Saturday, July 09, 2022

Two Views Of July Ninth Past

Here are a couple of pictures I took on a July 9th in the past.

This was taken in 2015 in Lexington, Kentucky.  I had four dogs then, but strangely, the three dogs pictured here are the ones that are still with us.  We had adopted Yoko, the chihuahua in the foreground, just a month before.  She was still a little fat.  The little beagle next to her is Winston.  He just turned 15 this week.  He would have just turned eight in this picture.  I wish he could be that young again.

Here's another picture from another July 9th:

The context of this picture is that I was returning from Dallas.  I was on I-30.  I was going to my home in Fort Worth.  Because Fort Worth was the western end of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, & because storms tended to come from the west, Fort Worth would mostly be where the storms started.  & more than once I found myself driving west, trying to get home, & suddenly facing a deluge.

This is what happened here, in 2017.  I found an old email I wrote to my wife, who was out of town, about the damage from the storm.  In addition to almost being stuck in a flood - I drove through pretty deep water to exit the highway, & was incredibly lucky that I didn't stall - I also noted that one of our trees in our backyard was uprooted.  Mostly I was sad I was away while the storm came in, & it was almost certainly stressful for our dogs.  I was in Dallas because I had made a promise to help someone because I am a nice guy even though the person to whom I was nice was probably not worth the gesture.  Appropriately, that person is no longer in my life so remembering this, I am even more guilty than I was at the time.

What is true is that I do not miss those storms.  They made terrifying torrential downpours & threatened tornados.  Holy shit!  Nothing like that in Portland.  Well, except wildfires.  Wildfires are fucking horrifying.

Friday, July 08, 2022

Kind Cinema

(image from IMDb)

Our resident cinephile Chuck stopped by this week to talk to us about films featuring kindness, which was the show's theme.  You can listen to that show if for some reason you missed it at either or at  Chuck is interviewed toward the end of the first hour.

He used an IMDb search to find the films.  He then made a YouTube playlist of the films he wanted to watch, keeping notes with his Letterboxd reviews.  Some movies were available for free elsewhere; the IMDB gave such a list for your convenience.

Follow Chuck on Twitter to find out what he's watching & when.  & interact with him!  He's friendly & loves cats.  A very kind person indeed!

Tuesday, July 05, 2022

Self Help Radio 070522: Kindness

(Original image here.)

There it is. The kindest radio show Self Help Radio could produce. Because it was about kindness!

To be kind to listeners, it aired in the middle of the night when most everyone was asleep. Except! It was the night of the fourth of July, so maybe everyone was awake because their pets were freaked out by the fireworks! In any event, we kindly kept the show to a mere three hours long. Anything more would not have been a kindness.

As you can see below, there are guests & lots of songs. Except for a short set of tunes of unkindness, it's nonstop kindness.  The milk of human kindness flows, kindness kills, & the show relies on the kindness of strangers.  That's the kind of show it is: a kind show about kindness.

Kindly listen when convenient at either the KBOO web page or at the Self Help Radio website. If you used the latter, make sure you remember the username SHR & the password selfhelp. As note, everything that happens on the show is listed below.

Be kind to Self Help Radio!

Self Help Radio Kindness Show
"The Kindness" Haunted House _Brave The Woods_
"Don't Take My Kindness For Weakness" Meshell Ndegeocello _Weather_
"The Wild Kindness" Silver Jews _American Water_

introductions & definitions - featuring the Definition-O-Tron 3000!

"Kill 'Em With Kindness" Sløtface _Sponge State EP_
"Kill Them With Kindness" Idles _Ultra Mono_
"Kill 'Em With Kindness" Anjelah Johnson _That's How We Do It!_
"The Milkman Of Human Kindness" Billy Bragg _Life's A Riot With Spy Vs Spy_
"Put Your Big Toe In The Milk Of Human Kindness (with Elvis Costello & Marc Ribot)" Rob Wasserman _Trios_

etymologies - featuring the Ghost Of Christmas Past (?!)

"Stranger Than Kindness" Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds _Your Funeral... My Trial_
"The Kindness Of Strangers" The American Analog Set _Know By Heart_
"Stranger To Kindness" The New Year _The End Is Near_
"Kindness Of Strangers" Children's Hour _SOS JFK_
"The Kindness Of Strangers" Nell & The Flaming Lips _Where The Viaduct Looms_

our resident cinephile Chuck talks about kindness in films

"Try A Little Kindness" The Raelettes _Hits & Rarities_
"Kindness" Kevin Salem _Ecstatic_
"Kindness Is The New Rock & Roll" Peace _Kindness Is The New Rock & Roll_
"You Were A Kindness" The National _High Violet (Expanded Edition)_
"Hand Of Kindness" Richard Thompson _Watching The Dark (The History Of Richard Thompson)_

interview with winner of the Kindest Person In America 2021, Mordecai Jarvis

"Please Be Kind (vocals, Ida James)" Earl Hines & His Orchestra _Earl Hines 1937-1939_
"Cruel To Be Kind" Nick Lowe _Labour Of Lust_
"Be Kind To My Mistakes" Kate Bush _Hounds Of Love_
"How To Be Kind" Dead Famous People _La-Di-Da... So Far..._
"Be Kind" Desperate Journalist _Grow Up_

interview with Dr. Edgar Patterson, author of Kindness Is Overrated

"Unkind & Unwise" The Go-Betweens _Spring Hill Fair_
"She Was Unkind" The Ferrets _Strum & Thrum: The American Jangle Underground 1983-1987_
"Too Much, Too Unkind" Charlotte's Web _Flies In The Face Of..._
"How Unkind" Charming _Champagne & Magazines_
"Unkind" The Frank & Walters _Greenwich Mean Time_

idioms with kindness

"Kind Treatment Blues" Memphis Minnie _Queen Of The Country Blues (All The Published Sides 1929-1937 In Chronological Order)_
"I'm A Real Kind Mama" Maggie Jones _Volume 2 (May 1925 To June 1926)_
"Kind Mama" Blind Sammie _The Definitive Blind Willie McTell_
"Kind Babe Blues" James "Stump" Johnson _Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order (1929-1964)_
"Unkind Woman" Buddy Moss _Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order: Volume 2 (19 September 1933 - 11 August 1934)_
"Kind Hearted Woman Blues (Take 1)" Robert Johnson _The Complete Recordings_

conclusion & goodbye

"Kind Woman" Percy Sledge _It Tears Me Up (The Best Of Percy Sledge)_
"Kinder Still" The Dentists _Some People Are On The Pitch They Think It's All Over It Is Now_
"Trying To Be Kind" The Motorcycle Boy _Scarlet_
"The Magic Of A Kind Word" Belle & Sebastian _The BBC Sessions_
"As Kind As You Can" Wolf Parade _Thin Mind_

Monday, July 04, 2022

Whither Kindness?

(image from here)

Tonight's show is not about the fourth of July, or independence, or signing things, or fireworks, or other related concepts.  That's mainly because tonight's show starts at midnight, which is not the fourth of July but the fifth of July, so not a holiday.  Anyway, I've only done a couple of fourth of July themed shows & my heart isn't always in it.  Especially not this year.  It's weird to celebrate freedom in a country where freedom is dying in droves.

But why a show about kindness?  I have to confess, I thought I didn't know - but I think I might know - but I hesitate to say because it might be presumptuous.  My original assumption is that I was listening to the cool Strum & Thrum collection of 1980s American jangle pop, & especially a song called "She Was Unkind."  Which I'll definitely play tonight.  Which also means I'll be working backward from unkindness to kindness. Which is pretty much how my brain works, to be honest.

However, I suspect something subconsciously affected the decision.  I'll have to think about it.  If I say it now & it's wrong, I'll be embarrassed. & if you've heard my show, you'll know I have a lot to embarrassed about already.  Too much, actually.  It's a wonder I ever show my face on the radio.

That's tonight, while fireworks are scaring your pets, from midnight to 3am on 90.7fm & online at  It would be a kindness if you listened.

Sunday, July 03, 2022

Preface To Kindness: An Unkind Weekend

(This is an image for folks in the UK, but it applies here.)

This is a terrible weekend for pet owners, especially the dogs.  Fireworks scare the bejeezus out of them.  Our oldest, Winston, is a bit deaf but even he seemed agitated by the neighbors a street over blowing things up so it sounded like a warzone.  My sweet girl Pauline, who is not in the least cuddly, wanted to climb up into my lap.

Websites like this with tips about how to take care of your dog during fireworks times are all over the web & easy to find & they pretty much say the same thing.  Lots of dogs freak out & run away when the sky is bright with fireworks.  & missing pet flyers on telephone poles make me very, very sad.

The irony is, I used to love fireworks.  Now I can't watch then, especially if they're near my house, without worrying about my pets.  It seems unkind & even selfish to prioritize an ultimately transient entertainment over the lives of our four-footed friends.  & when they're stressed out, I'm stressed out.

That's not why there's a show about kindness on Self Help Radio this week though.  Maybe I'll tell you about that tomorrow.