JWDailies 04-30-2021

Song of the day: “If You Could Read My Mind” by Gordon Lightfoot, as broken down by Rick Beato. Great explanation of how this song works. A musician’s musician — widely repected by his peers as the best of them all. Poem of the day: “Route Six” by Stanley Kunitz. Fact of the day: Has … Read more

JWDailies 01-22-2021

Song of the day: “The Boy with the Moon and the Stars” by the artist then known as Cat Stevens. From his album Catch Bull at Four. The first side of this album is my favorite sequence of Cat Stevens’ songs ever. Poem of the day: “A Simple Dream” by Micah Bournes. If you think … Read more


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