This post is from the JMBzine Blog Vault, which means it is a very old blog post that I wrote at a very different time of my life. My views on religion, politics, and many other subjects have drastically changed over the years, so please bear this in mind when reading this post. – I generally do not edit my past writings, except to fix obvious spelling and grammar issues, or to fix broken links (most often replacing with links to archive.org). I do add some more recent editorial updates (with dates), which are shown in blue and italicized.
Friday, November 02, 2001
2023 Update: The website today says that it is closed, but the link above links to it on Archive.org’s Wayback machine in all of its glory.
Here’s another zine that is new to the scene: Struck Mute
2023 Update: Broken link.
Been listening to Robert Earl Keen quite a bit lately. I sure do like his songs. I’m getting homesick for Texas listening to them, and I haven’t left yet.
2023 Update: I’m still a big #RobertEarlKeen fan. He did retire from active touring this year, but I’m hopeful that maybe we’ll get some new music from him down the road.
I also notice the remark about “I’m getting homesick… and I haven’t let yet.” This makes me think this was about the time that I decided it was time to move back to Oklahoma. Partly the decision was financial (being a full-time pedicab driver wasn’t paying the bills after the post 9-11 economic slump), partly it was religious disillusionment (a story I’ll save for another time), but probably the deciding factor was the conversations I had with an older pedicab driver named Chris. (I wish I knew his last name — I do remember him being a hardcore bicycle activist, cannabis enthusiast and originally from Louisiana). Chris convinced me that I needed to read Wendell Berry, which ended up changing my life in so many ways. In initially though, Berry’s writing awoke in me a desire to reconnect with my roots.
I have been playing around with terraserver.microsoft.com today and have found some cool aerial photographs of some locations of interest to me… 2023 Update: Sadly these links are mostly broken. Terraserver continued for a time, but according to Wikipedia closed in 2016.
- My grandpa McCullough’s farm in rural Caddo County, Oklahoma
- Downtown Minco, OK (where my grandpa Branum and later my parents ran a variety store for over 40 years
- The Braum’s Dairy Farms between Minco and Tuttle, OK
- Downtown Newcastle, OK
- The Oaks Addition in Newcastle, OK (where I grew up)
- Fire crews protest at trade center site: They fear remains of the dead will be relegated to trash bins 2023 Update: Broken link.
- U.S. advisers said helping near Kabul – This sounds so similar to how we got involved in Vietnam. 2023 Update: Broken link — and it did play out in a very similar way.
The NY Times:
- Flags, Mom, and Apple Pie – fascinating review of the Norman Rockwell exhibit at the Gugenheim
- Art Review: Some Shaker gifts that are anything but simple