Rockers are mortal, after all

It wasn’t always this way for me, but within the past couple of years the deaths of people I don’t know have taken on a whole new dimension. Whether I knew the person or not–and particularly if they were somebody famous for one reason or another– the first thing I want to know is howContinue reading “Rockers are mortal, after all”

RIP, Don Cornelius

For my two young daughters, rap is one of those things that has probably always existed, like water and color television and the internet. But I wanted to take a few moments here to describe my personal experiences with rap, and to tie them in with today’s shocking news about Don Cornelius. The first timeContinue reading “RIP, Don Cornelius”

I’m going off the rails

There are many unique things about my house, which is a classic brick bungalow that was built in the late 1920s. I tell people that there won’t ever be another house built like ours, because the people who knew how to do it are all dead by now. The Depression seems to have shut downContinue reading “I’m going off the rails”