laughter and plenty of chaos

growing up i was never without a pet. first there was luke. my father rescued the black lab from starving in the streets and to this day considers the dog he long buried the greatest friend he ever had.

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The Former Self-Proclaimed, “Garage Band King” Andrew McMahon Has Found His Greatest Success “In The Wilderness” The Aquarian Weekly. June 29, 2016

Many of us in the dawn of our thirties are still proud to call Andrew McMahon our Garage Band King. Fourteen years ago when Something Corporate hit the scene McMahon belted the words, which echoed in the anxious hearts of skinny jean wearing “Babies of the ’80s” who “just didn’t fit in.” In turn, we poured into smoky venues, faces smeared with eyeliner and expectation that for a few hours we “could feel complete.”

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you and me and…

after spending four years as a team of two, my mister and i are finally expanding our roster. we are thrilled to announce we are expecting!
…puppy!

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he didn’t take home any leftovers.

before i even pulled out of my parking spot i texted anthony to let him know what a wonderful time i had. one second later his response popped onto my screen. there were no games. there was no playing it cool. we were both smitten kittens.

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The Man Behind The Music: An Interview with Citizen Cope

It is near impossible to assign the music of Citizen Cope to a specific genre. An eclectic mix of rock, blues, hip-hop, and folk influences fuse together to form a totally unique, soulful sound. With six albums under his belt and the Rainwater Recording record label to his name, Citizen Cope has victoriously created an entirely new genre of music.

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Concert Review: Counting Crows 8.29.15 The Aquarian Weekly. November 25, 2015

The band ripped the brilliantly reverent “Mercy” as the crowd fell silent. “Earthquake Driver,” “Elvis Went To Hollywood,” and “Cover Up the Sun” each showcased the well-oiled, self-proclaimed touring machine that is Counting Crows. “God of Ocean Tides,” the first song written for the new album, resembled traditional Counting Crows with a raw and hauntingly beautiful twist.

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how could you do this to me? stay!

maui is far from home. like stupid far. flights are long and expensive. i know there will be years i will not see the girl with whom i once shared a one bedroom apartment. some years she will not see her family. i needed to know, to really know inside my bones, that my girl has a home in maui. that she has people on the island who love and understand her.

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diamond in the red

at the close of the hike i flew off the rocks, my feet thirsty for brick colored sand. i shimmied out of my dress, kicked my sandals to the side, and dove into the cool crystal water. rainbow fish darted between my legs.

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or even a burrito over a beer!

the door to the gym where i get my fitness on boasts a sign which brilliantly states: “because today is another chance to get it right.” this quote greeted me upon my first visit to the gym and has since served as a daily reminder to throw all my effort into each workout. as the days rolled on into a new year i began turning those words over in my head.

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shout it out loud!

i kicked off the new year by scoring some old vinyl. after reading ‘shout it out loud – the story of KISS’s destroyer and the making of an american icon’ by my friend and author james campion i could not wait to get my hands on a vintage destroyer album.

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but over all, baby steps

while a new year can be the perfect time to make positive changes in our lives, resolutions can feel daunting. i am a firm believer in setting myself up for success. avoiding unnecessary, self imposed drama and pressure works best for me.

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