Author Archives: Bob Doran

The Hum ~ 2/8 ~ Facing absurdity

The Hum ~ 2/8 ~ Facing absurdity

It seems like someone has hijacked every conversation in America, on all social networks, on TV, in talk among friends. On his latest platform, Facebook, newsman Dan Rather uses theatre as a metaphor for current events. “If all the world’s a stage, and Donald Trump is in the role as President, he is playing the

The Hum ~ 2/1 ~ When, where, what, who & why?

Sometimes things fall through the cracks, plans get waylaid, delayed until it’s too late. Lately, it seems there are plenty of things that grab my attention like a kitty who goes where she’s not supposed to go. You get the picture. I’d arranged for an email interview with Karl Denson, saxophonist for Tiny Universe, a

The Hum ~ 1/25 ~ A good life

You know how you feel some mornings when you wake up and don’t want to get up? The world just doesn’t feel right, like you’ve slipped into an alternative reality. “It’s a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity, the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it

The Hum ~ 1/18 ~ The New Normal

Remember that catchphrase/TV commercial, “I’m not a real doctor, but I play one on TV.” Maybe  it was before your time. The quote came from an actor who starred on the soap General Hospital, and was hawking Vicks cough syrup. The year it was first on TV was 1984, around the time another TV actor, Ronald

The Hum ~ 1/11 ~ The Way We Were

My memory isn’t that great. I’m getting old and I went missing for awhile not too long ago and damaged some synapses, which are only slowly rebuilding. Luckily social media is willing to jar my memory. I have an app on my iPad called “Memoir” that taps into my history, reminding what I was posting

The Hum ~ NYE ~ Cup o’ kindness

It’s almost over. 2016 hasn’t been the best year and so far next year looks even worse. As Bette Davis put it, “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.” There may be stuff happening before and after the big night ahead, but you’re on your own to figure that out. Conveniently, the

The Hum ~ 12/7 ~ Well Seasoned

Seasons greetings. Yes, it’s officially that time of year again. Lights are shining in trees and lining windows and Santa is here. Spoiler alert: I met Santa the other day, his name is really Mike. We worked together for a couple of days preparing a meal for 500 in the Arcata Community Center. I complimented

The Hum – 11/23 – Thanx

When I was a boy, our family Thanksgivings were often spent over the river and through the woods at my grandparents’ farmhouse. (To be accurate, it was across a bay and over a mountain.) My silver-haired grandma would lay out a classic turkey dinner with all the trimmings, reminiscent of the iconic Norman Rockwell painting