Thursday, May 31, 2007

Dashboard Confessional

Love this this video because it's shot at the Hotel Del Coronado where I used to perform every Christmas season with Lamb's Players...the round building with the deck out front is the Grand Ballroom with windows all the way around. It is beautiful at Christmas.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Year end band concert

Landen had his year end band concert last night (unlike California the kids are required to play an instrument all through middle school). He plays the clips below he is hard to see because the 8th grade band is blocking them but if you look really close he is in a blue shirt in front of the standing percussionist in green. It is amazing to me how good these 7th graders sound. Enjoy...a clip from Star Wars and Big Bad Voodoo Daddies!

Star Wars Clip

Big Bad Voodoo Daddies (Swing Band) Clip

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

they all fall down

In the blackness of the night I finally regain my footing. One step meets dark pavement and the second follows suit. The warm wind wraps around me shrouding the dust of confusion in my deadened mind. Embers glow at my fingertips and sweet spices kiss my tongue as the ghost enters my lungs and fills the emptiness. Ashes, ashes…they all fall down.


I now know that the social service system in our country is fucking messed up (I apologize for the strong language). I don't see how anyone, let alone a sick or frightened, uneducated or mentally ill, destitute or temporarily down on their luck person can navigate such a screwed up mess of bureaucracy. Hail to the Chief...

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Why I Love "Lost"...or Regaining the Enjoyment I Felt Taking My College Philosophy Courses

One of my favorite memories from college was studying for Philosophy tests with Larry. I loved reading about theories on time and reality and then wrestling through them with him. I found that reading about the philosophers helped give definition to what I believed and thought. In addition, I realized that many of the authors that I devoured on a regular basis wrote from a definitive philosophical perspective that I could now name (i.e. C.S. Lewis and Platonic thought).

Through the years since, an occasional book or movie will ignite a renewed interest in my philosophical side and I always take great pleasure in the mind-stretching that ensues.

That being said, the television show "Lost" has spun me into a philosophical revival of sorts. On a purely entertainment level, I thoroughly enjoy the characters, mysteries, mystic premises and relationships but I had trouble pin-pointing the exact reason for my obsession with this series. Until now! I don't want to regurgitate what has already been so eloquently stated by various reviewers, writers, and fans but I would like to point you to article that I found completely absorbing.

If you are a fan of "Lost" or a fan of philosophy, this is a great read (whether you buy into the writer's theories or not). Be warned: If you haven't been keeping up with the series, you may find some spoilers.

'Lost,' a la Descartes

Monday, May 14, 2007

Is Anybody Out There?

I'm in the depths of blogger insecurity and I need your help! I need some assurance...some affirmation...some sign of life out there!!!!! Does anyone read this?

We need a blog roll call! Comment...leave your name, link to your blog (if you have one), tell me what was on your last Netflix (or Blockbuster) queue! Anything!!!

Brain Clouds and Inspiration

Lately this blog has been relegated to the role of updating everyone on the activities of my cute children and I've been completely lax in my writing. This is partially due to the fact that last week was spent with EIGHT children in our home (we had my nieces and nephew for the week) and somewhat due to the lingering brain cloud that has been plaguing me for the past couple weeks. Well, thanks to my wonderful husband, I might be able to emerge from my brain cloud now. For Mother's Day I received "Writer Mama: How to Raise Your Writing Career Alongside Your Kids"! I can't wait to dig in. Maybe, just maybe, you may get some slightly more interesting reading!

Tuesday, May 08, 2007


After what seemed like an endless winter, the sun has appeared. There have been walks, baseball, grilling, parks...

Maddie and Cousin Abbey

Larry grilling on our back patio

I guess it's official...

I'm a Hoosier now.

I finally succumbed to the pressure and traded my California driver's license for this:

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Show 'em the heat!

Isaac got the final strike out tonight when he pitched for his team! Way to go!!!!! The coach gave him the game ball...good times!



Sisters sharing a snack stand slushie @ the game!

I Think I Can

Emma's 2nd grade class had their music performance today. Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

sweet, sweet baby

Today I met with several adoptive moms (and a grandma!) who have all adopted from China (or are in process) for play and chatter. It was so fun to see all these beautiful, precious girls together!