Questions In The Tuscan Sun

by SteveHulse October 15, 2017

When all seems perfection –             Okay. So lying here on a lounge chair by the pool at Villa Buonasera, the midday Tuscan sun glowing down upon us, spreading warmth and good energy across the villa and the vineyards behind us. A slight breeze adds to what I feel is […]

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Weekend at Lake Como

by SteveHulse October 6, 2017

It’s funny… the weakest link in our four-stop trip turned out to be a beautiful experience, on several levels. I wanted to see Lake Como. B has been here before, and wasn’t particularly impressed with it. But she was willing to indulge me and with considerable effort on her part, we found ourselves in Como […]

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Reflections On Vienna

by SteveHulse October 2, 2017

(This is Betty’s and my first stop of four. We intend to visit Rovinj Croatia, Lake Como Italy and our favorite, Villa Buonasera, in Tuscany after seeing Vienna.)             Vienna! As the old saying goes, you have to be here to understand it and its wild, colorful history. I don’t […]

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Remembering John Abercrombie

by SteveHulse August 29, 2017

His nickname back then, ’65 – ’70, was Crumbles. Why, I have no idea. At Berklee, he was already a brilliant player. He was a quiet, low-visibility guy that few of us knew. After my Berklee years, I got a job as an arranger at a studio west of Boston… in Maynard. In the process, […]

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Fanning The Flickering Flame

by SteveHulse August 24, 2017

Taking an occasional sabbatical cruise through the North Sound on my trusty Aimless is always enlightening. I never have an agenda, save to get out there and take my place with the rest of the natural world for a bit. It’s always good, always different, always refreshing. The real world, I said “the real world” […]

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And now, for something different…

by SteveHulse July 23, 2017

I didn’t see it coming. For 37 years my “cabin” was home to me, where my home and heart would always be. I had helped design it, had it built by a good friend, paid for it, mortgaged it twice, spent holidays, summers and Christmases in it. I’d gotten married in it. After the divorce […]

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Cruising the North Sound

by SteveHulse May 21, 2017

            Have been sailing for the last few days on the RSV Ambivalent. (Not really… the raft is still the Aimless, it’s the captain who’s ambivalent…) The weather’s been good, but I have mixed feelings about it. The fishing has been slow, and I suddenly started missing TV for some […]

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Freedom: An Analytical Perspective

by SteveHulse May 4, 2017

Some time ago an acquaintance of mine read something I’d written about “a carefree day.” He looked up at me, frowning. “I don’t think I’ve ever had a carefree day…” With hindsight, I believe him. He was driven by some unseen demon of one sort or another. On another occasion I visited him on a […]

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An Alternate Reality & Other Fake Facts

by SteveHulse April 3, 2017

            Well, it’s been a weird month, probably the first of many. I used to know what was going on in this country. I no longer have any clue. I don’t trust the network news, there’s no consistent credibility in social media and I feel we’ve finally stumbled into an […]

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From My North Sound Hideaway

by SteveHulse January 18, 2017

Am writing this to you from the good ship Aimless today.  Nothing to do, really, so I’ll pen a few thoughts and feelings and put them out there for your consideration. There’s fresh fish in the ice chest, bread, cheese, coffee and tea… and some smoked meat I got down on Whidbey last week. Plenty […]

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