Adventures with my Little Brother

(Originally posted on chrisnorbury.com) https://chrisnorbury.com/2017/06/11/adventures-little-brother/

Celebrating Milestones

Hello, loyal followers, When I started this blog six (!) years ago, I did so because all the writing experts at the time claimed that having a blog was necessary for writing success. The world of platform-building was largely unexplored at the time, but most experts agreed that participating in social media was the most …

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Getting Old Sucks, Yet I’m Grateful

I’ll be 60 in two months and Thanksgiving has given me pause to consider what I’m thankful for, so here goes. Getting old sucks. Plain and simple. Especially for those of us fortunate enough to have enjoyed excellent health for most of our lives. I’ve never contracted a serious or chronic disease. Never been in …

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Put on Your Dancing Shoes

Just have to rave more about Sam Robson. Here’s his latest. It’s a stunner. Very symphonic. He brilliantly combines dozens of tracks to create a superlative performance of a movie and Broadway classic. Enjoy. By the way, this hits me on all four cornerstones of a Neo-Renaissance life. Emotional- I often get teary-eyed when I …

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A Season of Loss

It’s been a season of loss for me in December and January. My mother-in-law, my brother’s father-in-law, and a good golf buddy of mine all passed away in the past six weeks. They were all loved by many and will be missed. Each one was a down to earth good person. Not flashy or famous …

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What’s the Best Food Movie Ever Made?

*Spoiler Alert* If you don’t want to know the basic story of The Hundred-Foot Journey and how it ends, skip everything before the YouTube trailer. My wife and I recently viewed The Hundred-Foot Journey, a movie about an Indian family who emigrates to Europe, ends up in the south of France, and opens an Indian …

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This is my good friend, Miles. He’s got Japanese roots, but was actually born in Georgetown, KY. He was named after Miles Davis, one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time. Miles has visited each coast, been to Canada several times, and almost been to Mexico. He’s traveled nearly the equivalent of a one-way …

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Take Two: Sometimes the Only Thing That Can Relax You is Music

Okay everyone, break time. It’s been a tough day, tough week, tough month maybe. (Tell me about it! I’ve been trying to get this post out for a day-and-a-half. Hoping this gets to everyone in it’s complete form.) You’re frazzled, overworked, under rested, need a break, need some inspiration, some clue that even though life …

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Music, Jazz, and Improvisation

Music satisfies three cornerstones of a Neo Renaissance (Neo Ren) life: Emotional, Intellectual, and Spiritual. Performing music can often satisfy the fourth cornerstone, Physical. Ever see a fat rock-and-roll drummer? Ever check the lung capacity and endurance of a lead trumpeter for a big-band jazz ensemble? Ever gone to a nightclub, watched and listened to …

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The Neo-Renaissance Golfer

“My name is Chris and I’m a golfaholic.” The group mumbled in unison, “Hi, Chris.” … Just kidding. Sort of. Golf is certainly addictive to a small part of the population, but I don’t think it has ruined many lives when compared to other addictions, unless one becomes obsessed with achieving perfection, a doubly certain …

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