Hi there. In case you’ve forgotten – an understandable lapse - my name is Michael Jewel Haley. We’ve met before, you and I. Here, within these pages at ANewsCafe, I once offered the occasional opinion about films and popular music – and you liked it. It was my desire at the outset of our relationship to make this more of a regular thing, something you could depend on. My plan was to share my takes on art, music, film and literature, and alert you to cool pop culture events happening here in the north state and around the world. However, for various reasons - which we can discuss later - it’s been a few years since we last connected. You’ve probably moved on. No hard feelings. I understand.
All kidding aside, the point is this: I have returned to ANewsCafe. My intention is to pick up where I left off in January of 2016 (a piece on the death of David Bowie) and continue writing opinion pieces on the work of artists and writers that interest me – and, I hope, you as well. One significant change will be the occasional inclusion of material of a more personal nature, stories – like the one that follows below - that will shed some light on the reason for my extended absence from “The Café”. I look forward to sharing with the readership here at ANewsCafe, and exchanging ideas and opinions about words written, published, sung, and filmed. I have never had a conversation I didn’t learn something from. Let’s continue that tradition.
But first, a little backstory…
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