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The Last Visit to Taco Bell

The Last Visit to Taco Bell

Home, like family, is a mixed blessing.   There’s a funeral home near 7th Avenue and Bethany Home Road. It’s a low and tasteful building from the mid-fifties — back when whole swaths of the American Midwest were relocating to Phoenix. I...
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...
Woman-Hating in Kentucky

Woman-Hating in Kentucky

I still can’t share all of it. I can’t tell you what happened. It’s been more than twenty years, but some wounds take even longer to heal. Some never do. I’ll only say that whatever I said back then was what I truly, desperately wished was true...
Buckaroo Banzai and the Sadness of Childhood Tycoons

Buckaroo Banzai and the Sadness of Childhood Tycoons

It’s hard being the son of a childhood newspaper tycoon.   Although the conclusive history is lost to the ages (he’d be turning 100 this year), apparently Dad made quite a splash back in the day, very early in life. He started as a paperboy on foot,...