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Savage Addiction

March 12th, 2017|Categories: Siren Songs, Tales of Misery|

"Springfield Truck 10, respond to XXXX W. XXXXXX St. for a possible J4, with an unsecured domestic situation in progress" "Truck 10 copies, en route. Truck 10 will stage upon arrival, Dispatch, please notify when scene secured by PD" "Truck 10, update, there is no domestic, that was a child crying [...]

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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 [...]

  • One In 7 Billion: A Conversation With Amy Hietter
    by Uli Gulje on September 13, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    She was the marketing director for the Yakov Smirnoff Theatre and has participated in painstaking french-fry photo shoots; Amy Hietter has worn many hats and seen many challenges in life, but manages to have one of the most sunny dispositions you've ever encountered. She currently works as the CEO (Chief Excitement Officer) for 7 Billion Ones, who's vision is "to change the world - through people and their stories. As an ongoing movement we exist to document and share stories to connect and empower people". She certainly fulfills the role well, and was more than happy to share her own story with me on the show. Please tune in for a fun hour with an awesome individual!

  • Love Is An Action Word: A Conversation With Dustin Rich
    by Uli Gulje on September 6, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    He was a coworker of mine who's never lived outside of Springfield City limits with degrees in math and physics; a father and stepfather, Dustin Rich never envisioned that he'd be a widow at 33, his beloved wife Ali having been taken by the vicious nature of cervical cancer. This long form podcast brought me to tears, as Dustin describes in vivid detail his and Ali's journey through cancer and their lives both before and during treatment. There are a few laughs between friends here, but it is one of the most gut-wrenching conversations I've had. Please tune in to hear one of my good friends tell his story. Thank you.&nbs

  • Part 2: Sex In The 41City
    by Uli Gulje on August 30, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    *Strong Language. Strong Sexual Content. NSFW* What's it like to date if you work in the sex industry? How do you get gigs out of town? Did you know that if you take your heels off at a strip club in Oklahoma it's considered prostitution? In the next chapter with Adria, we delve into the actual work of the sex industry and what it takes to survive and thrive in this secretive business. We also talk about the "field trip" we took after the first interview to a local club, a dive bar of dubious character.&nbs

  • Sex In The 41City: A Conversation With Adria
    by Uli Gulje on August 23, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    With a bachelor's degree in Intercultural Studies and a minor in Linguistics, she's fluent in American Sign Language, speaks passable Italian and was raised in a religious cult; she's also a sex worker who is tireless in her beliefs and efforts towards shattering the stigmas surround people who work in the sex industry. In this very sex-positive conversation, Adria sits down with me over some tequila and opened up about her upbringing, her ethics and how she ended up working in the business. It's a very long (2hr.) interview with one of the most honest and open people I've had the opportunity to get to know. Please take the time to hear her story in Part 1 of the show.&nbs

  • Into The Musical Circles With Molly Healey
    by Uli Gulje on August 16, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    She has played at Burning Man, is trained in the classical genre and has written not one, but TWO songs about tuberculosis; Molly Healey is a tour de force of musical talent, and when not playing with her own band, or the Ozark Mtn. Daredevils or putting out albums, she can be found silently composing her next songs. Enjoy an hour of her backstory and some live music as she delves into her writing process, her background and the one thing we both have in common...having both been in high school productions of "West Side Story". She's an incredibly talented and gracious individual and I am grateful she spent some time here at The House Of Distinguished Rogues to let us into her world! Cheers!

  • Survival: Tammy's Story Of Strength
    by Uli Gulje on August 9, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    What started out as a random date quickly turned into sharing one of the most harrowing tales of survival I've ever heard. Shot seven times and left to die at the hand of her own mother-in-law, Tammy not only lived to tell the tale, she's rebuilt her life and continues to thrive as a mother, professional and powerhouse of resilience in the face of domestic abuse. In light of the heartbreaking headlines recently, a story of survival might just give some hope to those who need to hear it most. Please take a moment to take in this most serious of subjects. Thank you.&nbs

  • Ox & Friends: A Conversation With Kaitlin
    by Uli Gulje on August 2, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    She's hilarious and delivers a mean six-pack of mini-meisters; Kaitlin Oxenreider sat down with me at The House Of Distinguished Rogues for an hour to discuss a wide variety of wild topics, including her obsession with John Goodman, her love of pickles and her role as an owner/manager of Pappo's Pizzeria South here in Springfield. It gets boozy, as I introduce her to my infamous gin & tonics and she gets me to sample some Jagermeister, against my better judgement. Tune in for some laughs, mostly at my expense. Cheers!

  • Behind The Beer With Lear, Vol. 4
    by Uli Gulje on July 29, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    In this episode, Ryan, AJ & I delve into 4 beers that couldn't be more dissimilar; Ryan gives you the technical aspects, I give you the everyman perspective. We also wax idiotic about Deviled Eggs as a palate cleanser, the Sugarfoot Incident, some dude named Terry, and whether or not "Auto-Brewery Syndrome" is a real thing. Tune in for a long dive into some pretty nerdy beer stuff. Cheers!

  • Living In The Grey: A Conversation About Relationships With Katie
    by Uli Gulje on July 19, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    Let's get personal with a conversation with my close friend Katie about relationships, why we look for attention in the wrong places, guys with flatbill hats and goatees and my mild melatonin addiction. Tune in for an hour of some seriously open discussion with few boundaries. Tune in!&nbs

  • The (Mat) Best Of Times: A Conversation With My Brother
    by Uli Gulje on July 9, 2019 at 11:20 am

    With over 1.6 million followers on Facebook, 712k followers on Instagram and a book that recently debuted #1 on Amazon, Mat Best has amassed an impressive following; he is also the co-founder/co-owner of Leadslingers Whiskey, Article 15 Clothing and Black Rifle Coffee Company and created the movie Range 15. All of this followed his time spent as on several deployments as an Army Ranger and work as a contractor overseas. Also? He's my little brother. Tune in as I take a peek at the man behind the story, a kid with five older brothers who is enjoying the fruits of his time in the service while contributing back to the community in ever more creative ways as a veteran and entrepreneur.&nbs