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We’re with you, Beantown. All the way. You’ve been our bravest heart since the birth of this great nation and we all live in your soul. I’m a Cubs fan this year. Prayers for all the victims and their families, … Continue reading

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  Your godson  played me Good Vibrations and   Long May You Run and that was enough to bring it all back. “God only knows how I love you” Listening with you, your eyes shut fist pump, head shake ─ … Continue reading

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“A Christmas Carol” –by Ellen Sander Belfast, Maine A poor child from the projects writes a letter asking for a towel so she doesn’t have to use her brothers’ already wet and cold. Her mother cringes in shame What she … Continue reading

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(neil younger) Hurricane I feel a deep intrigue and fascination, an energy that electrifies the core of my sensibilities.  Fear is the little death.  Rock is the resurrection: Neil Young. All thought comes to a standstill in the face of  … Continue reading

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It was wonderful seeing CSN at The Beacon Theater in New York last weekend.  It was, all things considered, amazing. The lush and emotional performance, an almost 3 hour set with an intermission,  in a packed house, was full of  … Continue reading

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Databirds Studio Inc is pleased to announce the first three Kindle editions of Ellen Sander’s Classic Rock Readers. Please check them out at Ellen Sander’s Classic Rock Readers on Kindle Or, use the links in the sidebar to your left. … Continue reading

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I was driving Stephen Stills to  a CSN recording session, it must’ve been 1969, and the subject of Joni Mitchell came up.  Nothing unusual about that, “everyone” was talking about her. “Every man within 50 feet falls in love with … Continue reading

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Beck’s Bolero, the fuzztone sweeps my skull clean of clutter and infuses it with energy, inspiration and wah wha pedal pushing daydreams.  An urban song, full of traffic, soot, sinister turns and shady alleys of the soul. Turn the corner … Continue reading

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When Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown debate for the senate seat in Massachusetts (yesterday), they both make a good case for their side of the dichotomy of values emerging from the 2012 campaign.  Warren (D), a consumer rights and corporate … Continue reading

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— what fell out of my head as I awoke this morning. That is what I cherish about your heart, your courage, your scope of reference. You can experience conflicted issues, embrace opposing ideas, walk through a forest of contractions … Continue reading

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Trust Bob Dylan to salve and brighten a day of mourning and bitter awakenings. Tempest is his best album in years, maybe decades.  Taken from this post:Bob Dylan’s new Album, Tempest

Tough love tech

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I was at the Hutchinson Center branch of the University of Maine last week and I urgently wanted to keep up with the news in the Mideast. I had on my person my cell phone and my iPod touch which is normally full of breaking news items from a wealth of sources, including pictures and live video. But the wifi went down for a while at the facility (and it’s normally unavailable in some parts of the Continue reading

Horse Sense Economics 2.0

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ChocolateThe best day of the year to buy chocolate is the day after Valentine’s Day. Every establishment that sold fine holiday boxed chocolates will have fresh stock at half price or less. Chocolate does go on sale on other occasions, however, it is usually not fresh at that point. The peak freshness of chocolate doesn’t last long. Day after Valentine chocolate is almost always fresh. Continue reading

The smartest show(s) on TV – news & newstalk

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Morning Joe on MSNBC is the smartest weekday show on TV. Worthy of the crack of dawn time slot. The View used to be the smartest weekday show on TV, but not any more. With each of the hosts having obviously more compelling professional interests, they’ve gone totally daytime. The Situation Room on CNN is a contender, but whenever Wolf Blitzer takes a day off they put a cupcake (intended as a Continue reading

Egypt’s peaceful people’s coup

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I wrote the previous post on Egypt’s populist uprising before violence broke out, but that violence, by pro-Mubarak thugs trying to provoke a fiasco, failed. The protests remained peaceful through even Mubarak announcing yesterday that he wouldn’t resign. But by today, he finally got it; he was done, stick a fork in it. Sweet: Swiss banks are freezing any assets they can ascribe to him. While Continue reading

Egypt

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It’s phenomenal what the Egyptian people have done peacefully and without the electronic connectivity that their tottering government has deprived them of. Even though the repercussions of the Egyptian uprising are unsettling, particularly in the case of Israel’s security, it’s a phenomenon that is hard not to admire and support. You go, Egypt! Claim your destiny! I am reminded of being a Continue reading

Horse Sense Economics 101.15

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Wash and save the lightweight plastic bags with holes in them that grapes (and other small fruits like cherries) come in. They are ideal for keeping mushrooms in the refrigerator. Mushrooms should immediately removed from the plastic sealed containers they come in. They’ll get slimy in there pretty quick. Re-use the perforated grape bags and they’ll stay fresh at least twice as long. Continue reading