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“C” is for Cat

Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 6.33.02 AMThere’s a countdown on my fridge written in dry erase marker on a magnetic board displaying the days left until our cat’s birthday. Everyone who has come over to the apartment has exclaimed his or her excitement for the event of the year.

“Hey, so are you going to the birthday party on the 28th?” my sister had asked a firefighter friend.

“Yes! I’m so down!”

“Yeah, were going to have hats, decorations and stick a candle in her food and everything.”

“Oh, my gosh! I’m so excited.” Read the rest of this page »

Keep On Shining by Curtis Harding

Grab the album, “Soul Power,” and the song, “Keep on Shining,” by Curtis Harding here.

No, the video below isn’t from the 70’s, but the soulful melodies from Curtis Harding‘s song, “Keep On Shining” from his album, “Soul Power,” sounds like it. I’m definitely diggin’ the upbeat tunes from Harding, who actually spent time in a Georgia rap group Proseed, has worked as a backup singer for Cee Lo Green,  and currently plays in Black Lips guitarist Cole Alexander’s quirky Night Sun.

Harding says that he is a fan of Curtis Mayfield, TV on the Radio, and Redding and Shuggie Otis, and you can hear a lot of that influence in his work. The “slop ‘n’ soul” sound found on his album, as he calls it, blends rock and soul together perfectly, and only makes me want to hear more from the artist.

“B” is for Books

bSo, there is a Facebook trend going on right now that asks users to list the 10 most influential books in that have stayed with them in some way. Thousands of people have completed the task and have tagged others in their post to do the same. And although I have been tagged twice, I still haven’t gotten around to doing it.

So here are the 10 most influential books that have stayed with me. If you are reading this, then I challenge you to do the same. Read the rest of this page »

“A” is for Attitude

Once upon a time I won a coffee mug from a blog challenge hosted by the writers’ club I’m involved in. It was an amazing experience getting to read and interact with other bloggers while blogging from A-Z, and now it’s time to try it again.

Writers of Kern 2014 “A to Z” Blog Challenge

The 2014 A to Z challenge will begin Wednesday, September 10th and end Saturday, December 6th. Thirteen weeks, 2 posts per week equals 26 posts. Writers may choose any theme; but, each post must feature one letter of the alphabet in alphabetical order.
There are two parts to the challenge:

Part 1 – Publish two blog posts a week, for thirteen weeks. Posting Wednesday and Saturday are suggested, but not required. (I will be posting on Wednesdays and Fridays to complete the challenge.)
Part 2 – Visit at least five other participants’ blogs each week, leaving thoughtful comments and encouraging words.


 

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. -Thomas Jefferson Read the rest of this page »

Heartbreakfree by Ji Nilsson


Ji Nilsson is a singer and songwriter from Stockholm, Sweden. Nilsson’s soulful pop voice fits perfectly with the tropical undertones in Keljet‘s remix of her song “Heartbreakfree.”

Her latest song, “I’m Her,” was released on March 5, 2014 and she can be found singing with artist, Marlene, in the song, “Love You Anyway.” Nilsson definitely has an amazing voice, and I can’t wait to here more from this artist.

Go ahead an listen to Keljet’s remix of the song, “Heartbreakfree,” below.

 

Watch the video for the original “Heartbreakfree” song here.  Read the rest of this page »

Why You Really Shouldn’t Click on Jennifer Lawrence’s Nude Photo

“Jennifer Lawrence Nude Photo Leak Isn’t A ‘Scandal.’ It’s A Sex Crime”

Photo by jacobfg via Flickr

Photo by jacobfg via Flickr

I saw this headline from Forbes and mostly agreed. Dozens of nude photos, either deleted by female celebrities in the past, stolen from the ever-mystifying-iCloud, or faked by sleazy hackers to make it look like the celebs were leaked on 4Chan over the weekend. The leak was blamed at first on Apple’s security, but the company later denied they had anything to do with leak on “9 to 5 Mac.”

Our customers’ privacy and security are of utmost importance to us. After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the [I]nternet. None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud or Find my iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved.

However, the majority of responses I have heard related to this scandal were that these women shouldn’t have taken the photos of themselves in the first place. This of course concerns me. “I’ve never heard anyone respond to financial hacking by saying, Just don’t use online banking. That’s what you get for using credit cards,” as Farhad Manjoo (@fmanjoo) wrote on Twitter. Read the rest of this page »

Easy Peasy Vegetarian Recipes: Broiled Zucchini and Potatoes with Parmesan Crust

So here’s a really simple recipe that I saw on Giada De Laurentiis‘ show, Everyday Italian Episode: Kids Cooking Class.

What You’ll Need:
4 small new potatoes (red or white, about 1 1/2 inches in diameter)
2 tablespoons butter (or vegan margarine)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
2 small zucchini, cut in 1/2 lengthwise (about 1-inch wide by 5 inches long)
Pinch kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup grated Parmesan (or vegan Parmesan) Read the rest of this page »

The Thing About Social Activism

Photo by Jason Howie via Flickr

Photo by Jason Howie via Flickr

It took me a week to figure out the videos that were being posted all over Facebook and Vine were for raising awareness for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, “a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.” I remember leaning over to a friend siting next to me to tell her what these Ice Bucket Challenges were all about after finding it out myself to which she responded, “Huh? What is ALS?”

The Ice Bucket Challenge goes like this: People are asked to make a video of themselves dumping a bucket of ice water on their heads, post it a social media site, and then challenge three friends to do the same within 24 hours or donate $100 to ALS.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge went viral in the hopes of raising awareness through social media, and although it has come to be a great way to inform people about ALS, it didn’t exactly start off that way. Read the rest of this page »

Automechanic by Jenny O.


Jennifer Anne Ognibene, or Jenny O., is an singer-songwriter, originally from New York, who is now based in Los Angeles, California. Jenny O. started off touring in the US and Europe in 2013 opening for or Mexican-American psychedelic-folk musician, Sixto Rodriguez. She also joined Chuck Ragan‘s Revival Tour, performing alongside Ragan, Rocky Votolato, Dave Hause of The Loved Ones, and Tim McIlrath of Rise Against.

She released her debut album “Automechanic” on February 5, 2013 (Holy Trinity Records). It was produced by Jonathan Wilson in Echo Park, Los Angeles. The cool and easy-sounding recordings feature Jenny O., Wilson, James Gadson, Jake Blanton (of the American rock band The Killers), and Benji Lysaght.

She has performed her songs “Seashells” and “Automechanic” on Last Call with Carson Daly, and contributed a cover of the song “1941” to the compilation album, This Is The Town – A Tribute To Nilsson (Volume 1), released February 4, 2014 on Royal Potato Family. Jenny also recorded the song “Lucky” by singer-songwriter Kat Edmonson for a Coca-Cola commercial, which aired during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

Easy Peasy Vegetarian Recipes: Chunky Tomato Potato Soup

After the removal of my wisdom teeth I was left with enough tomato soup to feed the entire state of Maine. I had made way too much tomato soup and it was on the verge of going bad. However, pared with potatoes and other veggies, my new tomato soup diet doesn’t have to be so bland. So here’s a veggie-friendly chunky tomato potato soup recipe that you can try at home.

Chunky Tomato Potato Soup

Chunky Tomato Potato Soup

What You’ll Need:
1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
2 onions, chopped
4 cups peeled, cubed potatoes
1 1/2 cups chopped celery
1 1/2 cups chopped carrots
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
2 cups soy or almond milk
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 (14.5 ounce) can tomatoes
1 1/4 cups vegetable broth
2 tablespoons tomato paste
salt and pepper to taste Read the rest of this page »

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