Merlot Liberation Front Dispatch for 29.01.21

[Copy of a dispatch posted on The San Francisco Chronicle’s Yelp page @11:15am, Friday, January 29, 2021]. Our Demands Are The Following: Esther Mobley and Soleil Ho, the chief wine and food critics for The San Francisco Chronicle, should attend an unspecified number of unofficial yelp.com events in Santa Cruz , California starting in summerContinue reading “Merlot Liberation Front Dispatch for 29.01.21”

The Golden State Wine Chronicles : An Update.

The final scene of “Driving Miss Mobley” will soon be available on Medium (sempervirens117.medium.com) later today. Once posted, it will join the other scenes from all 4 previous acts, plus the prologue, to form a completed screenplay. Next up? Submitting an edited version to screenwriting fellowship competitions this spring.  Here is the logline, in caseContinue reading “The Golden State Wine Chronicles : An Update.”

Rites of Passage (2000), by the Indigo Girls: An Appreciation

How many rites of passage must we endure in a single lifetime? It’s still a good question: how many rites of passage must we endure until finally we mature into the adults that we fervently hope to become? I’ll bet the Indigo Girls ask themselves this question all the time.  Does listening to the IndigoContinue reading “Rites of Passage (2000), by the Indigo Girls: An Appreciation”

The Golden State Wine Chronicles: An Update.

The penultimate scene of Driving Miss Mobley is now available on Medium. The final scene will be published this Friday, and the entire screenplay will be submitted to screenwriting competitions and fellowships this spring. A huge thank you to all who supported this writing project in person and on social media (Twitter, Yelp, Facebook, Tumblr,Continue reading “The Golden State Wine Chronicles: An Update.”

Two confessions (maybe three) concerning why Ani Di Franco is an alt rock/folk/jazz singer-songwriter goddess

Dear Ani, I have a confession to make. Actually, I have two confessions to make. Well, maybe it’s three, but I haven’t figured that part out yet. In the end, you will have to decide for me. OK? The first confession is that I broke the first CD in your 2007 song anthology, Canon. ItContinue reading “Two confessions (maybe three) concerning why Ani Di Franco is an alt rock/folk/jazz singer-songwriter goddess”

Why let professional chefs have all the fun? Knife rolls are for the rest of us, too.

I am not a professional chef, nor do I wish to be one. Even the idea of having my culinary creations judged by a teacher according to a standardized grading system fills me with dread. It’s not that I think my cooking technique is inadequate or that my foods are not tasty enough; it’s simplyContinue reading “Why let professional chefs have all the fun? Knife rolls are for the rest of us, too.”

A music review of Sheryl Crow’s 100 Miles from Memphis (2010).

Musical celebrities come and go, but true artists will wait around for you forever. It took me an inordinate amount of time to realize that Sheryl is a true artist with considerable musical abilities, and not merely a megastar celebrity. I blame myself, of course, but also the media. Whenever I tuned in to commercialContinue reading “A music review of Sheryl Crow’s 100 Miles from Memphis (2010).”

Call it the Cowboy State if you wish, but Wyoming to me is pure road trip gold.

If you’re just passing through Wyoming, en route to some other destination, you don’t need a Benchmark Road and Recreation Atlas for Wyoming (the 4th edition is now available). You just need to stay on the Interstates, and leave the rest of this treasure box of a territory to the rest of us. The nativeContinue reading “Call it the Cowboy State if you wish, but Wyoming to me is pure road trip gold.”

A retrospective music review of Craig Chaquico, Midnight Noon (2004).

Higher Octave albums are rarely as astonishing as this Chaquico classic. To say that the album, Midnight Noon, which Craig released when he was approaching 50 years of age, is not my all-time favorite of his Higher Octave music releases is like saying that Sleepy isn’t my favorite of the Seven Dwarves. I mean, youContinue reading “A retrospective music review of Craig Chaquico, Midnight Noon (2004).”

A music review of Craig Chaquico and Russ Freeman, From the Redwoods to the Rockies.

Collaborations between top musicians like Russ Freeman and Craig Chaquico are rarely as sublime as this. Many a famous musician, especially as they get older, has tried to partner with another, well known musician to make an album together. Madonna is a prime example, particularly since she turned 50 and began to associate herself withContinue reading “A music review of Craig Chaquico and Russ Freeman, From the Redwoods to the Rockies.”