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  • Life on Earth: Understanding Who We Are, How We Got Here, and What May Lie Ahead
    Life on Earth: Understanding Who We Are, How We Got Here, and What May Lie Ahead
    by Mike Dooley
  • The Japanese Art of Reiki: A Practical Guide to Self-Healing
    The Japanese Art of Reiki: A Practical Guide to Self-Healing
    by Bronwen Stiene, Frans Stiene
  • What's Your What?
    What's Your What?
    by Julie Moret
  • California: Then and Now®: People and Places
    California: Then and Now®: People and Places
    Pavilion
  • Security is a Thumb and a Blanket (Peanuts)
    Security is a Thumb and a Blanket (Peanuts)
    by Charles M. Schulz
  • The Voice of Rolling Thunder: A Medicine Man's Wisdom for Walking the Red Road
    The Voice of Rolling Thunder: A Medicine Man's Wisdom for Walking the Red Road
    by Sidian Morning Star Jones, Stanley Krippner Ph.D.
  • Myths of the Cherokee
    Myths of the Cherokee
    by James Mooney
  • What to Do When it's Your Turn (and it's Always Your Turn)
    What to Do When it's Your Turn (and it's Always Your Turn)
    by Seth Godin
  • Working Class Mystic: A Spiritual Biography of George Harrison
    Working Class Mystic: A Spiritual Biography of George Harrison
    by Gary Tillery
  • Other People's Love Letters: 150 Letters You Were Never Meant to See
    Other People's Love Letters: 150 Letters You Were Never Meant to See
    by Bill Shapiro
  • Beatitude Golden Anniversary 1959-2009 (Beatitude Literary Magazine, Volume 50)
    Beatitude Golden Anniversary 1959-2009 (Beatitude Literary Magazine, Volume 50)
    by Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings
    Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings
    by Shel Silverstein
  • Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You: A Journal
    Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You: A Journal
    by Robie Rogge, Dian Smith
  • PostSecret: Confessions on Life, Death, and God
    PostSecret: Confessions on Life, Death, and God
    by Frank Warren
  • The Field and Forest Handy Book: New Ideas for Out of Doors (Nonpareil Book)
    The Field and Forest Handy Book: New Ideas for Out of Doors (Nonpareil Book)
    by Daniel Carter Beard, David R. Godine
  • American Girls Handy Book: How to Amuse Yourself and Others (Nonpareil Books)
    American Girls Handy Book: How to Amuse Yourself and Others (Nonpareil Books)
    by Lina Beard, Adelia Beard
  • The Secret Language of Birthdays: Your Complete Personology Guide for Each Day of the Year
    The Secret Language of Birthdays: Your Complete Personology Guide for Each Day of the Year
    by Gary Goldschneider, Joost Elffers
  • American Splendor and More American Splendor: The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar
    American Splendor and More American Splendor: The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar
    by Harvey Pekar
  • I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence
    I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence
    by Amy Sedaris
  • A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story
    A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story
    by Donald Miller
  • The Growing Edge
    The Growing Edge
    by Howard Thurman
  • Mind as Healer Mind as Slayer: A Holistic Approach to Preventing Stre
    Mind as Healer Mind as Slayer: A Holistic Approach to Preventing Stre
    by J.K
  • Kindred Spirits
    Kindred Spirits
    by Matthew & Terces Engelhart
  • Original Self: Living with Paradox and Originality
    Original Self: Living with Paradox and Originality
    by Thomas Moore
  • 1000 Ultimate Adventures
    1000 Ultimate Adventures
    by Lonely Planet
  • Last Words
    Last Words
    by George Carlin
  • Seriously...I'm Kidding
    Seriously...I'm Kidding
    by Ellen DeGeneres
  • Cash: The Autobiography
    Cash: The Autobiography
    by Johnny Cash
  • It Happened in Oklahoma (It Happened In Series)
    It Happened in Oklahoma (It Happened In Series)
    by Robert L. Dorman
  • Lost Austin (Images of America)
    Lost Austin (Images of America)
    by John H. Slate
  • Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
    Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
    by Gregory Boyle
  • Milk and Honey
    Milk and Honey
    by Rupi Kaur
  • Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately
    Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately
    by Alicia Cook
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Saturday
Jul102010

"Behind in my Work"

*Image provided to me by my sister, Heidi.

I've returned to work from a 2-week vacation that took me from Texas to Oklahoma, then back to Florida.

Both of my older sisters had their first children in July - and my step-sister had her first daughter - so I jokingly referred to my trip home as "Babypalooza" - but, it seriously was a baby filled two weeks - and I loved every moment of it!

Since returning to Florida from two blissful weeks of snuggling my nephews and laughing at their funny little baby babbles - I've been smacked in the face with a $#!t load of work that was "due yesterday".  To say I'm "behind in my work" is an understatement.

Here's to praying that I can grasp ahold of some of the psychological and spiritual things that were developing for me over those 2 weeks - and that I can somehow grapple my work life into a managable balance.

I need balance.  I need something that reminds me that I'm a part of something more.  

So, even though it's Saturday - and I'm back in Miami Beach - I'm working today.  Because maybe then I can get ahead.  And, at some point, I'll develop that balance that everyone keeps talking about.

I hope the next time I write it's much more colorful and meaningful - but, for today - I'm blah...

Recess, anyone?  Maybe tomorrow...

 

Wednesday
Jun302010

Home, Sweet Home.

My little sister, Haley, asked me to cover Miranda Lambert's "House That Built Me".  I told her I thought it'd be too difficult for me to play - with my limited guitar skills.  Turns out - I only had to learn 2 new chords!  I learned it two nights ago - and yesterday morning, I allowed myself 30 minutes to practice - then record.

Hope you enjoy! 

 

Sunday
Jun132010

Lissie "In Sleep"

Lissie amazes me.

My friend and musical muse, Julia, introduced me to her song "In Sleep" - and I cried the first time I heard it.

She's self-taught, with honey blonde hair and a whisky kissed voice - and I've NEEDED to hear something like this for some time, now.  Her lyrics speak for me.

I know you've heard "Bad Romance" more times than you've probably ever needed to - but, her cover of the song is so worth the over-exposure to the song, once more.  She's pretty much my freakin' favorite performer of the moment - and, I don't want to rush into anything here - but, I think she could be a long-time love of mine.  ;)

I particularly like this quick overview of where she's at now - and where's she's poised to go.

Maybe Perez will have her out to his SXSW party, next year - and I can see her perform live.

Here's my rendition of her song "In Sleep".

Friday
Jun112010

Summer of 2007

I recently recorded a cover of The Mountain Goats song "Woke Up New".

I was inspired by their sound the summer of 07 -  I lived in CA.

Wednesday
Jun022010

Miami Sun

Summer is officially here - and I'm officially not ready for my bikini - which means, I'm sporting this retro one-piece until I can effectively get my tush into shape.

That's where my girl, Kaci Coble, comes in: she's got a blog with so much information on food, lifestyle, choices, attitudes, cooking tips, grocery shopping ideas - you name it.  So...I'm gonna waddle my little fat heinie over to: http://www.kacicoble.com/ for some "Big, Fat Secrets".

'Cause really - I prefer wearing a one-piece.

Wish me luck - and some self-discipline wouldn't hurt, either.

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