Posted by: myrocinante | October 25, 2012

My Little Carnies


“I can’t stop thinking big” Caravan, NEP/Rush

As I watch the wonder in my boys’ eyes at the spectacle of the circus, memories are sparked of a time in my own life before responsibilities, limitations and the realization of mortality. Dreams cast away the worries of tomorrow and sweeps them away with the twirling acrobats, flashing lights, and silly clowns; to a world of adventure among the carnies, a circus life without boundaries.
It is my hope that they will treasure these dreams close to their hearts throughout their lives; for life can often be full of hardships, but revisiting childhood dreams can always lighten the load and carry you away to a life of possibilities…

JAH 10/21/12

Posted by: myrocinante | April 6, 2012

The Grey Path

“Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.” J.R.R. Tolkien

Few know the Grey paths I followed between the worlds of light and shadow.  I was a student of Nienna in my youth when I was known as Olorin before I became the wanderer.  From her I learned mourning, suffering, pity and patience. I entered the world as the Grey Pilgrim, among the other Istari, given the secret fire by the Harbormaster.  I have seen the bottom of the pit of despair confronting the Necromancer himself.  I fell from the bridge defending the hope of the world from the powers of fire, smoke and shadows.  I returned from the Distant Shores of the West in the hour of our greatest need.  I was the same but changed by the journey; part of the world yet set apart. My charge is to quietly keep the fires of hope burning even in the strongest storms and darkest nights.  I will inspire others when all seems lost; for nothing can stop the dawn…

JAH 4/6/2012

Posted by: myrocinante | November 10, 2011

For My Samwise Gamgee

“Do you remember the Shire, Mr. Frodo? It’ll be spring soon. And the orchards will be in blossom. And the birds will be nesting in the hazel thicket. And they’ll be sowing the summer barley in the lower fields… and eating the first of the strawberries with cream. Do you remember the taste of strawberries?” –J. R. R. Tolkien
Oh Sam how I miss the Shire; the green meadows, shady trees and the simple life it embodies. How I wish I could rest there again and have you tend to the gardens as you and your Gaffer did before you. You have remained true to me as the road darkens and many others faulted. You are my “Sam the Stouthearted,” Sam the Hero and Sam the Ring Bearer (a title only a very few truly understand). As we stand on this Mountain facing our task I know that I will not return to the Shire. I only hope that I can survive this journey, to take the last ship waiting with the Harbormaster in Grey Haven to carry me to the white shores and a far green country over the seas in the West.

JAH 11/10/11

Posted by: myrocinante | August 19, 2011

An Open Letter to Alex Lifeson

Dear Mr. Lifeson (Alex),

I am writing to share a wonderful gift from the greater online Rush fan community for your amazing lead guitar contributions to the band’s massive body of work.  We all have been touched over the years by Rush’s level of musicianship and lyrics in different ways, but are united in our caring for you, Geddy, and Neil.  Out of the simple idea of building a best of Rush lead guitar playlist, among the members of website and Facebook group page to celebrate your upcoming birthday later this month has grown a larger tribute to your impact on the distinctive sound of the band by the greater online fan community.

John Patuto, site administrator for, and others banded together to sort the list into chronological order and Rush Radio Online  has agreed to program the list and schedule time on 8/27/11 to play it.

We are encouraging all members of the online fan community to gather virtually to listen to Rush Radio on Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 11:00 AM CST as a united community.  We wish you a wonderful birthday and hope you have a great day with your family, friends and band mates and know we are there in spirit, celebrating with you in cyberspace.
Here is the playlist that was generated to honor you by the fan community:

King Lerxst

Alex Lifeson Tribute Playlist
Here Again
Working Man
By Tor and the Snow Dog
Bastille Day
The Necromancer
Passage to Bangkok
A Farewell to Kings
La Villa Strangiato
Different Strings
Natural Science
The Camera Eye
Vital Signs
The Analog Kid
The Weapon
Kid Gloves
Emotion Detector
Hand Over Fist
Cut to the Chase
Leave That Thing Alone
How It Is
Malignant Narcissism

In closing, I would like to extend special appreciation to John Patuto, Ken Shipley, Ian Welter, Kelly Pidgeon and Christopher Schneberger for their overwhelming assistance to me with the administrative work surrounding this project.

Jonathan Hill
A lifelong fan

“A spirit with a vision is a dream with a mission…” Rush, Mission

Posted by: myrocinante | August 12, 2011

Announcing a special tribute to Alex Lifeson

Alex Lifeson

Greetings Rush online fan community,

I am writing to let everyone know about a recent grass roots effort started among the members of website and Facebook group page to generate a list of some of the best lead guitar contributions by Alex Lifeson to the Rush body of work.  We all have been touched over the years by the band’s level of musicianship and lyrics in different ways, but are united in our caring for Geddy, Neil and Alex.  Alex is often overlooked for his important contributions to the band’s amazing sound.  This simple idea of building a lead guitar playlist has grown into an outpouring of appreciation and love for him and the band by a community of fans.  It is our hope to share this gift with him, his band mates and the greater online fan community for his upcoming birthday on August 27, 2011. John Patuto, site administrator for, and others have banded together to sort the list into chronological order and Rush Radio Online  has agreed to program the list and schedule time on 8/27/11 to play it.  The list will close this Friday, August 19, 2011 at 11:59 PM CST and be shared back online in the form of an open letter of appreciation to Alex Lifeson.

I encourage everyone to join in and contribute and then gather virtually to listen to Rush Radio on Saturday, August 27, 2011 as a united community.



“A spirit with a vision is a dream with a mission…” Rush, Mission

Posted by: myrocinante | July 12, 2011

The Poplars

As I sit here on the shores of Long Lake listening to soft sound of the wind through the poplars and feeling the gentle breeze touch my skin; I am at peace.  I watch the sun sparkle on the smooth lake and the sound of my playful boys splashing among the gentle waves.  I long to capture this moment and linger here for a season; I imagine the carefree days of my youth far from the troubles of the world.  Can I dwell here again, as that blond haired boy I once was?  I rise to my feet and navigate the old wooden steps to the beach with determination.  I join the boys on the sandy beach and enter the lake to play as I once did if only until the sunset this day.  The weary Eagle will soar this day once more….



Posted by: myrocinante | June 19, 2011

My Dad

Dear Dad,

I often think about all you have done for me in my life.  You have
always been my greatest encouragement.  In those moments when I get
down or doubt my decisions you lift me up and remind me that “I can do
anything I put my mind to.”  My memories are filled with campfires,
backpacking together through the evergreen canopy of the Sierra
Mountains to reach a distance alpine lake as blue and clear as the

Thank you for all your faith in me and for never giving up on me.  My
strength comes from your love and teaching.  You are best father a
blond haired, blue eyed boy could ever ask for.  I love you and wish
you only the best.

Happy Father’s Day

JAH 6/19/11

Posted by: myrocinante | June 13, 2011

To my Strider

“But I am the real Strider, fortunately. I am Aragorn son of Arathorn; and if by life or death I can save you, I will.” –J.R.R. Tolkien

I have struggled it find the words to express my feelings for my best friend Ian on the occasion of his 40th Birthday. There are so many fond memories I have of him, some humorous and some serious. But if I was to search for a common thread among them, I would express my feelings as Philia (Brotherly Love) in its purest form. He is my Strider, my Aragorn, the “Snow Dog,” the original “Dude.” He is the most loyal and caring of friends. He has stood by me all these years; always excepting me as I am –my protector and guardian of the Sanctuary of Rivendell in the West. He is my companion on many a dark roads I have journeyed down in life, bringing the light of friendship as our guide.

So I dedicate these words to my many memories of the I-Man; the driver of the “Air Fairmont” (our ‘Rocinante’) and to our summer night in the glow of the ‘Available Light’ that night with the ‘Working Men’ from Toronto at our ‘Lakeside Park’ last summer…


Posted by: myrocinante | April 27, 2011

The Fisher King

Here I wait at Corbenic, struck down in my prime by the “Old Wound.”  Forced to watch the lands wither and suffer in this Wasteland that once was a kingdom filled with life and potential.  My only companions is the river, a place upon which to troll and fish while I wait for my knights to return with the cup to heal the deep affliction of my blood; to heal my body and the land.

Where are you Perceval of the West and Galahad of the East?  How long must I waited for your return; your wounded King, trapped in this castle.  Thou my body is shattered, my will is strong and I will endure; for I trust in your resolve.

You carry my hope for restoration not only for me but for the land as well.  My boat drifts along in the current but the day is coming when I will steer a course for the shore; to renew our Fellowship and bring the fire of life again to the hearth through the power of our friendship…



Posted by: myrocinante | April 22, 2011

My Faramir

“War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.” Faramir –J.R.R. Tolkien

One of the Kings of Men, Faramir guards the White City in the East.  Watching the armies of the Evil One and protecting the Men of the West.  An honest man ruled by wisdom and his heart.  A ranger by nature he knows the danger of the power of the One Ring.  He is true to his countrymen and friends.  He knows my quest and the danger I face.  He gives me wise council and a sure path.

I pray he finds a quiet life with his beloved Eowyn of Rohan among the spires of the White City.  Be at peace Faramir, be at peace….

JAH 1/27/11

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