Forever Miss August: Cancer Takes Playmate Sharry Konopski At 49, by Steve Stav

My Facebook friend Sharry Debolt (nee Konopski) left this earth August 25 after a long battle with lung cancer. She was a really nice, cool gal who said very lovely things to me before and after my wife died last year. Though we had little in common besides cancer and living in the same . . . → Read More: Forever Miss August: Cancer Takes Playmate Sharry Konopski At 49, by Steve Stav

More Photos of Houston Amid Cataclysmic Storm

Photos of Houston posted this morning. Lots more rain to come.

https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2017/08/hurricane-harvey-leaves-houston-under-water/538215/

– Chuck Strom

Hurricane Harvey and Its Aftermath, by Chuck Strom

The Atlantic’s photo section just posted these pics of the damage from Hurricane Harvey on the Texas Gulf Coast:

https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2017/08/photos-the-aftermath-of-hurricane-harvey/538143/

Reported casualties were minimal after the first day, but it’s usually in the days and weeks following that we get a true indication of the scale of the disaster. In this case, the critical . . . → Read More: Hurricane Harvey and Its Aftermath, by Chuck Strom

Ten Record Collectors You Know or May Resemble, by Pat Thomas

Record collectors you may know or resemble:

1) can’t admit to not knowing an obscure band or LP: “Of course I know that private press from 1978, why wouldn’t I?”

2) Never likes anything you play for them: they always need to discover it themselves, then bring it to you.

3) Hates successful . . . → Read More: Ten Record Collectors You Know or May Resemble, by Pat Thomas

Kaepernick’s Extended Vacation, and Other NFL Notes, by Vino Knight-Trane

In the recent discussion about San Francisco 49ers ex-QB Colin Kaepernick’s extended vacation, the focus has been much more on the politics of the situation than what he would likely contribute on the field. Some thoughts on the latter are in order.

The Kap who came within five yards of adding a sixth Lombardi . . . → Read More: Kaepernick’s Extended Vacation, and Other NFL Notes, by Vino Knight-Trane

Public Enemy – Fight the Power, by Steve Stav

[Ed. Note – The author first penned these words on August 24, 2013]

It’s so mindblowingly remarkable how our American society survives by avoiding realities. The middle class, the poor… will give another dollar for a problem to go away for another week. “Mister, we don’t want any trouble.” “Here, take it, it’s . . . → Read More: Public Enemy – Fight the Power, by Steve Stav

ANY MATH OR NAVAL EXPERTS OUT THERE? by Davin Michael Stedman

What are the mathematical chances of 4 Navy ships suffering nearly unheard of collisions in one year?

Before this most recent deadly incident with the USS John McCain killed at least ten sailors, the previous collision was a direct hit to the Captain. His sailors had to use kettle bells from the ship’s gym . . . → Read More: ANY MATH OR NAVAL EXPERTS OUT THERE? by Davin Michael Stedman

IF THEY SHOOT THE LIGHTS OUT, by Davin Michael Stedman

One of the most glaringly stupid ideas I have encountered is the assumption that if the society collapses the ability to shoot a gun will be key to survival.

It’s not. The real race will be to go after the libraries. When the light goes out the only way to turn them back on . . . → Read More: IF THEY SHOOT THE LIGHTS OUT, by Davin Michael Stedman

African and European Music: Troubled Past, Potent Mix, by Davin Michael Stedman

Being influenced by African and European music is a damn good thing. Anybody who tells you any different has no clue about Western Music.

It’s like this mighty river where two other mighty rivers combine; and as rough as the waters may be, the undercurrent is even stronger.

As ugly as our past . . . → Read More: African and European Music: Troubled Past, Potent Mix, by Davin Michael Stedman

Eating From Your Yard Tip, Garlic Chives in Flower, by Jill Kuhel

Eating from your yard tip ~ Hooray the garlic chives are in flower! Few people are more fond of invasive plants than I am, but my friend it is in your best interest to utilize the garlic chives flowers before the prolific self seeders take over the garden. The leaves and flowers are edible . . . → Read More: Eating From Your Yard Tip, Garlic Chives in Flower, by Jill Kuhel

The Beach Boys – Don’t Worry Baby, by Steve Stav

This last quarter of the season – depending on where you live – when you’re really trying to make every day without rain and cold count. No wonder so many yearn for the “Endless Summer.” As an aside, I remember the first time I went to a Southern California beach – Zuma, Malibu. Driving . . . → Read More: The Beach Boys – Don’t Worry Baby, by Steve Stav

The Smiths – Well I Wonder, by Steve Stav

When I hear this song, I can smell the 80s. I can taste it. You can cut the wistfulness with a butter knife; the Beatles of my generation. Now I know why my mom would get so “weird” when a particular Roy Orbison or Everly Brothers song would come on the stereo.

. . . → Read More: The Smiths – Well I Wonder, by Steve Stav

Give Me The Roses While I Live – Tommy Thompson, Mike Craver, Jim Watson, by Jill Kuhel

I’ve spent a bit of time in nursing homes over the last several years. There are two things I find especially fascinating. First is what people bring with them to this one little room. The condensing down of all worldly goods to the very most meaningful. The second is the deathbed gathering of relatives. . . . → Read More: Give Me The Roses While I Live – Tommy Thompson, Mike Craver, Jim Watson, by Jill Kuhel

Van Morrison – Transformation

After 72 years, Sir George Ivan “Van” Morrison is still wandering through buttercup summers and playing new games down in the hollow. “Transformation,” (above) a song from his upcoming album, his 37th, forms his latest summer into fall meditation.

It’s gold baby, this “Transformation,” and it comes to us just as northern . . . → Read More: Van Morrison – Transformation

After Waiting 35 Years, I Finally Get to See Two-Tone Legends the Selecter but Trek to Portland to Do It, by Holly Homan

Thirty-five years ago I discovered ska music – in particular, Two-Tone ska music. The Selecter was one of those Two-Tone bands who were my first real introduction to ska music. As far as I know they never played Seattle – not since I’ve known of them. Really, they’ve barely set foot on US . . . → Read More: After Waiting 35 Years, I Finally Get to See Two-Tone Legends the Selecter but Trek to Portland to Do It, by Holly Homan

Eating From Your Yard Tip: Nasturtiums, by Jill Kuhel

Tuesday eating from your yard tip~nasturtiums add color and a little taste of black pepper to your food. The leaves, flowers and seeds are edible. I have not eaten the seeds, but I have been told you can pickle them to substitute for capers. There is nothing tricky about eating nasturtiums you can eat . . . → Read More: Eating From Your Yard Tip: Nasturtiums, by Jill Kuhel

Images Of Charlottesville From A More Peaceful Time, by Chuck Strom

In July 2014, I had the privilege of visiting Charlottesville, VA to see Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and the University of Virginia. I remember the visit fondly, but now my memory has to take into account the events of this past weekend. I attach these photos to remind myself that, in more peaceful times, it . . . → Read More: Images Of Charlottesville From A More Peaceful Time, by Chuck Strom

Up Close and Personal: A View of the Oakland A’s from Behind The Plate, by Chuck Strom

Last Thursday evening, courtesy of a generous friend in the right place, I had the privilege of seeing the Oakland A’s three rows up from home plate. I’ve had some good seats in the past, but nothing nearly as up close and personal with major league ball players as this. The seats, in . . . → Read More: Up Close and Personal: A View of the Oakland A’s from Behind The Plate, by Chuck Strom

The Blow – The Greatest Love of All

The sonic fireworks for this song start at 1:02. Be sure to stick with it at least that far.

The Blow’s new album, Brand New Abyss, is a lightning rod. A wild assembly of frequencies produced out of a thrust of electroacoustic punk energy, the album is a search for a new sound . . . → Read More: The Blow – The Greatest Love of All

Nicky Hopkins Should be in the Rock’n Roll Hall of Fame, by Mark Erickson

Nicky Hopkins with Keith Richards at Nellcote while the Stones were recording Exile on Main Street.

Last weekend my wife and I went to Northwestern University to attend the musical, Tommy, by The Who. Undergraduate students performed with a nine piece band, including a french horn. I retrieved my Tommy album upon return to . . . → Read More: Nicky Hopkins Should be in the Rock’n Roll Hall of Fame, by Mark Erickson