"Change your shirt or turn it inside out," said my gym teacher sternly, suppressing a 10th grade punk's freedom of expression. During the mid-Nineties' Ebola outbreak, whatever was offensive about "Ebola '95 - You're Next" boldly written with marker on a shirt? Back in high school, my friends and I liked to see bands at … Continue reading Ebola ’95: A Punk Rock Outbreak from Maine
Four years have passed since the incomparable comedian Phyllis Diller made her leap into the boneyard. Hopefully, the days preceding her passing were colored by her trademark cackle, enveloped in a peaceful environment. She and her old school humor are greatly missed, especially by the love of my life, JoAnn. In July of 2011, I … Continue reading Happy Wedding Anniversary, Jo-girl! Love, Phyllis Diller
After several months of unsuccessful treatment following a diagnosis of cancer last year, Kenneth "Wookie" Cook passed away on April 11, 2016 at the age of 41. Since 1998, Cook had been a close friend and frequent bandmate of mine. His sturdy loyalty to friends, family, and animals, as well as his large, furry appearance, … Continue reading E.N.D. – A Farewell to Ken “Wookie” Cook
Sixteen years ago this month, cartoonist Charles M. Schulz died. As a child of about seven to nine years old, I was fanatic about the Peanuts comic strip. I had many books, puzzles, figurines, a plush Snoopy and Woodstock, a dixie cup dispenser; so much from an already enormous mass of the comic's decades of … Continue reading It’s an Elementary Recollection, Charlie Brown
Leap year 2012 was entertainer Davy Jones's last, as he died at age 66 on February 29th. At the time, I had a Facebook page and wrote the following tribute, presented now with some edits: "It's hard to believe..." David Jones has died. As the soul of The Monkees, and only constant member with Micky, … Continue reading Good Times with The Monkees!
“Let me release you from this imperfect flesh that ties you to time and space. All that is unknown will be known to you… once more.” - The Tall Man The gentleman actor, Lawrence Rory Guy aka Angus Scrimm, died on January 9, 2016. I knew Scrimm primarily through his role as The Tall Man … Continue reading You Played a Good Game, Angus Scrimm
Eureka Springs, Arkansas is located in the expansive, lush, and peaceful Ozark Mountains, and southward of the colorful town is one of the United States' reputable wildlife refuges, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. The U.S. Department of Agriculture-licensed facility's mission is "to provide lifetime refuge for abandoned, abused, and neglected 'Big Cats' with emphasis on Tigers, … Continue reading Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge