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Shot Of Soul Java

March 29th, 2018|Categories: Family DysFUNction|

"When the Empath & Narcissist enter into a relationship together, it creates a magnetic, yet dysfunctional union because the Empath gives to the point of complete & utter exhaustion. Profoundly disoriented, the Empath is often destroyed by the relationship. This experience is painful & overwhelming but ultimately the Empath undergoes [...]

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Walkens Welcome

February 22nd, 2018|Categories: New & Unimproved|

"never half-ass two things; whole ass one thing" ron swanson, "parks & Rec" One of many marvelous aspects of being a lunatic on a creative tear is that you can come up with all kinds of ideas that make sense to no one else but are crystal clear to your [...]

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Drawn To The Fire

February 5th, 2018|Categories: New & Unimproved, Siren Songs|

"How do you always get the best of me?/ I'm out here living in a fantasy/ I can't enjoy a goddamn thing" Jason Isbell, "Anxiety" New firehouse, new crew, new shift and yet another new chapter in life. The last 19 months in the last fire station were a mellow [...]

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Third Gear

January 26th, 2018|Categories: New & Unimproved, Tales of Misery|

"You and I both know that the house is haunted/ and you and I both know that the ghost is me" -Shakey Graves, "Dearly Departed"   "You're actually getting in better shape. What are you doing different?" These words from a friend at the gym who has known me long [...]

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Dry Me A River

January 3rd, 2018|Categories: Tales of Misery|

“I don't see you through the windshield/  I don't see you in faces looking back at me/  Alcohol doesn't have much that matters to say/  Can't imagine where you and time to kill will stay” -Uncle Tupelo,  “Still Be Around” The holidays have come and gone, and in a dozen [...]

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Funktown

December 1st, 2017|Categories: Less Lardass|

"Who are you if not the one I met?"  -Jason Isbell, "The Life You Chose" From a long list of gibberish I utter about living authentically, one of the most often employed is "we teach people how to treat us." It's a great one from the quiver, and it's usually [...]

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A Split Second Of Grace

November 18th, 2017|Categories: Siren Songs|

  "Death keeps no calendar"  (English proverb) Scared? I've never been so scared. I have never been so scared in 17 years on the department. I have never been so scared in all my life. Today, I found out just how scared I can get. We say "I almost died [...]

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The Best Of You

November 12th, 2017|Categories: New & Unimproved, Tales of Misery|

Eight months. It's been eight long months since last I wrote you, and even then the posts have been about the crazyscary aspects of The Job, and very little about the soul. Essays from times in the recent past have focused on the hard journey towards love (like these old [...]

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Savage Addiction

March 12th, 2017|Categories: Siren Songs, Tales of Misery|

"Springfield Truck 10, respond to XXXX W. XXXXXX St. for a possible J4, with an unsecured domestic situation in progress" "Truck 10 copies, en route. Truck 10 will stage upon arrival, Dispatch, please notify when scene secured by PD" "Truck 10, update, there is no domestic, that was a child crying [...]

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  • Highway To The Danger Zone: A Conversation With Will Gregory
    by Uli Gulje on June 7, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Will Gregory is a friend, fellow firefighter and current Chief in the Navy. He's seen some things along the way, and has a really interesting perspective on today's military; he's also the one who took me to my first MLS game in Kansas City, giving me a chance to experience soccer on a professional level, complete with righteous indignation. Tune in for an hour with a good friend and all-around great guy! […]

  • Luck Along The Way: A Conversation With Kevin McCoy
    by Uli Gulje on June 3, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    You like The Sports? How about NHL Hockey in particular? Then you're gonna wanna tune in for a conversation with my friend Kevin McCoy as we delve into the 2019 Stanley Cup Finals, Formula 1 racing and Major League Soccer in a long boozy ride. Tune into one of the more informed minds when it comes to all SORTS of aspects to the game, and it's a long one, so buckle up, buttercups! […]

  • Behind The Beer With Lear Vol.3: On Sours, Fruit Beers and Malts
    by Uli Gulje on May 24, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    Once again we're diving in with Ryan Lear for a master class on the subtleties of the world of beer. Today we talk about sours, fruit beers and some of the processes contained therein. It's looking like we're getting our beer nerd on, and while I'm totally confused, I love every minute of the conversation. Cheers, amigos! […]

  • An Engaging Conversation With Dane Escobar
    by Uli Gulje on May 17, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    He's the host of "It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time" podcast, a friend and fellow member of Los Borrachos; Dane "Escobar" journeyed up to Missouri from Alabama to discuss our theories on the White Whale Paradox of Relationships, good gin and for the reveal of my engagement! It's a lot to pack in for the ol' Turning 45 Episode, and I couldn't be more grateful to share it with you, my friends! Cheers! […]

  • From Scorched Earth To The Moon: A Conversation With Katie Mooneyham
    by Uli Gulje on May 11, 2019 at 12:35 am

    Katie Mooneyham is not only a good friend, but has such an amusing take on everything from parenting to the role of social media "influencers" that I thought it was time to bring her back on the show. I wish we took more than an hour to tackle all of life's subtle little nuances, and with the promise of a conversation about Alex Jones in the near future? I'm sure she'll be back. Cheers and enjoy! […]

  • Laffin' With The Laflens: A Conversation With Adrian & Joseph
    by Uli Gulje on April 23, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Adrian and Joe Laflen are regulars at 4 By 4 Brewing Co. who have become great friends; their travels to breweries across the country always leave me feeling the pull of the road, even if there's no gas in my tank. So I thought it would be fun for the 1 year anniversary show to have them on to talk a bit about their journey into the brewing life. Enjoy a conversation with some of my favorite people around....cheers! […]

  • A Podcast About A Podcast....A Conversation With Jared Cantrell
    by Uli Gulje on April 5, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    A Podcast From Springfield is a local powerhouse in the 417 podcasting scene, and in this episode one of the hosts, Jared Cantrell was kind enough to sit down for an hour and uncork some of the mysteries behind this great show. They talk about beer, local happenings and their takes on all KINDS of things....it's definitely worth a listen. So tune in to a show about a show, and enjoy the ramble! Cheers! […]

  • Boundless Love: A Conversation With Rachael Mhire
    by Uli Gulje on March 29, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    In a time and era when cynicism and snark are default factors in our lives, Rachael Mhire stands out as a visionary of hope, love and kindness. While traversing a very difficult chapter of her life, she's been able to keep a boundless optimism about her that is absolutely infectious. In this conversation at The House of Distinguished Rogues, she goes into all the ways she approaches life, love and getting through the day. Cheers! […]

  • Mad Marchness: Another Round With Jeff Butler
    by Uli Gulje on March 22, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    Based on a few technical & legal glitches, the last two weeks of the show have been a bit chaotic; thankfully, ever-popular guest Jeff Butler was gracious enough to step up, step in and give us his take on the Big Chapstick Conspiracy, Lent, and how his version of Heaven includes The Backstreet Boys. Tune in for a rambling & funny conversation with a great friend and gifted writer.&nbs […]

  • Behind The Beer With Lear, Chapter 2
    by Uli Gulje on March 8, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    In this installment of Behind The Beer With Lear, we delve into the differences between ales and lagers, and I get to wax idiotic about various things, but always, always, we have a great time enjoying some half-pints and great conversation. If you're a learned beer scholar, this may not be for you, but for a rookie like me? It makes total sense. Enjoy! […]