JWDailies 06-03-2021

Song of the day: “Irene” by Ian Noe. Poem of the day: “Altars” by Austin Rodenbiker. Fact of the day: Informative discussion about what the Apple iPhone ecosystem doesn’t allow you to do. Leaned one thing today: An interesting reflection on the ways in which the shape of a painting influences our understanding of its … Read more

JWDailies 05-21-2021

Song of the day: “Build Me Up Buttercup” by The Foundations. Poem of the day: “The Storm-torn Edge of Heaven” by Mark Cox. Fact of the day: A history of the past 100 years through the lens of New York Times headlines. Learned one thing today: Interesting speculation that, perhaps, God is a liberal. Visual … Read more

JWDailies 05-19-2021

Song of the day: “Easy Does It” by the Oscar Peterson Trio with Sonny Stitt sitting in. Poem of the day: “Ants” by Alfred Kreymborg. Speaking of which, this book of incredible close-up photos of ants has just been published. Fact of the day: A wonderful and instructive collection of short notes declining various sorts … Read more

JWDailies 05-12-2021

Song of the day: “Go Rest High On That Mountain” by Vince Gill. Poem of the day: “What’s Wrong With Being Human” by Josh Rathkamp. Fact of the day: Putting dowsing to the test. Learned one thing today: One side-effect of the current labor shortage is that bad bosses and bad places to work are … Read more

JWDailies 05-11-2021

Song of the day: “I Wish I Knew” by Bill Evans Trio. Poem of the day: “Fire-eater” by Tony Harrison. Fact of the day: Stocks of ‘physical’ companies are performing far better than stocks of digital companies. Learned one thing today: The world sees the U.S. differently, and Americans have been slow to grasp this. … Read more

JWDailies 04-16-2021

Song of the day: “Alone Again Or” by the late Bryan MacLean. (Yep, same song as the one by Love. Bryan was in Love. And Bryan’s half-sister, fyi, is Maria McKee.) Poem of the day: “Ox Cart Man” by Donald Hall. Fact of the day: The great American road trip has always been anything but … Read more

JWDailies 03-01-2021

Song of the day: “I’m Tired of Your Stuff” by John Hiatt. Poem of the day: “A Song for the Year’s End” by Louis Zukofsky. Fact of the day: The Dunbar Number is 150 — the cognitive limit for personal relationships. It comes from Robin Dunbar, now Emeritus Professor of Evolutionary Psychology at Oxford. He … Read more

JW Dailies 02-20-2021

Song of the day: “Gonna Be All Right” by Sauce Boss (AKA: Bill Wharton). Poem of the day: “As the Dead Prey Upon Us” by Charles Olson. This is a great poem but a bit difficult, so here’s a good discussion of how to read it. Fact of the day: San Francisco is sinking into … Read more