honey and smoke

When is the last time you heard something that really blew your mind? For me, it happened just last Spring, when case/lang/veirs put out their first release on Anti Records. I’m not the freckled maid I’m not the fair-haired girl I’m not a pail of milk for you to spoil case/lang/veirs is the new super […]

baseball

Automation is spreading its wings throughout the land. In marketing, many brands use marketing automation to manage their email outreach. This form of digital disruption has reared its head in education, medicine and many other fields, including media. According to Poynter, Associated Press will begin using an automated writing service to cover more than 10,000 […]

fascist America - it could happen

It’s an interesting time in America. We’re facing our demons as a nation right now, and this can make for an unstable and sometimes frightening situation on the ground. For instance, hating people of color and women is now an acceptable form of protest. The Donald has released the masses to take vile language and […]

Hillary_2016

Several people have asked me who I like for President. My answer has caught both friends and strangers off guard. One possible reason for their surprise is the fact that I have voted for third party candidates like Ralph Nader in the past, and I continue to advocate for reconstruction of the two-party system. Nevertheless, […]

sheep rock unit

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is a journey through time. Forty million years backwards in time, to be exact. The National Monument features three separate but related units: Painted Hills, Sheep Rock and Clarno. The three units are all located in Eastern Oregon, yet they are hours apart by car. Starting in Madras, the […]

Mitzil

There are people who live in Portland who find it difficult to leave their neighborhood for another part of the city. One could blame parochial attitudes, poor transportation options, or a simple lack of curiosity. This post isn’t for them. This post is for the adventurous. West Linn (population 26,000) and Oregon City (population 34,600) […]

patriot bullshit

If you’re a clown today, there’s a good chance the media will eat your act for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Trump proves this every day. Now, more angry white men with few facts on their side are stepping forward to follow his boisterous lead. Take the invading circus of clowns from Nevada (and Idaho) presently […]

Jack Cravelle

I started tracking my movements about the country a decade ago (and logging them here) as an annual exercise meant to encourage memory, cataloguing and in the best cases a bit of travel writing. Looking back on it, 2015 wasn’t a big year in travel, although quality and quantity are two different things. Here’s a […]

yoga flex

In business, as in politics, it is wise to build for seismic events. The terror attacks in Paris, for instance, required a flexibile response from The White House that was largely lacking. Conservative columnist, Ron Fournier says, “For all his skills as an orator, Obama is a lousy com­mu­nic­at­or. He doesn’t lead, he lec­tures. He ar­gues […]