From the time I was a little kid, I knew there was a Bible in every hotel room, thanks to Rocky Raccoon.
Rocky Raccoon checked into his room
Only to find Gideon’s Bible
And that's not the only lesson to be found in the Beatles’ self-titled 1968 double album. If you’re going through your back catalog or looking for something new-to-you, now is the perfect time to drop into The White Album.
Outside options are limited nowadays. Yesterday I took a solitary bike ride down the coast a bit to enjoy the beautiful sunny afternoon. There were many gorgeous sights to see, and much to be grateful for.
George has always been my favorite Beatle. It’s his hair.
My entry into Beatles culture was Yellow Submarine, the group’s 1968 animated film. It aired on T.V. a few times in my childhood, and at some point, a bootlegged VHS copy of this broadcast took up residence in our family movie library.
There are many things to love about this film, not the least of which is its ability to appeal to Beatles fans of all ages. There is much to learn about the film, and if you haven’t seen it now is a perfect time. The vividly surreal graphics…
It took me a while to come around to Bob Dylan.
For a long time, I didn’t see his appeal. While I understood the significance of his role in rock music, he was not an early favorite.
His music isn’t listenable in the way other folk artists are. Like many great singer-songwriters, his words often sound better when sung from the mouth of another. I place him alongside Kris Kristofferson and Leonard Cohen in this category.
Still, I wanted to understand the cult of Bob Dylan.
Life appears more and more surreal as time goes on. I’ve seen more than one reference to the Bill Murray movie Groundhog Day in my social media. We are living the same day over and over again, with no hope for any relief in the near future.
I never imagined I would be in this situation. My thoughts shift and change daily. Strike that, hourly. There is no blueprint for where we are traveling, at least not one that was written in any of our lifetimes.
There are parts of this existence that I was curious about in my pre-Corona…
Yesterday I sat down and made a master weekly schedule. Since it’s clear now that we’ll be sheltering in place until the beginning of May, and schools in California will not be in session for the rest of the year, I figured I might as well take advantage of the opportunity to establish some healthy habits for April.
Working from home has certainly brought some changes to my life. I’m not totally unaccustomed to having large chunks of time off since I used to be a high school teacher, but this is completely different. …
Today the weather turned warm and it seems like summer has come early. We did our regular daily walk this morning and then did a short bike ride as well.
With everyone out of work and school, the beaches and main walking paths are pretty crowded. Everyone is trying to stay out of each other’s way, but there do seem to be quite a few folks who are just out having a good time.
That is one drawback of living by the beach, I suppose. There will always be tourists acting like tourists, even in the midst of a pandemic.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than half of U.S. workers are at risk of unemployment. CNN reports that more than half of American jobs, 80 million out of 153 million, are at risk of being eliminated as the economy struggles to recover.
Unemployment can be a terrifying proposition for many. Not only does it bring loss of wages and economic uncertainty, but it can lead to widespread stress and depression as folks grieve the loss of their career and, in many cases, their identity as well.
While there is not much you can control in today’s situation…
“I don’t know why we denigrate country music,” he says. “We superficially label it, you know, pickup trucks and good ol’ boys and hound dogs and six packs of beer, when it is in fact dealing with the fundamental questions of the human project which is love and loss.” —NPR quoting Ken Burns
Yesterday, while doing some work and other chores, we watched several hours of Ken Burn’s documentary Country Music. I was delighted about this because I’d missed it the first time around and, as I expected, it was extremely interesting.
Recently we went to see Lyle Lovett in…
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