A Thanksgiving Card from the Cement Elephants

Happy Thanksgiving. But first, a confession. Bumbastories has not visited the cement elephants for quite a long time. And for good reason. You see, they’re not cement elephants at all. They’re plastocene. And they’re not elephants. they’re Columbian  mammoths. Furthermore they were placed in the La Brea Lake Pit in the 1960’s, not during the Ice Ages. Having come clean to the listening public, we … Continue reading A Thanksgiving Card from the Cement Elephants

Another November Magazine

This month’s magazine features a Politics section, a Sports section, an Arts and Music section, a quick song, and of course one of those March Through the Numbers things about the number Eleven. Politics When my mother was alive we talked about everything, including politics. My mother was never overly involved with politics. She always voted, though, and kept up to date. Family concerns and … Continue reading Another November Magazine

Semi-Annual October Magazine

Semi-Annual Bumbastories October Magazine October being the tenth calendar month, we present yet another salute to the number ten. Ten Ten. It’s the number of fingers on our two hands. Count ’em. Ten is also the basis of our number system – which only uses nine numerals after all, plus a zero. Once we reach ten, we need to re-use the nine numerals, always counting … Continue reading Semi-Annual October Magazine

The Bi-Centennial Annual Bumbastories September Magazine

Welcome to September again. Talk about climate change, another steamy Labor Day weekend is predicted for L.A. Its been another hot year out here. Worldwide the signs of climate change are finally so severe (costly) that they cannot be entirely ignored by the politicians. Maybe there will be some progress on reducing emissions someday soon. I still don’t understand why the practice of conserving energy, … Continue reading The Bi-Centennial Annual Bumbastories September Magazine

The Bumbastories’ Octocentennial August Magazine

Happy August. Happy eighth month of the year! The month August is named after the Roman emperor Augustus, who named the month after himself in order to celebrate …er….himself. August means admirable and reverential, august implies all things good. Ol’ Octavius thought Augustus sounded cool. As indeed it is. The August flower is the poppy, and the birthstone for August is the onyx. No. not … Continue reading The Bumbastories’ Octocentennial August Magazine

Another Bumbastories Septo-Millennial July Magazine

Welcome to the month of July, the seventh month. It’s summer for sure. Gonna be a hot one. Covid is still running its course, the horrors in Ukraine continue unabated, the economy is supposedly in trouble, and the Supreme Court and the right wing have exercised their power to take away hard-earned freedoms and to give us more guns. However,  the January 6 Committee’s hearings … Continue reading Another Bumbastories Septo-Millennial July Magazine

Bumbastories Semi-Annual June Magazine, Special Tri-Centennial Re-Post

Welcome to June, the sixth month. Summer of course is hard on spring’s heels. I certainly hope that summer is watching her step! In fact I sincerely hope everyone is watching their step. Because these are strange days, my friend. Nevertheless and all the same, June is the sixth month, and Bumbastories is again obliged to celebrate the number six, the “perfect number” six. The … Continue reading Bumbastories Semi-Annual June Magazine, Special Tri-Centennial Re-Post

Take Five: The Bumbastories Penta-Centennial May Magazine

Welcome to the merry month of May! Spring has arrived. As an iconoclast who thinks about these kind of things, I’m still not really sure why it is that people like the Spring so much. But clearly they do. It’s a pretty universal thing, this affection for the spring season. And people especially favor the month of May. “And why shouldn’t they?” you ask. “It’s … Continue reading Take Five: The Bumbastories Penta-Centennial May Magazine

Folk Songs

Folk songs, roots songs, plain ol’ old songs, these are the songs I like. So I’ll play them again. Here are a couple of songs I recorded yesterday. The first is John Henry, which is definitely in the top five of American folksongs. It tells of man’s bravery and resistance to the “machine”. In this case, the machine is a steam drill, and the man … Continue reading Folk Songs