Episodes

April 09, 2021

Get over yourself and Just Ask.

Don't let your natural inhibitions hold you back from asking others for what you want or need. Just ask nicely. And accept that they could turn you down.

April 08, 2021

National Beer Day! And other things. . .

It's hard to top National Beer Day, so we won't try :-) A reading from PurposeFairy.com on The Wisdom of Stepping into The Unknown And, two places I have *no* desire to visit.

April 07, 2021

World Health Day and Cicadas. LOTS of cicadas.

Today is World Health Day, and this year’s theme honors nurses and midwives, the on-the-call, restless workforce that revolutionized the healthcare industry as we know it today. And we look at the emergence this spring of BIL...

April 06, 2021

Birthday Cakes and Farm Tractors

A brief history of birthday cakes and some helpful quotes for decorating your next one, and I share my intentions on learning more about farm tractors.

April 05, 2021

Remembering the Last Days of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Yesterday marked 53 years since the assassination of Dr. King. I remember the day it happened.

April 04, 2021

Easter Bunnies and a Squirrel in Distress

On this Easter Sunday, we look into the meaning of hares (bunnies), and first responders in Austin, Texas rescue a trapped squirrel!

April 03, 2021

Stuck In The Middle

An important subspecies of homo sapiens , the middle child, is in danger of extinction!

April 02, 2021

Cows and Cuddling, and Other Obstacles to Success

Feeling stressed? Been cooped up inside too long because of this stupic virus? Go hug a cow. Seriously, go find a cow and spend some quality time leaning against it or scratching it’s back. You’re welcome.

April 01, 2021

The Great Swiss Spaghetti Harvest of 1957. Writing is messy, don't try to clean it up.

On April 1, 1957, the BBC aired a documentary on the Great Swiss Spaghetti Harvest, and they were totally surprised at the response. You can see it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/tVo_wkxH9dU We check in with Matthwr Dicks and ...

March 31, 2021

Boats, Goats, and an Irish Murder Mystery

The Suez Canal is open for business, a Watergate obituary, and the new podcast West Cork

March 30, 2021

The Big Ship is free, and the Forsyth County commissioners discuss laws for AirBnB and VRBO laws.

Rejoice throughout the land! The container ship Ever Given is free! World trade is saved! But. . .the COVID pandemic still thrives. AND the Forsyth County Commisioners debate regulating Airbnb and VRBO properties. They get ...

March 29, 2021

The Ever Given is still stuck, piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, and what I like about being me.

The world economy hangs in the balance as engineers and naval architects struggle with freeing the grounded container ship Ever Given. This is maritime drama at its best! We visit GCaptain.com to learn of present-day piracy ...

March 28, 2021

Updating the Situation in the Suez Canal, a Home Improvement Project, Matthew Dicks Part 3, and My Thoughts on Writing

The good ship Ever Given is still aground in the Suez Canal, disrupting the global economy. With help from my brother Russ, the old door to the basement shop has been removed and replaced. Thanks for the *awesome* help, bro!...

March 27, 2021

Matthew Dicks Rants On Writing, Part 2

Storytelling superhero Matthew Dicks checks in with his opinion on writing and thinking, which is not the same as what he thinks about writing. I think.

March 26, 2021

A correction, a BIG ship in trouble, and household chores

Matthew Dicks' book is called Storyworthy, not Storytelling. Sorry about that, Matthew. An absolutely *HUGE* container ship is blocking the Suez Canal, screwing up the global supply chain. Let's talk household chores.

March 25, 2021

Matthew Dicks Rants On Writing, Part 1

Matthew has published six books and he has posted an entry to his daily blog every day since 2003. Every. Day. I think he knows something about writing. And he knows how to rant.

March 24, 2021

Useless (and perhaps funny) facts about Britain, and I don't understand why you would buy this.

My brother Russ suggested that I read these useless and (maybe) funny facts about Britain. So I did. And, today's question is about things we buy. Or don't buy. No judgement here. Thanks to Aldo De La Paz for today's episo...

March 23, 2021

A new subscriber, a poem, and a difficult thing to do every day

Welome Joe Taylor from the Simple Joe podcast, TheSimpleJoe.com, another David-Hooper-inspired, sausage-factory format. Go have a listen, and check out his other podcast On Faith's Edge at OnFaithsEdge.com. Since it's Tuesda...

March 22, 2021

A quote from Steven Pressfield, and I confess I'm a terrible judge of character.

Steven Pressfield and I have had very different lives. I'm glad I lived the life I did, but it seems I can learn something from his life, and I wonder about that at times. One thing I've learned is to not trust my evaluation...

March 21, 2021

More cow talk, including the popular "How Now Brown Cow"

I'm grappling with the notion that the occaisional hamburger and the daily peice of cheese I eat are destroying the planet and will ultimately wipe out Homo sapiens . Not that I'll be around to see it.

March 20, 2021

Celebrate spring and one month of podcasting! and feed your pet cow seaweed to save our planet . . .

A listener in Florida points us to an article to fight climate change. Thanks to Artem Ivanchencko for today's episode artwork https://unsplash.com/@artemivanchencko

March 19, 2021

Why Do We Dream? And Harry Truman Tells Us to Get Out of The Kitchen

I sure have some strange dreams. Wish I knew why. Or maybe I don't want to know.

March 18, 2021

Sneezing - it's not just for hayfever, and an interesting meaning for being "saved by the bell."

Reading this was the most fun I've had so far. I laughed a lot at the discoveries I made about sneezing and being "saved by the bell." I didn't make any of this up. Seriously. . .

March 17, 2021

The Feast of Saint Patrick, You Never Had It So Good, and My Biggest Financial Mistake

On this day we ( and a *lot* of other people around the world and in space!) commemorate the death of Saint Patrick, the foremost patrom saint of Ireland. We investigate the phrase "You never had it so good." And I reveal t...