An apology to my website

| February 10, 2010

I’ve been neglectful of my website. It’s been nearly a month since I updated. I’ve been very busy, but it’s time to catch up. In mid-December, my wife suggested I e-mail as many people as I could think of to tell them I wanted to engage more. Being semi-retired can be lonely, even when there’s […]

The western trek

| November 1, 2009

Katy and I went to Arizona in the third week of October to look at Arizona State University in Phoenix and the University of Arizona in Tucson. Katy’s a senior at Beaumont School and is interested in psychology. She has a gift for it, working with kids with special disabilities the past two summers in […]

Stuff I’ve been working on

| September 29, 2009

I’m writing about jazz again. Just cobbled together a feature about Cleveland-based jazz saxophonist Bobby Selvaggio, who’s working his new CD, Modern Times. Just wrote a short about Fra Fra Sound, an Amsterdam septet whose Dya So CD is cool world music. These are for Scene. I’m also writing debut columns for a yet-to-be-announced, Cleveland-based […]

Maybe we can’t

| August 18, 2009

I just read Politico’s story on liberal pundit dismay with Obama. I’m alarmed myself. Obama’s waffling on health care reform, apparently ready to sacrifice a public option to insurance and pharmacy interests (forget single payer). He hasn’t lifted the Cuban embargo despite calls for air travel from here to there, not just from there to […]


| July 24, 2009

So I’m leaving the Taj Mahal the early afternoon of July 15 and it’s unbelievably hot and to get to the tour bus I have to run a vendor and beggar gauntlet unlike any I’ve ever encountered including one kind of like this outside the Great Wall of China. Only this one puts vendors and […]

And now, from India…

| July 20, 2009

I’ve just arrived at the Leela Kempinski Goa on the coast of the Indian Ocean in the southwestern part of this fantastic country. It’s one of the most beautiful resorts I’ ve ever seen. The per-night cost of the suite I’m typing this in approaches my monthly mortgage payment; no wonder it’s so relaxing. It […]

Welcome to the new

| May 25, 2009

I want to thank my wife, the gifted multimedia artist Karen Sandstrom, for outfitting my website with this new header, and I want to thank website facilitator Dave Miyares for fitting it and my “old” blog into this new template. I also want to thank the technocommunications expert Penny Stetz for advice in setting it […]


| January 17, 2009

On Jan. 16, when I first heard of US Airways flight 1549 landing in the Hudson River off Manhattan, I called my wife into the bedroom to watch the news. It was good. She agreed, and she’s had fear of flying for years. Maybe from now on she’ll travel lighter in her head. I want […]

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I'm a veteran critic and business writer who reads and listens and writes about music, books, hotels and travel. I've been in the business for many years and still enjoy it. My pride and joy is my book, Cleveland Rock & Roll Memories. Follow me on Twitter: