Podcast: Hugo 2020 – First Episode of the New Decade

Hugo is back for 2020 pontificating and pondering.  After a long’s month hiatus he’s decided to just record and let his stream of consciousness take over. In this episode Hugo talks about the wild fires destroying the land of Australia, the unnecessary conflicts the US of A finds itself in and the good things in his life he is looking forward to.
It is not the most poignant start to the year but its a start nonetheless and Hugo thanks you for your ears and your critiques. Reach out any time on Social Media.
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Podcast: Cruel Intentions – Can one bad day change a man for the worse?

Can one bad day change a man for the worse? Hugo thinks on this as he takes stock of these last few days and how they contrast with films like The Joker which he has recently seen. Also Hugo shares a strategy for balancing out negative thoughts.
Today on the Show:
The Shinning – Intro Music
Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore & Brian Bolland
Preview: The Joker (2019) https://youtu.be/rgXplohCw5o
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Podcast: Revisionist History – Is your own life story true?

The Fall Season is upon Hugo and with the onset of Thanksgiving soon approaching he thinks on what he thought of the holiday then and what he thinks of it now. Thanks to a quick exchange with his son, Hugo thinks about the new histories kids are learning and how they contrast with his idyllic knowledge when he first came of the United State from Mexico.
Today On the Show:
Louis CK – Indians, White People and God’s Earth
Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History:  https://www.dancarlin.com/hardcore-history-series/
Daniele Bolelli’s History on Fire: http://historyonfirepodcast.com/episodes
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Goldilocks Hugo

Last week temperatures topped over 100 degrees in our great valley with no sign of reprieve. I’d stand three minutes in the sun and already the oppressive weight of sunlight forced my body to seek the relieving shade. Better yet… air conditioning. I shook my fists at Ra and asked for mercy. 
This morning, as if my please went heard, the temps were cool as if Autumn had finally arrived in the South land. Still, there were just a bit too cold for my Latin genes. I shuddered and sighed for slightly warmer starts to the day. 
My wife was not kind to my carping and as she drove off to work she shook her head in resolved disappointment.

Podcast: Talk a Minute – Funds are Tight, Listener Compliments and More

Hugo doesn’t have a set agenda for this episode. No larger point he’s got to make with follow up calls to action. Today on the Pod Hugo talks about the challenge he’s facing in Sept 2019 as kids return back to school from a long and expensive Summer. With some fun and exciting interviews on the way this is Hugo taking a breather and just pontificate. We hope you enjoy!
Today on the Show:
Luxury Sex Towels interview: https://anchor.fm/hugotorres/episodes/Conversations-Anne-Rae—Luxury-Sex-Towels–More-e51vn4
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Far Off Giggles

My home office is a vigorous stone’s throw away from the campus my children went to for their primary years. Even in the cacophony of little voices I used to make out their laughter from my window facing west. Now that they’ve moved on to bigger challenges my ears can’t detect them.
It’s sill nice to hear the occasional booming sounds of little people coming from down the street it just doesn’t have that last bit of twang that made it all the sweeter.

Girl on Fire

It’s not easy to hit the high note but she still tries. From the backseat she fills up her lungs and becomes a one performer choir. The chorus comes and with full confidence pronounces, “this girl is on fire!” He voice breaks at the top of the line but she’s unperturbed and I stay quiet and amused. 
Then I remember how I too enjoyed singing in the car but I did not have the confidence to do it with anyone around. I sang in my room with the doors closed or in my car with the windows up. 
I live vicariously through her and enjoy the concert.

Podcast: Listen Closely – Everyone is talking but are we listening to one another?

While cleaning out his garage Hugo found an old poem his High School teacher assigned in the last days of Senior year. It made little sense to him then but twenty years later he’s lived a life and the puzzle pieces are starting to make sense. Hugo reads the poem and shares his thoughts on the importance of listening to the wisdom of elders and why we need to truly listen to each other more.
Go placidly amid the noise and haste,

and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.
Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.

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Podcast: Square Peg – When you no longer belong somewhere. Don’t force it.

After some meandering thoughts Hugo gets back to the business of telling stories. This time, he recalls some from his days in revelry and then the moment when he grew and matured. A discussion on moving past the good stages in life in order to live a fuller whole story.
Today on the Show:
The Broadmoor Hotel:  https://www.broadmoor.com/
Quote: “The best laid plas of mice and men often go awry.”
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