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My Latest Watercolor

“Trumped” 15.5″ x 16.5″ Original Watercolor on Handmade Paper Donald J. Trump currently has at least 17 women who have accused him of varying inappropriate behavior, including allegations of sexual harassment or sexual assault, all but one coming forward with their accusations before or during his bid for the White House. He also paid a […]

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My Politically Incorrect Take on the 2020 Grammys

After enjoying forty years of life as a career musician who was fortunate to work with some of the most talented artists in the world, serving on music label advisory boards, and living in the affluent musical suburb of Franklin, Tennessee just outside of Nashville—I should go ahead and say it. The Grammys are rigged. […]

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Why We No Longer Think For Ourselves

The problem arises when we need to process and understand complex and chaotic situations. The ability to think for ourselves has been short-circuited by the rise of social networks, television propaganda, and easy solutions presented by charismatic pundits and political and religious leaders. With so much information to process, it is easier to drift into […]

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What Will The Future Bring?

A question as old as time. In moments of peace and well-being, this query occupies less of our thinking. But historically, in times of political, emotional, and spiritual chaos our eyes turn with anxious hope to the future, particularly when apocalyptic fears multiply. This question was asked by the people of Israel when subjected to […]

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Cruelty Has Never Made Me Smile

I remember crying and running from the room as the small black and white television in my grandmother’s home beamed a fuzzy rendition of men beating each other to a pulp on “Live Wrestling.” The year was around 1963 and I was five years old. My Dad (a gentle man) and my grandfather (a brawler […]

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From Fundamentalism to Freedom

It is still a shock to my system when I encounter a person who is fundamentalist or evangelical. The experience is much like a friend of mine who served in Vietnam when he would have a flashback. Psychologist Marlene Winell has coined a term for the devastating effects on those of us who have left […]

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My Top Ten Books of the Decade

You can tell a lot about a person by knowing the books they read—and particularly the books that impact their lives. That is one reason I love the goodreads.com community. Founded in 2006, the online community provides a world of insight into my fellow book lovers. For a person that is a voracious reader, Goodreads […]

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I Have A Mental Illness (Well, sort of)

I read books every day. It’s a sickness. I’ve tried therapy but I’m afraid it’s untreatable. It may be hard to believe, but for fifty-six of my sixty-one years, I have rarely if ever missed a day. Over these past five decades, a reading cycle has emerged. I read for sheer pleasure in bed at […]

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FOMO

Now that Gina and I have returned to civilization and downtown living after almost five years in the isolated wilderness of the Appalachian foothills, we have coined a new phrase. FOMO. It’s an acrostic for the Fear of Missing Out. To adequately place this in a proper perspective, you must know that our country home […]

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Quest: Exploring Your Creative, Emotional, and Spiritual Potential

A four-part guided experience spanning four months offered by Creative Community, Inc and made possible in part by a gift from the Rod and Eileen Rachinski Trust. Three monthly online 60-90 minute sessions culminating with a gathering at Kalien Retreat near Nashville. Limited to three people per experience and only four experiences will be offered […]