A collection of 17 posts
Zen and the Art of Remaining Upright
When I had first encountered Robert M. Pirsig’s book, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values... I kept rereading through the years and grew to appreciate its subtle teachings. “The real cycle you’re working on,” he wrote, “is a cycle called ‘yourself.’
The Great Voice of the Great Plains
Is there a list somewhere of things I am not supposed to say?” “Don’t try to be funny your first day on the job.” “When can I try to be funny?” “Not on our air.” “I suppose you’re right. Humor never works anywhere, does it?” “Look, we are a time, temperature, and news format.” “That’s a format?”
Down Mexico Way
We were stopped by soldiers with automatic weapons slung over their shoulders. They came up with a plastic bucket and were taking donations to support a political candidate. Not contributing seemed like a bad option when the soliciting party was armed. $10 got us on our way into the mountains.
Ann Richards and the Lost Eagle
The center of attention was a woman, the governor of the state of Texas, who had just released an American bald eagle from her leather-sheathed and extended arm. She'd made plans to raft Santa Elena Canyon with friends before returning to Austin. “Why don’t y’all come along?” She was speaking to us.
The Texas and California, Or California and Texas Wine Stories
Winegrowers in each state have obstacles to endure. Herbicides used for cotton crops are devastating Texas vineyards. In California changing climate is increasing heat and creating prime conditions for wildfires that destroy vineyards.
In the Belly of the Whale: A down-on-his-luck wanderer searches for answers on the lonely coastline of the Golden Triangle
That abandonment was the core of a grief I’d been trying to kill with alcohol for more than 30 years. Her leaving me stung more than her many other faults, such as attacking my father with a knife in my presence...