can’t see the forest

About the Blog

Howdy. Willkommen. Bienvenue. Bienvenidos. Bemvindos. Ni hao. Konnichiwa.

This weblog began its life in September 2006 as Tell It Like It Is. Careful consideration of this title revealed that, while innocent enough in conception, such a handle was a bit too polemically and politically charged to serve its intended purposes.

When one “can’t see the forest for the trees,” the implication is that one’s perspective is too narrow, that one has some mountain climbing to do in order to get a clearer and more circumspect view.

That’s what we’re trying to do here. The topics covered range from philosophy and cosmology to domestic and international issues to the arts and letters. Not to mention the general goofiness that surrounds us here–that’s always fair game.

Thank you for stopping by, and here’s wishing you the best in your life inside and outside the blogosphere.


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  1. Phillip Wister said, on 10/10/06 at 11:58 pm

    Great site. The edge is a nice place to be, you always know your bounderies. The Blue Bear led me here, and I am not disappointed. If you get a chance come see me at:

  2. tellitlikeitis said, on 10/11/06 at 4:00 pm

    Thank you very much, Phil. I look forward to getting over there soon and I appreciate your encouragement. Cheers.

  3. toxina said, on 11/1/06 at 1:24 pm

    It took me a while to realize that your name is not a Greek name (tellikeitilopolus). Oh, god, how slow can one become after spending some hours reading posts.

    I feel embarrassed.

    I just wanted to let you know (you know, that kind of sincere ego-feeding comment) that I have spent the last two hours chasing you and your posts around the wordpress network.

    I think you add to this whole blogging thing some of the elements I was hoping to find. It is certainly a pleasure to read your posts and comments, and so I wanted to thank you for the time you sure spend writing them.

    It is a pity though that I couldn’t find (yet!) a reason to start a discussion with you. I think it’d a pleasure to disagree with you also. ;D

    But, as they say, long is the way.

  4. tellitlikeitis said, on 11/2/06 at 6:18 am

    Thanks, Toxina! I’m glad to have you here and thank you for your compliments–and arguments, as they come to be. :-)

  5. Quran Bible said, on 5/12/07 at 10:54 am

    You must be on a break from blogging.

  6. raincoaster said, on 12/7/08 at 5:53 am

    Where HAVE you been, anyway?

  7. Curtis said, on 12/7/08 at 1:25 pm

    Oh, hai. :-D

    I have been, mostly, in the subterranean spawning grounds of the liberal arts and music buildings at school. I decided to poke my head out and see if the world is still here.

    Thank goodness, it is.

  8. Monte said, on 12/19/08 at 6:14 pm

    Man, we have some things in common! Your Weather Report cut was startling!
    I was a bass major at the University of Iowa from 1970-75; ended with an MA in performance, then got a job teaching at Wichita State and playing in the WSO.

    Weather Report was huge in those days; one of my best friends was a magnificent soprano sax player, who knew every track intimately. We did some of the bowed bass=sop sax duets. But I never met a bass player who could keep up with Jaco.

    Played in a Cannonball Adderly clinic at Western Illinois U once in the early 70s – about this time of year, I think, in a dreadful snowstorm. My crowning moment was getting to sit in with Cannonball and Nate, and Cannonball said, “Man, this guy plays like Miroslav!” (which was, unfortunately, quite an exaggeration!)

  9. Monte said, on 12/19/08 at 6:17 pm

    I’ve been a pastor now for 22 years; not getting to play bass too much these days, but play guitar every Sunday, and waiting for a guitarist to take my place so I can go back to the king of instruments.

  10. Curtis said, on 12/19/08 at 10:22 pm

    See, I would never have guessed. That’s awesome. Like Miroslav? That’s quite the compliment!

    You’ll get back to the bass one day, I know it. And, you know, guitar playing is quite good for bassists. It keeps ’em humble. ;-D

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