Sunday Morning in Fat Wax: orig 1961 press Wes Montgomery “So Much Guitar” on Riverside

Sunday Morning in Fat Wax: orig 1961 press Wes Montgomery “So Much Guitar” on Riverside. So insanely fluid. w/Hank Jones on piano and Ray Barretto on congas, an unusual lineup that swings, Wes all over the top of it. Makes me want to sit on a balcony in Florence, eat grapes and sip coffee liqueur.

You will come to know even that in your darkest hours turning outside of yourself to help others makes your heart grow which in turn brings more back…

You will come to know even that in your darkest hours turning outside of yourself to help others makes your heart grow which in turn brings more back to you.
Life is a boomerang. What you put out does come back to you. Truth.
I have so many people who have given and given to me, raising me up from my pain. I’m so thankful to be surrounded by so much love. ❤️

We mark our days here in this life with events: births, deaths, holidays, graduations, weddings and any other markers we have to show that we are here

We mark our days here in this life with events: births, deaths, holidays, graduations, weddings and any other markers we have to show that we are here. We were here. Our time was valuable- it amounted to something. And when our breath stops all that is left of us is the legacy we will leave behind to our family.
My grandson Grayson’s baptism was one of those for me: my time invested in loving and raising my son Alec and then loving his wife Kylee was recognized by the arrival and baptism of Grayson. The hugs I gave Alec, the wounds I patched, the cries I reassured, the encouragements I gave as well as the multitude of things I did wrong. But the bad and the good all funneled for me to this one day.
My time was well spent.
I intend to spend it even more wisely the older and wiser I get because I see now the fragility of my life and those beings around me. And I will mess up, over and over again. But I will never quit trying. Never.
Life is messy and beautiful all at the same time. But we can all rest assured that life on this earth will end.
Breath will stop.
That’s when your legacy really begins.
Every moment counts. ❤️

I believe we are victimized in so many ways by psychiatrists and well meaning doctors prescribing these medications, and one of the ways is suffering…

I believe we are victimized in so many ways by psychiatrists and well meaning doctors prescribing these medications, and one of the ways is suffering through the horrific withdrawals we experience when we try to stop taking them. Not understanding the complex dynamics of these drugs and how they synthetically restructure your brain we think that the withdrawal symptoms we experience when we try to stop taking them is a sign that we “need” the drugs.
This couldn’t be farther from the truth.

The President of the United States has been leading a hate movement against journalists and journalism

The President of the United States has been leading a hate movement against journalists and journalism. Some people in the national press dismiss it as “just theater” or a “phony war.” I think that’s an incredibly complacent and short-sighted attitude. The public radio program ‘On the Media’ interviewed me about my critique this week. The segment is ten minutes. And here’s a link to a short online conversation I had with a local journalist about the corrosive effects of this campaign on his day-to-day work. http://pressthink.org/…/savvy-journalists-say-minimizing-…/…

I am pleased to share with Facebook friends and followers this bit of news

I am pleased to share with Facebook friends and followers this bit of news.
I will be doing a “live” interview with author Amy Siskind about her new book, The List: A Week-By-Week Reckoning of Trump’s First Year. The event is March 29, 7:00 pm at McNally Jackson in lower Manhattan. You can sign up to be there and meet Amy.
I have many things to ask her about her list and how it came to life.
UPDATE MARCH 10. After many requests, the bookstore agreed to live stream this event on Facebook Live.

My residency at 18th Street Art Center came to a close, but the journey continues

My residency at 18th Street Art Center came to a close, but the journey continues. Check out a video of the performance that started this first stage of ” If only it were that easy…” and that grew into my residency these past three months. Thank you to all my mentor riders, Nancy Popp, Bill Kelley Jr. Eva Cristina Perez, Anuradha Vikram, Dean Deanna Erdmann, Alexandra Grant, and Tim Brown

RIP Barbara Bush

RIP Barbara Bush. I got to meet her several times when I spoke at her literacy foundation events, and she always made me smile. Though we didn’t always agree on politics, she was one of my favorites. Here are some random memories:
–She repeatedly called Julie “The Saint.”
–She loved to joke about how old she was. She said she didn’t buy “green bananas.” One time I was talking about some wacky technology (it might have been Google Glass), and Barbara said she was glad she’d miss it and would “slip off to heaven soon.”
–She gave me some good marital advice. She said to meet your spouse 75 percent of the way, not halfway, because we all underestimate how much the other person does.
–She raised millions with her literacy foundation.
–She was gracious about politics, a trait we desparately need now. The first time I had lunch with her, Obama had recenty been sworn into office. One Republican at the lunch table said he looked forward to Obama failing. Barbara shot that guy down. She said Obama is very gracious and she likes him and wants him to succeed.
–She loved her dogs, one of whom she called Mini-Me (because it had white hair). She warned us before lunch NOT to feed the dogs. If you feed them, they will throw up.
–She pitched me a book idea. She told me that I should write my next book about what it’s like to be one of her dogs, since they had such a cushy life. I said I’d think about it. Then she backtracked and said I probably wouldn’t want to do it, since “you’d have to sleep with me.”
—I asked her husband what first struck him about her when they met at a party in Connecticut in 1941. George HW Bush replied: “Her beauty. Her sheer beauty. And her dress! She had on a green-and-red dress. Spectacularly beautiful woman. And I asked somebody, ‘Who is that beautiful girl?’ ‘That is Barbara Pierce. Why?’ I said, ‘Well, I’d like to meet her.’ And whoever it was brought her over. We said hi. Then they started playing a waltz. I said, ‘Barbara, I don’t know how to waltz.’ And she said, ‘Well, let’s sit down.’ So we sat down, and the rest is history. Been sitting down for sixty-five years.”

The Guardian ran a lovely article on my book “It’s All Relative” that made me proud because included mention of my collection of air sickness bags

The Guardian ran a lovely article on my book “It’s All Relative” that made me proud because included mention of my collection of air sickness bags. Thanks to the Ada Calhoun, who wrote the piece, and is author of the amazing “Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give.” And…is the granddaughter of the inventor of the air sickness bag. So it all comes together in one neat, emetic package!

I’m thrilled for Julie Schoenberg Jacobs and Bret Watson for the amazing Conde Nast Traveler article about their company, Watson Adventures Scavenger…

I’m thrilled for Julie Schoenberg Jacobs and Bret Watson for the amazing Conde Nast Traveler article about their company, Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunts. So many blurb-worthy adjectives: “Fun…quirky… educational…whimsical…fast-paced…delectable.” It’s like a vintage Peter Travers review. Or even better, Bill Diehl from ABC Radio News. Mazel!

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