Bringing music-making back, though the licorice stick will have to wait til I build those mouth muscles again…

I figured I'd get some other things done in the past few weeks as my obsession with music has helped me kick my depression to the curb and I'm getting my motivation back. The struggle continues, but I'm finally at the place where I want to be working on actually playing music again, and have … Continue reading Bringing music-making back, though the licorice stick will have to wait til I build those mouth muscles again…

“The Fifth Risk,” by Michael Lewis

My Copy: 9781324002642 (image from bn.com) I don't know what all I was expecting from this book, but I gotta say, I learned a helluva lot about certain government entities and departments... and how badly things can get screwed up during a bad transition period. The Fifth Risk is essentially about the election of Donald … Continue reading “The Fifth Risk,” by Michael Lewis

On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War & Society, by Lr. Col. Dave Grossman

My Copy: 9780316040938 (image from bn.com) I've had this book on my shelf a few years, and was planning to get to it eventually, but deaths at the hands of police made me pick it up right away. I had taken far longer to get through it than I thought I would, largely because I … Continue reading On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War & Society, by Lr. Col. Dave Grossman

Well, Hobby Lobby is shut down for a while… & I’m amazed that I don’t care.

I know that many locations closed down in March because they were forced to by state regs. The Hobby Lobby nearest to me closed last Saturday. I was there the Friday before for a few things I couldn't find elsewhere, and was gonna get some bandannas for extra face protection so I didn't have to … Continue reading Well, Hobby Lobby is shut down for a while… & I’m amazed that I don’t care.

Recapturing dreams when all is so uncertain.

After a crazy week, that's just one among many this crazy summer, and leaving the office over an hour and a half late tonight... let's just say I'm doing some careful thinking again. My bizarre summer schedule will only get more bizarre for the next couple of weeks until things have calmed down and we're … Continue reading Recapturing dreams when all is so uncertain.

Maintenance is far better than having to do a major fix later…

Funny how that could apply to a house or the human body--both, in my case. I mean, the maintenance part will work well with the house (working on that). The body's nearly at "gotta fix what's broke" stage. I'm not saying that because I hate my body or anything (okay, I'll admit, sometimes I do--a … Continue reading Maintenance is far better than having to do a major fix later…

Remembering Inspiration, or, Who Really Made Me Want to Play Guitar…

I think I was 15 when dad bought me my first guitar. It was a typical six-string guitar, and one I wanted so badly to learn on. The difficulty was...well, the difficulty in playing, and not knowing anybody else who could give me pointers. I also didn't have much beyond the initial exercise books to … Continue reading Remembering Inspiration, or, Who Really Made Me Want to Play Guitar…

#100–Is it a good idea to learn two instruments at the same time?

This one seems to have a resounding "yes" when you Google it. Of course, which instruments, exactly, seems to be the point where it's a bit muddier. I already signed up for guitar lessons, starting this Sunday. But right now part of me can't help but wonder if maybe I should do piano lessons, too. … Continue reading #100–Is it a good idea to learn two instruments at the same time?

This is the most sensible thing I’ve heard about “good guys with guns” yet…

I don't have an account to save YouTube vids I love or appreciate (gmail screws me every time and all the apps kill my computer), but Scottie's Toy Box occasionally snaps up videos by this gentleman. He's named Beau of the Fifth Column, and I gotta say, I'm gonna make a point to look him … Continue reading This is the most sensible thing I’ve heard about “good guys with guns” yet…

Sunday Going Right: progress toward a real training plan for piano & guitar.

Ah, thank you, Minions, for reminding me why I'd never let a metal-loving six-year-old borrow any of my guitars. I gotta admit, I was wondering if this Sunday was going to turn into every other Sunday for the past few months, where by now I'd be laying in bed with a headache actually wishing Monday … Continue reading Sunday Going Right: progress toward a real training plan for piano & guitar.