Archive for July 2011

Enjoying the Sounds of Silence

Enjoying the Sounds of Silence
I love thinking of ways not only to enjoy music but also to make it useful; hence my various pieces on lullabies and how to use to music to make your workday more productive or enhance your dinner party.  However, while on vacation this past week, I’ve come to realize there are also occasions on... Read more »

I Want to Ride My Bicycle!

I Want to Ride My Bicycle!
Remember that song by Queen about wanting to ride a bike?  “I want to ride my bicycle!”  It sounded like it was being sung by a pouty 5-year old but with kind of an opera flair.  I’ve shared the sentiment lately as my son and I have been taking Saturday morning bike trips to the neighboring... Read more »

The Suprising Influence on Amy Winehouse

The Suprising Influence on Amy Winehouse
With her death a few days ago, the world has learned a lot more about Amy Winehouse than we might have known previously.  I loved “Back to Black” but cannot say I knew much more about Amy herself than the average guy.  If you had asked me to guess what artist was one of Amy’s... Read more »
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The Gift Amy Winehouse Gave Her Father

The Gift Amy Winehouse Gave Her Father
With the death of Amy Winehouse this week, attention has naturally been focused on her grieving parents.  For years they have been trying to get help for her addictions, ultimately unsuccessfully.  Amy’s mother even visited her the day before her death, so they were hardly distant, uninvolved parents. Whether her parents made any missteps along... Read more »

Amy Winehouse: We Lost Her Music, But They Lost Their Daughter

Amy Winehouse: We Lost Her Music, But They Lost Their Daughter
As you’ve probably heard by now, Amy Winehouse was found dead early this morning in her London apartment at the age of 27.  I heard about it a while ago in the middle of a 4-hour drive when three people texted me the news in the span of about five minutes.  I therefore had several... Read more »

My Vacation Playlist

My Vacation Playlist
(*This could be my most important blog post yet in terms of how much opportunity I have to help others) Just one more day of work and then it’s time for our annual summer vacation at my parents’ lake house- rejoice!  I’m letting my husband tend to the boring details like securing a kennel for... Read more »
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Can Classic Rock Hurt Your Relationship With Your Teenager?

Can Classic Rock Hurt Your Relationship With Your Teenager?
Now that I have been the parent of four teens for a full month, I am obviously an expert.  I’m not much into parenting books, partly because I’m too lazy to read them and partly because I think they’re boring, although what I would tell you if you asked is that I “don’t have time”. ... Read more »

How Bon Iver Can Help You With Your Sleep Disorder

How Bon Iver Can Help You With Your Sleep Disorder
I was introduced to Bon Iver by an unlikely source: the nice man who works at the Verizon store. Back in March, I used my birthday money to buy myself an iPhone, just like any good 14-year old would do. For some reason, transferring all my info from my old phone to the iPhone required... Read more »

Make Your Music Work For You

Make Your Music Work For You
Do you work in an office?  I do, and it’s a fascinating place.  In my large department, only a handful of very important people have offices, while the rest of us are relegated to cubes.  This is not the most optimal environment for productivity.  I have one neighbor who is doing some sort of home... Read more »
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Can Jill Scott's New Album Help Me Lose Weight?

Can Jill Scott's New Album Help Me Lose Weight?
Do you remember the pie eating scene in the movie “Stand By Me”?  Everyone started taunting the fat boy by chanting his nickname, “Lardass”.  That scene stuck with me for some reason, and lately it’s been in a fearful, cautionary way.  You see, I did a trial run in my bathing suit last weekend with... Read more »