The gentleman you see in the picture there is Mr. Dan Knowles, luthier of stringed instruments, picker of banjos, and, in this instance, re-stringer of 12-string acoustic guitars. The guitar in the picture is mine, a 12-string Alvarez of unknown year. I acquired it in a trade involving an Oscar Schmidt acoustic 12-string, a Yamaha… Read More


“All you need is love.” “Love is all you need.” “The greatest of these is love.” “Love is patient, love is kind.” “When love speaks, the voice of all the gods makes heaven drowsy with the harmony.” “Love is a many-splendored thing.” And so on and so forth… Love is a pretty wonderful thing. Especially… Read More


Have you ever glanced at a word quickly and totally misread it? I’ve often wondered if the words we think we see come from some kind of anticipatory part of our brains, where we think we know what we are going to read before we read it. I’m sure someone has developed a theory on… Read More


I knew it. I just knew it. It never goes smoothly, so I don’t know why I thought it would this time. There is always something I don’t know or didn’t plan for or is more difficult than I thought it would be. I can feel my stomach tying up in knots right now just… Read More


I am on a roll this month, folks. Actually, my current streak of calamitous events began at the end of last month, when I was bit by a dog on a bike ride near my house and had to subsequently receive my first tetanus shot in umpteen years. That was followed up this past weekend… Read More


On this fairly hectic day that managed to somehow include me getting bit by a dog on my afternoon bicycle ride (Thankfully, the dog has had its shots. Still, I may be in line for a tetanus shot come tomorrow.), I’m feeling a little tapped out in the idea department tonight. So I’ve decided to… Read More


I still remember very clearly my first real “breakthrough” moment once I began undergoing counseling for depression. I was fortunate enough to be able to utilize the psychology office at the local university for this counseling, and my once-a-week appointments were usually scheduled for not long after I got off work for the day. Since… Read More