were only wishes inside my heart

to celebrate our thirtieth birthdays and kick off the next decade of our lives, my mister and i traveled to the holy land on an epic pilgrimage. one of the most powerful moments of our trip came as we waded into the cool water of the jordan river. there in the same waters where john baptized jesus, we were baptized.

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this picture perfect, rose hued dream

on pinterest and instagram parenthood is filled with spotless monogrammed onesies, lovely moments of breastfeeding in the park, and women drinking hot cups of coffee while babies snooze peacefully in the sling wrapped around their somehow already thin tanned body.

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i can tell that we are gonna be friends

every night since we discovered we were pregnant, my mister and i took a single photograph in the same spot of our house. we put together this fun time lapse video to capture both the experience of our pregnancy as well as my changing body. we hope you enjoy watching my baby bump grow!

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Jeff Simon Keeps George Thorogood And The Destroyers Marching To The Beat Of Their Own Drum

George Thorogood and The Destroyers have been rockin’ and rollin’ for 43 years running. With their unmistakable blues-rock sound, irreverent high-energy stage act, and consistent nonstop tour schedule, The Destroyers have amassed a tremendous following of die-hard fans who flock year after year to sold-out venues to watch the band boogie down over and over again.

This September the band—George Thorogood (vocals), Jeff Simon (drums), Bill Blough (bass guitar), Jim Suhler (rhythm guitar) and Buddy Leach (saxophone)—kick off the second leg of their Badder Than Ever Tour. During a very short break in the band’s 32-city U.S. and Canada tour I caught up with Jeff Simon to discuss his favorite on stage moments, his memories of growing up with the man he calls GT, and his experience “keeping time” for The Destroyers.

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An Interview With Dark Star Orchestra: Jeff Mattson On Keeping The Tradition And Magic Of The Grateful Dead Very Much Alive

Dark Star Orchestra has been treating fans to recreations of complete, originally highly improvised Grateful Dead shows, song by song in the same order in which they were first performed for the last two decades. In their 19 years the band has performed more than 2,600 shows, which is 300 more than the Grateful Dead did in their 30-year run.

I spoke with Jeff Mattson, lead guitarist/vocalist of the preeminent Dead tribute act, Dark Star Orchestra, ahead of their upcoming New Jersey show to discuss his connection to the music, his experiences playing alongside his musical heroes and what continues to inspire him night after night, year after year to pay homage to the legendary Grateful Dead.

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An Interview With Kansas: Guitarist Rich Williams On Why There’s No Place Like Home On The Range And No Style Like Your Own The Aquarian Weekly. November 16, 2016

Kansas’ latest album, The Prelude Implicit, treats fans to 10 new tracks and two exciting bonus songs. The album, coproduced by the band’s new member, Zac Rizvi, alongside two of the original members, Phil Ehart and Rich Williams, brilliantly celebrates the vocal talents of Ronnie Platt and the musical prowess of David Ragsdale (violin), David Manion (keyboards), Phil Ehart (drums), Billy Greer (bass guitar), and both Rich Williams and Zac Rizvi on guitar.

The band boasts an extensive catalog of 20 albums, eight of which have gone gold, three have achieved sextuple-platinum and one has reached platinum status. After a 16-year recording hiatus, the legendary band is back and better than ever, with fans proclaiming The Prelude Implicit to be the band’s hottest album in decades.

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An Interview With Protest The Hero: Rody Walker On The Wild And Unconventional Pacific Myth Experience

Protest The Hero released their newest EP, Pacific Myth, to fans via the subscription-based Bandcamp service this November. The Canadian progressive metal band composed of Rody Walker (lead vocals), Luke Hoskin (lead guitar, piano), Tim Miller (rhythm, guitar, piano), Mike Ieradi (drums), and Cam McLellan (bass guitar) is set to finish the year back on their home turf in Canada with an exciting end of year tour before kicking off 2017 on the August Burns Red tour. Protest The Hero frontman Rody Walker talked to me about the unorthodox releases of the band’s last two albums as well as their attempt to change the surprisingly stale image of progressive metal. We also discussed why despite the ease and popularity of digital downloads, vinyl still reins king and wax is not only back, but getting bigger every day.

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baby mama drama

But once a month, every month, for the last eight months, my heart has broken. Every negative pregnancy test has shattered me and each time a well-intentioned person asks, “and when are you going to have a baby?” my heart blisters as I respond, “soon I hope.”

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a man who loved to play cards

My grandfather was a tough man to get to know. He was stubborn, loud, and let you know his opinion on everything. But he loved. He loved the best way he knew how. And he was a good man. I know this because he raised my mother. A woman who embodies love with no restrictions; love with no conditions.

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the sweetest beat

i have been front and center for a shit ton of epic live performances by some of my favorite artists. my mister and i collect vinyl and spend countless hours hunting for treasure among stacks of wax where ever we travel.

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rattle + roll all night tour

this june my mister and i are embarking on our greatest adventure yet – we are becoming parents! i am beyond excited to discover what the next months of pregnancy hold and cannot wait to share my reflections on the journey! my family and i are looking forward to a beautiful, peaceful experience.

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the eyes of the world are on you president trump.

as a woman, as a writer, and as a republican i will make just one statement on an election in which i have remained mostly silent. regardless which way you voted donald trump is the future president of the united states of america. period. when president obama won both terms i was devastated and straight up terrified for our country. that being said i still called him my president. i still prayed for his success and i sure as hell didn’t take to the streets of new york city to burn the american flag or spray paint swastika symbols on business store fronts.

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