K-Chuck Radio: The many branches of Bruce Channel’s one-hit wonder

You might hear this song once in a while on your oldies radio station, or maybe it’ll sneak in on your Pandora stream if the settings are just right.  But for nearly sixty years, this track has evolved and grown, its influence has spread around the world, and even today the song is referenced by…

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Things to remember when owning your first house

Find the best contractors.  Scour Angie’s List and HomeAdvisor for good local plumbers, electricians and exterminators. Get a good mulching lawnmower so that the clippings can re-enter the soil and nourish it.  Mow your lawn to the point where your grass looks better than your neighbors’ lawns.  And I mean on both sides of your…

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Call for Art: San Francisco Bay Month of Photography, 2019 Edition

I thought that the competition was biannual.  I was bi-wrong. The other day, I received an e-mail alert that the San Francisco Bay Month of Photography gallery competition was up and ready and accepting entries for 2019. Wait, 2019?  Like … this year? Yep, kids.  This year. In the past, I’ve entered this competition twice,…

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What’s Up in the Neighborhood, April 20 2019

Good morning, blog readers, it’s Saturday, and with Saturday comes a new batch of blog posts from my blogroll of excellent writers, photographers and podcasters.  Hope you enjoy this weekend’s batch of blog goodness. And let’s start the wrap up with … BLOGS FOR TASTE The “Burnt My Fingers” blog, “The surprising truth about kouign…

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A vote for Nelson is a vote for America!

A couple of years ago, my best buds Jeremy and Katie adopted a rescued pitbull.  The dog, Nelson, became an integral part of their family.  He’s gone from a life of uncertainty to a life of happiness. And now he has a chance to enjoy a life of publicity.  Or at least a month’s worth.…

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It only took 45 minutes or so…

I recently purchased a secondhand sewing machine for future art projects. Yep, here it is. After much detective work, I found out that my sewing machine is a Singer Merritt 2502C, an introductory standard model. Now I’m sure that a sewing machine expert can look at this thing and determine everything on it.  Me ……

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Herrschners – how was your customer service to me?

As you know, I do NOT operate on the theory of “just good enough.” And while I’m working on an art project for Competition Season 2019, I don’t want anything delaying my progress. I shall explain. I’m currently working on the second of two latch hook rug projects.  The first one, which you see on…

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Do not mess with Katie Porter. EVER.

Currently, the House of Representatives has some amazing new members who have, for lack of a better term, shaken up the old guard.  Of course you know many of them – Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Ilhan Omar – and, of course, these brilliant members of Congress have been lightning rods for the…

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House of Stairs – the most mind-bending YA novel I’ve ever read

So here’s the plotline.  Five young men and women – all orphaned – wake up in a room unlike any other.  Staircases that go long distances to nowhere.  And a red food machine that will only dispense nutrients if the teenagers perform specific gestures. Forget Hunger Games or Twilight or any of the other dystopian…

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