So, trying to create and launch my own website…what was I thinking? Clearly, I wasn’t thinking but continue to carry on in spite of myself apparently. (I like that saying and use it often…) I hope to use this page to share thoughts, musings, concerns, new ideas and other meanderings in hopes of generating discourse. I do hope you’ll join me and find yourself compelled to share (or at least take pity on me!)
We face challenging times in our world at the moment. I suppose times always present challenges on one level or another during a life’s journey. Not easy to navigate rough waters, the outcome is never certain and we just try and do our best given our life experiences and hopefully a little help from our friends. I’m troubled by our political climate and what I have considered to be a lack of accountability that I became most aware of and troubled by during the Bush administration. I’m an idealist at heart I suppose so always assume that people will do the best for the masses and not just their personal constituents. Pretty naive I suppose. Our current administration is trying to take away rights from women, minorities, immigrants and from those less fortunate. Why? Because they can? Because they fear a lack of control? Because they’re greedy? Stupid? Not sure. But here we are. I have no answers, no solutions. They are touchy subjects for many as we can see by the infighting on Facebook and other media platforms. My biggest fears are a stifling of the news media, the loss of basic freedoms, further division and inequality. We are all people, all human. Put our pants on the same way. Have a desire to give love and touch and to be loved and touched in return. Pretty simple…but we make it so difficult. The problem with people lies in the fact that we are indeed human. I thank the stars for music, for my wife and daughter, for beautiful sunrises and sunsets, for Beethoven string quartets, for the sound of the tenor saxophone in the hands of Dewey Redman, Mike Brecker, Stan Getz, Ben Webster, Tina Brooks and so many others, for still remembering the sound of my Uncle Jerry’s voice on the phone, simple things…I’m just thinking out loud.