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RE-POST: Pretty Lights on the Tree, I’m Watching Them Shine

Friday, December 13th, 2013 Posted in Greatest Hits, Music, the writing process | No Comments »


Sometimes you can hear a song a hundred times and on a random afternoon it will hit you in a new way. Whap, right upside the head. As a huge Bob Dylan fan, that happens to me frequently, ...

Some Photos from Our Vacation in Ireland

Friday, August 23rd, 2013 Posted in Family, Music, Scary Tales | 1 Comment »


We just enjoyed a dream vacation in Ireland and now, Dear Faithful Reader, sit back while I show you more than 700 photographs . . . Wait, no. Just kidding! It really was a special trip -- a place I love in ...

Here Comes the Sun: Flashmob in Madrid Unemployment Office

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 Posted in Current Events, Fun Clips, Music, Uncategorized | 1 Comment »


Know this: Unemployment in Spain is at 26 percent. The country, and its people, are going through a very tough time. High taxes, plunging salaries, confusion, bitterness, anger, fear, desperation -- with record numbers applying for jobless benefits. So one recent ...

Music Video Friday: Teenage Fanclub

Friday, September 28th, 2012 Posted in Music | No Comments »


I don't know how I landed on this song, except that it always makes me happy -- and Teenage Fanclub from Scotland is one of my all-time favorites. Here they are doing their Byrds-influenced, harmony-dripped jangle. Have a great weekend. "I ...

Inspiration: “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone

Friday, July 6th, 2012 Posted in Music, the writing process | No Comments »


I've long been awed by the song, "Feeling Good," as sung by Nina Simone. It slays me every time I hear it. The lyrics by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse (I don't know who to credit, exactly) are so simple, ...

BEFORE YOU GO: The Imaginary Soundtrack to My Young Adult Novel, Part 1

Friday, June 29th, 2012 Posted in Before You Go, Music, the writing process | No Comments »


No blogging for at least a week until I beat a deadline into submission, literally. So 'til then . . . I've concocted an imaginary soundtrack that plays during the imaginary movie that's based on my (real!) upcoming Young Adult novel, ...

Friday Video Weekend: “(Cups) You’re Gonna Miss Me” Cover by Anna Burden

Friday, January 6th, 2012 Posted in Fun Clips, Music | No Comments »


Here's 90 seconds of joy, a great voice and a great smile, to send you off on the weekend. I can't wait to show this clip to my daughter. Thank you, Anna from Indiana. Now get outta here! [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKcChGsDqnU] Still hanging around? I guess ...

Dream Guitar

Monday, November 28th, 2011 Posted in Before You Go, Music | No Comments »


I was happy to come across this article, "Revealed: The Real Guitar Heroes," which features a new book,Instrument, by photographer Pat Graham. (Check out Graham's awesome blog, here.) In the article, various musicians discuss their favorite instruments. I particularly liked Peter Buck's ...

Maggie’s Post-It Note Binder

Monday, November 7th, 2011 Posted in Family, Music | 4 Comments »


My daughter is a slob. Let's get that out of the way up front. She makes messes and moves on -- blithely. Yesterday she sat at the kitchen counter with a stack of index cards, Post-It Notes, tape, a laptop, a ...

When Keith Sings: The Ultimate Keith Richards/Rolling Stones Mix

Monday, June 20th, 2011 Posted in A Pirates Guide (Series), Music, Readings | No Comments »


I recently finished reading the Keith Richards biography, Life, which I largely enjoyed. It's not a great book, huge gaps, not particularly well organized or written, and it suffers from a classic case of the unreliable narrator (this is Keith ...