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Remembering M-M-Mel

Posted by John Duggleby on November 20, 2017 in Uncategorized |

RIP M-M-Mel Tillis.  One of the most unlikely entertainers I’ve ever met, Mel turned his chronic stutter into an asset as he played it for laughs.  He was a big deal in the 1970s, when I inadvertently found a home for some of my earliest freelance work writing about country musicians.  I met him much […]

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Happy Howl-oween!

Posted by John Duggleby on October 31, 2016 in Uncategorized |

My beloved Otis was the Kanine Kostume King; and though he has been gone for a couple of years, his spirit happily haunts us today– definitely a friendly ghost!       As for me, recently playing a Halloween party edition of the DeForest Farmers Market, I showed up as—guess who? (one kid said George Washington) […]

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Wild Colorado

Posted by John Duggleby on October 18, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Just got back from a journey to Colorado and in the words of Willie Nelson, “Sometimes it’s heaven, sometimes, it’s hell, and sometimes I don’t even know.” Heaven: Autumn in Rocky Mountain National Park, punctuated by not only golden aspens, but hundreds of rutting, trumpeting elk. (maybe Trump should check it out) Hell: The sick […]

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Merry Happy Everything!

Posted by John Duggleby on December 25, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Christmas Past: My holiday card from 14 years ago featuring Otis, whom I had just adopted from a rescue group. He’s now gone but lives on in Yuletide spirit today and the other 364.     Christmas Presents: Having our house filled with all of our three kids/spouses and our six newly-hatted grandchildren. Life is […]

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Mission Accomplished: Oti’s Odyssey: A Rescue Dog’s “Tail” Will Be Published!

Posted by John Duggleby on May 2, 2015 in Books, Otis, Uncategorized |

Thanks so much (and a huge “AROOO!!” from Otis beyond the Rainbow Bridge) to everyone who pledged to my Kickstarter campaign to publish my book Oti’s Odyssey: A Rescue Dog’s “Tail” .  Because of overwhelming response and generosity, I can include more pages in the book, and print it in a larger format than I’d originally […]

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No Fooling: I’ve Launched a Dog Book on Kickstarter!

Posted by John Duggleby on April 1, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Today may be April Fool’s Day, but I kid you not: I just launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund my new book, Oti’s Odyssey: A Rescue Dog’s “Tail.”   Otis along with his littermates and parents was abused neglected and left for dead—then dramatically rescued, fostered and adopted to my family to become a therapy dog, […]

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Lordy MAMA, I need your vote!

Posted by John Duggleby on February 16, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Nominations for the 2015 Madison Area Music Awards—affectionately known as the MAMAS—are out, and yours truly has received nominations for eight songs from my 2014 album Better Late Than Never, in six categories.  I’m going for the gold (or whatever color their awards are) in the folk, country, pop, alternative, world and unique categories, and […]

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I’m Galapogized

Posted by John Duggleby on January 25, 2015 in Uncategorized |

My wife Jude and I just returned from a 19-day odyssey to Ecuador including the Galapagos Islands (as they’re known, though technically speaking, they’re an archipelago).  No words– even mine– can do justice to the jaw-dropping array of creatures we saw– as often as not, within arm’s length.  It is a Herculean (Darwinian?) task even […]

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I’m #2, Thanks to You!

Posted by John Duggleby on September 7, 2014 in Uncategorized |

From the release of my first-ever album, the appropriately-named Better Late Than Never; to my monthly local Songwriter Showcase going stronger than ever, it’s been hard to add bars to the score of great musical happenings this year.  But– the Isthmus recently published its “Madison’s Favorites” readers poll, and I placed 2nd in the Singer/Songwriter category.  […]

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Singing Chicken– Or Duck?

Posted by John Duggleby on July 10, 2014 in Uncategorized |

  I currently live in a Wisconsin land of lakes– including one about a hundred yards from my door– but I spent my first couple decades as a “river rat” on Iowa’s flood-prone waterways:  The Cedar, where our family’s river shack (calling it “vacation home” is way too polite) vanished without a trace after a flood […]

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