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White space suits and promises

White space suits and promises

Back in the early part of 1991, while slogging through the tragic haze of my father dying, we began to plan our wedding. When it comes to dates, I love nice balanced numbers. Getting married on the 25th, or the 10th, or the 30th, those are good dates i...

Just Paint It
5 Things I Learned from a Bassett Hound

Jul 20, 2014
5 Things I Learned from a Bassett Hound

You can learn a lot from dogs, or from painting dogs. You just have to pay attention to them.

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Alison Toon
Queen Nation rock the State Fair. Again!

Jul 20, 2014
Queen Nation rock the State Fair. Again!

I loved seeing these guys at the State Fair last year, and I say it again: I never expect to like a tribute-band, cover-band, but Queen Nation just rock!In a way, bands covering someone-else's songs was my intro to live music. Saturday evenings at Syst...

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Chronicles of Nothing
Upcoming movies in 2014: What remains?

Upcoming movies in 2014: What remains?

Yes, I know that the summer is half over, but there are still a few good movies coming out over the course of the rest of the year and these are the ones I’m looking forward to: Upcoming movies in 2014: Lucy, release date: July 25th, director: Luc Besson You probably best know this...

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A Voice of Irreverence

Jul 19, 2014
A Voice of Irreverence



Many years ago, in close succession, more than one person told me that I had a unique writer’s “voice.”  Two of those people I strongly respected as writers.  One was a fellow legislative worker bee who dabbled in the occasional op ed or glorious rant to an editor—he was no slouch...

Alison Toon
And now for all the fun of the fair: State Fair!

Jul 19, 2014
And now for all the fun of the fair: State Fair!

Fairground ride, California state fairI'm off to the fair, today. Goats, sheep, llamas (I hope!), horses, heavy horses, new-born calves; ferris wheels, crazy rides (I'm an observer, not a participant), bungee jumping, catch-a-rubber-duck, dart-a-soft-b...

Alison Toon
If you’re going to Aftershock, check out Knotfest too!

Jul 19, 2014
If you’re going to Aftershock, check out Knotfest too!

Worthy of a road trip? You bet!Check out Knotfest here: http://www.knotfest.com/Slipknot, Danzig, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat.... and many many more.(But I'm still wondering where Gemini Syndrome are in the West Coast festival lineups this year......

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Missing Those Days With Her

Jul 18, 2014
Missing Those Days With Her

I’m missing those days with her, those days when her eyes sparkled as she climbed at the park and skipped all the way home. I’m missing those days with her when baking cookies, braiding hair and reading Curious George meant a perfect day, and tucking her in at night was the perfect evening. I’m missing...

Alison Toon
Bleating on and on

Jul 17, 2014
Bleating on and on

Surprised GoatWhat do you mean, you haven't been to the State Fair yet? I'm shocked! There's so much to see! And eat! Get over there, right now!

Chronicles of Nothing
Don’t Treat Me Bad: Living your dream

Don’t Treat Me Bad: Living your dream

Are you living your dream? It irritates me to no end when someone puts someone else down simply because of the profession or job they have chosen. Not everyone wants to be a suit wearing cube jockey.  There’s nothing wrong with being a suit wearing cube jockey, but for some reason, many people can’t...

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