Combating (unacknowledged) Totalitarianism

Yesterday I had the option on Minnesota Public Radio of listening to a story marking a year since the murder of George Floyd or a celebration of Bob Dylan’s 80th birthday. Then today, reading through some notes for a seemingly unrelated writing project, I saw a connection between the two when I came across thisContinue reading “Combating (unacknowledged) Totalitarianism”

When The Old Escapes Into The New

Each spring I revisit the poem “A Purification” by Wendell Berry. It’s a good reminder to let go of some things and strive for renewal. Boy howdy, does that seem appropriate this year. This year I wrote this short song which is adapted from that poem. Turned it into a secular prayer of sorts. Here’sContinue reading “When The Old Escapes Into The New”

Happy Holidays from the Goodwins

My family has been fortunate throughout 2020. All are healthy and largely unaffected financially. The rest is unpleasent and stressful but temporary. I’m especially grateful to have both of my daughters home for Christmas for a couple of weeks. While they are here we’ve recorded this version of a Woody Guthrie song, Peace Call. LinneaContinue reading “Happy Holidays from the Goodwins”

Finding Your Thanks

It’s so easy. It’s so easy to feel bad. It’s so easy to feel sorry for ourselves. I’ve certainly been in that place many days the past few months. And when I think globally there is much over which we can fret and literally millions of people to worry about. It seems that there alwaysContinue reading “Finding Your Thanks”

Wandering

She challenged us by asking, “As we enter into this wilderness, what do you carry?” Pastor Rachel McIver Morey, asked this question while preaching about Exodus on September 27, 2020. She was using the story of Exodus to prompt thinking about difficult transitions. When leaving a bad situation, one has to be willing to closeContinue reading “Wandering”

Album Challenge Day 10: Hard Times in Babylon by Eliza Gilkyson

Let’s start be acknowledging the misogyny in my previous 9 picks. Not a single woman in the bunch. During my formative years I did not listen to many (really any?) female musicians. Part of that is due to the era. There weren’t a lot of opportunities for women in the music business, and especially beyondContinue reading “Album Challenge Day 10: Hard Times in Babylon by Eliza Gilkyson”

Album Challenge Day 9: How Did You Find Me Here by David Wilcox

Year’s ago, a good friend took me to see David Wilcox on tour. I think it was for my birthday. He was playing at the old Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. I hadn’t heard of him, but she siad she knew I would like him. I absolutely love this album. It’s a “no skipper” for me.Continue reading “Album Challenge Day 9: How Did You Find Me Here by David Wilcox”

Album Challenge Day 8: The Grand Illusion by Styx

In the early and mid-1980s, my two best friends and I were kind of stuck in the 70s with our much of our music taste. There wasn’t much of the current pop music that we were listening to, and we were definitely not into the very popular heavy metal, big hair bands of the time.Continue reading “Album Challenge Day 8: The Grand Illusion by Styx”