Superman would be really disappointed in the United States today.
Archive for America
After a week of schizophrenic weather (it’s hot! it’s cold! it’s raining! it’s snowing!) and even more schizophrenic babblings from the Whiner in Chief to the South of Sanity, it was an enormous relief to make the long drive out past the airport to the cozy home of friends Candice and Eli, for the New Orleans themed Fam-Damily Music Jam Fest. Within minutes of arrival I was draped in Carnival beads and being pulled on stage for some musical improv.
Up until a few hours ago I was about to post my column today, which was a 6000 word essay and reprints of comments, articles and facts, slaved over to make a simple point…
Donald Trump is not qualified to be the President of the United States, and Hillary Rodham Clinton is.
Last night I watched the Director’s cut of a film called “Cowboys and Aliens”, and the first Part of Ken Burns’ epic history of America’s National Parks. In both of these disparate entertainments, the wisdom and spirituality of the American Indian brings calm and understanding, and makes sense of the importance of the wealth of our surroundings, of the beauty of nature, that we have all but destroyed in the pursuit of money, control over others, and intolerance. We need to unite and embrace a lot of what the Indigenous peoples of this continent have believed for centuries, and face off with those whose obsession with the accumulation of wealth and power over others. I want Gene Rodenberry’s future, not George Miller’s. It’s time we stopped whining and yelling and arguing…and DID something about our problems.
I love social media. Because of it, I have connected with lost friends and old chums, been reminded of past pleasures and experiences I had nearly or completely forgotten, and have over 4000 NEW friends I have never met, know nothing about, and will probably never meet. Instant Pen Pals from all over the world…but one thing about this mostly wonderful technology is driving me nuts.
All the whining. Including mine….
Doug Thompson: A NEW BOOK ON THE CANADIAN MUSIC SCENE IS IN BOOK STORES OR ON KINDLES, OR HOWEVER YOU READ BOOKS THESE DAYSPosted in Opinion with tags America, Anne Murray, ARC Records, Arcade Fire, “The Top 100 Canadian Albums”, Barry Allen, Bill Gilliland, Blue Ant Media, Bob Crewe, Bob Mersereau, Bobby Curtola, Canadian Music Centre, CBC, CHUM FM, Cory Wells, David Clayton Thomas, DBAWIS, Don't Believe a Word I Say, Doug Thompson, Duff Roman, Edward Bear, Gary Buck, Gordon Lightfoot, Hi Fi Salutes, Ian Thomas, Jack London and The Sparrows, Jack Scott, John Kay, JUNO Awards, Levon and The Hawks, Little Caesar and The Consuls, Manfred Mann, music, Neil Young, Ocean, Oliver!, Paul White, radio, Records, Roman Records, Ronnie Hawkins, RPM Magazine, Santana, segarini, Shirley Matthews, Skip Prokop, Stan Klees, Steppenwolf, Terry Black, The 5 Man Electrical Band, The Band, The Beau-Marks, The Bob Crewe Generation, The Crew Cuts, The Diamonds, The Esquires, The Four Lads, The Four Seasons, The Guess Who, The History of Canadian Rock’N’Roll”, The Mod Beats, The Staccatos, The Top Canadian Singles”, The Ugly Ducklings, Three Dog Night, Toronto, Walt Grealis on June 15, 2015 by segarini
Before I begin my review, I have to say that I have the utmost respect for anybody who sits down (or stands up for that matter) to write a book…whether fiction or non-fiction. The amount of time and effort in research and the blood, sweat and tears that it takes to actually write it, can be monumental. Having contributed to over a dozen books, I know that it takes true dedication and can’t be undertaken lightly. Writing a book can (and often does) take over your life.