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Taking a Sponge-Bath with B.B. King’s Band

Taking a Sponge-Bath with B.B. King’s Band

RIP to B.B. King. Eighty-nine years is still a long time for anyone, but especially a touring musician. But then many bluesmen have reached their professional peaks long after any “normal” retirement age. Maybe there’s something to be said for music...
Tolkien and the Real Source of Power

Tolkien and the Real Source of Power

Today is the birthday of J.R.R. Tolkien. But in some way, that never mattered. Neither did the day of his death.       Tolkien was by most accounts an unassuming man: The sort of tweed-wearing Oxford don one might see riding his bicycle home for lunch....
Food, Sex, and Danger

Food, Sex, and Danger

  I’ve found the secret. It was right in front of me all along. Here, look at this: Now, look at this: How about this? Got your attention yet? One thing or the other — or maybe a combination of all three — provoked some deep response in you. In...
Careers: Who’s the Weird One Now?

Careers: Who’s the Weird One Now?

Man, I was totally wrong about careers.   Over the last ten years or so, I’ve been proven wrong about so many things. Revelations have blitzed past me like WalMart trucks on the Interstate. This is the latest: I’ve suddenly come to an understanding of...