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Music Monday: John Cicora

If I say it once, I’ll say it ten thousand times- one of the coolest things about living in a great city far from the great city we came from is the visitors. Friends, family and acquaintances come on vacation and pass through here all the time. Lucky for us, that means we get to have a […]

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Music Monday: Beginnings (For Mom ‘n Dad)

“Did you know this was the last song played at our wedding? Grandpa paid the band extra to stay and keep playing. They were a brass band and they were AWESOME…You know, this was one of Grandma Fran’s favorite songs…” That’s usually how one or both of my parents tell it any time that “Beginnings” […]

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Music Monday: Sunny (for Mom)

This Music Monday post goes out to my mom, who celebrated her somethingth birthday yesterday. My mom instilled in me a passion for all music, but particularly soul. Some of my most cherished memories are from my early childhood, sliding around in my socks on the tile floor, dancing to The Temptations (among many others) […]

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Summer ’14: Get Out

Last summer was our first season in Seattle. We spent a lot of it stressed out and lost. Literally lost. We relied on our GPS for the simplest trips. Both Brandon and I had jobs we hated with wonky schedules. I got sick from food allergies that I didn’t know I had yet. We didn’t […]

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Music Monday: Playlist for a Friend Walking 30 Days Straight

One of my best friends in the entire world is an Aussie named Shannon. She’s Au-some*. Really, though- a gem through and through. She’s currently a social worker in Australia, changing lives and warming hearts. Shannon is a special person for many reasons, one of which is her desire for quality life experiences. That is why last […]

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Music Tuesday: Mavis Staples, Live in Seattle

This week’s Music Monday is Music Tuesday because I had Labor Day off and we spent it at Rainier National Park. Our friend Wayne was in town for the holiday weekend and it was his first time out west, so he wanted the full Seattle experience. That included going to the Bumbershoot Festival on Saturday. Wayne […]

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Music Monday: Juicy

In 1994, I was in third grade and my primary music taste tended towards Oldies 104.3, Chicago’s golden oldies station at the time (it is since no more). I was not listening to The Notorious B.I.G. In fact, I kind of avoided hip hop for years.  My personal development through the years can be directly […]

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Depression & Distant Empathy

I love someone who suffers from depression. Actually, I love more than one someone who suffers from depression. You probably do too (whether you know or acknowledge it). The outpouring of love for the great and talented Robin Williams is heartwarming for sure. I am, as many of you are, moved by it all. When […]

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Music Monday: Monthly Playlists

I don’t journal as much as I should, but I do make monthly playlists. The correlation? Monthly playlists can tell Future Me what I was up to at a certain time, or at the very least, remind me of that time. Like, why did I put Janet Jackson’s “Escapade” in my March ’13 playlist? I […]

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