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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 [...]

  • "I Just Can't Quit"; A Conversation With Roddy Yocum
    by Uli Gulje on June 21, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    Roddy Yocum is many things: former railroad engineer, tornado survivor, independent raconteur and a stroke survivor as well. Today he joins me to talk about aphasia, and his journey to healing and rebuilding his neural pathways so he could speak and read again. Make no mistake, though....he's still the feisty rooster he's always been, and that tough, never-give-up spirit is what makes his journey so memorable. Please enjoy the show.  Dallas Jones joins in for a Jason Isbell recording at 25:30 If you'd like to support the show financially, you can do so HERE. Thank you so much!

  • A Month's Sabbatical & Mental Health
    by Uli Gulje on June 14, 2022 at 5:20 pm

    SO, it's been 34 days since our last show, and while there are myriad reasons, the main one was this: a fire call gone bad in terms of my health, both physical and mental. Today is a monologue going over what it looks like in my own mind and how I hope to return to a full "fit for duty" capacity in the fire dept. with an eye on retirement in the near future. Some beautiful music by my friend Brandon Moore goes along with the show, and we'll return to interviews next week. Thank you for listening! If you want to financially support the show, you can do so HERE I appreciate all the love and support!

  • Bumblin' Around With Butler
    by Uli Gulje on May 11, 2022 at 3:43 pm

    In today's installment of the show I'm joined by Jeff Butler where we meander around a wide range of subjects from the recent Roe v. Wade turmoil to Ukraine to our wildly different opinions of a band. All of this takes place over some SBC and Trophy Brewing beers, so you know it's gonna be a good time. Enjoy the show! If you want to financially support the show, you can do so HERE. Thanks!

  • "Don't Be The Story"....The Jonah Kaplan Interview
    by Uli Gulje on May 5, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    Way back in the day I had the privilege of meeting Jonah Kaplan on the hockey rink when he was drafted to the Firefighter's team. He had moved to Springfield to work at KSPR as a reporter, one rung on the ladder of a news journalist's journey. He has interviewed the likes of President Joe Biden, former President Donald Trump, Dr. Anthony Fauci and countless others on his way to winning multiple awards. Most recently he was reporting from North Carolina, and before he begins the next chapter he offered up some of his time to catch up. I've missed my friend, and even from a distance, it was so good to catch up. Please enjoy the show! If you'd like to financially support the show, you can do so HERE. Thank you!

  • "My Card Got Declined At The Therapist"....a quick chat with Britt
    by Uli Gulje on April 19, 2022 at 7:33 pm

    Brittney Lumos is the host of the podcast "Bitchin' With Brittney" and also one of my close friends who's currently living up in Kansas City. She was down in the 417 for Easter and we ended up recording a half hour of our mutual idiocy and thoughts on different shows, pet peeves and the like. Tune in for a short time, if at least a good time! If you'd like to support the show, you can do so HERE. Thanks!

  • A Front Of House Personality.....A Conversation With Matt Tignor
    by Uli Gulje on April 16, 2022 at 3:16 pm

    "Everything is just a little bit sweeter" in Springfield, says today's guest, Mr. Matt Tignor, and this conversation is a great indicator of that. Matt embodies the kind of kindness and worldview that this world needs more of, and while his journey has taken him all over the country, he calls the 417 home and we're better off for it. From his time in the Navy to his time in Ohio, we cover a lot of ground in a hour, and have a blast with it. Speaking of Ohio, the musical interlude is from local musician Mike Henderson, an original titled "Cleveland". Enjoy the show! If you want to financially support the show, you can do so HERE. Thank you!

  • Nekkid & Netflix....A Conversation With 6' Katie The Shady Lady
    by Uli Gulje on April 13, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    In a too-rare take, my dear friend Six Foot Katie The Shady Lady and I decided to just record one of our regular conversations. Over some thunderstorms and delicious coffee, we cover the gamut from an Elton John concert to morning mimosas to how we're gonna move into a 55+ community together soon. Enjoy some random babbling and time with a wonderful woman. 

  • "No Wrong Notes, Just Wrong Places To Put 'Em"...A Conversation With Stevie Newman
    by Uli Gulje on April 8, 2022 at 4:49 pm

    How do you decipher the language of music from someone who speaks it beautifully and fluently? Well, talk to my friend, Mr. Stevie Newman to start. In a fun interview interspersed with music from two of his bands (The Stevie Newman Band) and (The Domino Kings), Stevie breaks down his particular style of playing and his journey while we enjoy some Crazy For Swayze Hazys and Greene Dragons from SBC. Enjoy the show! Music: 1. Domino Kings "The Only Thing She Left" 00:00-03:00 2. Stevie Newman Band "What I Did" 34:20-37:13 3. Domino Kings "How Does Gone Feel" 1:08:04-1:10:49 If you'd like to financially support the show, you can do so HERE. Thanks a lot!

  • Musical Minutiae With A Gentle Giant....The Mike Evans Interview
    by Uli Gulje on March 30, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    When you cross paths with someone as kind, thoughtful and warm as Mike Evans it is a lucky day, indeed. He's the man behind SBC's The Cellar here in Springfield, my neighbor and one helluva talented musician, so it made absolute sense that we would delve into a great conversation. I cannot say enough good things about this gentle giant who's kindness radiates throughout and gives one wonderful interview. Please enjoy!

  • The Luckiest Sonofabitch On The Planet.....Mr. Geoffrey Mark
    by Uli Gulje on March 15, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    "Why ask for the moon when we have the stars?"  And so begins your introduction to a man of many talents, adventures and witness to history: Mr. Geoffrey Mark. A whimsical series of sequences allowed me to spend a wonderful hour and a half with the man described at the "walking encyclopedia of show business history", and it's easy to understand why. He's authored books on Ethel Merman, Ella Fitzgerald and Lucille Ball and is currently working on three more. A stand-up comic, singer and all around entertainer, Geoffrey has borne witness to some truly significant moments in history and here he shares a few highlights. Please enjoy this fresh turn of the page with a remarkable man! If you'd like to support the show, you can do so HERE. Thanks!

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