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Kent State University, May 4, 1970

To observe the Kent State Shootings, I’m reposting an essay I wrote 2 years ago. The night of May 2, 1970 I was a 17 year-old high school senior, living about 40 minutes east of Kent, OH.  One of my … Continue reading

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Friday Night Concert Clip: Martin Sexton

Martin Sexton is truly an independent artist. Having become disgruntled with his original contracts, he started his own label. Rich by no means, Sexton works when he wants to and makes enough to keep going. His is a true passion for what he does and it shows. Continue reading

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A Penny For Your Thoughts, A Penny For Hope

For years I hated pennies… I once collected them.  I used to examine every penny, looking for an “Indian Head.”  Copper became expensive and I felt pennies waste copper. As much as I loved pennies as a child, relishing “penny” … Continue reading

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ROY BUCHANAN – THE MESSIAH WILL COME AGAIN(LIVE 1976)

Roy Buchanan was one of the best guitarists some of us ever got to hear. His style, tone and precision were legendary. He wa able to make his Telecaster cry, plead and scream. Guitarists still study him. In 1998, he committed suicide. My favorite Roy Buchanan song is “The Messiah Will come Again,” preceded here by a short, introductory poem that I always loved. Continue reading

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Book Banning, Obama and The Right Wing

That Obama’s acceptance of Chavez’s gift made the book rocket to the top of Amazon’s list, suggest WHAT, we should BAN or BURN it? That its embrace of a far left, anti-American credo should relegate it to a place of insignificance and encourage Americans to ignore it?

What became of intellectual curiosity in this country? Has eight years of “My Pet Goat” lulled a listless, beleaguered populace into complete intracranial lethargy? Continue reading

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Friday Night Concert “Two-fer”: Robert Palmer and Marvin Gaye

I miss Robert Palmer. He was a quintessential professional. Everything from his incredible technique, to his appearance onstage was slick and tight yet deeply nuanced. He didn’t depend on theatrics, lighting, staging or cheap tricks. It was always about the music…and that deeply expressive voice. Continue reading

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God’s Sacred Weed: Lay Off Michael Phelps

Yesterday I heard that law enforcement officials were thinking of prosecuting Michael Phelps for smoking weed, which I find troubling because: on the basis of a picture, how can it be constitutional–there could have been anything in that bowl. As … Continue reading

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Obama: Next Super Bowl Will Find Many Troops Home

Barack Obama tells Matt Lauer that by this time next year a significant number of US Troops will be stateside. President Obama said, “We’ve got real threats, and we have to remain vigilant, but the quality of our armed forces … Continue reading

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Teach Your Children: Civil Rights in America

Yesterday I took a day off.  I went to church, built a nice fire (not at church, at home in my fireplace) and languished in front of the TV. Today we celebrate Martin Luther King, the man, the dreamer, the … Continue reading

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Race: Baby Huey Meets Huey Newton

When Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered in 1968, shock waves made America convulse.  Riots ravaged neighborhoods across the nation.  It was utter chaos.  I recall my uncle, who lived in Detroit at the time, telling about how Army tanks … Continue reading

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