Some thoughts while on the latter half of a 10-mile kayaking trip down the Chenango River. • Never has the impression been more profound, the inclination been more fully formed and apparent. I’ve come to terms with this hard inner truth: Kenny Chesney is just the god-damn worst. • In a job interview recently, I […]

Discoveries abound on this little internet machine, a not-new fact that revealed itself again recently when I bumped into Chris Shiflett’s podcast, Walking the Floor, in which the Foo Fighters guitarist, classic-country fan, and punk-guitar educator interviews various musicians in a refreshingly informal format. In a way, it brings to mind the massive, fascinating tome […]

Mrs. Church Lady burst into the youth program at Rhema Christian Fellowship in Olean, NY, one Sunday morning and announced that there was to be a Christmas play in the next few weeks. Here were your scripts. Lou, here’s yours. Rehearsal is next Sunday. See you then. I glanced at the script, a take on […]

One of the many great pleasures in maintaining a silly little blog or staying committed to a journal is that sometimes you surprise yourself. You stumble into something you wrote a ways back and it resonates in some fresh way, injects some needed insight into the current situation.  I wrote this post more than four […]

Weezer has released a new LP, so we can be sure of three things: it will be heralded as the sonic return of the Blue Album and Pinkerton; it will sound nothing like the Blue Album or Pinkerton; it will be crushingly awful. It’s old hat at this point, so it’s okay, old Weezer fan, […]

Hey, look, Current Events. With impeccable timing, Big Pharma is making another play for muscle-building cattle drugs, and, this time around, consumers will be left to question the health effects of ingesting meat laced with an asthma medication. Wall Street Journal reports this week that Merck will again roll out Zilmax, a drug added to […]

Greed occasionally spoils my sacred weekend mornings with the newspaper. Reading about companies moving large sums of cash, executives collecting a cool billion, I daydream. I ask my lady what is it we have to do to get a slice of the pie? $250K. That’s it. A modest sum in a country with deep pockets. […]