BUSINESS OF WORDS ROLLS ON: Just got in from taping a new episode of The Business of Words for Leisure Talk Radio. The internet station has build an audience of around 600 listeners a month, which I think is pretty impressive after just a couple of months of broadcasting. My show airs on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 2, 6 and 10 a.m. and p.m. The new episode featuring Louise Morgan Runyon (author of Reborn) begins airing Tuesday. All you need is Real Player, Windows Media Player or WinAmp to listen. I'd like to hear your feedback on the shows.

Last night was the lowest turnout ever for the open mic I host at Barnes & Noble at Georgia Tech. We had three people in the audience and three poets from the 6 Poets compilation reading. Kodac Harrison and I were talking about it, and we think it's that summer lull. The store was empty period last night. Everyone's out enjoying the warm weather and there's so much going on outside in Atlanta right now, few people want to come in and hear poetry. It will pick back up in the fall.

In August, I'm going to feature at On That Note (hosted by Kodac) and it will be taped for futuring airings on Public Radio South. Very cool!

Ronnie Rayguns checked out today finally. After spending eight years in office, ignoring the AIDS epidemic, training terrorists, trading arms and generally being a moron, it's hard to work up any emotion except relief. All you'll hear on TV is how he ended the Cold War and they'll make it sound like he was driving the bulldozer that tore down the Berlin Wall. Alzheimer's is a horrible, devastating disease. Rather than being able to reflect on the horrors he precipitated as president, he got to slip into a foggy twilight with no remorse or regret. I have sympathy for the family, and I'm sure these kind of sentiments are unpopular, but too bad. You can grieve the dead, but let's not lose sight of the reality of where Reagan led us those LONG eight years he was in office.


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