Asheville, a short primer for Tyler and Brittany
Mar26

Asheville, a short primer for Tyler and Brittany

Let’s start with what this little article is not. It’s certainly not an all inclusive guide book to Asheville, North Carolina.  It’s not even a 500 word, how to spend 48 hours in a city, that might find itself in Charlotte Magazine.  This is an open letter to two of my favorite people, Tyler and Brittany, who are going to travel to Asheville in a couple of weeks.  You see, I wish I could join them; but I will be...

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Thank You Jennifer, Nine Years and Counting….
Mar20

Thank You Jennifer, Nine Years and Counting….

The boy lifted his hand and reached into jacket pocket again.   It was still there. “I’ll have a gin and tonic,” the girl said to the man behind the bar. “I’ll have the same,” the boy said. He rested his one hand on the bar and kept the other in his jacket pocket.  It felt good.  The blue felt, the rounded corners, the weight.  Yes, the weight; the wait.   There was a premier event across the street...

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Legend or Lame Vol. 1 – Sting (final judgement)
Mar08

Legend or Lame Vol. 1 – Sting (final judgement)

For two rounds we here at Forum Magnum have waged a heated debate about Sting and whether or not he is a legend. In round one C. Smith cited hardware and songwriting prowess to take the point while Mitch came back with body blows about Sting’s influence on future musicians to take round two. Now it is time for the final round. Time to see who can wage the better argument. Time to determine once and for all is Sting a legend or...

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Returning to Kilimanjaro
Mar07

Returning to Kilimanjaro

Five years ago this week, I was climbing Kilimanjaro. With a little luck and a whole bunch of help from my African friends, I reached Uhuru peak around 6:45 am on March 12, 2010.  A couple of weeks after I returned, I wrote 6,500 words documenting the experience.   Since that time, I haven’t re-read or edited what I originally wrote.  Jennifer has consistently encouraged me to, not only write more about that trip, but to share...

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Legend or Lame Vol. 1 – Sting (part 2)
Mar01

Legend or Lame Vol. 1 – Sting (part 2)

To quickly recap round 1 C. Smith took round one of the Legend or Lame dispute by providing us with a in depth look at the lyrical styling of Sting and citing some of the hardware he has taken home over the years. A solid argument, however, many holes are there that need to be filled. It is time for this argument to enter the Thunderdome. Round 2 Mitch: Okay, so we’ve established that The Police are a legendary band and I can live...

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