Thin Red Line

December 10th, 2009

Linda Ronstadt took a lot of flak in 1980 upon the release of her new wave influenced album Mad Love. She was accused of jumping on and trying to ride the punk/new wave bandwagon, a place where many believed she had no business. She was, after all, known primarily as a “folk,” “country-rock” “70s pop” artist. She didn’t write her own songs. To many she was nothing more than a fluffy Top 40 songstress. But, Ronstadt was always so much more than that and throughout her career she had a … [more]

Recto Verso by Zaz

Amazon France

May 27th, 2014

I thought it might be fun to order some CDs from Amazon while I’m here in France. I opened an account on and I used my French credit card. I found some CDs that were on special, buy three for 15€, which is about $6.82 each, a good deal any way you look at it. At home in the US we have Amazon Prime where we pay a yearly fee and get, among other things, free two day shipping. Amazon France offered me 30 days of Amazon Prime free … [more]

Col d'Allos, France

Col d’Allos – From Both Sides

June 9th, 2014

It’s a wonderful, exhilarating, rewarding and very satisfying experience to reach the summit of any Col (mountain pass) in the Alpes on a bike. It’s even sweeter when you can do it from both sides, back to back, on the same day. It is such a great feeling to get to the top of climb and see other cyclists celebrating that they’ve made it to the summit, all the time knowing that you’ve been here not once, but twice in a row.

Autoire, France


February 18th, 2015

Autoire is a very small little village with a population of around 350, located in the Lot department of southwestern France. About 40km southwest of Turenne (where I was staying), it was a nice way to spend a sunny morning. It was late June, I had just left Turenne and was headed back to Vence and then back to Tennessee. As I love to do, I had mapped out a day’s worth of stops along the way, visiting several beautiful little French villages. Autoire was the first stop of the … [more]

Snow Leopard

August 31st, 2009

I’ve successfully updated the first of my three Mac computers to Snow Leopard with no issues (so far). Snow Leopard was released on Friday, August 28th. I ordered my copy directly from Apple because they said it would ship to arrive on the 28th. The FedEx delivery man handed it t me and said, “Not sure what this is, but I’m delivering the same package all over town today, there are tons of them.” I told him it was the new Apple operating system and that I wasn’t surprised. He … [more]

Anthony Weiner

September 12th, 2009

I saw Anthony Weiner on Real Time With Bill Maher last night (September 11, 2009). Though I try to stay current on politics and watch a fair amount of politically orientated TV (Morning Joe, Rachel Maddow, Hardball, Countdown With Keith Olbermann) this is the first time I’ve run across Congressman Weiner. Very impressive guy. The discussion mostly centered around health care and I have to say, Weiner was one of the best proponents I’ve heard yet. The Democrats really need to get this guy out there on the talk shows … [more]

Greg Droman Website

October 14th, 2010

He’s a well known audio producer, engineer, mixer and more who has worked with an amazing list of artists, including Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham, Trisha Yearwood, Lee Ann Womack, Emmylou Harris, Brooks & Dunn, Faith Hill and many others. Greg Droman’s new websites gives him his first ever presence on the web. He joined his first band at the age of twelve and has been in love with music and music production ever since. He played in Joe Walsh’s band, touring the U.S. and Japan before moving to L.A. where … [more]

Walt, Steve, Susan and Ernie Wilkison 1960

Father’s Day 1960

November 27th, 2014

This is a polaroid photo taken on June 19, 1960, Father’s Day. I know because it’s written on the back in what looks like my Dad’s handwriting. It was taken in our backyard at the time, 1333 West Jackman Street, in Lancaster, CA. I would have been about four and a half years old. Also in the photo are my Dad, my Grandpa Wilkison (my Dad’s dad) and my little sister, Susan, who would have just turned three. The original photo is not in very good shape, I’ve done a fair … [more]

New Website

March 28th, 2011

Well, I’ve finally got it all together and up. It’s been awhile since I revamped by personal website. Way too long in fact. I’ve actually been working on this for quite some time, I just haven’t been able to find the spare time and/or concentration to actually do everything I wanted to do. Not only have I completely redone the design, I’ve also gone through the individual entries and recoded almost everything. This site is built completely in WordPress. I designed a new custom theme and because many of the … [more]