Eric Pulsifer – Independent writer/author
Riverside, CA and Charleston SC
Alzheimers — like the other forms of dementia — is an insidious disease. Often the person who has it is the last one to know, and just the thought of it is scary stuff. The things that a person used to do almost instinctively, he has to think about long and hard now. Journalist Greg O’Brien describes it first-hand in his book On Pluto: A guy could be standing in the back yard holding a garden hose and wonder how he’s supposed to work the stupid thing. And feel this rage because he used to know all this stuff …
I saw a video clip of Campbell on his last tour, and there were times he looked really lost. He had a TelePrompter on stage so he could remember the lyrics. At one point he finished Galveston, talked with the audience for a few seconds, and started his intro to his next song: Galveston. His daughter Ashley, who played banjo and keyboards in his last band, had to remind him that they just did that song.
“… another Peyser-ized reporter was Paul Henderson, who worked at two newspapers under Verne. In the early 1960s they worked together with the Council Bluffs (Iowa) Daily Nonpareil, and the two later worked at the Omaha World-Herald. Henderson eventually left the Midwest, and hooked on with the Seattle Times as a crime reporter. While there, Henderson investigated the rape conviction of Steve Titus and was able to prove his innocence. The conviction was overturned, another man confessed to the rape, and Henderson earned the 1982 Pulitzer for local investigative specialized reporting …”
If you have an old computer gathering dust in a closet, it might make a good boat anchor. Or you might put it to work, making it into a random-play jukebox. But never mind the tinny computer speakers; instead hook it up to your stereo for hours of nonstop music.
For the price of a cable and blank CD, plus a little preparation, you can give that old computer a new life and set saturate your living room with all those good sounds at the same time.If you have an old computer gathering dust in a closet, it might make a good boat anchor. Or you might put it to work, making it into a random-play jukebox. But never mind the tinny computer speakers; instead hook it up to your stereo for hours of nonstop music …
It used to be that when someone stole your phone you merely replaced it and worried about how many calls the thief placed on your dime.
Now, with phones getting smarter, a loss or theft raises the ante. All your financial records, plus any bank info or even payment mechanisms are in the thief’s hands and he could drain your accounts. Now, losing a cell phone is even more devastating than losing your wallet.
A developing trend these days is using a handheld device to …
” … you can hear Duke shouting encouragement. Three minutes into the solo you can hear some real audience response. They’re clapping, cheering, and getting louder … it’s one of those moments that every human being should experience. It’s crunch time, and you’re called to perform at something — a job, dealing with family, facing the outside world … and you’re performing at a level that you didn’t know you had and don’t remember how you did it …”
Creativity and productivity …
I heard her long before I saw her, mostly because sound — especially when it’s a war cry — carries well in the mountains. But as I talked to the 60-ish black lady with the tattoo on her forearm and a headband around her close-cropped white hair, I began to realize what I was doing up there on Sassafrass Mountain …
… Jeff’s kind of a funny character. He likes to control his environment whenever possible, and this sometimes rubs folks the wrong way. But in the music scene, where talent rules and you don’t think of the hard work that goes along with it, you probably need at least some of that attitude. He’s really opened my eyes to a few things.
Jeff is strong on preparation, on knowing the material backward and forward. This means regular rehearsals, to learn new stuff and to tighten the old stuff. But he recognizes there’s a fluidness to his art — to any art — which leaves a lot open to the moment. There’s a lot of improvisation to music, but when you’re prepared and know the material, you’re more able to meet those unusual challenges.
He’s also big on conditioning and bringing your best self to the job. He won’t drink during a gig, and his idea of a pre-performance meal is something light. While the band mates (myself included) had a big Philly cheese steak before Saturday’s gig, he had a salad. Makes sense; don’t need to be burping up green peppers and onions while you’re trying to sing …
(From creative & dangerous)
Writing for the Web and for print
- Technical subjects and explanatory pieces in plain, understandable English.
- Feature writing, particularly people features.
- News writing, both spot reportage and longer-form pieces.
- Wrote five nonfiction ebooks and three novels (B.I.C. Cartel, Damage Control, and Desert Vendetta), now available on multiple channels.
- Developing several freelance articles for publication.
- Maintaining the blog ‘creative & dangerous’ for creative people functioning in today’s world.
- A fourth novel, The Way Of The ASPIS, is in first draft.
- Acting as a caregiver to an aged parent.
- Wrote news and features for daily and weekly newspapers in California, Arizona and Indiana before making the transition to online media.
- Led newsroom staffs of up to five people with several daily and weekly newspapers over a 12-year period.
- Wrote news copy, edited, managed the news hole, shot photos and composed pages.
- Instituted design changes and helped modernize several newsrooms.
- Earned award for best in-depth coverage by the Arizona Associated Press, 1991, for stories on state open meeting laws.
- Print publications include the Fontana (CA) Herald-News, Mohave County (AZ) Daily News, Kingman (AZ) Standard and Posey County (IN) News.
To the table
- Skilled in making complicated subjects understandable.
- Can compose copy quickly and edit it thoroughly.
- Able to coordinate assignments and staff into a cohesive whole.
- Well versed in Associated Press style.
- Good attitude, and can work equally well with or without supervision, alone or in a group.
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