The legendary Thomas Sowell and his economics, politics and social theory highlighted by Jason Riley for PragerU

| July 27, 2021

As a longtime subscriber to the Wall Street Journal (and for the last decade or so Barron’s), I’ve learned to appreciate certain journalists, economists and opinion piece writers like Jason Riley at the Manhattan Institute. When he told the inspiring story of Thomas Sowell for PragerU, I quickly viewed the video and applauded – well […]

Music Monday: Neil Diamond and “Crackin’ Rosie” from 1970

| July 19, 2021

It has hard for me to imagine that there is anyone who doesn’t appreciate the music of Neil Diamond? He may not have been at the top of my 1970s music listening list, but when it comes to soft rock, there are few men who can match his vocal talent. A Twitter snippet of a […]

Music Monday: Don McLean performing “Crossroads” live

| July 5, 2021

The lifelong troubadour Don McLean has been mentioned once or twice before, although more for his iconic song American Pie than his music career.     Don McLean – “American Pie” But … by chance, heard a recent live recording of Don McLean performing his song “Crossroads” on YouTube just accompanied by piano (Tony Migliore) […]

Music Monday: Supertramp – Breakfast in America LIVE (1979)

| June 28, 2021

Last week a friend of mine include an album cover photo and said “strike this pose.” I laughed to myself wondering just how many people seeing it would know and remember “Breakfast in America“ and the Engilsh rock band Supertramp? Interestingly, even though I clearly remembered the band and the album, I did not realized […]

Books: Brave By Faith by Alistair Begg

| June 13, 2021

The current pile of books to read is too high for my nighttime side table;  I think I need to move a few to my office … or better yet, finish reading them! Since Alistair Begg is a favorite teaching pastor of ours (Parkside Church was our home church when we lived in NE Ohio), […]

Music Monday: Mercy Me and their “Say I Won’t” music video

| May 17, 2021

My Desultory Blog‘s Music Monday does not include enough music from the Christian music genre and after hearing the story of Gary Miracle last weekend, I had to include Mercy Me‘s “Say I Won’t.”  

Music Monday: Sheryl Crow and NPR Music Tiny Desk Concerts

| April 12, 2021

Stumbled across a pre-COVID19 lockdown NPRMusic Tiny Desk Concert on YouTube when watching another video from an automotive friend of mine … and since I like Sheryl Crow “music” … I figured it would be an easy fill for Music Monday. Her “Soak Up The Sun” hit from 2002 was included a couple years ago, […]

Music Monday: Paul Simon (and Art Garfunkel) – Kodachrome

| April 5, 2021

Last week on Music Monday the subject was Kodachrome and how an automotive social networking site that archives slides and one of Cripple Creek, Colorado that triggered a musical memory for me. After mentioning it to Brenda, she asked, “What is Kodachrome?” It never occurred to me those unfamiliar with film photography would not know […]

Music Monday: More Than a Feeling – Boston 1976

| March 22, 2021

For this week’s Music Monday, mentioning the band Boston and their debut album of the same name triggers memories. Fond thoughts aside, the title song “More Than a Feeling,” is long overdue music for MyDesultoryBlog. It is definitely on the top-ten list for both Brenda and me and triggers memories of our youth … particularly […]

Why do so many on the political left deride America?

| March 3, 2021

If all we do is listen to those who spew negativity and show distain for America, we might miss the fact that the US through Operation Warp Speed in coordination with private companies, have given us a COVID19 vaccine to its citizens and to the world in record time. In keeping with countries which have […]

Music Monday: Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show video. Yikes!

| March 1, 2021

There are some 1970s songs that I’ve listened to and heard again and again over the years, but never really given much thought to what the band might have looked like performing on stage?  Dr. Hook (& the Medicine Show) happens to be one of them … and I didn’t follow  the group or know […]

Music Monday: The Marshall Tucker Band – “Can’t You See”

| February 22, 2021

The Marshall Tucker Band was one of my favorite groups in the 1970s and I mentioned them before. I was a big fan of modern country music as it inched towards what we know as southern rock. It really made inroads into popular music in the 1970s and had staying power unlike the trendy stuff […]

Music Monday: Steely Dan – “Peg” from their 1977 album Aja

| February 15, 2021

Well I’m still stuck in the 1970s for today’s Music Monday, but this time it is some jazz rock from the group Steely Dan … and band leaders Donald Fagan and Walter Becker. I can still see myself (a bit younger and uncertain of the future) hanging out with my college roommates in the dorm […]

Music Monday: Gilligan’s Island theme mashed with Led Zeppelin

| February 8, 2021

For those who grew up on one of my favorite TV shows, Gilligan’s Island … and in later years listened to the music of Led Zeppelin … here’s an interesting YouTube video for this week’s Music Monday. On a more depressing note, I was sad to hear America’s favorite “girl next door” actress Dawn Wells […]

Music Monday: The Cranberries – “Linger” (Irish Alt Rock)

| February 1, 2021

No, I’m not purposefully moving out of my 1970s Music Monday comfort zone (rut) in selecting today’s 1993 Irish alternative rock song “Linger,” but enjoyed the music by The Cranberries enough while painting in the basement a couple weekends ago. I was playing Pandora on the Home Theater screen and sound system while working and […]

Woodworking ideas: Workshop dust collection improvements

| January 30, 2021

My basement woodworking shop is a dust-making mess in our house, but there isn’t much I can do about it now other than to improve how I collect and filter and keep dust from gravitating into the furnaces cold air returns and upstairs. In our previous house in Hudson Ohio, I was fortunate to have […]

Music Monday: Lexington Lab Band does 1971 Chicago song

| January 25, 2021

A few years ago (2013 and 2014), I mentioned that a talented classmate of mine from high school in Sidney performs regularly with the Lexington Lab Band. They play music that I enjoy and so will include a new video for Music Monday this week, but if you like their music be sure to check […]

Music Monday: Early Pure Prairie League and Vince Gill

| January 18, 2021

I’ve always enjoyed the Ohio-founded group called Pure Prairie League and most of their albums, as well as the other groups from their era who blended popular rock with the country music sound (including NGDB). For Music Monday this week, I’ll included a couple song with the great Vince Gill just as he was getting […]

New for me on Music Monday: Call It Dreaming by Iron & Wine

| January 11, 2021

Every year, in trying to get out of my 1970’s Music Monday rut, I say that I’m going to try something new.  So to keep January 2021 going with that same resolution for Music Monday, I’m listening to Iron & Wine thanks to No Shoes Radio on SiriusXM. This weekend I’ve been listening to Sam […]

The Great Conjunction: Saturn and Jupiter align on Dec 21st

| December 20, 2020

For those who enjoy astronomy, space exploration or just looking at the night sky, an event know as Saturn and Jupiter’s Great Conjunction is happening on December 21st (although look in the southern sky shortly after sunset  any night this month). A “conjunction” is an event that happens every 20 years for these two planets […]

What’s “The greatest threat to life on Earth” – according to theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking #video

| December 9, 2020

No … not a pandemic (like Covid19) … or 45 years of Global Warming … or the current adopted term – Climate Change – according to Green New Deal Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or environmental activist Greta Thunberg  … but an asteroid concluded the late Stephen Hawking. Also, there’s some real history, not a political ideology, […]

Missing sailing but appreciating a Cape Horn installation video

| December 6, 2020

Sometime the best part of keeping a daily blog is that provides a place to archive tidbits for future reference. The Sailing Uma “gear review” tagged YouTube clip on their channel has a fantastic installation video for the Cape Horn Wind Vane self-steering gear that I might need when taking apart ours for repair. Currently […]

Music Monday: Led Zeppelin and “Stairway to Heaven”

| November 30, 2020

Today’s Music Monday song is due to the minor chastising from my friend Mark Jones last week. He’s been picking up a few old albums for his record collection and to play on his Crosley record player mentioned before … and because I wanted to wish him a Happy Birthday today. Happy Birthday, Mark!  One […]

As the holidays approach, mini-dictators flex their power

| November 23, 2020

One of the more disturbing trends during the COVID19COVID19 pandemic has been the infringement on personal liberty by politicians in the country.Thankfully we are closing in on a vaccine, but the heavy-handed restrictions that may have been tolerated during the initial outbreak, aren’t being received well by those who are trying to keep food on the […]

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| November 21, 2020

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Music Monday: “Upside Down” and “Broken” with Jack Johnson

| October 19, 2020

While I was only going to mention the album recording of “Upside Down,” I happend to see the official .mp4 video online and figured it was even better than just listening, so here it is for Music Monday! 😊 Whenever I’m in Florida, I always enjoy listening to Radio Margaritaville. Some Jack Johnson music was […]

An inexpensive Sailrite LSZ-1 sewing machine cart is finished

| October 7, 2020

The Sailrite LSZ-1 sewing machine cart is complete and turned out great. Everything worked as planned (a rarity for me) and didn’t have to purchase anything new. The wider oak material was sitting in my stock shelf, the edge banding for the fold out table stripped from the glass top of my recently disassembled printing […]

The trajectory of a bullet thru pipes is shocking! YouTube #video

| September 8, 2020

It is disturbing that someone actually tried this, but “for science” (cough, cough) … the result is eye-opening. I don’t think I’ll ever look into the end of pipes when working plumbing projects again. 😮

Music Monday: I Heard It Through The Grapevine – CCR (1970)

| September 7, 2020

Everybody knows it and everybody has “[I]Heard It Through The Grapevine” (at least the 1968 single version by Marvin Gaye)… but not everybody has listened to the full 11 minutes of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s interpretation from their 1970 album, Cosmo’s Factory. Of course neither were the the first to record the Motown Records song … […]

Music Monday: Under Pressure – Queen, plus some humor

| August 24, 2020

Oh how the simplest humor can trigger a music flashback, at least for me! I’m not sure everyone’s brain operates like this, but the song Under Pressure from 1981/82 by Queen, and the late great David Bowie, is the first thing that came to mind when seeing the above image. Feeling Under Pressure? Perhaps you […]

NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance launched successfully today

| July 30, 2020

The NASA liftoff of Perseverance (7/30/2020) was a great sight this morning as was hearing that the new new rover “phoned home” an hour later. Those who grew up with the space program are fondly remembering the race to the moon days as well as the excitement in man probing space. This trip to Mars […]

Music Monday: Remembering my Glen Campbell listening days

| July 20, 2020

Glen Campbell was one of the few entertainers in my lifetime that has made a huge impact on peers and is deserving of the accolades for making the most of his talent. I stumbled on a Jimmy Webb (songwriter/composer) Wichita Lineman link <—worth a listen – this past week that reminded me of many late Glen […]

To shut down or not to shut down, that is the question – Hamlet

| July 18, 2020

As politicians and most of us in the United States (and probably world) debate how to live under the shadow of the Coronavirus pandemic, researchers, doctors and academics are flooding the Internet with studies and opinions both for and against opening up the country. Some have our best interest at heart … and likely some […]

Music Monday: Bread – Baby I’m-a Want You plus concert video

| June 29, 2020

After mentioning and listening to my friend’s “vinyl” version of Bread’s album Baby I’m-a Want You last week when visiting, I thought why not a sampling for Music Monday? So here’s the cover song from the 1972 album and a sampling of just how mellow SOME music in the 1970s could be. Brenda and I […]

Music Monday: Van Morrison – Ballerina/Move On Up #video

| June 8, 2020

If you are like me, or a friend who commented on my including a bit more from Van Morrison for Music Monday a couple weeks ago, hearing even a little more music from him is not a problem. Below is a great 10 minute set Ballerina/Move On Up in a live appearance from the Hollywood […]

How do we safely open up America again? #COVID19

| April 21, 2020

As the United States and the world prepare to open society in phases after well over a month of stay-at-home orders due to the Coronavirus, the debate between those who see the health risk as too high and those who fear a full on economic collapse (world wide depression) continues. Several states are seeing protests […]

Plugging yet another tire and “smelling the roses” #video

| April 18, 2020

Another nail or something in the tire, this time in Brenda’s Acura RDX. Thankfully it was in the tread and small, so an easy plug … but plugging two tires within 30 days? (the animated gif above is just a little soap water sprayed on the tire for leak detection) As for a video that […]

Muzak Monday: The Pink Panther Theme – Henry Mancini

| April 6, 2020

Normally this post would be titled “Music Monday,” but since Henry Mancini’s Pink Panther Theme is often played as “elevator music,” I’m changing the subject line to Muzak Monday. The Pink Panther Theme is also a favorite for those who enjoyed Inspector Jacques Clouseau films or just enjoyed listening to fun music played by a […]

A simple framing woodworking jig idea and bookshelves update

| April 5, 2020

Snipped an idea for the woodworking workshop that I’m planning to add to my table saw crosscut sled .. nothing complicated, but a way to use geometry in order to make the perfect 45 degree jig for cutting frames. It is a way to use perfect squares to accurately cut the 45 degree jig. Check […]

Music Monday: Neil Diamond #COVID19 contribution

| March 30, 2020

Neil Diamond sings “Sweet Caroline” with updated lyric for safety during Covid-19 pandemic. Stay safe out there!

As depression kicks in, watched the film “Miracle” for inspiration

| March 18, 2020

For those of us who in December thought this Coronavirus ‘thing’ was a Chinese story and not going to be a big deal here in America; we were wrong. COVID19 and the economic impact is being felt far and wide by everyone in the world. I still want to believe it will be short-lived and […]

Woodworking: Best plywood edge banding advice and #video

| March 8, 2020

While planning a long overdue bookcase woodworking project, I needed to learn a little more about edge banding. Previous bookcases that I’ve made have all been solid wood and either painted (in our first and second homes) or stained and poly finished oak (several book, CD, video and DVD case). This planned project is a […]

Woodworking: Jon Peters on biscuit jointers and a great tip

| February 16, 2020

Although one could spend all day or night watching YouTube advice videos from expert woodworkers, I’ve limited my viewing to a few guys. I’m fond of Jon Peters for both the quality of his videos and for the short “focused” tips. In a recent YouTube video, he points out how often he finds himself using […]

Music Monday: The Mamas and The Papas – Monday Monday

| February 10, 2020

It is impossible to resist eventually including a Music Monday oldie called … wait for it, “Monday Monday” by The Mamas and The Papas from 1966. Likely I heard this on my mom’s AM radio station the first time, but obviously it is a classic so it is often played on every oldies station around. […]

Loved those Volkswagen conversions like the Brubaker Box #TBT

| January 9, 2020

It’s fun to remember all the cool looking Volkswagen conversion back in my youth. I loved the dune buggies and sports car models (that looked fast, but were VW Bug slow). Here’s one that I never saw in person, but back in the 1970s … when “vans were cool” … this would have been great. […]

The last post of the decade: Do you remember yard Jarts?

| December 31, 2019

While getting the Christmas decorations for Evergreen Farm Estates down from the poolhouse-garage loft earlier this month (Brenda and neighbor Pam have always decorated our neighborhood) …  I spotted the yard game of Jarts. (you probably need to be a baby boomer to remember them?) What were they thinking??? Just as with the “design of […]

Music Monday: Remembering Aerosmith – Sweet Emotion 1975

| October 7, 2019

While listening to SiriusXM last week, I heard Aerosmith and Sweet Emotion that triggered high school memories for me (and another 1970 song from Music Monday). I was never an Aerosmith fan or listener of hard rock and roll music, but it was the music of many of my peers and like most transplanted high […]

Music Monday: A WSJ article and Gordon Lightfoot memories

| September 2, 2019

All too often lately I’m reminded that the memories I have as a boy growing up are seen as being from “the olden days.” An article in this past month’s WSJ highlighted the beloved Gordon Lightfoot, a Canadian folk singer and songwriter who’s work spans many decades. His music was enjoyed and listened to by […]

Music Monday: Cheeseburger in Paradise – Jimmy Buffett

| July 22, 2019

What would summer be without Jimmy Buffett music and cheeseburgers? How about remembering summer fun with Jimmy Buffett‘s Cheeseburger in Paradise song from back in 1978 with a relatively new personal connection twist? Besides me being a nearly life long listener, this past year or so I have another connection to Buffett as mentioned before. […]

Music Monday: A one hit wonder – Oh, Oh, Oh It’s Magic

| July 15, 2019

Heard this one-hit-wonder this past week and thought it would make a great addition for Music Monday. The once Bay City Roller members, David Paton and Billy Lyall, formed the group Pilot in 1973 and in 1975 “Magic” hit the charts.

Tech Friday: The challenges of policing speech on social media

| July 12, 2019

There are challenges from users and governments facing several of the companies who make money advertising to the millions of eyeballs and the marketing of users personal data. We all want “free services,” but most people dislike the collection and selling of their personal data or having to sift through advertising … especially when it […]

A wide swath of Western Ohio was hit by storms and tornadoes

| May 28, 2019

Thankfully the tornado(es) and severe storms that blasted through Indiana and Ohio last night were all to our north. I checked in with my brother Ron in Tipp City and he was fine, although his home and my nephew Jaben’s (Huber Heights) were in the path of this nighttime storm. The photo of a massive […]

Music Monday: Ventura Highway – the mellow sound of America

| May 27, 2019

When I mention 1970’s music to younger generations, I sense they assume electric guitar oriented rock and roll (which it often is) … but a large percentage of what we listened to was actually “mellow” soft rock (an overused term).  The group America is an excellent example of this “mellow” sound for Music Monday … and […]

Music Monday: Doobie Brothers – China Grove

| May 20, 2019

Whenever I hear the Doobie Brothers, I can’t help but think about being back in high school and listening to my high school pep band at basketball games (while I was behind the basket shooting photos for the paper). Several songs were regularly played as I recall … China Grove, Listen to the Music and […]

Music Monday: Ramblin’ Man by Allman Brothers live in 1972

| May 13, 2019

Having posted songs from the Allman Brothers Band and Gregg Allman a few times before, it was surprising not to have included a Music Monday “Ramblin’ Man” post? So instead of a vinyl single to mp3 (recorded 1972 – release 1973), how about a live YouTube live video from November of 1972 at Hofstra University […]

Archiving a YouTube grilling recipe for summer

| April 29, 2019

Archive: Taylor Corbett – Meeting Clermont County’s Planner

| April 9, 2019

There aren’t many things that makes a mom and dad prouder than realizing their parenting efforts have paid off. We are now regularly seeing our children as productive professional adults and realizing that our being positive examples, and prioritizing school and providing a college education, has paid off. Besides Katelyn and husband Drew being accomplished […]

Music Monday: Once upon a time, I saw the 1967 musical Hair

| April 8, 2019

Likely having any connection to the 1960’s hippie counterculture would be a surprise to those who have only known me after becoming a semi-responsible parent (and grandparent!) … but I was once young and had friends with older brothers and sisters, although thankfully for us it did not include drugs the behaviors part of the […]

Music Monday: Just a guy playing the piano in a hardware store

| April 1, 2019

This is a repost from Facebook and a blog post from 5 years ago … but after someone sent me a message last week about not being able to view the embedded FB video, I decided to repost and archive the impressive piano playing of Jacob Tolliver on an “unfinished piano in a Portsmouth Ohio […]

The new 2019 iPad Air or the 11 inch iPad Pro?

| March 22, 2019

This is project for work as I wanted to demonstrate to a customer what I was referring to when I encouraged them to add a simple “read a script” podcast channel or simple YouTube video component to their marketing. It is a way to capture audiences who have moved away from reading articles and blogs […]

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