Obama’s 2008 election night celebration from the stage in Chicago was one of those remember-where-you-were moments. We thought a corner had been turned for good. But in our exuberance we just forgot. We forgot the lesson of the Compromise of 1877. Following the bitterly disputed 1876 presidential election, the opposing parties agreed to settle that … Read more

JWDailies 01-18-2021

Song of the day: “Trinkle Tinkle” by Thelonious Monk, featuring John Coltrane. Wow! The Monk Riverside recordings from 1957 are worth a long listen. Poem of the day: “Bird Language” by Christopher Pearse Cranch. Fact of the day: Let’s face it, Facebook owns some of the responsibility for the Capitol attack on January 6. Does … Read more

JWDailies 01-17-2021

Song of the day: “Chimes of Freedom” by The Byrds. Best Dylan cover band ever, period. And my favorite Dylan cover they recorded. Second best Dylan cover artist? Hands down, Jimmy LaFave. Poem of the day: “I Knew a Woman” by Theodore Roethke. Fact of the day: Exponents. Simple as that. The new coronavirus variants … Read more

JWDailies 01-16-2021

Song of the day: “In Quintessence” by Squeeze. I like their East Side Story LP notwithstanding the poor critical reviews at the time.  Poem of the day: “Spring and All: XI [In passing with my mind]” by William Carolos Williams. Fact of the day: Belief in conspiracy theories is not sheer stupidity. These misguided ideas arise within a particular … Read more

Why This Blog

This is a personal blog. So it is about my personal interests and ideas. But there is an underlying theme here. I want to explore stories and what they mean to our lives. I believe that narrative trumps data every time. In other words, it’s narrative first, then data, every time. It is the power … Read more