Tales of J. … Winter Solstice

by SB J. Holden (Mendocino Bonobos) Yeh, I know, it happens to all of us. “God’s Plan” or whatever. Doesn’t mean we have to like it, this business about getting old. Some plan! It’s damn insidious if you ask me, creeping up stealthily on you one moment at a time, without asking and while you’re... Continue Reading →

We’ve Lost a Beloved Silverback

A loved, respected, admired, gentle, kind, and all-around awesome Silverback has left us for that greater Jungle in the sky. SB Derrick (Gilead SBs) was both the ultimate SB, but also the quintessential Vermonter. What makes a quintessential Vermonter? Well, he has to be a dairy farmer. And he has to prefer Jerseys over those... Continue Reading →

Two Books … and a Forgotten Earth Day

[Earth Day was April 22. What is notable is that I forgot it. "Notable" because most of my professional life has been dedicated to promoting awareness of and actions to take on this day. What's wrong with me. Just getting, old? Jaded? Curmudgeonly? Disillusioned? Or maybe basking in the glory of declared victory? I'm trying... Continue Reading →

Tales of J. … Missing Persons

by SB J. (Mendocino Bonobos) [Not your usual Jungle fare, but this was written back in 1981 and the world had its own kind of edge then. Appreciate it for its artistry and craft. Tomorrow we'll publish videos of silly apes doing funny things. SB SM] Here we are, Larry. It’s been over a week.... Continue Reading →

Enough Fun?

Got some spare time this morning? Next time you look at your watch it will be time for lunch. Here's what's going on a mile beneath the surface of the ocean: https://twitter.com/wonderofscience/status/1506970360519962633?s=20&t=Gcq6ZmQdph5uFm185HRcTQ Want to dispel some misconceptions? Here's a list from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_common_misconceptions?ref=stumbled.to&utm_content=null&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Tuesday%204/19%20Email&utm_term=4ABCD Spend a couple of minutes with this, and I guarantee you will... Continue Reading →

L’Auto Lavage Erotique

THE EROTIC CAR WASH [Since yesterday's post was about a car wash, I thought I would stick to the theme for another day. For about five years in the late 80s/early 90s I wrote a humor column for the Vermont Sunday Magazine. Reading them now seems quaintly dated. In today's woke/cancel culture, I'd last about... Continue Reading →

Tales of J. … RIP Mendocino Brewing Company

by SB J. (Mendocino Bonobos) Raise a glass to the Mendocino Brewing Company, recently apparently deceased.  Renowned for its “First Brewpub in California Since Prohibition” (second in the U.S.), this pioneering enterprise was conceived over a generation ago by Talmage home-brewing scalawags  Michael “Red Tail" Laybourn and “Nearly Normal” Norman Franks— locally infamous underground creators... Continue Reading →

Is that you, Elvis?

Best of the 'Gest from November 28, 2020 Regular followers of the Silverback Digest may have noticed that we have streamlined our categories and are trying to establish a weekly rhythm to our posts: Mondays ... random musings about whatever falls into the InboxTuesdays ... Food and TravelWednesdays ... Meet the SBs, profiles of the... Continue Reading →

Common Chord Progressions

[Grendel: The Four-Chord Opera is coming ... This is the official announcement. A collaboration between Gregory Morrison and Stephen Morris, it WILL make its debut in 2022! Greg and I I are ex-bandmates in the Van Goghs and lifelong friends. This is a fictionalized version of our story, featuring our original music presented in FULL,... Continue Reading →

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