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Under The Sea & Into The Soul

February 13th, 2017|Categories: ink, Tales of Misery|

Ink & Time Today Facebook gently reminded me that precisely one year ago I walked into Hearts of Fire Tattoo shop to get some artwork committed to my body. It's my take on a mermaid kissing an old-school deep sea diver, and while the artwork's original, the design [...]

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Lift With Your Heart, Not Your Back

January 2nd, 2017|Categories: New & Unimproved|

One year ago today I wrote this essay right here. It was about embracing your inner weirdo, forging forward through failure and a promise to be by your side as we stumbled through 2016. It was a story not of false hope but that through it all, we'd grow together. [...]

For Every Man, A Sheila

September 16th, 2016|Categories: Take It & Blog Fridays|

"For last years words belong to last year's language, and next year's words await another voice" TS Elliot   Love, always The way he looks at her when we're talking ABOUT her. The way that he describes his often broken past, the triumphs and shortfalls, his kids, his [...]

A Muse Me

June 29th, 2016|Categories: New & Unimproved|

"Spend your years/ Spend your time/ With all these tears/ Not all were mine"* N. Rateliff, "Thank you" Gratitude and ego. Forever there is a balance to strike, these two dogs growling and circling in our minds, and in equal measure I've written about both. And, like lunar cycles, we [...]

L’eggo My Ego

June 8th, 2016|Categories: New & Unimproved, Travelblogue|

SO much good is afloat. So much for which to nod our heads humbly and be grateful. According to something written down somewhere gratitude is one of the highest forms of passion, for the person that lives from a grateful standpoint is one without limits and limiting factors. I think [...]

Everywhere Signs

May 21st, 2016|Categories: New & Unimproved, Tales of Misery|

Like a scene from some Norman Rockwell painting of the Midwest, I was sitting on the porch stoop enjoying some watermelon while lightning bugs began their twilight mating rituals, tiny Vegas signs beckoning members of the opposite sex with bright lights and the promise of a good time. It should [...]

To Soar Again For The First Time

May 10th, 2016|Categories: New & Unimproved|

"Did she push you off the cliff after taking the picture?"       -"Something like that, but not" "You're still alive, that's what matters. Although, knowing you, you'd just figure out how to fly on the way down, anyways." It was singularly the kindest thing I'd heard in a while [...]

Fire In The Soul & A Heart On The Run

May 3rd, 2016|Categories: ink, New & Unimproved|

"So, a fireman walks into a tattoo joint called "Hearts of Fire"....." And thus begins a joke that has never been told. Mostly because it's not a joke, but partly because the journey, like so many before, is unpredictable at best. It began so long ago, and the path has [...]

Paper Tigers In The Golden Cage

April 17th, 2016|Categories: New & Unimproved|

And another Sunday is spent at the firehouse, and with it, the promise of less radio chatter, fewer demands, and more time for the mind to roam across our own plains. Even our usual clientele seems less inclined to dial 911 on this day; it's as though they are intuitively gearing up [...]

  • 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! […]