Author: Michael Shaw

Today’s I Ching

You are a stranger to this situation.It is your attraction to the exotic that has led you here, but you will move on to a new vista when this one has lost its mystique.Because much of this environment is foreign to you, you must exercise only the best judgement.You don’t know the custom here, and […]

Warren Zevon at 20

September 7 marks twenty years since Warren Zevon passed away. As a fan, one is left to consider which is the greater tragedy; that his life was so short, that his fame was so fleeting, or that he is best remembered for a goofy novelty song about werewolves. “Mom and Papa bought a Chickering, Everyday […]

The Aubrey-Maturin Novels

There are readers, and there are re-readers. More than once, wonderment was expressed in my hearing of the notion of reading a book one has already read. Which is a fair stance, if considered against the measureless mountains of Books I Haven’t Read Yet. But there are also those who can revisit a beloved work […]

Hell In Texas

Oh, the Devil in hell, they say he was chained,And there for a thousand years he remained.He never complained, no, nor did he roam,But decided he’d start up a hell of his own. He’d start up a hell of his own,Where he could torment the souls of menFree from the walls of his prison den.So […]