Why you might wanna latch on to a few favorite book bloggers

Anyone who doubts the future of reading should digest what author John Green has to say on the subject in the January issue of School Library Journal. Although this periodical is written for public and school librarians, readers might want to take note. Green says librarians (and I say book bloggers) have a wonderfully important role in the future of reading, especially for children’s books. ...more

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Listening Room # 5 – Sade – Diamond Life

Sade - Diamond Life (1985) on CBS/Portrait Records Continuing with the saxophone solos I heard on the previous Motels post, Sade (Shah-Day)seemed like a nice way to show how one instrument can work so magically with two different music genres. Here on Sade's debut album, one cannot help chill out to the smooth bass and sultry saxophone on the record. "Smooth Operator" the album's first track, is perhaps one Sade's best know works, but this album is full of sensible tunes for anyone on a quiet, stormy November evening. ...more

Listening Room # 4 - The Motels - All For One

The Motels - All For One (1982) on Capital Known for a few hits in the 80s, like "Only The Lonely" and "Suddenly, Last Summer" but probably not known for being a tight, solid, new wave band. The Motels had 5 albums in the 80s, combining the best elements of rock with new wave flair and a respectable dose of distortion. ...more

Suburbs of Our Discontent

If you’re interested in taking your kid to see a Shakespeare play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream's your best bet. There's rhyming, slapstick humor, dumb parents, and fairies. No evil or scary characters appear, and the overall silly quotient is very high. What's not to like?  ...more

The Lefty Oracles


Listening Room # 1 - Eydie Gormé - Vamps The Roaring 20s

Eydie Gormé – Vamps the Roaring 20s (1958) on ABC-Paramount Great collection of jazz and pop standards from “I Wanna Be Loved By You” to “Singin’ In The Rain.” Eydie’s voice is fabulous, with just the right amount of vibrato and sass to make Frank Sinatra blush. ...more

Flying Bus (part two)

Poetry Friday: Snow | Women's Voices For Change

This week our January Poet-in-Residence, Lisa Russ Spaar, the much-published and much-honored winner of the 2009 Library of Virginia Award for Poetry and Director of the program in poetry writing at the University of Virginia, examines the winter sky within and outside us all....more

A trip to the nursery...

Today I took a trip to the plant nursery, to buy a lemon tree, of all things. This little nursery tripped turned into a photo session :PBut why not, nature is amazing :)...more

Songwriting 101 in SLC

Beth Lawrence Viva La Voice "Inspiring The Artist In Everyone!" Getting materials together for my 'SONGWRITING 101" class starting next week in Salt Lake.  I love teaching this class - it's always gratifying to see how inspired folks get once the mystery is taken out of the songwriting process!...more