Category Archives: Music

Backyard Excavation

After 15 years in a house we loved but that had grown too large for us, we decided to downsize and drag fewer possessions through life. We wanted to move to an area (1) we could afford, (2) in a … Continue reading

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Big Hair, Blue Eye Shadow, and Cassette Mix Tapes

In February when I was packing to move into our new house, I found my record collection of 45s in a wooden crate holder I bought at the long-defunct record store we used to go to called Record Bar. For … Continue reading

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When Elephants Fight

When elephants fight, it’s the grass that suffers. ~ African proverb As I was having lunch with my husband at our local health food coop, Three Rivers Market, I looked inside my drink container’s lid and this quote was written … Continue reading

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Give Me a Young Man’s Wisdom

[I wrote this original blogpost two years ago. Though much has changed since April 2015, it is amazing how much has remained the same–and I find this post eerily relevant to our country in February 2017.] Sometimes I find the most extraordinary … Continue reading

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Remembering Darcas Montgomery’s Exuberant Son

[On December 2, 2016, my dear father Roy Rotha Allen passed away at the age of 81. His health and memory had declined for years–but his health failed more precipitously over the past 14 months. Although Daddy had been hospitalized lately, … Continue reading

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My Winking Valentine

Yesterday I went to see Daddy who was sitting in the chair of his transitional care unit (TCU) room at the hospital. TCU, yes, but not the university located in Ft. Worth, Texas. With his brand new hip and Mama … Continue reading

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I’m a Dancing Girl

I have always been drawn to people and communities who dance. My theory is that when a culture loses its dancing–as a community–it loses its vitality, passion, and reason for living, what the French call raison d’être. Conversely when a … Continue reading

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Losing Our Religion in the Wild Cow

In January of this year, my husband Kurt and I visited the fiercely happening metropolis of Nashville, Tennessee. As we waited for our food at a little vegetarian eaterie in East Nashville called the Wild Cow, REM’s classic “Losing My Religion”, … Continue reading

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All the Blogposts I Didn’t Write

Yes, I have been spending too much eating, sleeping, dashing about, and in general thinking about, but not writing, blogposts. Guilty, guilty, guilty as charged. Here are just a few of the blogposts I didn’t write: Divine Celtic and Eastern … Continue reading

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A Happier Right Now

It is January, with overnight temps hovering around 32 degrees below freezing where we live, the holidays are over, and we are hacking our way back in the saddle again. Here are some ideas I have gleaned to seriously make … Continue reading

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