• Jon Winski & Family

    Looks Like I’ll Have to Change the Name of this Blog, Part II

    [Continued from Part I] So, on Saturday during Bounding Main’s 2:00 show I was interrupted during a song introduction by an audience member.  We have a pretty wacky and interactive group of fans (“Bounding Mainiacs”) and environmental theater is all about improvisation […]

  • Dane County EMS Honor Guard Certificate

    Looks Like I’ll Have to Change the Name of this Blog, Part I

    Let’s call this Part One of the story. In the various performances of the vocal group, Bounding Main, the rest of the vocalists will occasionally refer to me as “captain.”  It is as fictional a construct as the Elizabethan mariner […]

  • The Janesville Renaissance Faire. Photo by Stephen Geis.

    The Janesville Renaissance Faire

    For those of you that do not know it I am a performer in the vocal group, Bounding Main. We have been together for over twelve years, performing on stages across the Midwest United States but also in Quebec, the […]

  • Dean as Han Solo Oct. 29, 1977

    Throwback Thursday 5/14/2015

    Me as Han Solo in 1977.  This picture was at a Halloween party held in the basement of the parents of my best friend, Rudy Linke.  He and I had just graduated from Amundsen High School in Chicago and were in […]

  • Surrounded by Love

    $2 for a Friend on an Incredible Journey

    An excellent friend of mine has been battling with cancer.  Jonathon Leubner is more than a friend, he is the person that my vocal group has trusted to be our recording engineer for our last six projects.  His craftsmanship and skill have […]

  • Throwback Thursday 5/7/2015

    Me and my dad’s father, “Gramps.” Walter Calin Sr. had brought me a hat of my very own as I used to always pull his off of his head. The photo is marked 1962 but that may have been when […]

  • Social History of English Seamen

    Amusing World

    I read, in Renaissance magazine,  a review of a book called The Social History of English Seamen, 1485-1649, edited by Cheryl A. Fury and published by The Boydell Press in 2012.  This book appears to be something that I would […]

  • 30 Pound Dumbbell

    Daily Exercises

    Almost every day I do push-ups:  3-5 sets of 60 reps.  That is between 180 to 300 push-ups per day.  If a push-up has me lift about half my weight (the other half supported by my feet) then I’m lifting […]

  • Life Hack #1

    Life Hack #1

    When sending an email you should summarize the message in the subject line.  It will make identifying and prioritizing emails much simpler for both you and the recipient.  If, in an email thread, you change the topic, change the subject […]

  • Harmonica


    When I was a kid my dad and my grandfather played the harmonica.  I don’t remember or couldn’t discern if they played it well but they did play it during late night family gatherings where liquor and music flowed late […]


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