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MESA ARIZONA, CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE

    Where are you right now? Do you wish you were somewhere else?   Instead of working on the wish list of where you’d rather be, take a good look around.   You may be in the center of the universe, like Mesa Arizona.

MEXICO TRAVEL: PUERTO VALLARTA PERFECTION, pt3

    The top down view from the seventh floor in Old Vallarta, or Viejo Vallarta, to the square.   Is it Frida Kahlo’s turquoise house? It’s the right color.   If it part of the Kahlo catalogue, she’s got octopus on her self portrait.   But it’s not Frida. Not enough eyebrow.  

MEXICO TRAVEL: PUERTO VALLARTA PERFECTION, pt1

    Where the heck is Puerto Vallarta? Find a good map book.   Look about two thousand miles south of Portland and you’re close.   West coast of Mexico below the Gulf of California.

FIVE DIAMOND ATTITUDE: WORK IN PROGRESS

    Ultimate luxury, like crack, coke, meth, heroin, oxy, opioids in general, and cigarettes, is a hard habit to kick.   I’ve worn this wristband for three weeks as a reminder of ultimate luxury, and clever marketing. It reminds me to put things back where I found them in their original luxury, and find […]

FAKE PRESIDENT DONALD STERLING HELPS PRESIDENT TRUMP SHINE

    Donald Sterling isn’t President of the United States, but he is a west coast version of the east coast Donald, President Donald J. Trump.   What if the west coast Donald wanted it bad enough?   As a billionaire real estate man, fake President Donald Sterling would have introduced his own incredible cast […]

FIVE DIAMOND PRESIDENT, OR HOW TO UNDERSTAND HIGH END HABITS

    For any questions about President Trump, his behavior in office, and general lifestyle, there’s a simple answer:   He’s a Five Diamond President. If that’s not good enough, he’s also a Six Star Diamond man.   What you see in President Trump is the result of decades of pampered living.   Nothing wrong […]

MAKE NEW NORMAL BETTER THAN OLD NORMAL? THAT’S THE NEW JOB

    I’ll never to get used to hearing about the ‘new normal,’ which is a pretty common topic after cancer treatment. “How is your new normal?” I’ve heard. “Do you miss the things you can’t do anymore?” I’ve heard. What’s the right answer? There is no right answer, but the questions ought to serve […]

WRITER TRAINING: PACK HEAVY FOR #writertraining

  Writer training is more than a classroom, more than paper and pencil, fingers and keyboard, more than listening.   It is sweating and struggling and wishing you’d made a different choice. Not about being a writer, but about those damn books.   The importance of jamming writing books into a heavy duty backpack, heavy […]

CANCER TREATMENT: 5 THINGS I KNEW BEFORE STARTING

    I will submit to the cancer treatment sequence of events that may or may not do what is predicted. Like a lamb to slaughter, I would submit to whatever it took to kill the shit out of hpv16 throat cancer.   In the writing world we all dream of that one ‘YES’ that […]

SELF MYTHOLOGY: DEATH, DYING, PAT CONROY’S DAD

  What are the best stories told but the ones we tell about ourselves. From Greek gods to Steinbeck sharecroppers we can be whoever we like when we tell our own stories.   Of course the best self mythology comes from the biggest liars and you can’t believe a word they say, still we need […]