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HIS SPIRIT LIVES ON! ... BONER, THE PIANO DOG ... November 27, 1994 ... February 20, 2010

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January 20, 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada

Balance in how and what I do in life is has always been and will most likely always be a challenge for me. This is because what works for me is not... structure in a conventional sense. There is a structure but it is constantly fluid. I have less than a month left with my fundraiser and to achieve my goal I need to push harder but my focus has shifted. Its always shifting as there are many things to shift to. What I am writing could go on and on, deeper and deeper as I've analyzed and am aware of myself from a life time of analyzation and awareness, lol! Bottom line, my difficulties with physical health concerning my weight and my timeline for sleep has been a hindrance. I am awake until almost daylight often. It is the time, my time... and I need it. And then sleep, I need a lot of that also. Well, my life has always necessitated a lot of personal down time and also a lot of sleep. It is what it is.



This should not be something to beat myself up with as it is why I have been able to accomplish everything that I have. Before the sun set today Mo and I drove out to the dessert to a spot away from tourists where I could create music in nature. A few people found us which was ideal and we all had a Traveling Piano experience. I needed that with people other than those living on the streets because 99% of my time is being spent now with those in a desperate living situation. Balance... Please Contribute! Ask for your friends to do so. Share the links. Create a subscription on the website here: Subscription/ Contribution Link. Make a one time contribution: PayPal Me for the Traveling Piano. Contribute via Facebook: Facebook Fundraiser Contact me for other alternatives via my email address found on this link: Contact Me.

January 19, 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada

I'm really appreciative to have found away to relate with people even if only for short periods of time. It reminds me of probably my all time favorite line from a movie. "The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return." Mo and I did our usual commitment at the mission center today, but also one of the guys staying there fixed the Traveling Piano truck's sideview mirror that broke and fallen off. For the first time I created music live to one of my slide shows... the one I am posting today. It is a long one, almost 20 minutes long. This was done on a grand piano in the newest business space, a florist/event/performance space, in the center of the arts district. I may be able to use the space to showcase myself and the Traveling Piano to raise funding. Please Contribute! Ask for your friends to do so. Share the links. Create a subscription on the website here: Subscription/ Contribution Link. Make a one time contribution: PayPal Me for the Traveling Piano. Contribute via Facebook: Facebook Fundraiser Contact me for other alternatives via my email address found on this link: Contact Me.


January 18, 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada

Traveling Piano Fundraiser - #009 This YouTube testimonial may seem a bit somber with my friend Regina but its simply that we all were frozen on Monday night! Lol, the temperature was in the 30's! Neither snow, rain, heat, gloom of night or cold... will stop the Traveling Piano's Musical Fun, Friendship and Respect in Creating Relationship with others, especially strangers. Today we were at the rescue mission. Please Contribute! Ask for your friends to do so. Share the links. Create a subscription on the website here: Subscription/ Contribution Link. Make a one time contribution: PayPal Me for the Traveling Piano. Contribute via Facebook: Facebook Fundraiser Contact me for other alternatives via my email address found on this link: Contact Me.


January 17, 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada

I had an extraordinary experience today, an awakening of sorts, an understand which answered unresolved events that happened for over a year, back years ago on this journey. The memory of it was sparked by a podcast in the UK that I did on Christmas Day and a phone call after it was done. Someone called from the UK and simply hung up when I picked up the phone. Last week I began to watch a television show, an expose on Scientology which is a cult religion. I began to become almost obsessed in watching it until today information fell into place. The cult capitalizes on mind control techniques concerning indoctrination. It exemplifies the how people in abused relationships cannot leave them and how families can be torn apart to benefit dogma which is what the cult is about, the technology of policy for the sake of self-serving profit... financially protected by tax exemption. I went back in this blog to study the time line and realized I had a short accidental and innocently random encounter with Scientology's Narconon compound in Oklahoma back when. As a result the cult began to insidiously probe who I am and what I am about through phone calls and did so for quite a long time. And stupidly, I might add. This is why I never forgot it. Bizarre is the word that comes to mind.



It was always the same person and after a year I remember saying, "Do you not think that after all the phone calls I can't recognize your voice?" For all I know they may still be probing me in different ways. It is what they do. Scientology is a mental disease that warps the mind away from the truth of spirit. It sucks all empathy and compassion out of interpersonal relationships. The realization shook me to my core that my spiritual truth in this world would reveal this information to me today! This is complicated, but I wanted to document the basic parts as a significant part of this journey. Traveling Piano Fundraiser - #008 Father John, a diocesan priest... through all obstacles has been ministering with his friends to the homeless and poor every Monday in Las Vegas for the last 17 years with food and necessities. His agenda is pure as is the Traveling Piano's. Please Contribute! Ask for your friends to do so. Share the links. Create a subscription on the website here: Subscription/ Contribution Link. Make a one time contribution: PayPal Me for the Traveling Piano. Contribute via Facebook: Facebook Fundraiser Contact me for other alternatives via my email address found on this link: Contact Me.


January 16, 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada

I was thinking about Monday night. Every first Tuesday a mass is said on the street corner before food is served. As it was raining, the mass still went on with all the food there, volunteers standing with umbrellas and of course the homeless people were not going to stand there with them! It was like... "its pouring people, serve the friggin' food" it felt wrong to see them showing what their priority was. It was religious protocol. I think that was my catalyst to leave as in "this is ridiculous"! Traveling Piano Fundraiser - #007 My friend Ellio is full of respect and appreciation and he wants everyone to know the Traveling Piano has worth. Please Contribute! Ask for your friends to do so. Share the links. Create a subscription on the website here: Subscription/ Contribution Link. Make a one time contribution: PayPal Me for the Traveling Piano. Contribute via Facebook: Facebook Fundraiser Contact me for other alternatives via my email address found on this link: Contact Me.


January 15, 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada

Traveling Piano Fundraiser - #006 My buddy Tony, we see each other every week, his wife in a wheel chair swoons to the relief music creates for her. People love my music but I love more, being with them while they create their own music. This is personally what the Traveling Piano is about, other people getting on the truck for the sake of relationship and music. Please Contribute! Ask for your friends to do so. Share the links. Create a subscription on the website here: Subscription/ Contribution Link. Make a one time contribution: PayPal Me for the Traveling Piano. Contribute via Facebook: Facebook Fundraiser Contact me for other alternatives via my email address found on this link: Contact Me.


January 14, 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada

I've been doing my usual Traveling Piano commitments everyday. Today the forecast was for rain beginning at 8pm and so I thought I could get some time in at the field beforehand. It began to rain as soon as I took the truck cover off and then the rain became steady. I felt a need to help the situation... hundreds of homeless people just standing in the rain, all their clothing getting wet... I went to the rescue mission to play for the dinner there. The energy was somber and so I went into performance mode and turned that around! Afterwards, I drove back to the field to see if anyone showed up. I kept getting in and out of the cab as my clothes were getting wet and it was cold. Everyone kept coming up to say hello to me and Mo through the window. I felt guilty in there but all they felt was our presence in spite of the rain. It was validation of what I always say... its not the giving of "things" as much as simply "being" with. After an hour I just gave up, there was nothing more I could do for the situation. Traveling Piano Fundraiser - #005 On the fly... my buddy Maurice says the Traveling Piano is important. Bring the Beat to the Street. Contribute! Subscription/ Contribution Link. Make a one time contribution: PayPal Me for the Traveling Piano. Contribute via Facebook: Facebook Fundraiser Contact me for other alternatives via my email address found on this link: Contact Me.


January 13, 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada

Traveling Piano Fundraiser - #004 In Spanish... my friends who know how important it is to counteract all the worlds negativity right now and extend personal caring to strangers through fun, friendship and respect. Please support this worthy cause. Subscription/ Contribution Link. Make a one time contribution: PayPal Me for the Traveling Piano. Contribute via Facebook: Facebook Fundraiser Contact me for other alternatives via my email address found on this link: Contact Me.


January 12, 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada

Traveling Piano Fundraiser - #003 Lol, my world is complete with friends like Steve who is always out to please and want people to be happy, get along with each other... his willingness to speak up... for you to contribute for the Traveling Piano fills me with love. Please support this worthy cause. Subscription/ Contribution Link. Make a one time contribution: PayPal Me for the Traveling Piano. Contribute via Facebook: Facebook Fundraiser Contact me for other alternatives via my email address found on this link: Contact Me.


January 11, 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada

Traveling Piano Fundraiser - #002. Norma loves me, she honestly does! Lol, two friends from last night out to encourage you to support the Traveling Piano. They do not care that they are being put on the spot for the sake of fun, friendship and respect! As with all our playing with music... it is what it is. Please contribute. Create a monthly subscription for as little as $3. This is my chosen path... to ask for one-on-one personal contribution in order to keep going without fees, tips or commercial affiliation and... I'm living hand to mouth at this point. Subscription/ Contribution Link. Make a one time contribution: PayPal Me for the Traveling Piano. Contribute via Facebook: Facebook Fundraiser Contact me for other alternatives via my email address found on this link: Contact Me.


January 10, 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada

Traveling Piano Fundraiser - #001. I've been asking friends on the street to pitch contribution from you for the Traveling Piano! We are all interacting in a new way with this and having a hilariously sincere time. Thats in keeping with the Fun, Friendship and Respect of the journey. Please contribute. Share the link. Ask for your friends to do so. Create a subscription on the website here. This is my chosen path... to ask for one-on-one personal contribution in order to keep going without fees, tips or commercial affiliation and... I'm living hand to mouth at this point. Subscription/ Contribution Link. Make a one time contribution: PayPal Me for the Traveling Piano. Contribute via Facebook: Facebook Fundraiser Contact me for other alternatives via my email address found on this link: Contact Me.


January 09, 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada

Please create a subscription here on this website. This is my chosen path... to ask for one-on-one personal contribution in order to keep going without fees, tips or commercial affiliation and... I'm living hand to mouth at this point. Subscription/ Contribution Link. Make a one time contribution: PayPal Me for the Traveling Piano. Contribute via Facebook: Facebook Fundraiser Contact me for other alternatives via my email address found on this link: Contact Me. The pictures posted today, lichen from La Verkin, Utah can be found in the Traveling Piano picture galleries... 75,000 journey pictures!


January 08, 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada

I really enjoy living in Las Vegas. Maybe if I was in the burbs it would not be so much. The diversity in every way is what makes it for me. At first, it seemed there were not many choices for quality food. Ha, that is so wrong. Not only quality, the ethnic varieties are unlimited. Different neighborhoods, communities... the fact that the politics are Democratic in name really helps... the entertainment, art. At night the skyline and lights are awesome! The nature well, my pictures speak for themselves. Potential... although I have not pursued the potential enough... that... was the second biggest reason I settled here. Living in the Arts District downtown has its draw backs but the stimulation of life outweighs any negative. The weather, that also is a trade off. Every place has its extreme time periods. People are the same everywhere, you can find whatever you want in people here.



Speaking of negative, the city is really giving homeless people a hard time. They are being forced to keep moving from street to street, displacing them from human contact first with the community in general and then from their own kind on the streets. There is a drive to institutionalized them and take all physical choices in life away from them permanently under the guise of knowing whats best. I must just keep my focus on my world and look for what I can add to their lives personally and not get caught up with what others are doing to make their lives worse. Please create a subscription here on this website. This is my chosen path... to ask for one-on-one personal contribution in order to keep going without fees, tips or commercial affiliation and... I'm living hand to mouth at this point. Subscription/ Contribution Link. Make a one time contribution: PayPal Me for the Traveling Piano. Contribute via Facebook: Facebook Fundraiser Contact me for other alternatives via my email address found on this link: Contact Me.

January 07, 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada

After getting up at 1:30pm... yep thats right... I began to get my act together. I tell myself, if I need the sleep I need the sleep. My crazy mind heals in sleep as well as my aching body. What a miracle it has been to be able to get up on my own "clock" so to speak throughout most of my life. I know a lot of people would be jealous of that but... fact is, I am alive as a result. This I know. Then before driving to our usual Monday night commitment at the field I talked on the phone with a good friend and that got me energized. I have been in a sort of comma for the last two days. I'm sure the rain, cold and clouds had something to do with it. But... when I am totally rested, have not played for two days, been away from work... my energy level is through the roof when it comes to creating music and interacting with people. I love it. Also, I got about ten blankets to distribute for the week. So, at about two in the morning I walked an hour and found no one sleeping on the sidewalks without at least one blanket. Then on the way back less than a block from my house in an alley on the ground... a perfect recipient! I must find sustained contribution. Please create a subscription here on this website. This is my chosen path... to ask for one-on-one personal contribution in order to keep going without fees, tips or commercial affiliation. Subscription/ Contribution Link. Make a one time contribution: PayPal Me for the Traveling Piano. Contribute via Facebook: Facebook Fundraiser Contact me for other alternatives via my email address found on this link: Contact Me.

January 06, 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada

Last month I made a concerted effort with raising enough funds to pay the rent this month and just made it along with other bills like the truck insurance, registration, repair, gas, etc... The equipment just works on a wing and a prayer or something like that. So, today I did not nothing. It was a lost day unless taking a day for myself to do nothing is a good thing. Unless, that nothing comes from a place of not being able to do anything as in no choice. It is what it is. Also, my friend Alex came home form Christmas vacation and took me out to a Korean Barbecue Buffet. It was pricey, you get ninety minutes to stuff your face with beef tongue, pork belly, cray fish and lots of other interesting things. I left feeling sinful with all the fattening greasy strange meat. But, it was a sinful treat. I must find sustained contribution. Please create a subscription here on this website. This is my chosen path... to ask for one-on-one personal contribution in order to keep going without fees, tips or commercial affiliation. Subscription/ Contribution Link. Make a one time contribution: PayPal Me for the Traveling Piano. Contribute via Facebook: Facebook Fundraiser Contact me for other alternatives via my email address found on this link: Contact Me.

January 05, 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada

It is cold and rainy. I find it delicious. What a contrast from the summer which was more wilting than delicious. Variety is the name of the game. Having lived back east with four seasons for most of my life it feels nostalgic. If I want to be in snow I can find it an hour away. Late at night the fog was so thick, all the Las Vegas Casino strip marquees were creating a a soft glow of colors flickering in the sky. The day was spent making soup... lots of soup to last about four days! I must find sustained contribution. Please create a subscription here on this website. This is my chosen path... to ask for one-on-one personal contribution in order to keep going without fees, tips or commercial affiliation. Subscription/ Contribution Link. Make a one time contribution: PayPal Me for the Traveling Piano. Contribute via Facebook: Facebook Fundraiser Contact me for other alternatives via my email address found on this link: Contact Me.

January 04, 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada

The way people have been responding to me at the Las Vegas Mission center when I am there on Thursdays and Fridays is a phenomenon. I get so much validation, respect and appreciation. Maybe I can't get over it because I avoided people stroking me for most of my life, would not allow it into my life. Even though... no one wanted it more than me. I remember into my twenties when anyone ever complimented me I would negate it for fear of being labeled as conceited. The idea of being humble was very twisted in my brain. Now... I understand the concept of humility and I'm full of it! I still cringe when people applaud and I tell them to stop, lol. The affect I have on people is not only about the music. Its about my relationship with them. I've always said that the Traveling Piano is about more than just music. It is about empowerment, inspiration and as always... Fun, Friendship and Respect... through music. I must find sustained contribution. Please create a subscription here on this website. This is my chosen path... to ask for one-on-one personal contribution in order to keep going without fees, tips or commercial affiliation. Subscription/ Contribution Link. Make a one time contribution: PayPal Me for the Traveling Piano. Contribute via Facebook: Facebook Fundraiser Contact me for other alternatives via my email address found on this link: Contact Me.

January 03, 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada

I must find the where-with-all to update the new year with this blog... and find a way to sustain myself, move on with the Traveling Piano, solicit funding, lose weight, exercise, keep my mind healthy, keep order with the cataloging of my archives, propagate all my work over the years in a way that creates finances. Just staying interested in anything is a challenge. I really do not want to do anything else but am finding it difficult to want to do what I do. Although my commitments, liking going to the Mission Center today... I'm still interested in my commitments. I must find sustained contribution. Please create a subscription here on this website. This is my chosen path... to ask for one-on-one personal contribution in order to keep going without fees, tips or commercial affiliation. Subscription/ Contribution Link. Make a one time contribution: PayPal Me for the Traveling Piano. Contribute via Facebook: Facebook Fundraiser Contact me for other alternatives via my email address found on this link: Contact Me.

January 02, 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada

People would be amazed with the amount of angst I go through, the inertia it takes to just get going to accomplish a simple task. The truck needs to be re-registered for the year by the 5th of January. I registered it as a classic vehicle last year but have gone over the allotted milage which means I must re-register, possibly deal with a penalty, get new tags and get a smog test which was 95% sure to fail. And then, there are the back brake lights that have been on and off for the last half year. Then, the money to fix the carburetor for the smog issue if the test failed, the new tags, registration, insurance, and the brake light tail pieces. Well, I got going on it today. I open the car door and my side view mirror fell off. It broke. With the Serenity Prayer to help me stay out of the way, I made a clear decision to let the God of my understanding work it out for me.



I decided that I would do what needs to be done. Went to look for a cheap smog test place, then decided a legitimate one would be best. Needed more info, drove home and got it. Taped the sideview mirror on with black duck tape so it did not look so noticeable. Got on Ebay and found a new one guaranteed to arrive in three days... which is crazy because parts for my 33 year old truck are not easy to come by. The smog test, in and out... took less than ten minutes. It passed. That... nothing short of a miracle. In that ten minutes, ten cars lined up behind me. I asked what was up with that. The guy said, "you got lucky, there was no one here." Then I drove to the department of motor vehicles where online the other day a person said they were sitting forever, their number was a hundred forty seven and appointments were no longer being taken because there were so many people needing service.



I walked in, walked up to the lady, she pointed me to the area, I went right up to the desk, everything got done... in and out in ten minutes. I turned around and there were lots of people in line. I said to the guy, whats up with that? He said, it was a fluke that you just got in and out, the place is usually packed with people. New tags, new registration, all the paperwork in hand, everything paid right there. Got back to my parking lot and a neighbor lady handy with stuff, she took off my tail lights and replaced the units for me. All done in ten minutes. It all took an hour total. This is how life works best for me so I want to document it in detail to help to remember to remember... accept what is needed, what I have no control over, decide to have the courage to do whatever, and have faith in the wisdom to know...



I am way behind on processing pictures from last year because my time has been spent fundraising. I have beautiful pictures of Utah from last month I want to get posted. Please create a subscription here on this website. This is my chosen path... to ask for one-on-one personal contribution in order to keep going without fees, tips or commercial affiliation and... I'm living hand to mouth at this point. Subscription/ Contribution Link. Make a one time contribution: PayPal Me for the Traveling Piano. Contribute via Facebook: Facebook Fundraiser Contact me for other alternatives via my email address found on this link: Contact Me.

January 01, 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada

With temperatures at night in the low 30's right now, here in Las Vegas a friend called saying they had blankets to give out. So, it is too cold to create music and in having ten blankets... Mo and I just came inside from finding people who need them on the sidewalks. That is not difficult to find around here. I was referred to as a do good-er and that makes me laugh because... who does not enjoy giving out things to others that they themselves do not want or need? Everyone posses "something" they can give, pass on to someone else. It is a no brain-er for self-worth, purpose, self-satisfaction, something to do, etc... It is FUN! Just go out and give something. Speaking of giving. My giver for the last two years has stopped giving. The well has run dry. I spent more than half of last month asking for contribution to pay for my basic necessities. I must find sustained contribution. Please create a subscription here on this website. This is my chosen path... to ask for one-on-one personal contribution in order to keep going without fees, tips or commercial affiliation. Subscription/ Contribution Link. Make a one time contribution: PayPal Me for the Traveling Piano. Contribute via Facebook: Facebook Fundraiser Contact me for other alternatives via my email address found on this link: Contact Me.