White And Black: The Jacks Have My Heart!

I’m drawn to Jack Black and his goofy comedic meanderings. Mr. Black has a charming way about him that hints of a rare depth and splendor. Anyone who shares my love of music and comedy along a silly vein makes my heart sing. He had me at Wonderboy…


Jack White reminds me of many of the Fine Artists of my acquaintance, whose mind flies in several creative directions at once. Passionately engaged with the Artistic process and the rich cultural history of Music, is Mr. White. Oddly enough, he had me at upholstery. Oh how I appreciate those who appreciate and care for furniture…








Could you imagine the creativity unleashed if these two magnificent Jacks were co-located at a small gathering of my choosing? I’m thinking really small. Maybe just Jack, Jack and me. Is it WRONG to imagine how resplendent the gathering would be with intellect, music, repast and TWO marvelous Jacks for one Queen? A Milkstool can DREAM! 🙂



Thinking Outside of the Boxing Nun: I Speak Metaphor

Please enjoy a snippet of my parody lyrics (with photography) of Total Coelo’s 80’s Hit “I Eat Cannibals.” It’s one of those earworms that keeps on giving in Parodyland…Please feel free to add a quatrain in the comments and think outside the boxing!




I speak metaphor


It brings out the silliness in me

I speak metaphor!


I tell silly jokes




They’re hysterical!








I point out the DICKERY I see




I tell silly jokes.




Star Trek focused me




On the Galaxy




It still somehow inspires me, you see?







The Star Trek-ery…

Eccentric Circles


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I was born into rather eccentric circles. Both of my parents were considered odd or eccentric at various points in their lifetimes. I accept and celebrate the idea that I may be perceived as eccentric when compared to a larger circle of normalized humans.

Ideas and words evolve in meaning or significance throughout history. Wikipedia describes the origins of the word “eccentric” thusly:


From Medieval Latin eccentricus, derived from Greek ekkentros, “out of the center”, from ek-, ex– “out of” + kentron, “center”. Eccentric first appeared in English essays as a neologism in 1551 as an astronomical term meaning “a circle in which the earth, sun, etc. deviates from its center.” Five years later, in 1556, an adjective form of the word was used. 129 years later, in 1685, the definition evolved from the literal to the figurative, and eccentric is noted to have begun being used to describe unconventional or odd behavior. A noun form of the word – a person who possesses and exhibits these unconventional or odd qualities/behaviors – appeared by 1832.

Gay milkstool with a mission


I have been so blessed to have been surrounded by some of the most wonderful eccentric thinkers…most of them have been far from wealthy in the monetary sense. After all, riches can be interpreted or measured in a variety of ways, as can eccentricity per our friends the Wikipedians:


Look up eccentric oreccentricity in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.

Eccentricity or eccentric may refer to:



I guess I choose to embrace the idea that eccentricity appears to focus on generating movement and directing energy that is out of the ordinary. For example, not everyone can spend hours working on a metaphorical Art Project that is essentially a running dick joke…



Creativity itself is by Nature “Eccentric”.


Defending the Art and Humanity of Karaoke: Break Out in Song!


Karaoke is for singers of songs. I’ve been a singer of one kind or another my whole life. Long multi-state car trips on the way to Dog Shows ensured that a shared “fun” family trip included singing in the car…at the destination…on command for the entertainment of others and for the joy of singing. 20140112-IMG_2144

Musical theater roles…singing with live bands…singing for small and large circles…singing in community nearly every day when I was an exchange student to Brasil…singing in a “Women’s Acoustic Singing Group” for several years where a potluck, talking and singing about life and revolutionary ideas sustained our very SOULS during the challenges we faced as individuals.20140112-IMG_2137 I’ve sung at weddings…funerals…the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame unexpectedly…! Singing can happen anywhere.


Even though I love singing, mostly I love the fact that music is unifying…we experience it with all of our senses if we allow ourselves to become enraptured by the sound, meaning and vibration…a combination of culture, poetry and sound. Maybe I’m just a Mystic.20140112-IMG_2129 Music is a part of the Art of my Life.


I love the accessibility of karaoke as an entertainment and community building activity. Karaoke provides those who enjoy singing an opportunity to simply use their voice to tell a story and convey an emotional state. It encourages those who are equipped with no other instruments  than themselves to sing their song. 20140112-IMG_2138

In essence, I view karaoke as the most expeditious route to people singing a song openly and in public for the joy of the singer and hopefully, the audience. Even poor singing skills don’t matter…everyone has a chance to express an idea to the group. It’s easy to encourage participation from the audience and for the audience when the music has been provided via a predictable recording. Not everyone is comfortable or encouraged by the improvisation that can occur in “real” time with a band. 20140112-IMG_2139

I completely understand that live music played by musicians is competing with karaoke at the typical bars, saloons, and other life events where music is needed. I also understand that karaoke provides people a format to express themselves as music-makers. Karaoke is active entertainment…everyone who signs up becomes part of the “show”.  Karaoke unlocks the primal musician in all of us…one song at a time. 20140112-IMG_2191

It’s 4:20 Somewhere…

DSCN3154Howdy Citizen of the Universe! Thanks for stopping by for this message from a watchdog. 🙂








Our leaders (family – elected officials – teachers) tell us what to think more often than HOW to think. Thinking for yourself may involve snooping into the inner workings of the matter. DSCN3079

Let’s think BIGGER than our personal beliefs or experience, or lack thereof…what goes around, comes around again…all in good time…


Our “Founding Fathers” grew hemp…and so does our collective family today…if they are allowed to.












Perspectives differ, and it can be hard to fight for what seems reasonable.











We don’t have to fight as much as we have to accept that change happens ALL THE TIME…incrementally.









The time is NOW, and always has been…even if you haven’t been listening…DSCN3097

Prohibition prevents innovation and criminalizes profitable notions.

Hemp is such a useful cash crop.


Some people want to benefit from Cannabis as a more “natural” medicine than highly processed pharmaceuticals.


It is logical for people to prefer time-honored traditional medicine as a resource for health and well-being when it effectively treats a patient with fewer side effects…isn’t it? DSCN3133 Many cultures in our human family embrace traditional medicine and prefer it over pre-made pills.



Some want to manufacture the beneficial fibers, oils and seeds for things like nutritious protein, sustainable plastics, fabrics, and high-quality cosmetics.


Life is about the choices we make and the options available to us. I can respect the use of plants that are solar-powered versus petroleum-based solutions…Can YOU? 😉


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