, I ready myself to observe  Armistice Day, a day set aside to honor the 17 million war dead of the Great War. Since 1954 its official name has been Veterans Day, which honors all veterans, living and dead, who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States (including me).

While it is just and good that all veterans be honored with a special day, I am cognizant of the fact that the basis for the holiday, and the date on which the holiday is observed, is that The Great War (which we now call World War I) ended in 1918 on November 11.  To this day, many other countries honor those who sacrificed their lives in World War I  by observing Armistice Day, or in some cases, Remembrance Day. The day has gravitas. Continue reading “Armistice Day, 2017”

The Year of Running with Trish

As best as I can remember, this year marks the 25th anniversary of what I’ve come to call “The Year of Running with Trish.” I know it wasn’t exactly a year; and while I think that it mostly took place in 1992, it’s certainly possible that it was the year before, or perhaps the year after … but for my purposes, 1992 does nicely, even though I haven’t been able to exactly pin it down.

Trish was a coworker of mine in the late 80s and early 90s, and she is a valued, life-long friend. I don’t recall the exact reason we began running together, but my reason for running was that my weight had ballooned to 260 pounds, and I was determined to lose some of that excess weight. Trish wasn’t overweight at all, but she was game to hit the bricks with me, and so we did. Coincidentally, I became a pescatarian the same year, abandoning red meat and poultry for healthy food like McDonald’s  french fries and fillet-o-fishes.

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Folk … What’s in a Name?

From the birth of the Compact Disc until the death of physical media, there was a figurative explosion in the number of music categories one could browse down at the local edition of whichever cookie-cutter corporate music store chain happened to be in your path.  And some of those categories (World Music, Folk Metal, Alt-Country, etc.) would have been, at one point in time, likely dropped into the “Folk Music” category, which by the 1990s, was likely to be the least stocked category in the entire store.

Folk music has enjoyed varying levels of mainstream success Continue reading “Folk … What’s in a Name?”

Style Evolution

I’ve been walking recently, more for exercise than anything else, but taking the time to go out and put one foot in front of the other has given me time to do some thinking. I’ve noticed that this seems to be the year of fluorescent footwear, often paired with a matching shirt. Frankly, it hurts my eyes. I lean more towards earth tones. And I was feeling pretty good about myself … no slave to fashion am I.

But today I’ve revamped this website, which uses WordPress as its base. WordPress is more than just a blogging platform; Continue reading “Style Evolution”