50 Years of Great Rock: You Say It’s Your Birthday

Hop on a 14-minute journey through the history of rock and roll. Starting with the classic rock of the Who in 1965, you’ll hear hard rock, psychedelia, roots rock, Southern rock, funk, punk, new wave, a quick nod to disco, eighties pop, grunge, indie rock, and beyond…. The rules: one song a year the song has to sound like its year each band just once (Video link) 1965 — My Generation — The Who During the year of my birth, rock really got rolling with this song ....more

Beyond Excited to be One of BlogHer’s Voices of the Year

I’m beyond excited to share that I’m one of BlogHer’s Voices of the Year, and I’ll be appearing onstage during the BlogHer15: Experts Among Us Community Keynote in New York in July. Just where is...more

Leave some milk in a dark cupboard to make homemade kefir

{Welcome to MultiMEDIA Splice #15, a link party. Join me by linking up a “milk”-themed post or a multimedia post on any topic.} Click to view slideshow. Have you heard of kefir? ...more

Searching for Dan Donnelly’s right arm

{Welcome to MultiMEDIA Splice #14, a link party. Join me by linking up an “Irish”-themed post or a multimedia post on any topic.} I walked into the pub and tried to act nonchalant, but just how do you bring up that you’re looking for the preserved arm of a bare-knuckle boxer from the 19th century? Slowly ....more

Planet Amsterdam and Other Worlds

{Welcome to MultiMEDIA Splice #13, a link party. Join me by linking up a “planet”-themed post or a multimedia post on any topic.} “Find your place on the planet. Dig in, and take responsibility from there.” ― Gary Snyder When you travel, do you feel like you’ve stepped onto another planet, a complete world...more

Down South in New Orleans: A Family Mardi Gras

{Welcome to MultiMEDIA Splice #12, a link party. Join me by linking up a “parade”-themed post or a multimedia post on any topic.} (Video link) Leaving a blizzard on the East Coast to drive down to New Orleans for Mardi Gras in 2007 was easily one of our best family vacations. My boys were only 9 and 10, but we had been assured we could make it a family-friendly trip ....more

From Bees to Brain Waves for Aliens: Unconventional Love Letters

{Welcome to MultiMEDIA Splice #11, a link party. Join me by linking up a “love”-themed post or a multimedia post on any topic.} “Only a crazy man would write a love letter that takes eight years to arrive.” –Harry Joy, “Bliss” Distance as of Feb. 7, 2015 (Source: NASA ) A probe traveling 19 trillion kilometers...more

Liquid bread/solid beer

{Welcome to MultiMEDIA Splice #10, a link party. Join me by linking up a “bread”-themed post or a multimedia post on any topic.} “All life is fermentation.” — Richard Feynman, quoted in “The...more

Leaving “all or nothing” by my 4th blogoversary

Today is my 4th blogoversary! I wondered at the end of my third year of blogging whether my blog would peter out without my list of challenges to tackle...more

Levitate.

{Welcome to MultiMEDIA Splice #9, a link party. Join me by linking up an “invisible”-themed post or a multimedia post on any topic.} “Flying in his dreams was an exhilarating, breathtaking experience, sometimes literally, that tended to leave reality wanting, like riding a roller coaster compared to mowing the lawn.” ― Sol Luckman, Snooze: A Story of Awakening Sometimes in my favorite dreams, I fly. When I awake, I snuggle under the covers for a few extra moments to remember the effortless ascent into the air ....more