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“G” is for Grad School

GEveryone thinks they have an idea about what grad school is going to be like. They know that they will end up writing. A Lot. They know that there is a ton of research involved, and that they will be able to focus on the academic subject that they really care about.  But what they don’t know is that their lives will forever be changed, not just because they are moving forward into the next step on the higher education ladder toward a deeper understanding of their field, but because they also will never look at things the same way again.

Here are several other things they won’t tell you about grad school. Read the rest of this page »

Alexander by Rey Pila


So, last Monday I went to the Interpol concert at The Fox Theater Pomona on their El Pintor Tour. It was an amazing show and I’ll forever cherish it. Their opening act from Mexico City, Rey Pila, also put on a great show.

The band, who was is made up of Diego Solorzano, Rodrigo Blanco, Andres Velasco and Miguel Hernandez, first came on to the scene in 2009 with a self-titled album and gained success in Mexico and abroad. Not only are have they opened for Interpol, but also Muse, TV on the Radio and Ariel Pink, in addition to their own headlining concerts.

Their song, “Alexander,” is a single that comes off their second album under Julian CasablancasCult Records. Check it out below.

“F” is for Food #VeganMoFo

Easy Peasy Vegetarian Recipes: Quinoa Guacamole with Vegan Chicken

So, last week I realized that I had forgotten about a rogue avocado sitting next to my blender on the counter. I figured it was time, once again, to play my favorite kitchen game: “Let’s get rid of stuff that’s about to go bad and Google a recipe that includes these random ingredients.”

I had some uncooked quinoa lying around, a tomato that was going soft, and I spotted an onion out of the corner of my eye. These ingredients led me to Guacamole Quinoa recipe by foxeslovelemons on Food52, which was a perfect recipe for VeganMoFo, or the Vegan Month of Food.

Serves 4
What You’ll Need
1 ripe avocado, pitted, peeled, and diced
Juice of 1 1/2 limes
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups cooked quinoa
1 cup of cooked brown rice
1 garlic clove, crushed with a press or minced and ground into a paste
1 Roma tomato, diced
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
4 servings of Gardein Chik’n Read the rest of this page »

“E” is for Empty

eMy cup of cappuccino cools as I type random words onto a blank Word document. The title definitely would have been “writer’s block,” but “writer’s block” doesn’t start with the letter “e.”

Tranquil music plays. I absent-mindedly hum along, not really aware if the sounds are too loud for my fellow coffee house patrons sitting at the adjacent tables. I realize as I continue to type that I’ve slowly become one of “those” writers who sit at coffee shops with their Mac laptops sipping their cups of cappuccino.

I wonder how it has come to this. Read the rest of this page »

“D” is for Driving

 

Speeding to Bakersfield

Somewhere between here and there I rolled down my manual car window on the driver’s side, and let the swift wind flow like a course river into my little Chevy Cobalt. I speed along passing the Oak trees on the side of some lonely freeway. My foot slowly falls against the gas pedal throttling the vehicle forward, and I gaze on as the broken white line beside the car attempts to make sense of it all, and reconnect itself like a reel of film slides passing by to make a movie. Read the rest of this page »

“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 »

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