R & R Is The Reason… Plus Some Gratitude



An explanation of the reason for my brief hiatus, and gratitude for YOU, as a person and as a listener, and yet more gratitude for the things Outspoken brings to my life.

With love and kind intent,

Justin W.

 

Note: At one point I say “accrued” when I meant “incurred”, and it pains me to leave it in, but I’m attempting to go easier on myself and to allow for the occasional gaffe or misspoken word without it meaning something about my self worth. The fact that I didn’t edit it out should be balanced with the fact that I saw it necessary to write this note, when considering or evaluating the extent of my spiritual development, and the fact that I have put so much time and energy into something so seemingly insignificant may perhaps also serve as a window into my unrealistic standards and expectations, and my somewhat unforgiving self-criticism. My goal is to be kind and considerate to all who are trying to be good, including my current self and the little guy who lives inside and punches my heart while telling stories about not being good enough. It’s not hard to see that each of us had  certain needs that went unmet when we were tiny humans, but some of us have a harder time than others letting go of the emotional pain our circumstances may have created. Whether you are one type or the other, or somewhere in between, thank you for reading, thank you for listening, and my apologies, and you’re welcome, and I salute myself, and all those like or unlike me, for the effort and progress, and I forgive us all for the mistakes made while learning.


OUTSPOKEN – Ep. 68 – Adam M.



Believing in constructs, flexibility, losing a brother, Missouri to Palo Alto, Discovering drums, the band Little My, fostering creativity, Dungeons and Dragons, illustration, the singularity vs. the human heart, and much more…


OUTSPOKEN – Ep. 67 – Henry R.



Todd Barry, The Devil & Daniel Johnston, Crime, Beatlemania, New College, Mabuhay Gardens, original SF punk scene, Wild Strawberries, J.T. LeRoy, and much more…


OUTSPOKEN – Ep. 65 – Juliet D.



Unnecessary guns, losing weight, sadomasochism, the impacts of yes vs. no, animals are great, self-comparing is bad for you, finding gratitude, and much more…


OUTSPOKEN – Ep. 64 – Shelton Y.(& J.B.) – street interview



I speak with a couple gentlemen about their experience of being homeless in San Francisco.


OUTSPOKEN – Ep. 63 – Michael W.



San Francisco then and now, the Verasphere, Illustration, dogs, global anxiety, mid-life crises, The Forum, coming out, and much more…


OUTSPOKEN Outtakes – Volume 8



Previously unaired material from episodes 34, 35, 36, 37 & 38.


OUTSPOKEN – Ep. 61 – Nathaniel P.



The philosophy of messiness, resisting assumed compulsions, communicating through painting, Little My, the accidental child, and much more…


Hypocrite’s Corner – Session Three



Investigating hypocrisy in a fun and only slightly judgmental way!

My friend Josh H. (Outspoken – Ep. 3) returns to discuss a few of the many contradictions we humans live with on a regular basis.

In this episode: alcohol, crying, recycling…


OUTSPOKEN – Ep. 59 – Bruce Bickford (Memorial rebroadcast)



This is a rebroadcast of my interview with Bruce Bickford, from August of 2018 (originally Ep. 22), who passed away a few months ago. This episode includes the complete original interview and its musical interludes*, plus a minor tribute and a new original song for Bruce, not heard in the first broadcast. *The second two interludes are excerpts of songs from the album Wayward Doctrine, by Father Howl. Many thanks to Aaron and Eric for facilitating my time with Bruce, and to Bruce himself for being a true original, and for making such brilliant and beautiful art.

Rest in peace, Bruce. (Feb. 11, 1947 – April 28, 2019)


OUTSPOKEN – Ep. 58 – Laura O.



Is your voice a choice?, waiting out bad trends, being open as a female, self-defense, neuroplasticity, ecstasy, losing laughter, conscious parenting, codifying English, and much more…


OUTSPOKEN – Ep. 57 – David D.



Epic hikes, the emptying countryside, Punks vs. Hipsters, the ugly internet, cruise ships in space, dystopian futures, rattlesnakes, dog walking, trail goblins, and much more…


OUTSPOKEN – Ep. 56 – Rob S.



Growing up health conscious, technology’s impact on us, sports Jews, figure skating, predecessors to sustainability, Amish principles, Trump never changes, the Enneagram, convenience, choosing our future, and much more…


Half Full – Chapter Two



An off-shoot of OUTSPOKEN in which a guest and myself make an effort to bring some positive light to an otherwise negative situation, feeling, or belief. It’s forced optimism at its finest!


OUTSPOKEN – Ep. 55 – Rob L.



Capturing intimate portraits, dance therapy, harmless destruction, living out of sync with nature, we need an art movement, self-improvement, tribalism, spirituality, and much more…


OUTSPOKEN – Ep. 54 – Julian L.



Trapped at college, being close to death, writing, small talk, helping each other be better people, skepticism isn’t cynicism, other people’s kids photos, living your own life, and much more…