The New Dragons

The New Dragons   In the urban canyons of modern China, renegade herds of Benz’s, Porsches and Beamers roam the valleys. The cranes, flying high in the air, are adding new, high-rise caves at dizzying heights and prices in the sun-hidden skies of smog.   The great gathering places of Beijing, Shanghai and Chongqing are […]
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The Best Man Wore Blue Tights

The Best Man Wore Blue Tights “O Care, thou wilt despatch me, if music do not match thee. So deadly thou dost sting me, mirth only help can bring me.” – “O Care, Thou Wilt Despatch Me,” Thomas Weelkes (1576 – 1623) After being married for twenty years or so, my best friend, Dan, and […]
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No Such Agency

No Such Agency  By Steve Healey “Well its one, two three. What are we fighting for? Don’t ask me I don’t give a damn. The next stop is Viet Nam. – “I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ To Die Rag,” Country Joe and the Fish   November, 1967 When I was seventeen, I decided to join […]
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The Philadelphia Stories (Why Philly? Or Why, Philly?)

“There’s a thunder storm a brewin’. And the day is turning gray. There ain’t much to say about the weather. The shower stall is leakin’. And the ceiling’s fallin in. And I’m getting twenty bills to every letter.” – Fall in Philadelphia, Hall and Oates   A vacation trip to Philadelphia is an experience everyone […]
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Conversations Pt. 2 – The Canine Dialogues

Conversations Pt. 2 – The Canine Dialogues “Why must I feel like that? Why must I chase the cat? Nothin’ but the dog in me.” – “Atomic Dog,” George Clinton and P-Funk   This conversation takes place when two canine friends, Arnold the Basset Hound and Hugh the English Bulldog, run into each other at the dog […]
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Let’em Frack.

(Sung or read to the tune of Let It Snow.)    Well the landscape outside is frightening, and all the houses have shifted slightly. All the roads and highways are cracked, but let’em frack, let’em frack, let’em frack.   The governors have made it illegal to disclose what’s in fracking chemicals. And because of campaign […]
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CONVERSATIONS PT. 1

CONVERSATIONS PT. 1 – EVOLUTION OF A WOULD-BE ENTERTAINER   “Dear Sir or Madam, will you read my book? It took me years to write, will you take a look? It’s based on a novel by a man named Lear. And I need a job. So I want to be a paperback writer. Paperback writer.” – Paperback […]
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Going Topless in Prescott

Going Topless in Prescott “In the summertime when the weather is fine, You could stretch right up and touch the sky” – In The Summertime, Mungo Jerry     It’s a beautiful early summer day and a great time to be topless in Prescott. Riding around with the car’s convertible roof down allows me to […]
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The Watch Incident

The Watch Incident “Hurray for Captain Santa Claus and his Reindeer Space Patrol. His sleigh broke down on Christmas Eve as he started from the pole. He said, ‘Those children’s hearts will break if I don’t make this trip.’ But Santa’s helpers saved the day when they built a rocket ship.” Captain Santa Claus and […]
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Chance Encounters of the Famous Kind

Chance Encounters of the Famous Kind  “Been traveling around some, crossing people’s paths. Some, they stand right in your way. Others like to watch you pass.” – “Nothing,” Uncle Tupelo   After many years of “living” on airplanes, I recently became curious about how many miles I had flown during my career. Most of my […]
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