Author Archive: mmelinger

Fun with Cashews

OK, so we just came off 10 days with Dr. Mark Hyman’s Detox Diet.  Pretty simple!  All you have to cut out is sugar, flour, wheat, corn, dairy, grains, fruits and fruit juices, legumes, starchy vegetables, and the will to live.  That leaves protein (now in the 4-ounce fun size!), non-starchy vegetables, and existential angst. Just kidding.  It …

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Getting your hair cut in Baytown, Texas

Fifty years ago, getting a haircut was a whole different experience than it is today.  Nobody was handing you a beer while you waited.  Then again, I was ten years old so maybe that wouldn’t have been the best idea. In Baytown, every male pretty much had one of two haircuts: either the Flat Top …

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Mortality & The Melingers

If all goes according to plan, I will turn sixty this year.  So I’m just now gaining a bit of perspective on this whole life/death thing.  The presence of death becomes less theoretical as you begin to notice the people around you dropping like flies.  One minute they’re there, and then…poof.  No more! I don’t feel …

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A Merry Murray Meditation

OK, I just sat through all 56 minutes of Bill Murray’s Christmas special on Netflix.  Where’s my medal? Just kidding.  To be honest, I enjoyed it.  And I bet there’s not a lot of people who will be able to make that claim. I think the answer to knowing whether you are one of them happens …

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A Brief Mutual Stretcher History of my Brother and my Father

One of the more wonderful aspects of having lived through the 1960’s and 1970’s, if you were one of those fortunate enough to survive, is the ability to look back with some degree of perspective at a period that combined innocence and debauchery in equal parts.  Consequently, our skill at rationalizing bad behavior for (perceived) positive results was unparalleled. Of …

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My Life with Steve

I spent a fair chunk of the 1980’s living in Eugene, Oregon.  It was a wonderful time of cooperative living, incessant rain, and eight dark years of  Ronald Reagan as President.  OK, maybe there were some issues, but by and large it was quite magical, as long as you never read a newspaper or watched the TV …

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A Bad Case of Whiplash

OK, so I’m a little slow getting around to things in popular culture–for example, I stopped listening to new music thirty years ago–but I finally got around to seeing the movie Whiplash.  I put it off awhile because, as a UNT grad, it sounded an awful lot like Orals, which is something that sounds fun …

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A Shell to Pick with Maine Cuisine

OK, so we just got back from Maine.  And we had never been to Maine.  Whenever that happens, people who have been to Maine have all kinds of things to say about it–places you should go, places you should stay, and especially things to eat.  Everyone seemed all het up about eating lobster rolls–oh, you …

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OK, so maybe I’m not always the World’s Best Dad.

I try, OK?  And mostly succeed.  But every now and then, I remember something that gives me a pang of guilt.  A time when I could have been better, but just didn’t wannu. Here’s an example: when our daughters were around eleven years old, we found ourselves going to a lot of Bar & Bat …

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The Day Cannonball Fired Charles Lloyd

Thanks to old buddy Alex Coke, I recently finished reading a book on the life of Julian ‘Cannonball Adderley called Walk Tall: The Music & Life of Julian “Cannonball” Adderley.  Alex was kind enough to gift me the book he just read before he hopped a plane back to the more jazz-friendly, or at least …

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