The Twenty Ninth Scroll:
Erin-Hushai and I collapsed in our beds that night and we spent the next day with Deborah and…Continue
Added by Allen "Skipper" Howlett (ASH) on March 31, 2014 at 1:52pm — No Comments
WORCESTER, Mass. Mike Andruzzioni is a mild-mannered young man who says he had “zero interest” in politics until he began to connect the dots between his personal situation and the undercurrents of power at work beneath the surface of life in America. “I had a good job,” he says of his position as a part-time cab dispatcher. “Now it’s gone. They said it was because I didn’t show up for the night shift once, but I know better.”
Mike, staring off into…
Added by Con Chapman on March 31, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Fifteen years ago, when I started using my current doctor as my primary care giver, the best part of any office visit was the chitchat, the catching up on family and work issues. Dr. M. is a petite, gentle-voiced woman in her forties or early fifties.
Her long hair and hippie-style fashion preference suits her demeanor perfectly. One would never mistake her for a…Continue
If you’re a writer, or if you want to be a writer, you’ve probably suffered from writer’s block. Consider Henry Roth, to take just one famous example.…Continue
I ran into L the other day. She said she was thinking of moving to B.C. with her daughter too. Like me, she had one daughter on the west coast and one here, and hadn't wanted to leave the one here. But then the one here decided she wanted to go west.
I'd been at L's present house some time back. She has one of what I call non-standard houses (mine is in that…Continue
"Are there really, truly zombies in Haiti?”
“Bien sur,” Delzor said. He had even seen them: affectless men and women with a deathlike pallor, high nasal voices, and the characteristic drooping at the chin.
Into the Zombie Underworld, Mischa Berlinski, Men’s Journal…
This series of posts is written for a very specific audience, unlike most of what I write. It is mainly geared toward musicians who don't read music, though of course anyone can read it who thinks they might be interested in the subject. The final link, "Harmonics and the Science Behind Music Theory," is the post most likely to appeal to…
I woke up feeling like there was a marble behind my eyeball. With all the blowing dust last week I wasn't surprised to have a sinus headache. I went to see if I had any pills left but I must have used the last one, although I don't remember having done so. Odd little things seem to be disappearing from my house. I was going to go for a walk but the world was blurry and the sunlight hurt my head so I just stayed home.
One of the premium channels is having a free weekend…Continue
I have three short novels available for sale. I am a fledgling author and I really enjoy writing. Currently I am working on another and I am working to be a better writer. My sales are dismal. Please encourage me and especially my publishers by buying some. They are priced to sell as you will see on this link to my Amazon page.…Continue
One afternoon while trying to nap
I was awakened by a troupe of Krishnas, Hari.
I raised upwards my window sash
and swore that I would make them sorry.
I was just about to let them have it
When I a wondrous site did see;
A Beacon Hill rat waddling towards them–
There was no need for further involvement by me.
The Beacon Hill rats are sleek and fine,…Continue
The notary, for all his gravity, managed a sidelong smile, apparently suspecting a love affair.
Notre Coeur, Guy de Maupassant
I came, in the darkest hours of my career as a notaire, to the sleepy streets of the south of France, far from the hustle and bustle of Paris. Ah Paris, where young notaries flock like flies on un lapin morte, hoping to make their name in the fiercely…Continue
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I have assured my friends, in order to help them through potential middle-years birthday-blues, that sixty-three feels very much like sixty-two.
Word appears to have gone 'round that I am indispensible to those in tremulous anticipation of next-birthdays.…Continue
Wild wind blowing down from the Blue Ridge
The light sensor comes on, unable to sleep
Lily the cat resting on her stool beside me
The fate of living creatures on this planet
remains in powerful and mysterious hands
Added by Patrick Frank on March 29, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments
You don't have to be a musician of any kind to get most of this. Parts of this are actually cool even if you're not a musician. My wife used to ask me to tell her about the overtone series when she wanted to go to sleep because it was boring. One night she made the mistake of actually listening to me and discovered to her chagrin that it wasn't actually boring at all. I promise you you will learn something.
If you have a stringed instrument, any stringed…
This chapter is about something called the Cycle of Fifths. It will help to have a keyboard handy:
This is by far the shortest chapter.
Earlier in this series, we talked about how there are twelve notes per octave, if you really count all of them. A couple of chapters ago, we learned about perfect fifths. Fifths are a very interesting…
Added by koshersalaami on March 29, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments
It's time to talk about time.
Do you remember this? I told you to ignore the 4/4 until later. Now it's time to get to it.
Assuming the tempo doesn't change, written music consists of a series of consecutive blocks that each take the same amount of time. If you look above, you'll notice that there are eight notes. Between the first four and the second…