Musings, Stories, Notes & Peregrinations

Beaucoup Chapeaux Celebrates Valentine’s Day 2020
Beaucoup Chapeaux Celebrates Valentine’s Day 2020

Dear Sweet Friends, February moves along, and Valentine's Day is upon us. While many people view Valentine's Day as nothing more than a business ploy by Hallmark Cards and See's Candies, for Beaucoup Chapeaux, the day remains a fond reminder of our very beginnings as...

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Swimming with a Doe
Swimming with a Doe

It’s 3 am. I’m in a wetsuit, in my swimming pool, with a full-grown Blacktail doe deer, a ladder, and various pieces of deck furniture.

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Post-Election: Seeing The Silver Lining of 1968
Post-Election: Seeing The Silver Lining of 1968

Amidst the current situation, a lot of people are talking and writing about their struggle to find meaning, a way to live through what appears to some like very possibly end times. In my search for strength, I frequently land on 1968.

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Three Seconds
Three Seconds

The day after the accident, I volunteered to call the funeral parlor, to arrange for you to see her body.
The mortician replied (never before or since have I heard such stillness in a voice,) “That’s not a good idea.

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Scattering Grandma’s Ashes
Scattering Grandma’s Ashes

As we watched our young children reverently scatter my mother’s fake ashes on the sand dunes surrounding the beach cabin, clutching the powdery mix in their small hands first to their hearts, and then releasing it, I knew that someday I might have to tell them what happened to the real ashes.

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A 50 Pound Turkey Who Loved a Woman
A 50 Pound Turkey Who Loved a Woman

Every Thanksgiving, I think of Hercules. But not the Greek hero. My Hercules was a magnificent fifty pound Broad Breasted Bronze Turkey, the one and only turkey on the farm where I lived. Which created some problems.

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The Cumberland Suite
The Cumberland Suite

I presented “The Cumberland Suite” at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City, CA on October 18, 2013. Inspired by a journal written by my great-great-great grandmother, Priscilla Beall McKaig, it’s an American story, a personal history of the Civil War and its aftermath, told through song, music, and spoken word.

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“The Story of the Huge Man”
“The Story of the Huge Man”

Much of the world is totally frigging insane, yet mysteriously remarkable and quite possibly magical things can still occur … which makes one believe in these more mystical higher powers

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Doing Nothing with Horses

One little known fact about having horses, to non-horse people at least, is how much horse people enjoy doing nothing with their horses.

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The End of the World

As some would have it, this may be the last day of this world. I must say I’ve enjoyed this world, and I’ll miss it, despite it’s many faults.

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A Really Good Day
A Really Good Day

Now, anyone who knows the Beaucoup band knows that we tend to enjoy what we do for the most part … we have this thing about oysters, the raw kind … to be truthful, Murray, Luke & I were the oyster devotees. Randy just thought we were crazy to eat them.

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Proposal at the Plough&Stars
Proposal at the Plough&Stars

On a Friday evening in early September, love and romance flowed as freely as the beer and whiskey at a pub in San Francisco, California, known as the Plough and Stars.

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