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Making Changes

Posted on March 8, 2012 with 1 comment
Reinvention

Back at the end of the 1980’s and into the beginning of the 1990’s there was a fellow named Tom Peters who was making quite a splash in business news circles.
He was also catching on with much of the general public with a delightfully radical idea. He thought that, for any business to stay healthy and profitable on a long-term basis, it needed to reinvent itself every three years or so. For me it the idea came as vindication of a sort. I had, from a creative standpoint, been doing that since I started my career as an entertainer in 1970.

What you are seeing or hearing on this website is my long overdue self reinvention. The stage persona has changed. The style and substance of the comedy has changed. Much of the music is being changed. That is not to say that I’m ready to throw out the baby with the bathwater. There are things that ain’t broke so I ain’t gonna fix ‘em. I am not, for example, about to stop yodeling. It’s too much fun. But, I’ve [...]
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What Happened In Maine?

Posted on February 15, 2012 with 1 comment
Once again the Republican Party is actively proving something which I’ve been saying for years. You can’t have a circus without elephants. This is not about Wisconsin Governor, Scott Walker’s union busting (and budget busting) agenda. This not about the twisted parade of spoiled rich kids, whacos, megalomaniacs, nitwits, and outright fascists that the GOP has trotted out to run for the Presidency. This isn’t about Corporate Personhood (although, I would like to see CitiCorp’s long form birth certificate). This isn’t even about the GOP’s war on reproductive rights (although, the mandatory ultra-sound bill in Virginia gives a whole new meaning to the term “intrusive government”). This is about one of the GOP’s other pet issues: Vote Fraud. This was reported last night on MSNBC by Rachel Maddow.
Republican controlled state legislatures all over the country have been passing “anti-vote fraud” bills the only intent of which is to undermine the voting power of [...]
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Frog Fight

Posted on February 15, 2012 with 1 comment
Frog Fight

No frogs were waiting on the front porch to greet Winthrop when he got home from school on Tuesday. The frogs had been there to greet him every day for as long as he could remember (given that he was only seven years old, however, that wasn’t a heck of a long time). Though he called and croaked for hours, no frogs came . Winthrop was very disappointed.

Where were they? Why had they stayed away? Had he offended them?
If so, how? He hadn’t called them any unpleasant names. He wasn’t even sure that there was any sort of unpleasant name which one could call them.
They were, after all frogs.

There had to be a way to get them back! Winthrop thought and thought. Myabe if he put out some food he could lure them back. Even frogs liked a nice gnosh now and then. But, he had no idea what kind of bugs frogs ate or how to catch them had he known.
Wait a minute! Everybody said that Uncle Marvin was a little buggy. He could lash Uncle Marvin to the [...]
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Random Thoughts

Posted on February 7, 2012 with 8 comments
You can always tell when a trend has run its course. Justin Bieber Singing Toothbrushes (yes, there really is such a thing) were selling for $29.90 each. Now you can get two for $14.00 from Groupon.com.
What is frightening isn’t the selling price or even the fact that someone would shell out good money for such a product. What is frightening is that a grown person actually got paid to think of it in the first place.
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Thoughts on Theodore Roosevelt
In school we were taught about Theodore R.
He kept the world hopping both here and afar.
A friend of mine read of his vigor and vim and said,
“When I grow up I want to be him!”
That bounced around gibbon-like inside my head,
So I asked my friend, “You want to be dead?”

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The Super Bowl was actually an interesting, and fun game to watch this year! I suppose that’s why I’ve found the phrase “freezing over” springing to mind.

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Now In Theaters: [...]
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Security?

Posted on March 26, 2010 with 1 comment
Recently singer/songwriter, Randall Williams posed an interesting question on Facebook. He asked his friends to define the word “security”. One suspects that for every five people one asks one is likely to get seven or eight answers. There will always be folks with more than one definition.
My immediate answer was to tell Randall that, while many people may define security in financial terms, I took security from the knowledge that I was able to make music and would probably be able to do so for quite some time to come. Security is hearing that first laugh from an audience. It tells me that I’m doing my job right.
Subsequent posts discussed everything from jokes about weapons to one of the better Peter Gabriel albums. Shock the monkey, indeed. There were a few which stood out as interesting thoughts.
For example, Kate Robertson said,”knowing that there is a Love-inspired imperative operating in each of us...individually and [...]
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