Now Open – The Listening Suite

Welcome to The Listening Suite. Here’s where I share the music I’m currently listening to. For me, good music is TIMELESS, so I may be sharing something old, or something new. Feel free to share your recent playlist with us in the comments section. On to this week’s playlist: Calls – Robert Glasper Experiment (feat.…

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Back to School

It’s that time of year, when the kiddies prepare to go back to school. Moms and Dads run frantically down school supply aisles at the local big-box stores, shopping lists in hand. I read an interesting article this morning from blogger Mocha Dad entitled, “5 Ways to Avoid Back to School Headaches.” I was thankful…

Commencement Day

Today I “graduate” from the 31WriteNow Challenge! And just as an educational commencement exercise symbolizes the end of academic pursuit, but the beginning of a new chapter, so does today represent both an end and a new beginning. After two straight months of daily challenges, first with July’s AudioMo daily audio challenge in July, and…

Welcome to Liner Notes Lounge!

The Lounge is a place where music is explored and celebrated. Look for music spotlights, and more audio conversations with independent artists. I have decided to splinter off the Music Notes section of my first blog, This and That With Calandra and create a site dedicated solely to music, one of my many passions. Here’s the menu: Liner…

Teach 'em How to Study

It’s back to school time for children across the country. My own children will be starting second grade and kindergarten next Wednesday. I ran across an interesting article/quiz in Scientific American about study skills. I believe that like learning, optimal study habits differ by individual. However, there are some basic principles of learning that can…

Living the Dream

Yesterday we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s iconic “I Have A Dream” speech, which was a part of the great March on Washington. There has been much recent discussion of whether or not Dr. King’s ‘Dream’ has become a reality. It seems the same conversation also comes every year in…

A Conversation With AfterSix Productions

It was my honor to have the opportunity to sit down with Dan McCollum and Doug Ramsay, who together make up AfterSix Productions. On August 9, 2013, they released their debut single, Chamorrita, which is the first single off their soon-to-be released project What Love Is. Listen to my conversation with these two amazing musicians…and enjoy! Here…

The Art of Spontaneity

My sister and I often compare the various combinations of traits we each inherited from both our parents. Like my mother, I am an avid planner. She has mastered the art of packing her clothes in her head, making packing her suitcase a breeze. At the same time, I carry the gene of spontaneity from…

Gratitude

Last week was one of highs and lows for me, but with the net result being an overwhelming sense of gratitude. The week began with homegoing services for my husband’s 90-year-old great Uncle. I was sad to say goodbye, but rejoiced in the fact that he had lived a full life and that he no…