Grief, Five Years Later: Life Goes On

I’ve sort of been following Lea Michele from Glee in the news since her costar and boyfriend Cory Monteith died over the summer. Probably sounds kind of morbid, but it’s the somewhat shameful celebrity rubbernecking many pop culture enthusiasts do when a tragedy happens. I have been so impressed by how poised and strong she … Continue reading

Life Without Television

(Read and listen: Bruce Springsteen’s “57 Channels (And Nothin’ On)”) I’m always looking for inspiration to help me with my blog – writing prompts and such. After going to a library book sale, I ran across an author, Barbara Ann Kipfer. She has quite a few books that I thought were interesting and could help … Continue reading

My Favorite Songs by the Beatles

(Read and listen: The Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love”) I drive fairly often, and I quickly tire of the Top 40 radio fare and listening to my old CDs over and over again. So when I’m sick of everything else, I know during my morning commute that I can count on 102.9  WMGK’s “Breakfast … Continue reading

Amanda Offline: Why I Reduced My Facebook Time

(Read and listen: Katy Perry’s “Firework”) Working for a custom communications company focused on health, I spend a decent amount of time reading health-related news stories, including those about mental and behavioral health. A coworker forwarded along this one about Facebook’s effects on self worth, and it made me stop and think. Facebook has been … Continue reading

I Should Be Embarrassed, But…

(Read and listen: Cher’s “If I Could Turn Back Time”) Did you ever think about what would happen if you died unexpectedly, and some poor soul would have to go through all of the stuff in your home? I didn’t, until I read Sloane Crosley’s I Was Told There’d Be Cake. In the first essay, … Continue reading

BSB – My ‘Comfort Music’

(Read and listen: Backstreet Boys’ “As Long As You Love Me”) Most people have their comfort food – the nourishment they crave when times are tough. I certainly do. Whenever I have a bad day, I crave fast food – a burger and fries always makes everything better. But what about comfort music? Something you … Continue reading

Why I’m Thankful For … Chinua Hawk

(Read and listen: Chinua Hawk’s version of “Sailing”) Over the weekend, I posted on Facebook (continuing my daily gratitude posts) that I was thankful for Chinua Hawk. During my junior year of college, my friend Colleen asked me to come with her to see Chinua sing at a little coffeehouse at La Salle called Backstage. … Continue reading