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Alone (you’re not, though)

May 23rd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

                "You come into the world alone And you go out of the world alone But in between, there's you and me" Trampled By Turtles, "Alone"   The opening chords and lyrics are slow, methodical, like a morning alarm clock building the momentum [...]

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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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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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  • Ok, Boomer: A Conversation With My Son Mason
    by Uli Gulje on December 6, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    It's harder and harder for us to relate as we age to those who are younger and younger.....and being a parent makes that trouble double. Today my oldest son Mason was eager to slip the headphones on and give me some 16yr. old perspective on his life online. Tune in for an entertaining hour with the kid who made me a dad. Cheers! &nbs

  • De Nada, Sydadre! A Conversation With Corey and Sidney Johnson
    by Uli Gulje on November 30, 2019 at 12:20 am

    This musical duo has more than great chops together, they exude a soul and chemistry that really pronounces their connection. And that shouldn't be a surprise....Corey Johnson teamed up with his daughter to create Sydadre, a high energy musical force that allows him to not only spend quality time as a family, but really showcases their particular brand of quality musicianship. Sydney's vocals pair beautifully with her father's journeyman work on the guitar and microphone to create some truly beautiful music. Take some time to hear how Sydadre came to be; enjoy an hour of conversation with my friends Sydney and Corey Johnson!

  • Rack It Up To Quality....A Conversation With Luke Kuschmeader
    by Uli Gulje on November 22, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Chances are if you've ever rode a bike, hauled a bike or crashed a bike you've heard of Küat bike racks; from an idea and a pole barn to being in 15 international markets and being a part of the 2011 Men's Journal "Gear Of The Year", this company has been helmed by Luke Kuschmeader, a man of vision and ideas and an apparent aversion to the spotlight. Despite being one of the 2018 "40 Under 40" as designated in the Springfield Business Journal, Luke is a quiet, humble and remarkably kind person, and his company reflects his values. He's a serial entrepreneur who was willing to sit down for an hour over some kombucha and coffee and give me a glimpse into the history of Küat Innovations and narrate it's growth path. He's funny, he's sharp and I'm luck to call him a friend. Enjoy an hour of his mindset! Website: Küat Facebook: Küat Racks

  • Show-Me/Behind The Beer With Andy & Lear
    by Uli Gulje on November 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    "Live your life and have fun"......these are the sage words of Andy Pearsall, owner/operator of Show-Me Brewing here in Springfield Mo. In this episode of Behind The Beer With Lear, the three of us sit down to three beers, give 'em a ride and discuss homebrewing, a few different styles and how yeast wants to be seduced into making beer. Enjoy an hour of beer nerding at its best!  Beers Sampled: "Opa" - a German style pilsner from Side Project. "Orville" - a traditional Trappist "You're Going To Love The Way These Hops Taste, I Guarantee It" - a double dry-hopped IPA from Solara &nbs

  • Things Are Just (im)Peachy With Butler
    by Uli Gulje on November 8, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    How do you avoid all of the madness that is our current national political scene? You really don't, but beyond the all of the talking heads, "hot takes" and bullet points, the scenario warrants serious thought....how did we get here? What are the options? How is Trump leading the country while smashing through the delicate political relationships that are our international currency? Jeff Butler makes another appearance to guide a hothead like me through how we got here, what might happen and his perspective on it all. Enjoy an hour over some 4 By 4 growlers as we hash through it all!&nbs

  • Spooky Show 2019
    by Uli Gulje on October 31, 2019 at 11:56 pm

    Last year at Halloween, my good friend Cheri Allen gave us her take as "The Queen Of Halloween". One year later, our lives are somewhat different, but our friendship remains the same: rooted in gin, conversation and random tangents. Enjoy an hour with Cheri and my sidekick AJ as we delve into the spooky season with her original takes on all things. Cheers!

  • In Which Kristi Meredith Sings Her Own Song
    by Uli Gulje on October 25, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    She's the sultry singer of several local bands, haunting in her talent and captivating to take in, but make no mistake: Kristi Meredith is not someone who will be content to be crooning in the background. She's a fierce voice for the under-represented and isn't taking any shit from those who would abuse their positions of power. But here's the best part.....she's a truly empathetic soul with the spirit of a fighter, and I consider myself lucky to count her as a friend. So tune into an hour of us waxing idiotic about modern day politics and what it means to be outspoken in your beliefs. Cheers!

  • Close Calls: A Conversation With Taffy Biggs
    by Uli Gulje on October 18, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    The dating life out there is precarious for anyone, but once in a while we find ourselves even DEEPER in and engaged to someone who turns out to be NOT the right person for you in any way. So how do you find yourself on the other side of it, what are the red flags we choose to ignore and how can we set those kinds of boundaries we all need? I sit down with my friend "Taffy Biggs" to mine out our eerily similar stories, and in the process enjoy gin & tonics and several awkward moments along the way. Enjoy!

  • Balance, Balance, Balance: A Conversation With Alexis Guccione
    by Uli Gulje on October 11, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    I affectionately refer to her as "Big Al", and while she can curse like a sailor when it suits the conversation, Alexis Guccione is one of the kindest and most gentle souls I've encountered. After battling addiction, she found her calling in a healing capacity, becoming a massage therapist and yoga instructor along the way. We share a very honest conversation about meth use, honest healing and her beautiful voyage along the way. Tune in for a fun hour with an awesome friend!

  • Larnelle's Fantastic Journey
    by Uli Gulje on October 4, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    He's a complicated man who thrives on simplicity and brings such a wide and wild story to the Uli Who Podcast that it's gonna take more than one chapter. Larnelle Quinton Evan Foster grew up getting his haircut alongside Michael Jordan, only to land in New York and Los Angeles having designed handbags and representing writers as an agent. He's now ALSO calling Springfield home, where he runs Q Enoteca up on Commercial Street, where wine and good times are had by all. Please enjoy an hour with my good friend as we dive into his incredible story!