Monthly Archives: October 2016


I like mornings.  They signify a starting point, a beginning, something new.  They tend to be quiet, a time to be alone, for reflection.  I usually face these hours with music.  Sometimes with jazz, sometimes with “new age”.  These two musical genres seem best to accompany me through the early hours as I work my way thru a novel (currently it is INDEPENDENCE DAY by RICHARD Ford) or browse thru a birding magazine.  The latest issue of the American Birding Association’s BIRDER’S GUIDE arrived in the mail yesterday.  I thumbed thru it yesterday evening before going to bed.  There are a number of interesting sounding article that I want to read.  And it is always fun to look at the colourful advertising of distant birding locations–Alaska, the Helena Delta in Arkansas, New.Zealand, India, Cambodia, Florida, Papua New Guinea, Ecuador and of course, Texas.

And since this is the weekend, the music that I am hearing is provided by ECHOES, a “new age” radio show broadcast by CMU National Public Radio out of Mount Pleasant, Michigan.  This two-hour show is broadcast each Saturday and Sunday morning from 6-8 am.  I stream this station thru the Internet.  In this day and age, it is no longer necessary to have a radio in the house.  Our internet devices do it all.

Enough of this rambling.  I know I have said it all before.  Time to make some toast and get back to my novel.

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Posted by on October 22, 2016 in Uncategorized


The festival is getting close



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Posted by on October 13, 2016 in Uncategorized



My son, Cory, sent me a message about a podcast he heard.  WTF Podcasts.  It was an interview with John Prine.  The interview is about an hour long.  What a great listen it was.  After all, I am a long-time John Prine fan.  I have seen him in concert twice.  During this interview, he talks about growing up in Chicago.  His family life there.  His start in music.  His links to Nashville and Memphis.  Influences on his life and his music.  If listening to this would be on any interest to you, just google “WTF Podcasts John Prine”.  Enjoy.



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Posted by on October 7, 2016 in Uncategorized


The Skinner Family

This picture was taken in 1998.


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Posted by on October 3, 2016 in Uncategorized