Smoke Rings, A Smoking Memoir – Gone Astray Podcast

Scientists say scent is the most evocative of our senses. I sit in a sidewalk cafe in Madrid, but this whiff of cigarette smoke takes me back to other cafes in other places where small talk, failed seductions, and heated discussions rose, sometimes in tight rings but, more often, in formless puffs.

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Tails From The Trail – Gone Astray Podcast

Tails from the Trail - Gone Astray. Interviews with dogs I meet on my morning walk.

My morning walk begins along a street in my neighborhood where I am often accosted by two panhandling cats. One is a young Maine coon, who perches her dainty self at easy scratching height on a fence. If I choose to ignore her, don’t leave a treat, her squeaks and needy eyes make me feel a pang of guilt I cannot define.

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Deep Thinking: I Want to be an Octopus Gone Astray Podcast

Home, isolated, sheltered in place,  moving about the house following pools of sunlight, I have been thinking about what, if I had my wish, I would like to be. And, I have come to a conclusion.

I would wish to become…. an octopus.

Daft, you say, but listen up. We are not all that different:

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Ennui On Auto Row – Gone Astray

I stand outside of Costco and survey a full parking lot. Just where is my car? Unfortunately I didn’t make a mental note about where I’d left it. Was it to the right or the left of the shopping carts. Did I park it way out next to the In and Out Burger? Or did I strategically place it in front of the Home Depot, where I was going next to buy a plumbing snake?

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GONE ASTRAY - RUSSELL JOHNSON PODCAST

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