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Marc Valdez Weblog
Rasta Claus On Broadway

May 19, 2015

I wasn't thinking about drugs, but apparently drugs were thinking about me. I hadn't given Bella a walk this morning, but instead decided to do so at lunch, which is why I found myself walking her down Broadway at 4 p.m. I was zeroing in on the Carl's ...

Rubys Musings
Ruby’s Musings by Request ~ Going Natural Week One

     Twenty plus years ago I made the decision to have breast implants. I had always been small breasted. Even though I had a nice hourglass shape, I appeared bottom heavy because I had small breasts. I was teased by quite a few people, people close to me about having "fried eggs" for breasts....

mamawolfe
Sheep Shearer’s Children In Lake Tahoe

May 18, 2015

 William Bolt was my two-times great grandfather. An adventurous spirit, as a young man in the late 1880s he traveled back and forth from St. Louis, Missouri to Laramie, Wyoming with his cousin Harry to work as sheep shearers. Lucky for me, his passion for storytelling compelled him to keep a detailed journal of...

All Squared Up
Joy Sparkage

Joy Sparkage

IF we didn't have such a variety of stuff, and IF we lived in an apartment, and IF I had a huge chunk of time on my hands and IF I could just stop everything, I would love to clear out the clutter just as suggested in Marie Kondo's brilliant book. Her ...

Mr. Andrew Bradley
Film, Wine, Beer, Paint, and Sparkling

Film, Wine, Beer, Paint, and Sparkling

I spent some time in Napa filming inside Spa Terra and at The Meritage pool, before heading to Spelletich Family Wines for a wine tasting event with the Crusher Wine District (about 10 wineries all within walking distance of The Meritage). Once back in...

Marc Valdez Weblog
"Savages" – Husbands – "Ex Machina"

May 16, 2015

Went to see "Ex Machina" tonight. After two weekends of the exceeding subtleties of "Clouds of Sils Maria", this movie was almost too obvious. Still, pretty cool!I really liked the exit music too. Great song!

Marc Valdez Weblog
Jamaican Dancehall Classes With Blacka di Danca

May 16, 2015
Jamaican Dancehall Classes With Blacka di Danca

Catherine Chiemelu (left) and LaToya Bufford (right) hosted two sessions of Jamaican Dancehall at Step One Friday evening with Blacka di Danca (center) from New York City.During a break. Great time dancing under the guidance of Blacka di Danca!Yours t...

Marc Valdez Weblog
Nani In Davis

May 16, 2015

I ask the occasional portentous question "What is Nani doing now?" She recently posted a video of a performance at Pamela Trokanski Dance in Davis in 2014. Pretty amazing!

Marc Valdez Weblog
"Santa Fe" – "Rent" – AIM

May 16, 2015

It's fascinating, watching as various idiosyncratic New Mexican themes go mainstream. There is the modern cult of Santa Fe, for example (also known as Fanta Se), which really accelerated in the 1960's. Here, Australians sing from the musical "Rent":

Marc Valdez Weblog
Slaves?

May 16, 2015

Ever since I read Pekka Hamalainen's book 'Comanche Empire' and learned just how robust the trade was in Native American slaves in 19th Century New Mexico, I've been approaching genealogy with the idea that I'd eventually find dead ends, where family l...

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