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Festival Drug Use a Turn Off When You Bring Your Kids

Last year I took my girlfriend and her kids to the Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport, CT. This annual event has grown in scope and is part of a trend across the country in music festivals.

Although I’ve been impressed by the improvements each year in set-up and execution of the event, I’m not going this year because last year the open use of drugs during the day made us uncomfortable given that we had a fourteen and eight year old with us.

I’m no prude, but it is clear that the festival cut a deal with the town of Bridgeport. The cops are looking the other way and allowing the Vibes security to handle the situation. I’m not bothered by discreet puffs of pot, but kids openly smoking bongs, rolling joints, and snorting God knows what in broad day light just doesn’t cut it in my book.

I get that the infusion of cash this event brings to the area is essential given how tight budgets at the State and Local level are nowadays. An article in the CT Post over the weekend was all about the money and jobs the event brings the area.

But if you … Read the rest

Jimmie Dale Gilmore Songwriting Retreat


Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Me

Just got back from a weekend retreat with Jimmi Dale Gilmore at Omega in Rhinebeck, New York. Will write more later.
Thanks for checking in.


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Fifty Shades of Angst


It was a late summer afternoon. My girlfriend Mary and her two friends were sitting on the deck in her back yard. All were reading a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey.

I read the first chapter online and didn’t buy the relationship, but obviously it didn’t bother the gazillion women reading it. So what do I know?

The other night I asked Mary to tell me about the kinky sex purported to be in the book. She claimed she hadn’t gotten to those parts yet, but she did read a more pedestrian passage. It could easily have been lifted from the pages of Penthouse with one exception: the writer kept referring to breasts being gently caressed etc. In real porn girls have tits and boobs; guys, dicks and rods.

“Maybe you’d learn something from reading it,” Mary told me.

“I doubt it. I’d rather read the new Richard Ford.”

“It’s a huge seller,” she said. “I thought the whole point was to make money.”

“Yes, I want to make a living,” I said, “but I didn’t get into this to be that sort.”

“What sort?” she asked. “The type that makes money.”

“You know damn well what I’m … Read the rest

Don’t Get Sick


As a freelance writer and communications consultant health insurance is necessary and expensive. Before this legislation was upheld by the Supreme Court, I could be denied coverage at any price (and I have even though I’m healthy); now it’s not only possible to buy, it will be affordable.

Being forced to buy insurance isn’t about freedom. Before this legislation, if you didn’t have insurance and you got into a serious accident, a hospital still treated you. That cost was picked up by the rest of us who buy insurance.

Not having insurance when you can afford it is irresponsible and unfair to the rest of us.

The uninsured roll the dice, reaping the benefit of not paying, and they still get coverage in an emergency. That’s unpatriotic.

With all of us in the system, those who absolutely can’t afford it get subsidized; the rest of us take advantage of the collective economies of scale.

That’s sounds a lot more like capitalism than socialism. Corporations are all about scale.… Read the rest