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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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  • "Bureaucratically Cunning"....A Conversation With Jeff "Sauce" Butler
    by Uli Gulje on September 20, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    In what can only be described as his millionth time on this show, Jeff Butler and I decide to tackle the big issues; issues such as what's shaking with the Royals (the British kind, not KC), reviewing movies such as "Maverick", what it's like to be around a nuclear reactor in a submarine and East Coast vs. West Coast fire department styles. Along the way we enjoy some Booker's bourbon and a Boulevard beer that's nearly two years out of date. It makes for a good time. Cheers! *if you'd like to financially support the show, you can do so HERE. Thank you so much!

  • Behind The Beer With Lear, Sept. '22.....A Conversation With Ryan Lear
    by Uli Gulje on September 16, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    We're back with another Behind The Beer With Lear! Today Ryan and I sample two new(er) beers brewed at Mother's Brewing here in Springfield, something from Rockwell Beer Co. out of St. Louis and a very odd collaboration at the end. Along the way we talk about mental health, dreams of disappointing Dave Grohl and how to consume 8 hotdogs in a row. Cheers! *If you'd like to financially support the show, you can do so HERE. Thank you very much!

  • "Everybody's Walking A Tight Rope".....A Conversation With Mike Abbey
    by Uli Gulje on September 13, 2022 at 7:17 pm

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  • "Wipe Grandpa Off Your Pants".....A Conversation With Shadow
    by Uli Gulje on September 9, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    She's a program director for local rock station Q102 with strong opinions on cremation and living in the snow-country; welcome back my friend Shadow, proof positive that dynamite comes in small packages. Enjoy an hour of two old friends talking about a life in radio, interviewing stars and her dream of being put in a mausoleum one day. Cheers! *If you'd like to financially support the show, you can do so HERE. Thank you! **STRONG LANGUAGE**

  • "I've Always Been An Underdog Guy"....A Conversation With Mark Phillips
    by Uli Gulje on September 6, 2022 at 5:47 pm

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  • Legacy: What Do You Want It To Be?.....A Conversation With Deckard
    by Uli Gulje on August 26, 2022 at 5:10 pm

    He's back again for another round behind the mic: my best friend and former coworker Scott Deckard gives us his take on aging, death, suicide and legacy. Although morbid sounding in description, he gives a thoughtful perspective to what it means to head towards our own mortality. Please enjoy! If you'd like to financially support the show, you can do so HERE. Thank you so much!

  • "It's All Chaos, Be Kind"....A Conversation With Erin Washburn
    by Uli Gulje on August 22, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    Erin Washburn has a wealth of experience in dealing with those who might need our help the most.....homeless teens. From The Rare Breed to Great Circle to Taney County Children's Division to Foster Adopt Connect, she has been involved in a myriad of aspects when it comes to dealing with one of our most vulnerable populations. We spend an hour talking about her journey, how she found that path and the importance, after all, of being kind. Please enjoy the show! *If you'd like to FINANCIALLY support the show, you can do so HERE. Thank you so much!*

  • "Express Not Impress".....A Conversation with Doug Dicharry of Dance Monkey Dance!
    by Uli Gulje on August 9, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    In THIS edition of Short Attention Span Theatre, we meet a VERY talented musician and incredibly inspiring human, Mr. Doug Dicharry. Doug's talents have taken him all over the world, and he's back in the Ozarks, fine tuning several musical projects, not the least of which is "Dance Monkey Dance!", his one-man band with SEVEN instruments being put on full display. This long form interview spans everything from anxiety, therapy, mouth kegels to touring with ZZ Top and the need for ska's return.  For MORE of his music and great content check out dancemonkeydanceband.com or click HERE Here are the breakdowns of the music: "Runnin' To The Sun" 1:41-5:45 "Gypsy River" 40:49-43:54 "Don't Dig Up My Graveyard" 1:49:14-1:52:23 *If you'd like to FINANCIALLY support the show, you can do so HERE. Thanks!

  • Show A Little Grace....A Conversation With Kenya
    by Uli Gulje on August 3, 2022 at 4:54 pm

    *Note: this podcast deals with the topic of addiction and is peppered with very strong language.* Few interviews I've done has had the kind of impact this conversation with Kenya did; she is a survivor of the kind of addiction few of us can truly understand. From her early days as a self described "brawler and dealer" to the pregnancy that has kept her clean since Feb. 9 2004, Kenya has seen and experienced more than many of us will ever know. The best part? Her takeaway from all of it has been to exhibit grace in her daily journey. Please enjoy this riveting conversation! Enjoy Brandon Moore's "Good Fortune" from 32:54-37:30 If you'd like to financially support the show, you can do so HERE. Thank you very much!  

  • "All You Need Is Love"....a conversation with Phillip Wright
    by Uli Gulje on July 20, 2022 at 3:41 pm

    When I first heard Phillip Wright speak in the early 2000's, I was BLOWN AWAY that a man preaching could break through my cynical veneer; I've since maintained that there's no better, more authentic speaker than Phillip, and for YEARS I've been trying to get him on the show. Tune in for a conversation that will speak to the heart and blossom in your soul, hopefully......and this is coming from an avowed agnostic!  *if you'd like to financially support the show, you can do so HERE. Thank you so much!

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