R.I.P. Tom Petty: The 5 Petty songs I’m listening to over and over

Like many children of the 80s, struck again by the loss of one of our musical heroes, I'm up late on a Wednesday night listening to Tom Petty.

Audition for Tom Petty cover band upstaged by conversation with Old Grey Wolf

I’ve played in my fair share of bands over the years, and at one point I aspired to be the piano man for a popular Dallas-area Tom Petty cover band called Petty Theft. The year was 2003 or 2004, and I heard about the gig via a radio station I had listened to constantly since ...

Breakfast at Pioneer Woman’s shop, The Mercantile, worth the wait

This weekend, my girlfriend and I took off for north-central Oklahoma and the land of Pawhuska Huskies and bison. Oh, and it's also the home of Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond.

DIY: Home improvement project spruces up room belonging to beloved pet

For the better part of 15 years, I owned a cat, or rather she owned me. She also owned a room in my house, and this is the story of how I renovated it after she passed. Finley was a rescue, an abandoned kitty when I took her in, early in 2001 in Lewisville, Texas. ...

These 12 songs would be on my all-time best, definitive, ultimate CD

I haven’t been able to run this week because of some heel pain, so I decided to revisit a blog project that I’ve wanted to do for a long time: ranking my favorite songs of all time. I figured I’d start with my top 10 and then expand from there. It’s totally self-indulgent, but I’ve ...

Coors Field, Denver’s LoDo district demolish expectations

Earlier this year, my girlfriend and I decided on a quick weekend jaunt to Denver, another in a long list of stops in my quest to watch a game at every Major League Baseball park. What I didn’t expect was to discover the coolest city in America. And it’s not just because they have a ...

One trip to Delaware, and I’m a fightin’ Blue Hen

As part of this work group I’m part of, I get to travel three times a year to meet with the smartest minds in corporate communications to discuss the issues of the day. Our venue this go-round was the University of Delaware in Newark, a city 20 minutes away from Wilmington, where I stayed the ...

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