Elizabeth Cooks…musically speaking, that is

If you don’t listen to the Outlaw Country channel on Sirius XM*, you are likely not familiar with Elizabeth Cook, who hosts a daily program called Apron Strings**. Like most of the on-air “personalities” on that channel, she’s also a professional musician, and an intriguing one at that. I think of her as Carrie Underwood’s… Continue reading Elizabeth Cooks…musically speaking, that is

Christmas Bounty

Christmas is not about the gifts. Well, not entirely. But it is at least a little bit about the gifts, and I know you’re anxious to see how yours truly made out in that regard. Short answer: awesomely. To wit… Gaudy Skull My mother gave me this Mexican ceramic cow skull and it’s muy fabuloso.… Continue reading Christmas Bounty

Dad: A Major Award

This is the first of what I hope will be a series of posts about events during the life of my Dad, who passed away in early November. The year was 1955. I was three years old and my brother was about six months old, and our parents were in Chicago, a long way from… Continue reading Dad: A Major Award

In Memory of My Dad

My dad passed away a couple of weeks ago, following a battle with Parkinson’s Disease. I want to post a few things about his life to honor his memory, but for those who didn’t know him, I’ll start with his obituary. I drafted it, and if you’ve never written an obit for a loved one,… Continue reading In Memory of My Dad


I was going to post something this evening but came to my senses.

Where were we?

Lots to get caught up on, as I notice that it’s been almost a week since I’ve blathered about on this here blog-like thing. I’ve been making mental notes for the past several days about things to write about, but now that I’m sitting here staring at the monitor, I either can’t remember them, or… Continue reading Where were we?