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Still Alive at 69 But Dead To Facebook and All Other Social Media

I turned 69 years young mid November, am fully retired now that I left SXSW as their Pacific Senior Regional Development Manager of 17 years in July. I wintered in Hawaii for a couple of months, planted new crops in the spring (chilli, okra, collards, eggplant and others) and am shutting down my Facebook Page […]

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Blog June 2019 A couple of y’all got in touch worried I had died because there’s been no action on social media from me.   My Bad… The start of winter sunrises again. In pursuit of finishing my book, “What A Long, Strange Tripp It’s Been”,  I went off Facebook and all social media about three months […]

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Hole in the Head

Book Excerpt: The Basement Tapes

Another excerpt of the almost finished tome.  The Basement Tapes is a darker chapter of the book that occurs after a burglary that my ex-girlfriend committed while I was away on the road.  I was an extremely vengeful person back in those days post-breakup and rip-off and this chapter shows the extremes that my mind […]

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Book Excerpt: Up For The Down Stroke

From a year ago…   Well, I’m hurtling through the pages with thousands of words pouring out of me every day starting at 7am when I hit the keyboard with my parrot behind me chirping away and the stereo tuned to a new act each day.  This week it was Drive By Truckers one day, […]

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Fifth Week of Book Excerpts… and a Brisket!

From a year ago… Five weeks in from my start writing this book I’m about a third of the way through it and the stories are pouring out of me at a rate of 2000 words a day. It’s a real joy writing and because of my lurid past in the business of importing fine […]

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REVENGE IS A DISH BEST SERVED VERY COLD Thank Goddess I have reformed and got rid of my vengeful streak, replacing getting back with paying forward in random acts of kindness.  Maybe it was the stroke I had that melted that part of my mind tuned into revenge, or the subsequent cardiac arrest that killed […]

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Book Excerpt: Opening Chapter… The First Murder

THE FIRST MURDER begins the book which ends with the second murder that I was framed for, but did not commit nine years later.  In between was a raucous diversion.   My brand new Lincoln Continental Town Car was parked in a small clearing in the empty desert clearing awaiting the loading of a shipment […]

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EXCERPTS FROM THE BOOK: Where the Music Began…

It’s been almost three weeks since I started writing this book with a goal of about 2000 words a day pretty much fulfilled.  Dropping out of Facebook was a superb move as the distractions fell away, much like quitting smoking and not having to light up out of boredom or habit.  Every morning begins at […]

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I wake up every morning around 4am, answer a few emails from SXSW and friends and then zip out of the house by 4:30 to start my hour-long dawn Nordic Walk along the Harbour Jetty, North Wall Breakwater and beach.    It’s only a five minute concert ride at high volume to the water where I […]

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  The house and acreage in Coffs Harbour that I’m lucky to live on at Robert’s Hill, overlooking the Pacific horizon is a wondrous place since I planted it in native flowers and vegetation since I moved here in 2010. As a result, I have prolific birdlife, native animals, reptiles and amphibians in addition to […]

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Back Home Again

      There’s something to be said about returning to sleep in your own bed again.  I recently spent seven weeks travelling the US–Hawaii and New England with a little Montreal thrown in–during the depth of the Australian winter. Coming back to a fluffy goose down doona and a down pillow-fort high on The […]

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Advocate Letters

Popping Up In The Hometown

I came back from my recent trip to find even more retailers having closed and the vacant shops multiplying.  I had an idea to write a letter to the editor of the local paper which was surprisingly published this morning   With high rents, dwindling foot traffic, an ugly CBD that I have likened to […]

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The Book & The Writer

As of April 15 2018, I disconnected myself from social media of all types, especially Facebook, to get rid of casual distractions and brain-sucking posting/reply habits.  The primary purpose is to devote myself to writing this book that has been hanging over me like a haze and realign my life for health and happiness.  The […]

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What A Long, Strange Tripp It’s Been!

There is a time in your life, if you’re a writer, and carved out an interesting trail, when you feel compelled to write your autobiography.  My time has come halfway through my 67th year and I have switched off Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and any other social media feeds so as not to be distracted over […]

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Here We Are Again… 67 and Counting!

  Bright and sunny with cool breezes wafting through the millions of  full-bloomed star jasmines all along the back of the House on The Hill, rustling the thousands of frangipani flowers adding their scent from the front and balcony       while an explosion of hundreds of gardenias perfume the air with their aroma from […]

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It’s a Crazy World But I Love Living It

      I just realised as I started the month’s countdown to my 66th birthday November 17 that I’ve neglected this lifeline a bit as my life has become more interesting and less fraught with health and mobility issues. Yeah, I suffered a massive cardiac arrest in March and died but recovery now has […]

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3 Month New Lease on Life Report

It was three months ago today that without warning or a single symptom, save two seconds of dizziness, I slumped and dropped dead in front of a door greeter at Alamo Car Rental in Honolulu Airport.  Thanks to her catching my head before it bounced off the pavement, a girl who rushed off an outgoing […]

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Still Alive & Well

There is nothing more powerful than dying to make you appreciate living again. That’s how I’m feeling only a couple of months after my nine-minute lapse in time when I keeled over and clocked out in a crowded Alamo Car Rental office in Honolulu late-February 2016.  I’m still here and rocking out to the strains […]

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Shock to The Heart: A Life Renewed

For those friends who didn’t see it on my Facebook Feed or catch up with me by other means, I’m now a month past the massive cardiac arrest and nine-minute death I suffered on landing in Hawaii February 27.  I’m extremely lucky to be alive and with all my senses, much less at home comfortably […]

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Phoenix, A Surprising City

This article was just published in Rhythms Magazine in April.

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