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Sticks and stones....

on January 9, 2011 - 5:24am

....may break your bones, but words can kill.
That was the title of a sermon given by a minister at my church when I was about 12. Needless to say, that's a catchy title and it stuck.
So did the message. As trite as it may sound, I do try to make a continuous effort to not spew hatred from my lips. I find that I have a difficult time succeeding in really bad traffic, but as a whole I THINK I'm doing alright.

Yesterday's event in Arizona is causing some churn and buzz regarding how far is too far when it comes to vitriol? When did it stop being enough to just disagree with someone? When did the vocabulary become threatening and violent? Why have we allowed civility to completely be discounted?

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And thus, it begins

on January 6, 2011 - 4:56pm

It is with trepidation and a mild sense of anxiety that I stumble into 2011. There's a shadow in the air....the kind that has a smell and a taste, but it's not quite identifiable at this stage in the game.
It's brewing.
And I don't mean the kind of change that causes birds to drop out of the sky or Republicans to take over Congress. No, this change is definitely hitting me on a more personal level. AND, I must say, I'm having trouble reading the tea leaves, but I've a sense that the changes are going to be really good.....eventually. Right now it feels like the start of a journey when you don't know what you're going to have to weather, but you know the destination is going to be picturesque.

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on December 22, 2010 - 11:20am

Dear Mr. Groban,
I would like to volunteer to report and review the upcoming concert at the Atlantis. I would gladly be as objective or subjective as you would like in 2000 words or more.
I would not require ANY compensation for said report and review, but transportation and hotel accommodations would be graciously accepted. Additionally, I must say that I do not find it inappropriate to have a bottle of champagne issued as part of the stay. It helps loosen the cobwebs of the keyboard.Nor is it ill-advised for a critic to be provided a few tropical drinks at poolside. This also inspires one with new glowing adjectives and delightful turn-of-phrase.

For more information, please have your people contact my people.

Most kind regards,

P.S. Merry Christmas!

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Spring loaded piano stunts

on December 8, 2010 - 1:25pm

Dear Mr. Groban,
Whilst you are traveling about Europe, I'm sure you will be tempted by many many things. French pastries, Swedish women, Italian pasta and the like. I hope you enjoy them all.

However, if any person or entity entices you to hop upon some spring loaded stilts and jump over pianos, or perhaps even to spring load a piano on stilts and have it jump over you, I would advise that you politely decline

This cautionary tale speaks volumes:

Warmest regards and kind thoughts for a safe and productive journey,

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The journey of a thousand miles...

on November 24, 2010 - 5:23pm

....begins with the slamming of a car door during the pre-dawn hours. To me, there will always be a certain mystique to dragging a suitcase while ambling out to the car before dawn's early light has broken through the darkness. (and NO I am NOT talking about waking up at 4 AM to go shopping. I don't believe in shopping before 10 AM....I find 'black friday store hours' to be a crime against polite civilization.)

I'm beginning a journey on Saturday.....traipsing to the airport before sunrise.....flying 1200 miles....saying a fine 'hello and how do you do' to family....and waking at pre-dawn hours the next day, getting in a car and driving the 1200 miles back....on the busiest travel weekend of the year Sane? Not really. For a good reason? Definitely.



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