The Second Half

All My Rock Heroes Are Aging...and So Am I.


February 22
I qualify for what? Twitter: @lschmoopie Putting this here for the OS editor.


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Open Calls
On Teaching
Alzheimer's and Mom
The Beatles
 Please enjoy the song while reading.
(all photos taken by me, my friend Kathe, or are from my private family collection)
Lights- Journey
Growing up in the east bay area of California and having relatives in San Francisco, I spent many days in the famous city.
1915 san francisco
My grandmother and… Read full post »
AUGUST 30, 2011 8:10AM

Hippie Jam Fest


Hippie Dream

~Neil Young~ 

Just because
it's over for you
Don't mean
it's over for me
It's a victory
for the heart
Every time
the music starts
So please
don't kill the machine.


Take one 100 degree hot summer day, friendly musicians, beverages to share, munchies to nosh and what… Read full post »

 My two small joys are pictured below engaged in one of our annual traditions: picking blueberries at a local farm. The first time we went my #1 grandson was 4 years old. He couldn't shove the organic sun-warmed, bush-ripened, sweet berries into his mouth fast enough! Now, at the ripe old a… Read full post »

AUGUST 19, 2011 9:57AM

Best Back to School Activity EVER!




School supplies-check. School clothes-check. Monster school bus ? Wait-what? I saw an article in my local newspaper that this was coming to my hometown and I knew I had to take my 6 year old grandson on it. Making a date with a six year old over the… Read full post »

AUGUST 14, 2011 9:42AM

Dark Star: David Crosby

With love to David.

Revised & updated from last year. 



I love David Crosby. There. I’ve said it. Unequivocally, without reservations, no holds barred, despite the drug addiction, the alcohol dependency, the weapons charges, the drunk driving charges, the jail time… Read full post »

AUGUST 13, 2011 12:09PM

Fernsy's OC: My First Evah Blog Post

I'm a little late to the party, but here is my response to Fernsy's Open Call- my first evah blog post.




I love my son. He's smart, articulate, funny, graduated from a good college, and is gainfully employed. But if I ran into him on a… Read full post »

 It's not just the name of a song on a Crosby, Stills, & Nash album.
But please listen to the song as you read.
Today was the first day of the 2011-2012 school year in my central California district. Like most states we have suffered from severe financial… Read full post »
JULY 28, 2011 7:11AM

33 Reasons

34 Reasons

Today my husband and I celebrate our 34th anniversary.  In looking back over the years there are so many moments that have defined our marriage, enhanced it, or were just plain fun. So, John, this one is for you. Happy anniversary. I love you.

1978 We married.… Read full post »




I think Martin Scorsese is one of our greatest rock documentarians. The Last Waltz filmed The Band at their last concert, Shine a Light followed The Rolling Stones, No Direction Home profiled Bob Dylan, and now I am eagerly anticipating the upcoming documentary called/… Read full post »

 July 12, 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of The Rolling Stones first ever live performance. I am reposting this Mick Jagger tribute I wrote last year. Many of the video  links had been discontinued, so I redid them all. Hope you find some time in your day for a little bit… Read full post »

JULY 24, 2011 12:52PM

Alysa's OC: My New Favorite Things

Alysa put out the Open Call for new favorites. Here are a few of mine.

My very first laptop after decades of using desk top computers.  I love the freedom of moving around now that I have gone wireless.

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When my friends and I are trying to schedule a time… Read full post »

 Happy Birthday to
Linda Seccaspina!
She used to post here
and I miss her presence.

Yet another musician joins the infamous Club 27: dead at the tender age of 27. So many talented performers leaving the earth at that same age. Be it drug overdoses or suicides, it is strange that this is the checkout age for so many. I wanted to remember a few. Rest… Read full post »

JULY 22, 2011 7:25PM

Who? The Guess Who, That's Who!

The Guess Who 

Do you remember Chad Allan & The Expressions? Probably not. But in a hype to build interest and curiosity with the 1965 single hit of Shakin' All Over, Quality Records attributed the track to Guess Who? Disc jockeys attached the song to The Guess Who? ( the question mark w… Read full post »

JULY 19, 2011 11:52AM

In the Garden of Readin'

Friends + books + tea in a garden= A perfect Sunday afternoon

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A book group can be many things: an exercise in literacy, a development of friendships, a sharing of ideas, and a conversation about plot, character development, and background. The fifteen years I've shared with my book grou… Read full post »

JULY 18, 2011 7:51AM

Rock's Venus: Linda Ronstadt

Linda Ronstadt. 

Folk singer.

Pop Singer.

Rock singer.

Country singer.

Ranchero singer.

Mariachi singer.

Broadway musical singer.

Opera singer.

It's difficult to think of someone more versatile than Linda Ronstadt, once dubbed "Rock's Venus", " First Lady of Rock", and at one t… Read full post »

JULY 14, 2011 12:12PM

Uprooted from The Grass Roots

You don't always need to make it to number one on the hit charts to leave a lasting legacy of music. The Grass Roots had their heyday from 1966-1975, never reaching #1, but leaving some lasting songs that have continued to have their place in my life even today. They areRead full post »

JULY 12, 2011 11:43AM

Legacy Defined

Legacy: noun. something that is handed down or remains from a previous generation or time

In my family I have become the keeper of the history. Family photographs, albums, journals, scrapbooks. I love them all. My father's family members were all fantastic documentarians. Thanks to the meticulous lab… Read full post »

JULY 10, 2011 12:16PM





luscious liquid

mood elevator

taste tantilizer.

French roasted

full-bodied aroma

ebony slicked beans

ground goodness.

Steaming mug

milky veiled whisper

caffeinated cheer

java nirvana.



*photo images from

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JULY 10, 2011 9:16AM

GNS: Writer's Block? Try This

I can not take any credit for the following list. While on this morning, I came across it and since I've seen several posts this last week about what to do when you feel you have nothing to say, I thought it might be helpful. I'm copying it for myself. Some good… Read full post »

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This is the hand that held the pen
 that wrote the words
that filled the pages
that engaged the reader
that soothed my memories of a mother that once was.
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These are the flowers that caught her eye
that wrapped themselves
into a brain loop
that continued fo… Read full post »
JULY 7, 2011 5:37PM

The Super Powers of Tink!

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The super cat!

Able to leap states in a single bound!


I was driving to visit my mother in the Alzheimer's care facility where she lives in central California. I'm cruising along, listening to a Wilco CD when I coast to the stoplight and what do I… Read full post »

JULY 5, 2011 11:26AM

Peace and Love, Ringo Starr

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JULY 4, 2011 11:32AM

Born on the Fourth of July

Born on the fourth of July: our nation and a few favorite musicians.

John Waite, born July 4, 1952,  first hit the music scene as part of the British band The Babys. Their first hit in 1977, Isn't it Time, quickly charted.

Isn't It Time

Everytime I Think Of You
JULY 4, 2011 7:26AM

Happy 4th of July from Jimi

 Happy 4th of July OS Friends!