Remembering John: 12/31/1943 – 10/12/1997

  I was home from college on a fall break in 1997 when I found out John Denver had died in a plane crash in the Pacific Ocean.  It wrecked me.  This brief tribute will explain a little bit of why.    Also, here is the video from the recording I shared in the...

Episode 20: James Houston

I first met James Houston when I decided to start learning karate in my mid-20s, living in a small, southwestern Virginia town along the New River. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I signed up for karate, only that it seemed like there was a good blend of...

Elemental Series, Episode 04: Gratitude

Loss is a weird thing, isn’t it?  The day I recorded this, I had found out a friend had died.  Just out of the blue.  Hit by a truck while running.  It was a big blow.  I had already decided on a topic, and on its face, it seems like the wrong direction…...

Elemental Series, Episode 03: Heated

Speak when you are angry, and you’ll make the best speech you’ll ever regret. – Ambrose Bierce As I write this, I have 34% left on my laptop, and I’m getting on a plane in 2 hours.  I’m heading out to my next job, in Burbank California,...

Elemental Series, Episode 02: Gold

In 1983 a movie came out with a star studded cast, including Tom Cruise, Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze, Emilio Estevez, Matt Dillon, and the two 1980s teen heart throbs pictured above, Ralph Macchio and C. Thomas Howell.  The movie was called “The Outsiders”,...
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