sometimes you get it…

… the way you want it. For years I’ve wanted an arbor full of grapes. This year it happened. Well, not suddenly… like in a blink of an eye or after a blinding flash. It took a while. The arbor had to be built first. That was 5 years ago. Then, about three years ago I planted a vine. As it grew I trained a couple of the main vines to twist up one of …

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do yourself a favor… take the train

Some of you already know I just got back from a month long adventure about 3 weeks ago. And yes… a big part of it was journeying via Amtrak. I started and ended this trip on board the California Zephyr… but also rode on the Wolverine as well as the Lake Shore Limited. And how was it? Pretty grand. I’ve always loved riding the train. Even as a kid in Malaysia the opportunity of a …

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because I hate “gloat posting”…

So, I rarely posted about my recent adventure on Facebook. Yes, there is a line between genuine “sharing” and “gloat posting”. I did, however, create a dedicated blog to chronicle the journey for myself …which you can get to by clicking HERE. Or if you want to start at the beginning of it… click HERE and start with the bottom most post. OK, now that’s out of the way… This adventure came about at just the …

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new look for ye old blog

It happens… not as often now as in the heyday of the blogging phenomena. The point being… I’m still maintaining one… a blog, that is. Many others have packed it in and moved on (exclusively) to social media. Although many have left their sites up… others have completely deleted their one time presence on the net. Do I miss the old days of blogging. I do. I also miss wearing speedos to swim in. I’m …

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it has been coming for a while…

This process has been ongoing for a few weeks now. Every now and then you just got to do it. So, what brought this on? A couple of months ago I woke to the realization of finding myself in the position where I was not responsible to anyone but myself. Not to a parent, spouse, kids or even a pet. It is both a strange and wondrous place to be. How does it feel? I’m …

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first in half a month

OK… maybe a little more than half a month. Yeah, I’ve been a tad busy. First half of March always is… and has been for lo these 16 years. DA ROGUE (2017 edition) It was that time again when just like in nature, blossoms of creativity were popping up all over the Tower District. Although somewhat scaled down the fest delivered what it promised.  Kudos to the present organizing team and the many volunteers for …

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freedom and expression…

… and why I champion it. I am writing this not just because the annual Rogue Festival is around the corner… though the festival is proudly tied to this principle.  But I will get to that later in this post. Of late, in conversations with a couple of my more conservative leaning friends, the idea that “the press is the enemy of the people” has been bandied about. I must add that I dearly love …

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maybe it is the rain

Lord knows we’ve had our fair share this season… and it continues. It is some relief for the last 4 years of drought. That is one of the many upsides. The other significant one being that the air gets washed out which in turn makes the act of breathing much easier. All good things, right? So, why am I feeling a tad bit melancholic and nostalgic of late? Maybe because the weather has hampered my …

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