His Muse

There’s a road in Costa Rica that is watched by snakes and stones. The stones don’t make the best sentinels (stony-faced as they may be), mostly because they have no eyes and can only roll loosely in one direction or the next to warn of trouble ahead. The snakes, by comparison, fare a little better. Though their legless-ness proves a real …

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Riding The Wave with Los Colognes: “You’ve Gotta Be Grateful”

“Is this part of the interview, or is this friendship?” Gordon Persha, bassist for Los Colognes, asked me as we stood among throngs of tie-dye clad Grateful Dead fans in the center of Wrigley Field. To be fair, I had only just met Gordon and the rest of Los Colognes a week and a half before in Raleigh, NC, for …

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In Defense of the Beer Festival

I can think of a whole lot of reasons why one would attend a beer festival, and not all of them include beer.  For example: If you’re about that gourmet, one-of-a-kind fusion food truck life, then cool, come on down and have yourself a Hawaiian pizza burrito. If you want to listen to cover bands named Red Hot Chili Poppers …

Revelation Underground

Making its way toward 59th Street, the subway was but a metal serpent slinking beneath Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Moments before, the doors of the 1 Train had slid open and four or five sleepy passengers emerged, settling with their foil-wrapped deli lunches onto blue plastic seats. It was the dance of the morning commuter and Ava Chase once knew …

His Muse

There’s a road in Costa Rica that is watched by snakes and stones. The stones don’t make the best sentinels (stony-faced as they may be), mostly because they have no eyes and can only roll loosely in one direction or the next to warn of trouble ahead. The snakes, by comparison, fare a little better. Though their legless-ness proves a …

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jenn gietzen: #artistgoals

[image c. kathryn mccrary photography] jenn gietzen is about to become your new insta-bestie faster than you can say “taco tuesday with free sangria.” she’s the founder/artist behind write on! design, a full-service design studio in atlanta that churns out seriously awesome stuff. jenn has a self-proclaimed passion for hugging tightly and laughing loudly, and when she was little, wanted to grow up …

5 Unexpected Holiday Tunes for a Sunday

On this quiet, little Sunday night, I’m all about a nice glass of red wine and some sweeeet holiday music. If your current mood is also set to next stop: Christmas on the tra-la-la train, here are five unexpected versions of traditional Xmas tunes that’ll totally take you there:

Thanksgiving Tale: Whale-Talk

This year on Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for my family, friends and all of you, my faithful readers who’ve stuck by my side as we build a little word studio community together. And though this tiny tale takes place floating atop the icy waters of Norway, I hope reading it finds you somewhere familiar, relaxing by a warm fire to the bright sounds of crackling …

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Yma Súmac: Google Doodle Pays Tribute to Late Peruvian Songbird

If you’ve gotten a head start googling Game of Thrones-inspired Halloween costumes for your dog today—Does that Jon Snow get-up come in size small? Uh, asking for a friend.—then you’d know that Yma Súmac, famed Peruvian soprano, is the subject of the latest Google Doodle, arriving front and center to your search homepage on what would have been her 94th …