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Do It All Over, Again

March 16th, 2015|Categories: Less Lardass, New & Unimproved|

"Your story isn't calm. The road has been chaotic at times, filled with detours and rain and loss so sudden and soon. Sometimes, the bliss was so elevated your heart could hardly hold it. Sometimes it was maddening to have, and then to lose. You learn soon enough that it [...]

Ring Of Fire

March 5th, 2015|Categories: New & Unimproved, Siren Songs|

The tones came in as they would any other: "House fire, xxx East xxx Street for Engine 7, Engine 10, Truck 6, Truck 10, Rescue 1, Battalion 1, Battalion 8, Air 8", and we loaded up on the rig, ready to roll to an unknown; these kinds of calls happen [...]

Thaw & Light

February 24th, 2015|Categories: New & Unimproved|

O, Wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?  - Percy Shelley I've always loved the winter. It's cold and stark and you can, to quote Wyeth, feel the bone structure of the landscape. Growing up in Southern California, it meant that the temperatures dropped from 78 degrees to [...]

Cover Me Up

February 18th, 2015|Categories: Family DysFUNction, New & Unimproved|

"Heart on the run/keeps a hand on the gun/You can't trust anyone." - Jason Isbell Where do we go when we need support and love as our hearts collapse and we can't lift ourselves up alone? The faithful go to church, the introvert turns to a book, the songwriters craft [...]

To Love, Again

February 14th, 2015|Categories: New & Unimproved, Tales of Misery|

Slowly entering the crowded hospital elevator with a glass vase of roses in each hand, I could hear the barely audible sighs of the nurses and techs for whom these weren't intended. "9th floor, please," murmured over a grin to the wide eyed lady in scrubs nearest the buttons. "Whoever [...]

On Purpose

February 2nd, 2015|Categories: New & Unimproved, Siren Songs|

"Don't outsource your mission." These words could be from a military unit commander or the fire department chain of command, but instead they were issued by the local gym owner as a mandate as we seek our purpose in this life. The workout was set up as a fundraiser/dedication to [...]

Calibrated In A Time Of Chaos

January 31st, 2015|Categories: New & Unimproved|

"Wherever You Are, Be There" -This, as as seen on a bumper sticker on the back of a hybrid, while its disheveled driver swerved erratically as he talked on his phone and angrily jabbed a cigarette towards the front windshield. Wherever it was he was, it wasn't here. It must [...]

Figures

January 28th, 2015|Categories: Less Lardass, New & Unimproved|

Dark, cold and crazy. Three words to describe standing in front of the auto shop, dropping off the car at o'dark thirty and preparing to run in to work. It's one thing to do a couple miles on a trail in the middle of the day, another to be on [...]

From The Foundation Up

January 27th, 2015|Categories: New & Unimproved|

One thing about dangling over the precipice and staring down: you can achieve some real clarity in moments while your brain is scrambling to find a way to survive the fall. I don't really have the inclination to hang off of a rock cliff to develop direction, so I tend [...]

  • Queen Of The Queens: A Conversation With Mary Guccione
    by Uli Gulje on December 7, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    After 30+ years in the restaurant business, Mary Guccione knows a thing or two about fine dining and good wine. She and her husband are the owners of Cellar + Plate, a communal wine house that also offers homemade tapas and an incredible energy. I spent an hour enjoying her take on life, from hosting the monthly Drag Queen Brunch to how she earned her Level 1 Court Of Masters wine designation. She's a one-woman powerhouse of vision, change and savvy, and an absolutely wonderful person. She says "I wanna save the world one drag queen at a time", and after listening to this episode, you'll absolutely believe that she will. Cheers! […]

  • A Freedom Threesome: Conversations With Katie, Dane & Tiffany
    by Uli Gulje on November 30, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    In the longest podcast I've been on to date, Katie Mooneyham, Dane Brown and Tiffany Barnett sat down with me at 4 By 4 Brewing Co. to record an episode for Dane's podcast "It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time", and I've decided to feature it on my own show. From discussing yoga being of the Devil, my idea to create a "Sinterest" site to the Supreme Court hearings to yelling at one another about dating choices, the four of us all left the room better friends than when we ended. It's loud, filled with adult language, politics & topics and one helluva way to spend a few hours. Enjoy! &nbs […]

  • Cognizant Consumption: A Conversation With Graham Smitham
    by Uli Gulje on November 16, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Graham Smitham is a former college swimmer, current CrossFit athlete and manager of Eat Fit Go, a pre-prepared clean eating food service, offering people on the go a healthy alternative to fast food. Our relationship with food is undergoing a pretty amazing metamorphosis, and Eat Fit Go, along with Graham are working hard to change our outlook on what we consume. I sat down for an hour with this highly informed man to get some insights as to why we eat what we do, and how we can change our habits. In fact, I partnered with them for a pretty amazing month-long challenge, one which I'm excited to embark upon! Tune in for a great look into our often toxic relationship with that which we're eating! Cheers! […]

  • Camaros, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and A Life In Education: A Conversation With Sandy Frye
    by Uli Gulje on November 9, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    "Don't be an asshole". This seems like a pretty basic rule of life and a sweetly cynical twist on the Golden Rule, but it's amazing how easily it gets overlooked in our day-to-day. My guest Sandy Frye has incorporated this philosophy as a founder and operator of The U School here in Springfield, a micro-school that focuses on growing confident, self-directed learners in an authentic experience. She's also seen Nirvana live, owned a badass golden Camaro and has a celebrity crush on Walt Whitman. Join us for a pint and great conversation as two friends toss some thoughts back and forth. Cheers! &nbs […]

  • The Dangerous Edge Of Hope: A Conversation With Ian Carleton
    by Uli Gulje on November 2, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Ian Carleton is on a one-man mission to introduce a sustainable dining and hospitality experience to everyone he comes across. After 11 years in the restaurant business, he has opened up Saint Fox Cider with a business partner and is experiencing radical growth in its sophomore year. A passionate advocate for real food and real experiences, Ian has a diverse enough background to have won a literary award from an English language publishing house in Hong Kong. He also holds another distinction: since Day One, he has been a part of Hurts Donut, and is the lead baker, trainer and an integral part of a local company that started five years ago with one tiny shop and now includes 19 locations and over 600+ employees. From farm-to-table concepts to brewing to creative writing, Carleton approaches every scenario with a dynamic passion. This hour with Ian was informative, revelatory and a glimpse into the mind of a culinary badass. Enjoy! […]

  • Farming In The Key Of A: A Conversation With Dallas Jones
    by Uli Gulje on October 26, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Dallas Jones is a local icon on the music scene, having written something around 350 songs and currently working on studio album #8. He's a farmer, a family man and has the knack for writing songs that both pull on the heart strings and make you want to sing along at the top of your lungs. He was gracious enough to let me play four songs with him and delve into all things music. I really enjoyed his take on what makes his creative soul soar, and the story behind his first date with his wife? Will make your own melt. Tune in for a wonderful hour with a wonderful musician and friend. Cheers! […]

  • The Unfiltered Queen Of Halloween: A Conversation With Cheri Allen
    by Uli Gulje on October 19, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    **WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE. I MEAN, REALLY STRONG** She suffers no fools, is crafty as hell and to earn her friendship is a rare thing of beauty indeed. Cheri Allen is one of my closest and most unfiltered friends, and she's the Queen of Halloween, but this year just isn't feeling it. We sit down over some gin & tonics and wax idiotic for a while about a whole MESS of things, from the perils of online dating to what in the hell "cuffing season" means to what constitutes a good slutty Pope costume for the season. It's raw, with way too many F-bombs but it's a good one. Take a listen into a boozy adventure into a wonderful friendship. Enjoy! […]

  • Peaceful Rampage: A Conversation With Dave Fender
    by Uli Gulje on October 12, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    A man riding the wave of sobriety while being a wine sales rep, Dave Fender knows a thing or two about seeking some inner peace. He's intense and competitive, but has turned that energy towards his own journey away from the pain bodies we all endure. He strives towards peaceful acceptance, even when that doesn't mean liking what we need to accept; for him, that even means accepting that he and Donald Trump come from the same one place. Let go of expectation for a bit and enjoy Dave's story! […]

  • London Calling! A Conversation With Neil Gomme
    by Uli Gulje on October 5, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    He's worked as a dance instructor, a tennis coach, hiked Machu Picchu and arranged for a Harris's Hawk to deliver the ring on his wedding day; from organizing Back Street Boys lip synch contests to opening up London Calling Pasty Company in Springfield, there's not a whole lot of adventures that Neil Gomme hasn't embarked upon. He's got an infectious energy and a zest for life that inspires even the most reserved among us. So it was no surprise that I wanted to grab this man's attention for an hour on his double decker bus to talk about his various adventures that brought him, finally, to the midwest, delivering some damn delicious food. Did you know that ping pong is considered among the fighting sports in the Olympics? Well, you WILL after listening to Neil's take! Enjoy this fun conversation with a genuine renaissance man! And here is his wedding day dance groove!   &nbs […]

  • Riding Shotgun With The Dead: A Conversation With Michael Harris & Scott Deckard
    by Uli Gulje on September 28, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    "Cease to resist, begin to accept" - Scott Deckard.  We talk about death through many filters, but often it's characterized by fear of the unknown. In light of last weeks' show, where we heard the tragic consequences of a life taken too soon, this week I asked two of my favorite people to weigh in on the only thing that really is inevitable....we're all gonna die at some point. While a heavy topic, I think this is one that I'D like to be more comfortable with, so maybe you will too. Please enjoy a long-form conversation with three friends.&nbs […]