Fascinating. To me, anyway… I just got the results back on my Ancestry DNA test.* I suppose mine are like everybody’s: they confirmed a lot of what I already knew and also threw a couple little curves at me. A … Continue reading Ancestry DNA Results and My Mystery Grandmother
Ramona Shelburne’s story on how the much-hyped documentary series on the Chicago Bulls’ final championship season got made (after so many years) is fascinating stuff. But one thing really jumped off the page at me. Apparently a lot of people … Continue reading Wait. Michael Jordan Did WHAT?!
As my friends know I spent the last 13 years as Publisher of Scholars & Rogues, a team blog covering everything from politics to the arts to climate to sports to music to journalism to … well, whatever was on … Continue reading A Toast to Scholars & Rogues
I want to check in and see how people are faring. Times were getting to us before COVID, and I’m guessing that nightmare hasn’t helped. Things here are fine, more or less. Bored as fuck, especially on the days that … Continue reading So, How Are You Doing?
We’ve heard a lot lately about how America is finally learning who’s really essential now that we’re deep in a real crisis. I even chipped in. But are we treating our essential workers with the care and respect we should … Continue reading If nurses are essential why are they being treated this way?
In 2016 Bernie Sanders declared himself a Democratic Socialist, and in doing so assured he’d never be president. The issue, then as now, was the “S-word.” Why would you label yourself a Socialist if you want to run for office … Continue reading Democratic Socialism, Social Democracy, and Bernie’s Big Mistake
NOTE: I penned this a few months ago but never posted it. I’m now in deep enough to see some of the warts, and COVID certainly does northing to make you feel secure. But I was right. And that feels … Continue reading Watching the Wheels
At 8pm we step outside. On the balcony, the porch, the stoop, the sidewalk. Or maybe we just hang our heads out the window. And we howl. The nightly howl started in Denver, apparently, although it has its roots in … Continue reading #HowlAt8 – and Keep Howling.
I announced a couple weeks ago that we’ll be closing Scholars & Rogues on the 16th. That decision is a heavy one, given how much it meant to those of us on the staff. But at the same time it … Continue reading Welcome (Back) to Lullaby Pit
Stuff you know, stuff you don’t know yet. Stuff you love and stuff you’re going to love. And stuff you won’t love, so hit the skip button. It’s over 24 hours and growing. So hit play and stay the fuck … Continue reading This Is COVID Radio: Stay the Fuck at Home
The COVID-19 pandemic is the defining moment of our generation. The last global crisis of this magnitude was World War II, and with any luck we won’t see anything this dire again for decades. That’s probably wishful thinking, for a … Continue reading How Are We Making History Today?
It’s inevitable that we all want to get back to normal. But when we do, it won’t be “back.” It’s going to be a very different normal. But… We keep hearing this phrase: “the new normal.” I suspect the people … Continue reading What Is the “New Normal,” Anyway?
For a long time there I stopped calling myself a photographer, opting instead for some iteration of “digital photoartist.” The issue was that my work was so heavily reliant on processing that even thought it may have started as a … Continue reading Which Type of Photographer Am I, Anyway?
I’ve posted one or two of these, but here’s the whole series in one spot. Continue reading Fleurs du mort
Others have eulogized Adam far better than I can, but I wanted to share a couple of words and some of my favorite songs by a truly generational songwriter. Somehow Fountains of Wayne only had one hit, and that alone … Continue reading RIP Adam Schlesinger
This is sublime. This is technology at its best. Thanks to Frank Venturo for passing it along. Continue reading Helplessly Hoping
Social Democracy is not Socialism, but a mixed economic approach that balances the strengths of capitalism with a deep commitment to social justice. I’ve been flying the flag of the Weimar Republic’s Iron Front a lot lately. If you don’t … Continue reading A New Symbol for Progressive Democracy
One of the first things my parents did when I was born was saddle me with the wrong name: Norris Gilmer Smith, Jr. I hated that name. The Smith part was good, but the rest… I never liked Norris because … Continue reading From Norris to winterSmith: A Long Quest for Identity
The Biden Can’t Beat Trump meme is powerful these days, and it’s an opinion held by some people I have a lot of respect for. But. Look, I hate Biden for all the reasons every sensible progressive does. But it’s … Continue reading Joe Can’t Win! Really? Let’s Review….