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Katy B.

Katy B.
Seattle, Washington, US
June 06
I am a working jazz vocalist, a writer and the mother of three boys. Basically, I sing, I write and, for better or worse, I parent. I love making noise about the Seattle jazz scene and also writing about other vocalists. I thought I was pretty good at the parenting gig until my son became a teenager. I'm presently getting my ass-kicked. Still, my kids rock, even when they nail me to the emotional wall and remind me, again and again, the meaning of humility. Beyond all this, I’m just a basic goober trying to make her way in the world. I am learning to fly solo after a 22-year marriage. It's pretty weird, but I'll figure it out. The Buddhist philosophy seems to work for me. I’m rabidly pro-choice. I love my president. I don’t eat meat. I love running but get injured a lot. I have the best sister on the planet. Pema Chodron said it best: “One can appreciate and celebrate each moment-there’s nothing more sacred. There’s nothing more vast or absolute. In fact, there’s nothing more.” Thank you for letting me make my paw print on Open Salon with you.


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OCTOBER 21, 2010 9:14AM

"Jackass 3D" - The Joy of Stupid


  The other night, my boys and I went to see “Jackass 3D.”  It was disgusting, profane, ridiculous and unquestionably stupid. I laughed so hard it hurt.

 I suppose I could blame this on the fact that I am the mother of /

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OCTOBER 14, 2010 9:31AM

Santa is an Asshole




 Don’t let the photo fool you. Behind that deceptively cute face lurks a snarling, maniacal little rat turd. In fact, mere seconds after this photo was taken, Santa snapped and growled at my friend Wally. Santa is my elderly mother’s little bundle of joy. AccoRead full post »

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SEPTEMBER 10, 2010 9:41AM

The Christianity I Used to Know

 For the past several years, the face of Christianity in the United States seems to be changing and with that change, the concept that God is a benevolent entity seems to be a distant and outdated notion. Over the course of recent years, we have seen high-powered churches launch political initiaRead full post »

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SEPTEMBER 9, 2010 11:13AM

Sponsored Call: Pony Boy Jazz Picnic in Seattle

 Seattle has one of the liveliest jazz scenes on the West Coast and a wildly popular event well worth checking out is the 7th Annual Pony Boy Records Jazz Picnic, which takes place Sunday, September 12 at Seattle’s Sand Point Magnuson Park.

 Pony Boy Records is/… Read full post »

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JULY 30, 2010 8:20AM

The Problem With Abstinence

  What will those kooky abstinence-only folks think of next?

 Across the hall at Salon this week, Tracy Clark-Flory posted a story about a video game designed to promote abstinence to teenage girls. In the game, which is/… Read full post »

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JULY 26, 2010 7:53AM

Sister Under Siege: Operation Rescue Goes to Albuquerque


 My sister does not run into burning buildings. She does not tiptoe across steel girders at high- rise construction sites. She is not called upon to resolve domestic squabbles or chase down carjackers. She does not spend her days in the deep belly of the

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JULY 12, 2010 4:30AM

The Lady with the Dreamsicle Bible

 Something about public transit screams for some of the more unbalanced among us to get their freak show on. Anyone that has ridden a train, bus or subway has probably, at one point or another, been subjected to some type of public misbehavior. It happened to us this evening on the… Read full post »

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JULY 7, 2010 1:12AM

Between a Tween & a Sweet Place

 If I were to play a free association game and had to come up with a word  for my son Enzo, it would be manatee. Enzo is round and sweet, big and gentle. He’s a kind person. He has an almost magical buoyancy  about him and floats dreamily along in the/… Read full post »

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JUNE 27, 2010 5:45PM

Lots of Ways to Be

beautiful heartache

  Friday night, my 17 year-old son Emmett and I went to see Andy McKee at the Triple Door in downtown Seattle. Andy is a Kansas kid with wild guitar chops. After posting homegrown videos of himself on You Tube, he built a crazy fan base for himself, and/… Read full post »