Open Mic at the Last Concert Cafe

December 14, 2010

So where we? Oh yeah, Lafayette, La., grooving to the blues brunch at the Blue Dog Cafe. It started getting cold in Lafayette, 29 degrees overnight. In other words: time to go. I headed west towards Houston, where I foolishly applied for a newspaper job several years ago, but was told the editor decided not […]

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Malcolm and Ann, Justin and Buddy

December 7, 2010

So where were we? Oh yeah, in Austin, drinking wine with Shirley MacLaine. Shirley finished filming and went back to Santa Fe, where she has better access to messages from other galaxies. I hung around Austin to see a few more days of the “Bernie”  shoot (including a Jack Black musical number) and to interview […]

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Cold, Cold Heart

November 30, 2010

So where were we? Oh yeah, St. Louis, in an alley behind a Greek restaurant. My plan was to slowly drift west and south, trying to get ahead of the increasingly-cold midwestern nights, which seemed to be gaining on me. The temperatures were routinely dropping into the high 30’s at night. And the house heater […]

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Rolling Thunder Revisited

November 23, 2010

So, where were we? Oh yeah, Springfield, Illinois. I headed south to St. Louis from there, down Interstate 55, a route I traveled a lot in college. It was somewhere in the St. Louis suburbs — maybe Edwardsville, Illinois — where I first saw one of those, “If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home Now” […]

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Vroom, Vroom

November 15, 2010

So, where were we? Oh yeah, Peoria. Did I mention that I made a point of going to Avanti’s while  I was there? It was a small campus-adjacent pizza joint 35 years ago, when I was attending Bradley, but has since grown into a Central Illinois mini-empire, with big restaurants scattered in various neighborhoods and, […]

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Blow-pops for Jesus and other bad ideas

November 7, 2010

So, where we? Oh, yeah, Cleveland. I blue-highwayed across Ohio and into Indiana.  The leaves were more spectacular, if less plentiful, than they had been in New England. Because there has been less moisture in the Midwest, the colors were brighter, practically glowing with assorted reds and yellows and oranges, as if each leaf were […]

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Cleveland: City of Light, City of Magic

November 2, 2010

So, where were we? Oh yeah, Vermont, at the Sanctuary on Blueberry Lake. I headed west from there, the beginning of a slow drift back towards Texas. There were just enough nights with temperatures in the 30’s to serve as reminder that I’d eventually have to head south. But I took the long way home. […]

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Sanctuary

October 17, 2010

Oct. 15 So where were we? Oh yeah, Lowell, Mass., driving by Jack Kerouac’s grave. I headed north to Vermont from there, nothing more in mind than staring at some fall foliage, watching leaves wither and die for my amusement, the life draining out of them right before my eyes. It’s all about death, autumn […]

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Norman, Jack and me

October 8, 2010

Oct.5 So where were we? Oh yeah, Falmouth. (pronounced phall-muth, not foul mouth, in spite of my insisting otherwise). I drove by Jack Kerouac’s grave last week. Didn’t stop. Kept moving. It seemed like the right thing to do. Although, in retrospect, maybe I should have at least had some apple pie. I’ve been spending […]

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Blueberry Jam II

October 7, 2010

Blueberry Jam II “Waitin for Columbus” a FREE event in Warren, Vermont. On Monday October 11, 2010 3-8 pm Columbus Day. Sanctuary Events is proud to host this 2nd annual community event held in a Pavilion and tent overlooking Blueberry Lake. There will be LIVE Music, a Harvest Buffet, Boat rides and lots of fun, […]

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