The Second Half

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


February 22
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The Beatles

Any student of American pop culture knows exactly where they were the night of December 8, 1980.

I had just finished working a catering job, tired and exhausted from the hours of cooking, serving, and cleaning up. I jumped in my car and turned on the radio happy to hearRead full post »

OCTOBER 6, 2010 10:17AM

Today Is Your Birthday ( repost)



 She won't realize it unless someone tells her, but today is Mom's 90th birthday.

Alzheimer's took the best parts of my mother over a decade ago. The writer. The jewelery maker. The photographer. The nature lover who was passionate about fishing. The music lover.… Read full post »





Shag haircut, halter top, bell bottoms, platform shoes, and the Steve Miller Band- a snapshot into my high school dance. Everyone was so turned on to his spacey sound as something new and exciting. And on October 5th Steve Miller will be 67 years old. He's still… Read full post »

OCTOBER 4, 2010 6:28AM

I Am From....Open Call for Trudge

I am from... 


 I am from the stereo console sitting on the rust-colored shag carpeting in the living room that pumped out Big Bands, Jazz, and Opera.  I am from the green Ford Country Squire Station Wagon with the fake wood paneling.

I am from the stonewRead full post »

Please play song and listen while you read-thanks!

  Good news for me is browsing through photos of family & friends. It whisks me back to the moment and I can relive it. Other pictures give me a peek into a time before me. I love them all.

enzo12 Happiness… Read full post »

Part 3

Recently I found myself re-reading some of my mother's writing done in the days before Alzheimer's took over. Today's entry in Words of My Mother reminds me of our shared love of music.

Mom grew up in the days of big band and she and my dad danced… Read full post »

OCTOBER 2, 2010 4:37AM

Today is Your Birthday



 She won't realize it unless someone tells her, but today is Mom's 88th birthday.

Alzheimer's took the best parts of my mother over 10 years ago. The writer. The jewelry maker. The photographer. The music lover. She has always been a voracious reader, and still e… Read full post »

OCTOBER 1, 2010 8:35PM

Prime Time- A Teacher's Version

Prime Time. Defined it generally covers the hours between 7-10 PM when TV viewership is at its peak. But in my world it is from 8-8:30 A.M. Monday-Friday.

This is the time before school officially begins for my third grade students. The time is usually spent prepping materials, lessonRead full post »

OCTOBER 1, 2010 7:36AM

Go Your Own Way, Lindsey Buckingham

Lindsey Buckingham was born near my neck of the woods in Palo Alto, California October 3, 1949. His 61st birthday is just around the corner. I first came to know of him in 1973 when I heard the song “Crystal” from his debut album Buckingham-Nicks with Stevie Nicks. I was an/… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 23, 2010 8:57PM

Open Call:My Bullshit Free 25 Meme


I just did heidibeth's Open Call, but I'm a sucker for these. And, hello! It's Mark Trost!  

1. Lingerie & pajamas. Bullshit. What do you really sleep in?

A tank top and panties. Unless it's really cold, then I throw on the flannel

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20 Grammy Awards, 2 Golden Globes, 1 Academy Award, 1 Emmy Award, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, winner of a Kennedy Center Honor,  more than 65 million albums sold in the United States and 120 million sold worldwide. No one can dispute tRead full post »

I love reading everyone else's answer to this Open Call, so I'm jumping in.


1. I have my motorcycle license. I took the classes, passed their test and the DMV test with visions of hubby & I rolling down the highway on our Harleys. Only problem is hubby has no desire,… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 21, 2010 9:07AM

Today is International Peace Day

Today is World Peace Day. It would be nice if all nations observed this moment.
It is dedicated to peace or specifically the absence of war, such as might be occasioned by a temporary ceasefire in a combat zone. It is observed by many nations, political groups, military gro… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 12:25PM

It Was 40 Years Ago Today

It was 40 years ago today that the world lost Jimi Hendrix. He was known as the "Big Bang of Rock and Roll"--he burst onto the scene and then was gone. Just wanted to remember him this morning in all his glory.




Happy birthday, Bill Medley! Another rock and roll milestone is marked when he turns 70 years old on September 19th. Best known for his collaboration with partner Bobby Hatfield in the duo The Righteous Brothers, Bill Medley’s voice is unmistakable to me. That resonant, soul-filled bass voice o… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 15, 2010 9:29PM

Today is National Thank You Day





I just found out that today is National Thank You Day. If I had known earlier in the day I would have generated a much longer list. I am giving myself 10 minutes to write the things that come to mind first. Here are some people and… Read full post »

"You've made me so very happy
I'm so glad you came into my life"

I first heard David Clayton-Thomas in 1968 when he was lead singer for the group Blood, Sweat & Tears. And now, he like many of my other favorites, is skipping towards his golden years. David will be… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 6, 2010 2:23PM

I'll Stand By You, Chrissie Hynde


Happy Birthday Chrissie Hynde! Yes, this is another one of my birthday tributes to a performer who has given me countless hours of joy. Chrissie turns 59 years old on September 7th.  For me she epitomizes the great combination between strong, soft, sexy, and edginess. And to be perfectly/… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 4, 2010 2:41AM

Open Call: 15 in 15 from My Other Half

In no particular order:

Meet The Beatles. My grandparents gave me the album. This started it all.


Paul Revere and The Raiders Greatest Hits. I wore this one out. Do you remember the tv show Where the Action Is?


The Animals (Best of)- My friend Colin & I… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 2, 2010 9:31PM

Open Call from Mark Trost: 15 in 15

 Open Call: 15 in 15

Thanks Mark Trost, for this Open Call. So fun!


In no particular order:

  1. A Star Is Born soundtrack (the Streisand/Kristofferson one) which came out at the time I was really jumping into the role of band singer. I sang a bunch of songs from it
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The first time I saw a photo of Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin fame I was awestruck. The hair, the raw energy, the painted on jeans epitomized rock star. And then I heard him sing. His ability to soar with intensity and edginess and then slip down into seductive… Read full post »

Today was the first day of school. I've been in the classroom since 1984 and while no one can dispute the massive problems in California schools of late with miniscule budgets and overcrowding, I made an effort to focus on the small moments of the day. Today I saw:

* 30 smiling 8… Read full post »


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. His effortlessly pure vocals, ethereal harmonies, organic approach to… Read full post »




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 11, 2010 10:52AM

Goodbye, Summer

All good things must come to an end. We got away from it all for four beach-filled days this summer to a part of the state we'd not explored before with our family. To sum it up: I loved Pismo Beach. The cloud covered- mornings gave way to bold sunshine by early afternoon and… Read full post »