Albuquerque at Twilight. Photo by Sean Pavone on Shutterstock.

So many great songs about cities have been written and recorded. But in the songwriting process, you have to consider syllables, where the accents are, the cadence, and whether the city is redeeming enough to write a song about.

We have “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” “Leaving Las…


OPEN LETTERS

As seen at a Smith’s supermarket in Albuquerque. Photo by author.

Dear Family and Friends,

Seeing this license plate bugged me so much that I had to post it on Facebook.

As you know, this is not the first time I’ve posted a derogatory piece about Texas. But before I begin, a few preludes.

  • Sorry, but this letter could be as…


Image by the Author. Map via Buzzfeed.

To love geography is to be curious about the world around you.

Most all of us geek out on something. Maybe it’s just something we don’t talk about. I geek out on all things about airplanes, airlines, and airports. Music/pop culture is probably my second favorite interest. And geography is…


Abilene, Ventura, Lincoln, Santa Fe, Skokie, Cedar Rapids, Chicago, and Albuquerque are my homes.

Gardening has always been my favorite hobby. Photo: Author’s Mom.

Hello! Arthur Keith is my pen name. I dropped my last name for this purpose. I always wanted Keith to be my first name. I could have made it happen when I moved to a new…


My 2021 Report — What’s Yours?

Cosmos on October 18. Photo by Author.

We’re well into October now, and depending on where you live, you may have ripped out your garden already. Maybe you let it stand as it is, letting the dead vegetation seep into the soil to provide a bit of extra compost for spring…


La Niña continues to terrorize the Southwest

Characteristics of a La Niña pattern. Map by National Ocean Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce.

I don’t make a habit of calling little girls bitches (La Niña means little girl in Spanish). But this weather phenomenon is back to further torment the already bone dry Southwest and California after unleashing a brutal summer in 2021. …


And up your trivia game as well. Take the quiz! Geography 201

One Brit’s perception of which state is which. I can see how the Brits may not know, but U.S. citizens ought to! Photo by Robin Edds, buzzfeed.com.

Knowing where a place is can be keenly important — especially if you’re the country’s president.

Or a writer.

When the Kansas City Chiefs won the 2020 Super Bowl, Trump tweeted this:

“Congratulations to the Kansas City Chiefs…


If you’re alive, it will happen, or it already has

A son’s hand clasps his mother’s. She was gone just hours later—photo by Mercurywoodrose on Wikimedia Commons.

It can start with something as little as a slight pain or as dramatic as a hard fall. Our parents may be with it “up there,” but their poor little bodies become weak and frail. …


One-Hit Wonders: “I’ve Never Been To Me”

Charlene Oliver from callmeadam.com.

By the spring of 1982, disco had pretty much run its course.

In years prior, the crowd I ran with were such rock-and-rollers that I felt compelled to buy a “Disco Sucks” T-shirt just to stay in their club. I loved rock-and-roll but…


Am I committing Medium suicide if I don't post for 15 days?

I need to take a break.

It's not because I'm tired of writing.

It's not because I'm out of story ideas.

Half of it is because I need downtime to perform some maintenance on and tweak my Medium…

Arthur Keith

A cool geek that writes about a lot of things: music, pop culture, my late son, geography, gardening, the Southwest, drought/climate change, and gay sex!

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