He'll Rip Your Lungs Out, Jim.

One of my absolute favorite songs of all time. Zevon rocks the beat, and the lyrics. Happy Halloween!

Ukulele Girl


Seeso Talks To Angels

The Black Crow's She Talks To Angels on ukulele. Amazing rendition from Chicago's Seeso, youtube sensation. The Ukulele here sounds almost better than the original. He hits the harmonics, and the strumming pattern, precisely. So much talent out there in youtubeland, with only a point and shoot and a microphone. Enjoy!


95th Street Library, Naperville, IL

A place with big windows where I spend loads of time writing.


Lil Rev

Not only the star of my Hal Leonard Ukulele lesson DVD, but I happened to see Lil Rev at the Geneva (IL) Folk Music Festival on Labor Day weekend. A great performer and teacher.

The fest, replete with crunchy Granola types in sandals and tie-dyed sundresses, was fun. Many small pickup bands, with plenty of mandolins (and a few ukes). Here's a photo of an unnamed band of attendees jamming to some old bluegrass romp. Fun!



Okay, when I was writing for National Novel Writing Month in November past, I had a great story line that I didn't finish. Kiss The Dirt. About Eleven thousand words in, I recognized that I'm just not cut out to write 50k words in a month. Quality over quantity.

Here's a snippet of that unfinished work, my synopsis on NanoWriMo websites, and this intense scene is when the Sheriff kills a couple in a trailer after they find out about his plan.

In the movie version, after he "offs" them, I can imagine a sequence with the sad wailing of The Cranberies Zombie, done better here by Cali teen Laura Carlson.


Apple MacIntosh Demonstration by Mr. Jobs

We're all familiar with Apples presentations by Steve Jobs in front of a black background when he introduces new devices.  Well, here's the very first one.  The MacIntosh.  The personal computer.  The crowd of 3000 goes berserk for his little machine.


Jake in Bloomington, IL

Just scored info and ticket to see Jake, arguably the best ukulele player in the entire world, in Bloomington, IL in November.



Popsicle Stick Wave

Okay, smart mechanical engineers and Ding Dong cart did they do it? Potential energy to kinetic energy demonstration, for sure.


Town House Books and Cafe, St. Charles, Illinois

My perfect afternoon:  Riding my bicycle to Town House Bookstore, eating a sandwich and salad with iced tea at the cafe, browsing the bookstore for neat and interesting books, riding my bike home and buying the books on my Kindle.



I'm the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. It's awful. If I'm on my way to the store to buy a magazine, even, and somebody asks me where I'm going, I'm liable to say I'm going to the opera. It's terrible. ~J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Chapter 3


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