Category Archives: Writing and the Arts

I’m Back

After many months away from all my sites, after many months of combining work with campaigning, after many months of doing no writing except for campaign blurbs and publicity pieces, I am very pleased and excited to share this important news:

I’m back.

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First Post With Windows Live Writer

So, I’ve just discovered this tool in the Windows Live suite for posting to your blog, and decided to give it a try. Fired it up, pointed it at this blog site, and it grabbed the format and styles and … Continue reading

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Discovered: the Problem With the Louisville Orchestra

I have found the root cause of the demise of our Louisville Orchestra. It is in the first two sentences of the recent letter from the LO board to the Courier-Journal. Do you see it?

As the board of directors of the Louisville Orchestra, we are the fiscal stewards of the organization. We are the designated trustees of the money that our many donors generously provide …

In case you didn’t immediately see the problem, let me spell it out for you and for the board:

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Working On a Book

Taking off this weekend for a writing retreat. Planning on working on a book idea I’ve got about threats to our democratic system. Not threats to the nation or the world, necessarily, but to our actual system of governance: representational democracy. Here are some threats I see —
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Interesting moment in Sunday worship

So there I was, singing away on some hymn like I usually do, glad that it had four verses ’cause that meant that I could try to sing all four parts (not at once, although some claim I try that too), when a thought crossed my mind:
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I’m Back to Writing

Work and life has been kicking my butt for about two months now, but I’ve decided to overcome and get back to writing. Sorry to post so erratically; working 60-80 hour weeks can do that to you. Now that Fancy … Continue reading

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New Poem on the Site

Wrote it for the first “Open Mic Night” at Highland Baptist — check it out here.

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A Book for Artists and Humans of All Kinds

Just finished The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. It’s a book about the struggle to create art, to live to our higher calling, and to be and become what we are intended to be. And it has entered a very select category for me: Books That Changed My Life.

If you think that’s hyperbole, think again. Pressfield nails three concepts that any artist — indeed, any human — struggles with daily:

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In Remembrance: Molly Ivins

(If you do not subscribe to the Writer’s Almanac, you should. It comes each day and includes a poem for the day and various biographical tidbits about writers. Today’s Writer’s Almanac brings this entry for August 30:)
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The Daily Grind

(or, Writing Ain’t Beanbag) I’ve been trying to get back into the blogging mode, doing something every day, for about a month. And it ain’t easy.The job seems to take more and more time; I’m often in the office by … Continue reading

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