Crummy parenting jobs: A retrospective on Labor Day

Crummy parenting jobs: A retrospective on Labor Day
I love being a mom, and I think I have grown to love the role even more as my kids have gotten older.  But it hasn’t been roses throughout; there were some crummy parenting jobs along the way.  Some of the ones that might seem more obvious (stomach flus, potty training, etc.) don’t even make my... Read more »

August 2014 New Music Favorites

Welcome to my second installment of “monthly finds” thanks to Spotify’s New Music Tuesday weekly playlist.  For context, the 19 songs you see here were chosen from about 200 that I listened to, so you can be assured they have been carefully selected.  And now without further ado: 1. “East of Eden” – Zella Day 2. “Heart... Read more »

Losing a child but staying connected to him through music: Justine's story

On March 28, 2013, I was in Arizona with my youngest daughter enjoying her spring break.  My husband and my son, a junior in high school, had stayed behind as my son’s varsity volleyball team was hosting a big tournament.  While poolside, I got a call from my husband: one of my son’s teammates, Kaelan,... Read more »
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Please forgive me for not doing the Ice Bucket Challenge

Unless you live under a rock, you are surely aware of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  Actually, even under a rock you’ve probably at least seen someone in the distance taping themselves pouring a bucket of ice water over their head to raise awareness of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis ) or Lou Gherig’s Disease.  Within... Read more »

Music carves a path through grief: Jill's story

This is the story of Jill, a woman who has endured more heartbreak in the past 18 months than anyone should have to.  In April of 2013 she lost her husband to cancer, and just nine months later she lost her 31-year old son to a heroin overdose after a 7 – 8 year battle... Read more »

July 2014 New Music Favorites

I’ve been a Spotify addict convert for a couple years now, but a few weeks ago I learned how to love it even more: New Music Tuesday playlist. Yes, you can subscribe to this playlist and each week get a fresh batch of new music. I love it! The only downside: there are about 40... Read more »
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Music as comfort: Lenora's story

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about what music means to me.  It’s hard for me to articulate because I haven’t had a profound experience or made a career out of it- I just like it a lot.  I asked readers to let me know how their lives have been impacted by music, hoping that I... Read more »

What Music Means to Me

What Music Means to Me
I’ve been feeling uninspired by my blog lately.  The topics I’ve been writing about have felt…trite.  Make no mistake about it: whether or not Macklemore is gay, 10 fun facts about Coldplay and what B.o.B. really stands for (no, I could barely get to 10 and Bob.  Happy now?) are certainly hard hitting and of... Read more »

Four reasons why you won't like the new Robin Thicke album

Four reasons why you won't like the new Robin Thicke album
Last summer Robin Thicke presented us with some blurred lines, and we were eating out of his hand.  This summer, the lines are not blurred at all- they’re extremely clear: Robin wants his wife back. Let’s back up.  I wouldn’t say that Robin Thicke was particularly well known prior to “Blurred Lines,” which became THE... Read more »
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Midpoint review: Best and worst of 2014 music

Midpoint review: Best and worst of 2014 music
We are gearing up for midpoint reviews at work, so it seems appropriate to do a review of this year’s music so far, as well.  Some of these categories might seem quite specific, and I admit that at times the tail wags the dog.  I like to think of posts such as this as public... Read more »