Sunday, July 17, 2016



Art Supplies

Pens in a cup
sun on the desk
winter is coming

draw every day!



Coffee bean
fallen into floor register
mice on speed

rushing AC


Sweet Girl

Little white dog
paws on my leg

I write an angry poem


Far Away

No phone for Dad
on skilled care wing.

I could drive over more often,
egrets in the floodplain

Boonville, Rocheport, Columbia

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sunday, June 19, 2016


We of SquidsKC had an enjoyable show at Californo's Friday night.  We have been playing the same set for some time but on this night something about the old birch trees and twinkly lights brought out weirdness.  The minimum thing a band can do is practice regularly enough to channel a batch of songs through a conduit of some kind.  If you are patient with this and not disheartened by lack of fame or fortune, enjoying friendship and ritual, you can leave the conduit (Brush Creek, guttering, galvanized pipe, perforated French drain, whatever) and weird indigo sparkle fish begin jumping in a more authentic alluvial environment. 

I captained an AHA Heartwalk 5K team at work but had a run-in with a posthole digger a week ago and found myself on the living room floor thinking I might just sleep there because it was too painful to get up.  Total low back lock up with shooting leg pains.  Chiropractor Dr. Jennifer Forbes in North Kansas City helped me get upright again but I couldn't run the race, total bummer!  Still, I went down and enjoyed the festivities and saw the team off.  You can still donate here.

Now we are off to Boulevardia to see The English Beat and Soul Asylum with our pal Logan, whom we met through Big Brothers and Big Sisters of KC.  A really great weekend in this city that I love being reunited with.


Tracy and I were lucky to see the U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Filipe Herrera at the downtown library a few weeks ago.  Poetry, bilingual performance, audience participation--FUN.


I will continue to advocate for military grade everything, in all walks of life, for all people, so I'll sign off now, my MRE brunch is ready. 

Saturday, May 14, 2016


1. SquidsKC have a show June 17 at Californo's with Small Waves, part of the Under The Stars series.  Hope to see you there.

 2. The Plaza Library poetry stacks are not huge, just a handful of columns, but I do enjoy going there and picking something out, whatever jumps out at me.  The wedge-shaped floor plan and tall glass windows with a Plaza view make it one of my favorite places.

3. Do I judge books by their covers? Yes.

4. Boardwalk Empire and Breaking Bad bumped Mad Men for a while at our house, but now that we are in the middle of Season Six, it's really a marvelous show, again.

5. Building raised beds is pretty easy if you have a countersink bit and buy lumber wide enough to achieve the depth you want without multiple boards per side.  Levelling on a slope will make you sweat, however.


6. The first three months of the year were for the most part sugar free, dessert free, junk food free.  The last six weeks have been alcohol free other than a couple of Duvels for my Aunt Priscilla's 85th birthday at JJ's.  Some of the sugar has crept back in.  My next minor vice to address is: worrying and bitching about stuff.

7. My plan to lose one pound a month for three years is going better than expected.  This is what happens when you stop drinking two beers every night.

8. Exercising five or six days a week, eating better--this imperative isn't going away.

9. As a 47 year-old with an 18 year old GMC Safari van and daydreams about a new truck, I must be in the crosshairs of every car marketing campaign ever, past, present, and future.  Renting a Ford F250 to haul dirt has ruined me.  I know a small truck would be fine, but that one rode so high, the stereo sounded so good, I felt like a lord, oh to crank some Flying Burrito Brothers in such a truck and float down to the lake with lawn chairs in the back.

10.  Every two to three years I buy the new Bob Mould  record and always like it.  It is special to buy such a record at Mills Record Company, across the street from the old location of Music Exchange, where I bought Flip Your Wig in 1985,
and probably went across the street to have a grinder at Mario's.

 11. The Who show at Sprint Center was a wonder, grateful to see that.