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One Open Mic

I attended the open mic at the Redlands Fox Event Center last night. Very enjoyable second effort for me. The first was a fiasco with bright lights in my eyes, too much distance between me and everyone else, a stressed out memory and a hot monitor that captured the all the sounds of the spit in my mouth. I almost died. Seriously. Anyway, this was a really good getting back on the horse.

I wrote Safe Harbor for a friend who was going through a very difficult time. I couldn’t really help them and that hurt me. We all have to move through these things in peace – with ourselves and by ourselves. No one else can do this for us, they can only help illuminate parts of the path.

Family of Man is a song about people we all know, see, hear about, are. Know yourself, love yourself, is of course, the most important first step. But what is our definition of family? That’s the also an important question and will determine how we treat each other. Find the beauty in each person and celebrate it.

My beautiful daughter was gracious enough to film this for me but I will have to show you another day.


Follow Your North Star

This past month has been one where I’ve felt a little lost, even while I felt like I knew exactly where I was going. I did all the ‘right’ things; crossing all the T’s and dotting all the I’s but I felt a little empty and inadequate at the end of every day. Too much on my plate and no brakes to say ‘no.’ I was sorry every week to miss the opportunity to say ‘Hey’ to you guys.


Don’t Fear the Egg

This week has been cold and rainy and a little grey. And this is the week that Annie, our giant chicken, laid her first egg. It was a little alarming for her and her chicken friend, Lucy and they clucked the whole time.


Love Thy Frickin’ Self

I woke up this morning a little under the weather and the urge to stay in, under covers and just be. And here I am typing away at you guys. That’s cause I’m being led down a rabbit hole – a helpful one and have an urge to share.

Tech Tips

Tech Tip: iPhone Precision Keyboard Cursor

Selecting text on my iPhone has always been frustrating, but it’s been especially so since they stopped magnifying the text when you long press it. What I didn’t know, until recently, is that Apple updated the way the cursor works in iOS 12 — two years ago!


Ants vs Owl

None of us is the yogi on the mountain or the unflappable guru. We’ve got lives and reactions to life, families, businesses, emergencies and troubles.

Tech Tips

Tech Tip: Remove Text Formatting in Windows

Do you ever have a need to remove formatting from text before pasting it into Word or some other document software? I do this all the time in my design work, and I needed a way to do this in Windows 10.

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