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A Birthday and Wine Country

A Birthday and Wine Country

Although it was a lower key birthday this year, having dinner with a friend at Red Robin, there was no shortage of amazing food and world-class wines over the last few weeks. My time started with a day trip to Newport Beach for meetings. Although I&nbs...

Alison Toon
What does half of a Megadeth equal?

Nov 26, 2014
What does half of a Megadeth equal?

Chris Broderick, Megadeth, Aftershock 2013So it seems that there's trouble afoot within (and now, without) metal band Megadeth. This week, both guitarist Chris Broderick and drummer Shawn Drover announced a split with the band... which leaves only...

The Blue Muse
It’s complicated: Why I prefer to forget thanksgiving

Nov 26, 2014
It’s complicated: Why I prefer to forget thanksgiving

Image from Gratisography. Used with permission.
Am I really being screamed at, literally screamed at, in front of the entire family?
This thought ran through my head as my then-fiance (now husband) and I grabbed the folding chairs we had just brought in and hurried through my father’s...

Chronicles of Nothing
Why buy a Keurig coffee maker?

Why buy a Keurig coffee maker?

It always surprises me when I see that someone who is a coffee lover doesn’t have a Keurig coffee brewer yet. What are you waiting for? I’ll admit, I was hesitant to make the jump into the Keurig world. My parents had one and I loved it, but I just couldn’t bring myself to get one...

The Girl With Moxie
Je Suis Fatiguée*

After the events of last night and all the news coverage and Internet posts on Ferguson, I am emotionally drained. I ended up watching Sleepless in Seattle for the umpteenth time just to shut off my brain for a couple … Continue reading

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The Blue Muse
I’m tired of the ugly talk about Ferguson

Nov 25, 2014
I’m tired of the ugly talk about Ferguson

Photo used with permission from SplitShire."It means they're treating us like we're terrorists."One of my students said this yesterday when I asked our class to consider the rhetorical implications of comparing pictures of militarization (armored tanks...

Chronicles of Nothing
Easy DIY Christmas decoration ideas

Easy DIY Christmas decoration ideas

One month from today is Christmas. I know. I can’t believe it either. One of the best parts of Christmas is decorating. While I’m not the most craft oriented person, sometimes I can’t find decorations that fit my personality or taste while shopping in the big box stores, so I try to make my...

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The Blue Muse
A few things I learned about Chicago

Nov 24, 2014
A few things I learned about Chicago

Downtown ChicagoAlthough my most recent trip to Chicago for the National Communication Association's 100th anniversary convention did not warrant much touristyness, I learned a number of things by hanging out with some new locals.1. It's dense city liv...

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The Girl With Moxie
Beyond the Incubator

This is Junior. He was born in late May 2014, three months before he was actually due. He is T-Wizzle’s son. I call him my nephew, because his momma has been my sister from another mister for more than 13 years. … Continue reading

The Girl With Moxie
How Does it Grow? Cranberries on Vimeo

If you love cranberries but never really thought about how they grow, you’ll enjoy this short video. How Does it Grow? Cranberries from How Does it Grow? on Vimeo.

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