For and Of Our Beloved Friend John Jennings

For Our Buddy John Jennings on his Birthday (I never got around to formally reading this at our friend’s Memorial Service 1 year ago today):

OK, would appear--somewhat reasonably--that the vast majority of the good folks here today would… Read more

Logan 3.12.15

Logan 3.12.15

Lithe, Lean, Slender
Nearly skinny
Minder rubber ‘round her wrist
Tine-like fingers quickly
Get to a banana
One, two, three strips divvy down
Disappear into rapid devour
All business

Sip, chew, sip
Paper cup not managing
Only but…Read more

Letter to Lawmakers--Pandora Bill

Jonathan Carroll
_____________ _____________ November 26, 2012 The Honorable Mark Warner
United States Senate
475 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510‑4601 The Honorable Jim Webb
United States Senate
248 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510‑4604 The Honorable Frank… Read more


                                             MINSTREL DESTINATIONS 1961-1968
Our house stood in a neighborhood directly across the Rappahannock River from Fredericksburg in Falmouth,Virginia.  Although all the while retaining much of its core identity, Fredericksburg and its surrounding area have since expanded into and become part… Read more


There seems to be every sort of bullshit in every business—especially show business—and Levon Helm seemed to cut right through each and all.
The Great and Powerful Levon Helm 
It was the autumn of '69, and I was an… Read more

To Folks Who Condemn Addicts on Moral Grounds

There is a fatal disease called drug addiction. Millions of people have it, and millions seek help --many working hard enough and being blessed enough to begin successful recovery.

Many are unsuccessful.

Many people who battle this addiction (some prefer…Read more

On Chris Richard's Washington Post Grammy Review

It’s unfortunate that Chris Richards [Disjointed Grammys honor Whitney Houston] couldn't find more to appreciate positively about the evening. A live broadcast of a multiple-act performance oriented variety show will of course not have uniformly seamless transitions and as… Read more

On Media's Obsessive Take On Tim Tebow

Again, spirituality becomes merely another type of "condition" rendering someone or something remarkable and apart from most. There has been and will always be race, sex, creed bigotry--the cause of the deliberation most folks make--repeatedly-- in deciding to what extent …Read more