culture

Thumbtacks That Matters

In the heat of personal criticism, have you ever crossed your arms and concluded, “Their opinion just doesn’t matter”? I have. The rub is that – while we hate to admit it – opinions do matter. In fact, they matter a great deal. Saying someone’s opinion doesn’t matter, whether it’s Read more…

The Hopper Kids

We’ll Be Grandpas

[PHOTO COURTESY OF NINA HOPPER] Grandpas. Grandpas can do anything. Like fixing our training wheels. They have strong, wrinkle-laiden hands. They have great stories about the “olden days.” Their cologne rubs off on our clothes, and their smile rubs off on our soul. They’re stern when we break the rules, Read more…

culture

Wonder Wonderfully

When we’re little, we see everything with wonder. When we grow up, we see things and wonder. When we’re old, we wonder how much we missed. When we’ve arrived, it’s wonderful. Seeing my parents hide their grandchildren’s Easter eggs and Easter baskets around our property yesterday was a real treat; Read more…

culture

Oil Not For Sale

It’s not often that I get to play drums anymore. I’m rusty, so that’s a liability to a leader. I don’t have much time to get un-rusty. And there are better drummers all around me. But every now and then the forces of heaven and earth align themselves in such Read more…

music

HME: Studio Overdubs

With a scheduled release date of Tuesday, May 11th, “Heaven Meets Earth,” my 10th record album, is consuming the better part of my time these days. Writing, recording, overdubbing, mixing, mastering, duplication, distribution, and promoting are all labor intensive, time consuming processes that require a lot of attention to detail. Read more…