How High’s the Water, Montana?

How High’s the Water, Montana?

I feel like Johnny Cash just back from Mexico….revved up and ready….only I’m coming home from Montana. This was my third trip up to Big Sky country, and my first foray into the western side of the state. I landed in Butte, followed the Beaverhead River down to Dillon (for a service project and then a talk w/Campus Compact students from across the state) and then rolled north, through Hellgate into Missoula, where I spent two full days meeting with nonprofit colleagues and UMT students to listen and lead, help and holler as we discussed… Continue reading »

The Tyranny of the Dot

The Tyranny of the Dot

I love reading history. On a plane a few weeks back, I was devouring a book that I highly recommend–“1959, The Year Everything Changed” by Fred Kaplan—and one chapter really jumped out at me. It was the story of Jack Kilby. In the mid 1950’s, when small, inexpensive transistors took the place of bulky, hot vacuum tubes as the dominant power source for the emerging electronics field, science fiction writers and others speculated that the age of “thinking machines” wrist-watch telephones and space ships was right around the corner. Experts like Jack Kilby knew that… Continue reading »

Don’t Fence Me In!!

Don’t Fence Me In!!

For those who follow my writing and road trips, I really dig Texas….particularly the music. Growing up in the 60’s, I came of age well aware of the power of music–to excite, ignite and make wrong right. But all that being said, I also just really enjoy a really good riff. One of those riffs came from the Sir Douglas Quintet and their song, “She’s About a Mover“. So it was with a dual purpose that I rolled back into San Antonio this week. I came to speak with nonprofit colleagues about our shared future,… Continue reading »

Schooled on Hunger

Schooled on Hunger

Here’s a quick charity bomb from the road, to be filed under “deserving versus underserving poor”. For too long, folks in the hunger fight have been judged by, and traded in, false metrics. Pounds moved and agencies served (more being better) defined what was a good food program (big) versus a ineffective program (small). Or we imply that hungry kids are more deserving than, say…an addict, or the homeless or the elderly. I am quick to challenge those notions. My attitude is simple–all hunger is wrong, all the time. Nobody is more deserving than another… Continue reading »

Jail Guitar Doors

Jail Guitar Doors

There’s a moments in every young person’s life, when you really hear music for the first time…and by that, I mean that critical instant…that nanosecond when you realize you’ve been hotwired into a universal amp, where the simple rhymes and sing-a-long choruses of youth give way to that raw power that simultaneously helps channel your high octane teen angst and lets you know that you are not alone….that there are others out there who share those pissed off passions that make you want to challenge everything you’ve been told is right/wrong or good/bad…or normal. For… Continue reading »