Added by John Manchester on August 26, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments
When I was a child, after my father died and my mother was trying to figure out life as it would be from now on, I spent an inordinate amount of hours alone in my room, listening to music.
I had a large collection of albums, all presents from my much older siblings -- two brothers and a sister -- all older enough that I adored them unconditionally. I was eleven, they weren't at home much anymore, and in my mind, whatever was being sung on those gifts to me was the wisdom I…Continue
Last week, I went looking for another place to Be.
I needed a place of repose... a spot to think... away from all the Noise and Clutter.
The noise of life in a family. The clutter in my mind.…Continue
Added by Anna Herrington on August 25, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments
Originally published on August 24, 2010 on Open Salon. This is by most metrics the most successful post I ever published, an Editors' Pick, rated 44 times (exceeded only, I think, by my post that immediately followed my son's death) and viewed by over 50,000 people, which utterly dwarfs my usual numbers.
Times are tight, so I don't cut too many checks these days. However, if Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf were to solicit a donation from me to help him build his…Continue
Added by koshersalaami on August 24, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments
The first time I saw a photo of Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin fame I was awestruck. The hair, the raw energy, the painted on jeans epitomized rock star. And then I heard him sing. His ability to soar with intensity and edginess and then slip down into seductive tenderness still captivates me some 40 years later. Robert Plant turned 62 on August 20th. All of the singers who have integrated themselves into my daily life are rapidly…Continue
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I love David Crosby. There. I’ve said it. Unequivocally, without reservations, no holds barred, despite the drug addiction, the alcohol dependency, the weapons charges, the drunk driving charges, the jail time. His effortlessly pure vocals, ethereal harmonies, organic approach to songwriting,…
Added by Schmoopie on August 15, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments
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Added by John Manchester on August 10, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Who Says This Generation of Young Adults is Narcissistic?
As a teenager, as soon as I realized that I could get in my car and just keep driving, I did.
I didn't worry about being abducted, much less being abducted into the sex trade, I didn't know what that meant.
I got in my car and drove. Often.
I started in Atlanta and I usually ended up north of Philadelphia at my brother's house. He and his wife had four small children then. My…Continue
Added by Anna Herrington on August 10, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments
We'd waxed, we'd dyed, and now for the Dance ~
We had started the bonfire out in the meadow fire-pit hours before, stoking and tending with sap-soaked fir branches, encouraging a thoroughly hot coal bed so that our next step could be pulled off.
Brave Sister and I were making our first batch of batiks and we didn't know what the hell we were doing. Normally a bonfire would not be a necessary step in this art form's process,…Continue
Added by Anna Herrington on August 6, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments
Originally published August 5, 2010 on Open Salon
[I gather some people didn't understand this post as originally written. I've added some text to make it more clear. The added text is in italics.]
How much money does it take to be rich? Whatever the number is, we know it ends in "illion" and begins with an M, B, Gaz, whatever. Those numbers can seem indiscriminately big. Today I'm going to give you a tool with…