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The Spanish Flu: 100 Years Later

July 22, 2020

Much can be learned by comparing COVID-19 with the Spanish Flu.

Pandamonium

July 5, 2020

If these pandas can figure out that facemasks help prevent the spread of coronaviruses, why can’t we.

But Is It Art?

June 27, 2020

One phrase, “art is work” strongly summarizes Milton Glaser’s philosophy – in a nutshell.

Extraterrestrial Messaging

June 11, 2020

Morse Code was the very basis for our computer codes and extraterrestrial messages that are in use today.

Las Vegas – Ghost Town

April 27, 2020

Las Vegas is now a ghost town thanks to the Corona Virus pandemic.

The Day After Earth Day

April 23, 2020

Earth Day has come and gone, which means that it has now been 50 years and one day since we first celebrated this pervasive holiday.

Signs of the Times for Corona Virus

April 9, 2020

A contemporary “Not Wanted” poster makes its appearance in the Mountain West

The Coronavirus Claims a Folksinger

April 8, 2020

John Prine, a noted folksinger from the seventies, has recently passed away, due to complications from the Coronavirus disease.

“And the Best You Can Hope For Is to Die in Your Sleep”, Kenny Rogers

March 22, 2020

In the late sixties, Kenny Rogers underwent a remarkable musical odyssey, from a popular psychedelic-rock band to a profound Nashville storytelling sage.

President Trump and Coronavirus

March 15, 2020

Self-quarantine does not necessarily always mean staying indoors.

The Spanish Influenza: The Epidemic That Shook the World

March 3, 2020

The Spanish Influenza of 1918 and 1918 is the largest pandemic ever.

George Washington Revisited

February 22, 2020

It is quite possible that George Washington was our most enigmatic president.

Red Panda

February 4, 2020

One can never be over prepared for the ravishing side effects of global warming.

Writing About Volcanoes

January 31, 2020

Volcanoes and other natural disasters generate the most interest when they are most destructive.

Family

December 29, 2019

They’re cute as can be, but don’t get too close.

Gimme Some of That Old Time Religion (but not too much)

December 21, 2019

As WWII was drawing to a close, Louis Jordan released two musical numbers skillfully satirizing rural, black religion.

Christmas Spiders

December 21, 2019

In places like Germany and Poland the spider web is seen as a harbinger of prosperity and good luck.

“Ride ‘Em Cowboy”

November 26, 2019

Ride ‘Em Cowboy, the 1941 Western spoof, helped introduce black singers and performers to mainstream American audiences.

Is This the First Rock and Roll Song?

November 16, 2019

“You can have my money, you can have my honey, but let me rock and roll”

Every Picture Tells a Story

November 14, 2019

The life of Hercules Posey, George Washington’s cook, tells us a lot about slavery during and after the Revolutionary War

“Tryin’ To Reason With Hurricane Season”

August 31, 2019

There’s not much we can do about hurricanes except get out of their way, take shelter and perhaps write a song or two about Nature’s awesome power.

Dr. John Gone

June 8, 2019

Dr. John the flamboyant New Orleans musician has passed away at age 77.

Throne

May 23, 2019

The ancient Egyptians believed in a lot of strange things like soul travel and immortality.

Man and Horse

May 20, 2019

A riderless horse is a rare event in track racing.

The Passing of a Literary Giant; Herman Wouk Dies

May 17, 2019

Herman Wouk was privileged to a very special and colorful life before passing away at age 103.

The White Cowboys

April 28, 2019

Old Westerns still have something to tell us.

The Black Cowboys

April 27, 2019

Black cowboys were a vital part of the Old West.

Even Cowgirls Have a Notion To Sing

April 26, 2019

Even Cowgirls get a yearning for going onstage and telling a good story.

Cowboy Poets and Storytellers On Stage

April 25, 2019

                Gatherings Cowboy poetry readings are usually called gatherings and may occur at any time of the year. For example, The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is held every winter (late January or early February) in Elko, Nevada at the Western Folklife Center. The get-together lasts for a long […]

A Cowboy Ghost Story from West Texas

April 24, 2019

The hit song,Ghost Riders in the Sky, is reportedly based on a real ghost story.