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From the Books: Why We Swim

Sometimes people cite the lack of browsing as a reason why it sucks that the independent bookstore has fallen on hard times in these, the Days of Amazon and other online retailers. And that’s true: one of the great joys … Continue reading

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Farewell, Paddy Moloney

Paddy Moloney, the great front-man for the Celtic band The Chieftains, has died. He was 83. In my musical life, Paddy Moloney ranks very high. Very high. When I list musical figures who shaped my world and the way it … Continue reading

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Recent Adventures in Overalls Nation!!!

No doubt all of you* have been asking, “Look, dude, all this music writing and book stuff and all is great, but what’s new with your bib overalls collection?!” And I am always one to give the public what it … Continue reading

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A possible technical change….

 So, as social media companies exercise more and more control over the content users post, and as those companies employ algorithms that are more and more quixotic in their moderation (I’ve seen people put into Facebook jail for using normal … Continue reading

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Something for Thursday

The fifth episode of the great Carl Sagan show Cosmos is titled “Blues for a Red Planet”. The episode focuses on Mars: a history of the chase for life on Mars, the clash between the fictional Mars (and the one fervently … Continue reading

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Vacation! (part the second)

 More photos from a two-day trip! Huzzah! When last we checked in, The Wife and I had just finished up a visit to a Cayuga Lake winery. Next up was a stop that we make every single year, without fail: … Continue reading

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Tone Poem Tuesday

 Some nifty stuff in the pipeline–I’m not going to keep ignoring Richard Strauss, now that I’ve opened him up on this series–but for now, a favorite potboiler by Tchaikovsky, a man who certainly knew how to compose the kinds of … Continue reading

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Vacation! (part the first)

 The Wife and I made our annual trek to Ithaca and the Finger Lakes this weekend. Our trip was timed a bit oddly and was truncated by a day, because of Reasons; usually we stay two nights in a hotel … Continue reading

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A Pirate Looks at Fifty

 Normally I don’t post on Sundays much, but…well, today’s my birthday. I am now fifty. Here’s what fifty (minus two days, since I took this two days ago) looks like: Not a lot different, huh? So, how does fifty feel? … Continue reading

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Masks: an unpopular opinion

 Here’s the thing: I’m fine with wearing a mask. As in, I’m genuinely fine with it. Not only does wearing one not bother me, but…I honestly kind of like it. The discourse on masks has mainly centered on their use being … Continue reading

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