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SHAKING THE FOUNDATION PART ONE

One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. —Unknown It is through creating, not possessing, that life is revealed. —Vida Dutton Scudder When I’m holding on too tight, when I’m too meticulous, analytical, judgmental—lacking confidence or (insert neurosis here)—then the act of writing a song, playing a show, or … Read More

BORROWED, BEGGED, AND STOLEN WISDOM, PART 12

(Things I have borrowed, begged, and stolen from books, movies, conversations with friends)   Create or Die. —Wade Hampton God will not have his work made manifest by cowards. —Emerson Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. —MLK The dream is free, the hustle is sold separately. —George “GK” Koufalis (thanks to The … Read More

LITTLE VICTORIES/FAILING AT A RUN WITH THE MAYOR

We overestimate what we can do in a day and underestimate what we can do in a lifetime. —Unknown Focus on what you can control, and you can get a lot done. —Unknown Ever want to smack the person who says, “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey”? I often think, yeah, that’s great, but the only reason it’s called … Read More

COMPARISON IS THE THIEF OF JOY

Never compare your inside to someone else’s outside. —Hugh McCleod Last week I listed some quotes from favorite authors, movies, snatches of conversations, etc. The one that you fine folks latched onto more than any other was this old Theodore Roosevelt line, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” Joy. Such a little word, but it’s kinda the whole thing, isn’t … Read More

BORROWED, BEGGED, AND STOLEN WISDOM, PART 11

Don’t change so the right people will like you, be yourself so the right people will love you. (thanks, Deb T.) Until the lions have their historians, tales of hunting will always glorify the hunter. —African proverb All war is a symptom of man’s failure as a thinking animal. —John Steinbeck (thanks, Matt Wallace) You in trouble if you ain’t … Read More

READ, WATCHED, LISTENED 2018

Here we go again, sports fans. I saw the brilliant Neil Gaiman do this once and thought, What a fun thing to keep track of. It’s a cool way of knowing what we are putting into our minds and hearts, and we can stalk each other’s list to see what lights us up and what sucks. Last year, I just … Read More

IT COSTS NOTHING TO BE KIND

“We are all on a big boat together, and we are all a long, long way from land. I think we gotta help each other. And I think when we won’t help someone else, we are hurting ourselves.” This quote is from my friend and neighbor Craig Morris (pictured here with his rock star wife and the band). Craig takes … Read More

20 SONGWRITERS WHO CHANGED MY LIFE

You know that feeling when you can hear an entire song playing in your head—every single note and lyric—but you can’t remember what you needed from the grocery store? Songs are time travel—a moment locked in forever you can visit at will.  Some are so good, you can’t just put ’em on in the background ’cause they demand the full … Read More

THE ONLY WAY OUT IS THROUGH

  “We make the monsters.” —Paula Cole * * * Pain. The most natural thing in the world. The one thing you can count on, no matter where you come from, how much or how little you got, where you were born, or how good or how bad yesterday was, is more pain. This is not a negative statement—it’s a … Read More

ALMOST GETTING ARRESTED IN CHEYENNE, WY

As I post road stories, this one gets asked about quite a bit, and it’s high time we tell those of you outside the inner circle what happened a few years back on a fine fall day in Cheyenne, Wyoming… We were working overtime to launch the charity Funding The Future with our Cheyenne friends Michelle Dehoff and Rita P. They … Read More

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