Raising a Rock Star


Why Musical Notes are Just As Important as the ABCs

Mabel found the piano. It was in the same place it’s always been: the living room. And it was in plain sight, although years back it was moved from one side of the room to the other side of the room, inching closer and closer to the basement door, its eventual resting place among the dust and cobwebs of the lowest level. Occasionally, I’d walk past and pull the cover over the keys, recently exposed after Mabel played an old recital song on a whim. But, in general, unless Marge came for a visit, the old spinet sat upright and forgotten....more

September Heat Wave Playlist

Summer Ain’t Over Until The Heat Comes DownThe weekend is finally here, back in school is back, and the next holiday to look forward to is Halloween. So, lets get this weekend rockin’ with some cool jams to keep cool-minded. If you are in Southern California this weekend it’s supposed to be a hot one....more

The 7 Most Badass Atheist Songs

Here are the 7 most badass atheist and/or humanist and/or gleefully irreverent songs.  The best is at the end, but first:...more
What about "Dear God" by XTC? Classic!more

The One '70s Album You Should Share with Your Daughter

Quick: What’s the first thing you think of when you hear Marlo Thomas? For me, it’s That Girl and Free to Be You and Me. Apparently, not everyone remembers her the way I do, though: Me: I used to love That Girl. Marge: What girl? Me: Marlo Thomas. Marge: Marlo Thomas wasn’t in That Girl. What’s-her-name was in that show. Oh, what’s her name? You know the one who was in that show with Ed Asner? ...more
You have just brought back a ton of memories for me. I'm going to go in search of this album to ...more

Homeschool With A Side of Public

Two years ago, we thought long and hard about pulling our daughter out of public school. When we'd lived in the city we had a lot of choices as to where she could attend but when we moved to a small town the choices dried up. There was the local public school, there was the option to drive her 15+ miles one way every day throughout the Michigan winters, or there was homeschool....more

Friday Favorites

 // Yesterday was Harry Potter's birthday, and ...more


When I was in college, I thought to myself, with all of the compliments my professors are giving me, I am totally going to land my DREAM JOB. I was so confident. Why not? I was good at drawing and painting, I was  good  at writing songs and my father had a song on the radio at the time. Life was great.              Then I graduated.......more

Turn Back the Time #TGIF Playlist

 Get Your Groove On With Our 'Time' Playlist This was a short work week for me since we got back from our vacation on Wednesday. Though the work week was short the days seemed to drag on. Vacation time definitely goes by faster then work time. Since we can’t turn back the clocks and still be on vacation, I can at least dedicate this playlist to it....more