Peace Piece/Bill Evans

John Fraim (Press the Play button above before reading below. The music of Bill Evans’ “Peace Piece” is intended to serve as part of the media of the below story.) January 13, 2021. Almost a year into the pandemic and lockdown and a week before the inaugeration. The nation seems about to explode. On a […]

My Christmas Eve

There are some stories that truly speak to the heart and retired Ohio State Trooper Bob Welsh’s touching poem, “My Christmas Eve”, is certainly one of them. With his permission, we had the honor of recreating his poem (original can be found here – https://chp.click/bobwelsh). Mr. Welsh’s poem represents our mission to provide the highest […]

The Waste Patrol

John Fraim 12/7 on the Community Neighborhood website. “Happy holidays to all. It would be a little happier if all of us were a little more considerate of our neighbors. One of the things this involves is cleaning up after your dog in our parks. Hope all have a Merry Christmas. Carl.” 12/9 on the […]

Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing

Legendary Cuban-American jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval teams up with Prince Royce for an uplifting feel-good piece of music written by Stevie Wonder. While living in his native Cuba, Sandoval was influenced by jazz musicians Charlie Parker, Clifford Brown and Dizzy Gillespie. In 1977 he met Gillespie, who became his friend and mentor and helped him defect […]

The Medium and the Light

I’m honored to have my review of Marshall McLuhan’s The Medium & The Light published in New Explorations journal. The journal is a revival of Explorations: Studies in Culture and Communication, first created in 1953 by Marshall McLuhan and Ted Carpenter. New Explorations reaffirms and continues the theoretical perspectives of Explorations, which so profoundly influenced the Toronto School of Communication and […]

Dr. Bernays

David Letterman: “What are we dealing with doctor Bernays?” Dr. Edward Bernays: “We’re dealing with the concept that people will believe me more if you call me doctor.”  _______________ I don’t about you but when I was a kid I used Ivory soap to carve various things like ships and cars and figures. Now, I know […]

Midnight Oil Podcast

The above is a first audio test of the new Zoom PodTrak 4 portable podcaster. The words in the recording make little sense as there was no script and little thought about the program. I simply wanted to learn how to use one of the most interesting features of the new PodTrak 4, the four […]

Release the Kraken

John Fraim Twenty years ago, I was in Norway with my family and purchased a mythic god figure from Norwegian mythology. I can’t recall the name of this particular figure, but it has sat on the shelf of my office for all these years, always watching over me with mouth open in a somewhat astonished […]

Common Sense

January 9, 1776  Thomas Paine publishes “Common Sense” On January 9, 1776, writer Thomas Paine publishes his pamphlet “Common Sense,” setting forth his arguments in favor of American independence.  Although little used today, pamphlets were an important medium for the spread of ideas in the 16th through 19th centuries. Originally published anonymously, “Common Sense” advocated independence for […]