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Spelling Be

Mar 10, 2014
Spelling Be

Gotta love FOX News!I remember how excited I was for the 8th-grade spelling bee in our school. I had placed third the year before, and was certain I was going to win. My first word was "weird". That whole "i before e, except after c" business? Doesn't ...

All Squared Up
12 Steps to Building a Dance Floor

12 Steps to Building a Dance Floor

1. Find friends who love to dance.The most important step in building a dance floor in your backyard is this: have a good reason to build a dance floor in your backyard. They take quite a bit of prep work and they don't come cheap.Our reason is obvious...

The Blue Muse
"Heartless, heartless Christmas witch"

Mar 10, 2014
"Heartless, heartless Christmas witch"

For once, an ultimatum worked. I told T: "If the tree doesn't comedown today, I'm going to leave it up all year and decorate for everyholiday until Christmas... Again." Last year, we enjoyed a tree forValentine's, St. Paddy's and Easter. We got to Cinc...

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Chronicles of Nothing
Wedding Advice: 5 things no one tells you and neither will I

Mar 10, 2014
Wedding Advice: 5 things no one tells you and neither will I

Did my  crafty title suck you in?  Of course, it did.  It sounds like one of the plethora of Buzzfeed posts. Here’s the thing about planning weddings: They are stressful as fuck. It doesn’t matter if you are running off … Continue reading 

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Marc Valdez Weblog
"The Comanche Empire" by Pekka Hämäläinen

Mar 10, 2014

I started reading Pekka Hämäläinen's book, "The Comanche Empire" to gain some insight on the Comanche's interactions with the Pueblos and the Apache. The Pueblos of Gran Quivira had been annihilated by the Apache in the 1660's, but in the 1760's, a century later, the valleys in the same highlands southeast of Albuquerque...

Chronicles of Nothing
What is Prize Candle?

What is Prize Candle?

Is it a candle given as a prize? No. Prize Candle is an aromatherapy candle with a prize inside it.  Remember when you were a kid and prizes came in cereal boxes?  This is way better. You burn your soy … Continue reading 

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Alison Toon
Bands help fund music scholarships for kids with help from Soundz of NorCal: Clockwork Hero, The Three Way, Pushing The Son and Skin of Saints

Mar 9, 2014
Bands help fund music scholarships for kids with help from Soundz of NorCal: Clockwork Hero, The Three Way, Pushing The Son and Skin of Saints

I was lucky enough to grow up in a place, and at a time, when music, art and theatre/drama were part of fundamental education. That, and being taught to read at a very early age, provided me with the tools to be "me", no matter what. Today, this educat...

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Marc Valdez Weblog
Nicholas Brothers in Stormy Weather

Strangely enough, I saw one of the Nicholas Brothers at the Hilton Hotel near Madison and I-80, about 1995. Their dancing days were over, but not the peoples' love!

Marc Valdez Weblog
Hellzapoppin’ (1941) – Whiteys Lindy Hoppers w/ Dancers’ Names

One of the best dance sequences ever filmed, from Hollywood's Golden Age!This clip was used tonight at the Sac State dance concert.

Marc Valdez Weblog
Upgraded My "Breaking Bad" Posts

To reflect the recent ABQ trip.

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