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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 [...]

  • 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! […]

  • Monday Morning Update #3
    by Uli Gulje on March 4, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    Cheers to your Monday, my friends! Today we recap downloads, what's "Good In The Hood" at 4 By 4 Brewing Company, thoughts on meal prep and getting your views on the video segment of the show, Go check out the YouTube Channel for The Real State Podcast, let me know what you think....until Friday, take care of yourselves and one another. See ya soon! […]

  • Dawn Of A Deckard
    by Uli Gulje on March 1, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    For episode #50, I asked multiple-show guest Scott Deckard to come back and be the very first VIDEO guest. Tune in for an hour talking about everything under the sun, including Saddam Hussein's belly button! Cheers! […]

  • Monday Morning Update #2
    by Uli Gulje on February 25, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    This late afternoon Monday Morning Update includes our first attempt at some video on The Real State Podcast, and we talk about your weekend, growing older and the new chapters of the show we're looking at. Enjoy a 10 minute refresher! […]

  • Social Media Distortion: A Conversation With April & Mary
    by Uli Gulje on February 22, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    In this era of constant contact on social media, why is there a constant need to keep up with the virtual Joneses and constantly be trying to one-up one another with our highlight reels? In this hour and a half conversation with known cat-lady, hermit and great friend April Sartin and notorious firecracker Mary Michael White, we sit down over three bottles of wine and try to solve the mystery. Here's a hint: we do not. BUT.....it DOES make for some VERY interesting perspectives on why it is we do the things we do on the Book Of Faces and other various social outlets. Tune in for some rambling laughter and stabs at the human psyche! […]

  • Behind The Music With Mike The Intern
    by Uli Gulje on February 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    He's a fan of Terry Gross' interview style and is likely one of the most informed sources of information about classic rock and music in general, but Mike The Intern of 104.7 The Cave is also a self-described "asshole to authority". He's got over 1700 albums on vinyl that span the genres and his passion comes through in this interview. That same energy guides his whole outlook: making connections with people, and along those lines he also takes time out each week to have lunch with a veteran and get their story for his own podcast. Mike is a wealth of knowledge, and in this hour, you'll get a look behind the mic........cheers! […]