MM Is Back

There’s a little thing I like to do around here, called Music Monday. I haven’t done it in some time because, I pretty much haven’t been on here on a Monday in months. I discovered Mourning [A] Blkstar on one of my morning walks and they are freaking wonderful. This song was what introduced me to them and may or may not be now introducing you. Besides, who doesn’t have the feels right now?

Speaking of feels..this article by the Center for Indian Country Development made me feel some type of way. It’s quite a bit of information, but information I feel is very important nonetheless.

Tidbits

With all that’s happening right now, I believe it’s our responsibility to start having serious discussions around race and racism. I think these are conversations we will be needing to continue well after the current protests wane. This is a very nuanced topic with a lot of moving parts, that’s not suddenly going to end. It goes deeper than simply the police killing black men (and women). If we don’t start looking at this as a whole and from the very beginning of how this country was founded, I fear things may never change.

I’m going to do as I’ve said, not only start but continue talking about it. I will share information I personally find/found helpful, relevant and/or enlightening. It’s my hope to help inform and perhaps spark real conversation, which can potentially lead to understanding and substantial change. I may dedicate entire posts to a topic or simply give a link after yammering on about something else. Honestly, I don’t quite know how any of this looks right now. All I do know is, I refuse to sit quietly and hope it goes away.

So to set this off, I listened to The Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard who interviewed Heather McGhee. A lot of good takeaways around the economy and race. She also has great information on her twitter, which is linked above, to her name.

Questions, comments, concerns? There’s plenty of ways to reach me. I won’t however respond to attack, hate, or anything less than actual discourse.

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this little beauty, found in a parking lot, in the low desert.

Caesalpinia pulcherrima, Red Bird of Paradise

Strange Days

Are here.

The needle has slid off the proverbial record and scratched the hell out of it. The things that have happened in the world and this country are straight out of dystopian novel. The only words I’ve had to describe the pandemic portion in chapter one, were weird and surreal. Perhaps I’ll come up with a new one should it make a reprise in another chapter.

We’re now in the midst of the uprising in chapter two. Years of systemic and blatant racism coming to a head with yet another senseless killing of a a black man, George Flyod,  by the police. Mind you this is the most recent in a string, including Tony McDade, Sean Reed and Breonna Taylor. Coming in the midst of record unemployment, I think it’s something like 40 million people now, the loss of businesses, homes, lack of everything so many were already lacking, the most inhumane president we’ve ever had and you have the perfect storm for people to finally rise up.

This chapter is still being written but people have been peacefully protesting with the more violent and total idiots looting small businesses, mixed in. If you’re going to do that, think about who you’re looting. These are all things you all know, unless you’ve been hiding under a rock. Which on some days actually doesn’t sound so bad. It’s a lot for even the most together of us to digest and navigate. Then again I think there are people that are completely oblivious and are willing to blindly follow their leader. Things feel as though they change on a moment to moment basis and there’s no telling what’s next.

On a more personal note, I’m going to dig back into spending a bit more time here as a place to share my thoughts and things. I officially deleted my Instagram account last night and it may be the best decision I’ve made in regards to that, in the 9 years I was on there (yes, you read that right, 9 years). I don’t know yet where I’m going with all of this, but I do know that I’m going to dig in deeper, I may offend some, but as Mike Muir so eloquently sang/said,  if I offended you, oh I’m sorry

but, maybe you needed to be offended…

In the meantime, here’s today’s sunrise picture, set to the sounds of Judas, by Depeche Mode…go play that shit, close your eyes and picture it. Or just stare at this picture. Either way, try to find a way to enjoy your day. Or at the very least, give yourself at least a little moment to breathe, so you can better fight the good fight.

Show Time

It’s been a number of years since I’ve done any sort of show and that time is coming to an end…tomorrow! I’ll be at The Ace Hotel and Swim Club for Mojave Flea. I made a whole bunch of new things and am bringing along some classics.

Come see meeee…

I Love Horses

Probably more than any other animal on the planet. They were a pretty big part of my life growing up. I’m sure I’ve spoken at some point of my horse I ran away from home on as a little kid. My grandmother’s family were ranchers in Arizona and their were horses a plenty on childhood visit to the ranch. As I got older my time with them lessened to the point of being almost nonexistent, minus a roadside hello here and there.

This past weekend I had a miracle human come into my life that gave me a big push back towards these special creatures. Today I made it a reality when I went to Joey’s Home Animal Rescue to begin volunteering. Even mucking stalls was pleasurable getting to spend time with these beings and the great people that run the organization and volunteer.

I’m looking forward to going back and spending as much time as I can there. It’s the first time in a while I just felt content.