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The Irrepairable Past is Live

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A Potential Cover — An Update

After getting some good feedback, I’ve made a few changes to the cover. A different font for the title and I moved it a tad to get that line in the water in between the words. I ditched the pale pink of the frame and of “a novella” and did a few things with my name.  I also changed the contrast the light to make the colors just a tad brighter than the original more washed out version.

So …


A Potential Cover

As I start back down the path of publishing something, I experimenting with Canva. Here’s the first go. What do you think?



One Year Later

This time last year, the Camp Fire exploded in a whirlwind of wind-whipped flames. Fire and heat and destruction that leveled the town of Paradise, California. Almost 100 people were killed. Tens of thousands of Paradise residents made it out alive, but with nothing. Everything they had was obliterated by the wall of flames that was the Camp Fire.

The year before that, it was fires in Santa Rosa, California, and down south in Santa Barbara, California. Although not as deadly, those fires did their damage as well.

This year, there have been fires in Sonoma County, the Hollywood Hills, and points in between.

Meanwhile, PG&E, the for-profit utility that serves much of California, has started turning the power off for millions of Californians when the wind gets too stiff. Better to avoid the potential damage of power lines and other pieces of the power grid if the winds do too much havoc.

So, where are we a year later … no better than we were the day before the Camp Fire. No better than we were the day before the Santa Rosa fires of the year before.

In Paradise, tens of thousands of buildings and homes were leveled. News reports suggest that only eleven or twelve new homes have been constructed since.

California, PG&E, and the state’s residents are no more capable of stopping these conflagrations than they were a year, two years, three years ago.

It’s a perfect example of how we as a state, a nation, a society, a group of people, have no solution anymore. There was a time when politicians and government officials and corporate honchos and others were able to do grand things. The California Aqueduct system. The national highway network. Heck, go back to the 1800s and the Transcontinental Railroad. There are plenty of other examples from the past.

The problem is that there are no examples from today.

Earlier this year, I sat in a meeting where a group of college students made a presentation about re-imaging Paradise. It was filled with ideas the students had for building a new Paradise in place of the old. Buildings and development strategies that were more resilient, more community-based, with ideas for how to ensure that if another fire were to come, the damage would not be as great. The horror would not be as it was one year ago.

I have no idea what happened with these students’ creative solution. But I can make a guess — it died somewhere. Because it’s too difficult, too hard, too expensive — it requires people to re-think the possible. To re-imagine how communities should be built, and how we can live together. It’s the kind of thing we simply do not seem capable of.

Instead, with all of the problems we face. Here in California — wildfires destroying communities, housing that has become so costly that the only people who can afford to own a home are millionaires and billionaires, homelessness that is expanding everywhere, commutes that descend more and more into hellish experiences — nothing ever changes. No new ideas are every floated.

We are constrained by the limits of our resources and our willingness to sacrifice at a time when we desperately need to do something different. We need to recognize that sacrifice is needed. We can’t solve these problems by just continuing what we have done for years and decades. Something needs to change.

Corporations need to become better citizens. Politicians need to start working towards real solutions and not just those their financiers want. And common every day citizens need to make more noise. To demand that the elites, those in power, and those in control start listening to us and addressing our needs.

One year later — after a disaster that destroyed a community — nothing has changed.

What will it take.

What will it take.

Some Updates

  • I have no idea how this will work, but my last post was the playlist I created based on my Songs For Today (and Theme Song search) (and a few other things). Below is a link, or something, to the playlist I created on Spotify with those songs … an even 100. I have absolutely no idea how the thingy below will work if you click on it. Do you need Spotify to listen? Or not? No idea. Good luck.



  • Retirement — My original plans to “retire” included a retirement date of December 15. After the first of the year, I would transition to a part-time job with my current employer. A job that would dramatically reduce my responsibilities and … well, be part time. So, I’d have a lot more free time. Things happened and the retirement date has been extended to the end of February. So, it’s all still good, but there remain decisions I need to make about what comes next in my professional role. There is the part-time gig I can move into. But, well, there are reasons I don’t want to do that. And I need to figure this out. Anyway, no “retirement” in the middle of December. But on March 1? Do you want to come to the party?
  • Retirement — Subtopic A. I can’t decide about the whole “party” thing. On the one hand, I’m not really retiring. I gotta keep working. So what is there to celebrate? Well, the fact that my responsibility load will decrease by about 90% and my workload will decrease by 50% and I’ll have a whole lot more free time to do what I want to do. But, damn, I wanted to really retire. I wanted to take the quotes off of “retirement.” And without that, I’m not sure a celebration is due yet. And there’s also the other element of this. Introverts Unite!! We don’t want parties for ourselves, where we are the centers of attention. So, yes, I’m flummoxed by this. I know that people at work want to do something for me, but I don’t know if what they want to do is really for me … or is it for them.
  • Writing/Publishing — The Irrepairable Past is ready to go. Northville Five &  Dime is ready to go. Two novellas, locked and loaded, ready for a little bit of indie publishing. But no, not really. I need to figure out what to do about covers for those stories. I also need to figure out how to put them out there in the universe so I can actually, maybe acquire a reading audience that is more than my most loyal 10-20 followers. The effort to do this is meaningless to me, if only a couple dozen people read the things. And then there is the question of what comes next. When I asked you to vote, K Street Stories was the most popular selection. So, I need to dive back into that and see what I can do with it. But I also want to pursue the other stories — Carlota, The Jump, the untitled circus collection. I need to come up with a schedule, a structure, and proceed through these things in an orderly fashion. I’m working on it.
  • Other creative endeavors — I started piano lessons earlier this year. It’s gone well, but I’m going to take a break from the lessons until March. I want to focus on the writing/publishing side of things. I’ll keep playing the piano, but I’m not going to do the lessons for the next few months. My piano teacher is a friend of mine. I don’t want to waste her time unless I’m playing enough. And with the focus on writing, I just won’t be able to play the piano enough to justify her time. And then there is my experimentation in acrylic pouring. A fascinating way to get into painting. I’ve been doing it for a few months now. My recent efforts are light years ahead of my original efforts, but I still have a lot to learn.
  • Politics — I continue to be amazed by the rampant hypocrisy that exists in our political system. I’ll leave it at that. I really don’t see the point in going further.


What are you working on? What are your updates? Where are you headed?

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