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Blossoms on the Vine—Chapter Ten


Little Winking Lights

By the time my second summer following enrollment at KU arrived, the seismic shift in the nation’s culture was well underway. Protests against the war in Vietnam had erupted everywhere. The whole character of the music was evolving—Dylan, The Mamas and the Papas, Simon and Garfunkel, Joplin were all bringing […]

Blossoms on the Vine—Chapter Eight

Mister Muscles and the Music Man—Part II

The next weekend, as it turned out, would unfold some unfortunate and disappointing happenings. My old girlfriend from Kansas State, Linda, came through Lawrence Saturday evening returning from an educational conference and stopped by to visit me. It was strictly forbidden for women to be in […]

Blossoms on the Vine—Chapter Eight

Mister Muscles and the Music Man—Part I

He was waiting on the corner just beyond the student union, two textbooks nestled beneath his left arm, the ebb and flow of student bodies between classes energetically scurrying around and past, lending him that “forgotten” appearance like a lone leaf adrift on a stream. The […]

“Super Duper Geezerettes”

Super Duper Geezerettes, Have their Own Unique Assets. I’m just Stating long known Facts, stops Old Geezers in their Tracks.

Geezers pain – There ain’t no Way, Pains in the Butt they Just might Say. Dirty Jokes – Keeping Score? Call it Out and Raise one More.

Brag about Their own Grandkids, Embellishments no one […]

Blossoms on the Vine–the Memoir

As indicated in my former post, I’m forgoing for a time contemporary perplexities and reaching back into the past with a series of excerpts from my memoir-in-progress, Blossoms on the Vine: The Road and the People. I’ll be posting chapters as I complete them; however, some readers may recall three chapters have already appeared on […]

The Spirit of 2018

While most people want to look back and reflect on the year that is coming to a close, we like to look ahead or forward.

Spotted at Madison Square Garden, was one Eliot Spitzer, former Governor of New York and former Attorney General of New York with his latest girlfriend. Eliot Spitzer in case you […]

The End

For some it was the end in 2017. They didn’t pass away. They are still above room temperature and with us but it was the end. So, may they rest in peace.

Here lies Roy Moore

4 girls whose ages didn’t reach 44

No Senator Roy from Alabama,

No Moore.

R.I.P. 2017 And Harvey, Big […]

A Natural History of Sexual Harassment: Darwin to Lauer

Well, good heavens! It seems every morning we’re waking up now to news of another masculine celebrity accused and smacked down careerwise for, you guessed it, “sexual harassment.” Yes siree. Ailes, O’Reilly, Weinstein, Spacey, Rose, Louis C. K., Franken, Conyers, Seagal, Hoffman, Halperin, Keillor, Stone, Affleck, Lauer, James Levine, even old daddy H.W. Bush—and all […]

Fake News

In an editorial on the CNN website two CNN reporters have asked that the term “Fake News” be scrapped and we are all for it. While we normally are not in favor of censorship of any kind, we strive even harder, to never offend anyone at any time. And obviously if two members of the […]

To Bloom Where You’re Planted—or Not?

My old friend the acclaimed ecstatic poet Paul Goldman and I often debate differing points of view on where today the world is headed. While he believes we’re transitioning into a golden, harmonious state for humanity, I, on the other hand, am of the persuasion that, although humankind may get to “collective heaven” eventually, there […]