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A Dummy Writes about Cracker (the band, not the demographic)

A Dummy Writes about Cracker (the band, not the demographic)

NOTE: That photo is not Cracker circa 1994, but I mean, come on, it’s hilarious. So, it’s 1994. I fall in love with “August and Everything After” by the Counting Crows. Obsessed. I’m trying to make my name as a music journalist and was looking…

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A Dummy Interviews Ringo Starr

A Dummy Interviews Ringo Starr

All this Beatle hoopla inspired me to find an interview that I had the opportunity to do with Ringo Starr a handful of weeks before his 1998 release “Vertical Man” hit the shelves. I wrote the bio that went out with the album and spun…

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That Place, With Those People

That Place, With Those People

So, I go to this place. Been going there since January 1988 to help with something that occurred in July of 1987. That’s a long time. Doesn’t mean I know everything about it, just means I’ve seen a lot. It also means that I’m not…

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What Gets You Through

What Gets You Through

In the penultimate episode of HBO’s series Treme, “Sunset on Louisianne,” the character Antoine Batiste careens around New Orleans desperately looking for places to play. He bounces from an all-night jam session to a second line in the morning, burying himself in music just to…

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I Embarrassed My Daughter Today

I Embarrassed My Daughter Today

The Daughter’s Second Grade Teacher — who’s really really great — does this thing where she has a parent come in and read a story to the kids. It’s supposed to be surprise and you’re supposed to pick a book from your childhood. Of course,…

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This might make you smile…

This might make you smile…

or some reason our Kids wanted to make lunch for us. I’m not sure what the Wife got, but I got a chocolate peanut butter sandwich and then a bunch of dried fruit. Pretty confusing, actually, but the sandwich rocked. The note, from the Daughter,…

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This will probably make you cry…

This will probably make you cry…

My Mom passed on 29 December 2013. Because our Family had been told she had two weeks to live seven other times, it came as a bit of a shock. At the same time, because we had been staring down the barrel of chronic illness…

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I had a thought…

I had a thought…

… and that means trouble. We’re talking all caps, typing hard, reading loud, trouble. It’s gotten so that whenever the people around me hear those four innocent words come out of my mouth they know that’s what’s coming up… It’s also the overriding philosophy of…

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