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Monday’s Poem & Tunes…

Ode To Hope by Pablo Neruda

Oceanic dawn
at the center
of my life,
waves like grapes,
the sky’s solitude,
you fill me
and flood
the complete sea,
the undiminished sky,
and space,
sea foam’s white
the orange earth,
the sun’s
fiery waist
in agony,
so many
gifts and talents,
birds soaring into their dreams,
and the sea, the sea,
chorus of rich, resonant salt,
and meanwhile,
we men,
touch the water,
and hoping,
we touch the sea,
And the waves tell the firm coast:
‘Everything will be fulfilled.’

Currently playing on Little Mountain FM

What I am – Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians
Angel Dream – Tom Petty
Attention – Charlie Puth
The Whole of the Moon – The Waterboys
Ooh La La – Rod Stewart (The Faces cover)
Fly Like an Eagle – Tony Crown (Steve Miller Band cover)
Ordinary World – Duran Duran (acoustic version)
Sax & Violins – Talking Heads
Stronger – Kanye West
Land Of Confusion – Genesis

Special Dedication to Anthony ❤ 

“My heart goes out to all the people who have lost all their loved ones in the world. You know it does connect you. It’s a very sad club you don’t want to be a member of. But you do all have a shared sort of pain that you immediately understand and see in any one when you meet them.” Prince William

Midnight Rider – The Allman Brothers
Can’t You See – The Marshall Tucker Band
The Long Run – The Eagles
Rhiannon – Fleetwood Mac
Long Train Running – Doobie Brothers

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Posted by on September 18, 2017 in Unedited Quill Spills


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Wednesday’s Quotes & Tunes…


“Because a song can take you back instantly to a moment, or a place, or even a person. no matter what else has changed in you or the world, that one song stays the same, just like that moment.” ― Sarah Dessen

“I think it is all a matter of love; the more you love a memory the stronger and stranger it becomes” ― Vladimir Nabokov

“But this road doesn’t go anywhere,” I told him.
“That doesn’t matter.”
“What does?” I asked, after a little while.
“Just that we’re on it, dude,” he said.” ― Bret Easton EllisLess Than Zero

“Not marble nor the gilded monuments
Of princes, shall outlive this powerful rhyme,
But you shall shine more bright in these contents
Than unswept stone, besmeared with sluttish time.
When wasteful war shall statues overturn
And broils roots out the work of masonry,
Nor mars his sword nor war’s quick fire shall burn
The living record of your memory.
‘Gainst death and all-oblivious enmity
Shall you pace forth; your praise shall still find room
Even in the eyes of all posterity
That wear this world out to the ending doom.
So, till judgement that yourself arise,
You in this, and dwell in lovers eyes.” ― William ShakespeareShakespeare’s Sonnets

Currently playing on Little Mountain FM

The Ghost in You – Psychedelic Furs
Englishman In New York – Sting ❤
Set My Baby Free – Ian Brown
Loaded – Primal Scream
Rise – Public Image Limited
Slide – Calvin Harris ft. Frank Ocean & Migos
Nearly Lost You – Screaming Trees
Rumor Has It – Adele
The Good Life – Weezer

Special dedication to Anthony
Lonely is the Night – Billy Squier
So What’cha Want – The Beastie Boys
Paul Simon two play – You Can Call Me Al / Late in the Evening
Going to California – Led Zeppelin
Stop Dragging my Heart Around – Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty & The Heart-breakers


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Posted by on July 5, 2017 in Unedited Quill Spills


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Wednesday Wisdom & Tunes…


“When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves” – William Arthur Ward

“Do right. Do your best. Treat Others as you want to be treated” – Lou Holtz

“Don’t let pain define you, let it refine you.” – Tim Fargo

Hey lovely readers!
More author interviews, posts, and flash fictions pieces soon. I’m taking a well deserved time out. Cheers to us enjoying happy summer days!

Currently playing on Little Mountain, FM
White, Discussion – Live
Love In Itself – Depeche Mode
Party & Bullshit – Notorious B.I.G.
Hate To Say I Told You So – The Hives
Mind Games – John Lennon
Blue On Black – Kenny Wayne Shepard
Live Guerrilla Radio – Rage Against The Machine
Radar – Britney Spears
Der Kommissar – After The Fire
Hysteria – Muse
You Still Touch Me – Sting
Obsessed – Mariah Carey
The Good Life – Weezer
Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
Danke Schoen – Wayne Newton
Temptation – New Order
Hold On, We’re Going Home – Drake (featuring Majid Jordan)

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Posted by on June 1, 2016 in Unedited Quill Spills


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Friday’s Flash Fiction – Everybody Has Their Something

An excerpt from The Diaries of Debra Westlake

“Don’t let your fear of what could happen make nothing happen.” ~ Doe Zantamata

If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do move forward.”                                                    
 “Hatred paralyses life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr

“I don’t get stoned anymore, just slightly pebbled from time to time.” ~ Some homeless dude I passed on my way home from work in San Franciso circa 2009

I’m looking out at the great big blue from Newport Pier, the sun couldn’t be more radiant as it compliments my sanguine mood. I glance to the right  and there’s a seagull about to take flight. Is it just me, or are all seagulls analogous? The bird swiftly turns his head in my direction and looks me up and down as if he’s trying to elicit a response of some sort. I stare him down for a bit and he gives a subtle wave as he takes off. I wonder if that bird has had a good life filled with contentment or perhaps perpetual unhappiness. I guess my thoughts gravitate to this because it seems the climate the past year and presently are heated with some people constantly griping about something instead of appreciating any of the positives surrounding them. Not that this bothers me too much, but I imagine if people were better equipped to handle stress, what a different, more peaceful world we’d be living in presently. In my time, the one thing I’ve learned is life’s filled with highs and lows, no matter who you are or what your stature is. I get it… everybody has their something that gets their goat. What I don’t get is why some dismal souls waste time wallowing in their misery (becoming vindictive as a byproduct of things not going their way) instead of fixing what ails them peacefully. These same individuals that think others don’t have any complications because they don’t complain about them often. I am especially in awe of anyone creating better worthier reads in their existence instead of wasting time worrying about old worthless news ridden with grim, resentful feelings refusing to move on.

Here’s the thing, it’s how you handle the waves of dilemmas when and if they happen, not the problem itself. You could be a cruel spiteful judgmental scorpion surrounded in venom dragging things out (who’ll live their days alone and despised) or a brave altruistic non-cantankerous individual that finds effective options to remedy issues efficiently down the yellow brick road. The ones that intelligently pick the latter are the ones that live happier  and fulfilling lives, a proven fact. Newsflash: you cannot change or live in the past! The only thing you can do is propel forward and make your present better. Think about that. How great is it to accomplish feeling happier overall? How sad is it to know that so many people out there are afraid of adventure or have fear of change that an outcome will be hopeless instead of progressive. Is that living? You know the answer. Another irritating thing to hear are complaints about “Oh they’re rich, they don’t have problems like I do.” Or “Why do these horrible things only happen to me? It’s not fair that I can’t get out of the hole I’m burying myself in.” “I blame you for all my problems because I’m perfect!” No you are not and run don’t walk to seek a Psychiatrist, they are well-equipped to handle your problems and a potential need of a padded room. Don’t bother us glass half-full folks with these shallow pleas because we truly have no desire to be brought down unnecessarily. And don’t get me started on the pathetic idiots who cast opinions on people they have never met… in fact, they don’t deserve any of my time or elaboration. Where was I? Right… not that I’m without woes mind you, everything is not always peachy-keen, but the bottom line is I thankfully do not permit it to consume me anymore.

Have I always been this philosophically optimistic? Yes. Has my life had any downs, disappointments? Hell yes! Did I let those struggles get the best of me? No. Have I let those strikes throw me into a pool of drowned dispiritedness? Hell no! In current times, no matter what the problem is, there are solutions to help any situation. Well, with one exception, terminal illness. Those souls aside, anyone that doesn’t utilize the help they need is making one of the gravest mistakes in life. While I’m at it, I think about heroes that have had a terminal curse put on them or saving a life in a building stratified in flames… living their last moments courageously. Along with them, I also marvel exceedingly at people who die doing what they love, some examples: ‘She died peacefully while gardening.’ Or ‘He was in the studio singing with his last breath.” You get the gist.

There was a time when I was on a relentless pursuit to erase mind-blowing (and mind-damaging) memories of days behind for solid reasons. That used to be the hardest thing for me or my ‘something’ to contend with. When you look back on life-changing times that you hoped could last forever but tragically didn’t—gut wrenching to say the least. The difference for me now is, I don’t look behind my shoulder anymore. Now it prompts me to make new and better experiences in the present. One of my greatest challenges to date (that kicks my ass each time) but it’s extremely rewarding and that’s what keeps me swimming with the tide, not against it. Routines, rewards, and cues my friends. You can change and replace unhealthy habits if you want to. I think of the old adage “If you can’t beat them, join them.” And figure there’s only one specific instance it applies to. If we’re talking about life, then I like these ones better “If you are not happy dealing with a tough situation, improve it.” “Where there is a will, there is a way.”  “Even a dead clock shows the right time twice a day.” Enough said for now.

Currently playing on Little Mountain FM

Hamell’s Ramble – Hamell On Trial
Off The Grid – Beastie Boys
Everybody Got Their Something – Nikka Costa
Adventure Of A Lifetime – Coldplay
Double-play from Bob Dylan – Shelter From The Storm / Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright
You Got The Magic – Tammy Infusino
Start Me Up – The Rolling Stones
Do My Thing – Estelle (featuring Janelle Monae)
Good Day – Nappy Roots
The Difference – The Wallflowers
What It Takes – Aerosmith
Down In Mexico – The Coasters
Love Lockdown – Kanye West
Peace, Love and Understanding – Elvis Costello

Special dedication songs from one of my favorite artists, David Bowie. No one will ever come close to your unique creative brilliance.
Life On Mars / Lazarus / Stay / and the superb album, Live Nassau Coliseum ’76 David Bowie

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Posted by on January 22, 2016 in Unedited Quill Spills


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Tuesday’s Poem and Tunes…

Caged Bird By Maya Angelou

The free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wings
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with fearful trill
of the things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill for the caged bird
sings of freedom

The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn
and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.

Currently Playing on Little Mountain FM

Good Times – INXS & Jimmy Barnes
People Are Strange – The Doors
It Was Always You – Maroon 5
Here – Alessia Cara
Used Ta Be My Girl – The O’Jays
A Lifetime – Better Than Ezra
Artificial Sweetener – No Doubt
Sweater Weather – The Neighbourhood
Everybody’s Talking – Harry Nilsson
King – Years & Years
Like I Can – Sam Smith
Drops Of Jupiter – Train
Come Get It Bae – Pharrell
Perfect World – Talking Heads
Feelin’ Good – Braiden Sunshine’s cover version from The Voice

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Posted by on November 10, 2015 in Unedited Quill Spills


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Monday Motivation & Tunes…


Currently playing on Little Mountain FM

“Cool For The Summer” Demi Lovato
“She’s Not There” The Zombies
“All Over The World” ELO
“Steam” Peter Gabriel
“Misled” Kool & The Gang
“Fall At Your Feet” St. Raymond
“Paralyzer” Finger Eleven
“You Really Got Me” Van Halen (cover blows the s**t out of the original)
“Fools Gold” Stone Roses
“Rather Be” Clean Bandit Featuring Jess Glynne

It’s good to be back here 🙂 Author interviews and more in the coming days!

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Posted by on October 5, 2015 in Unedited Quill Spills


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