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Soul Asylum: Freaks

I saw these guys at the Berkeley Square waaaay back in…1986/7 and this song was one of the best of the night.

I don’t know if you remember Soul Asylum from the 90’s at all. They changed a bit and became more mainstream, radio-friendly, jangly-guitar-pop. I felt disappointed and preferred their early garage-punk vibe. But that’s just me.

Little House on The Prairie, Ch. 12: Fresh Water to Drink

It’s time for Pa to dig a well, so he solicits the help of their neighbor, Mr. Scott. Before long, they find out the reason for some of the precautions people take when digging wells.

This book was the basis for the popular television show by the same name.

There are themes in the book that describe attitudes that would be considered backward and racist today. It is not the intention to either highlight or censor these, but to let them stand as they are in the book, as a record of historical interest.

Little House on the Prairie (book) on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_House_on_the_Prairie#Little_House_on_the_Prairie

Laura Ingalls Wilder: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laura_Ingalls_Wilder

The Homestead Act of 1852: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manifest_destiny#Homestead_Act

Summer in the Garden

Auryaun (aka) Noelle Hughes:

I’ve started a new garden in the last month, which I’ve never done before. I enjoy gardening but have always worked with established beds and plants. Starting from scratch is both fun and slightly daunting but I think the journey will be well worth it. I’m already attracting small pollinators, which, along with bringing some life and color to the yard, is a big goal for me.

Originally posted on An Artist's Journal:

Summer has kicked in full force here in the garden. It’s still a work in progress, and I’m very much on a learning curve with it. Every year I try something new, just to see if it can grow in this specific climate zone. Some might be veggies or varieties I haven’t had before. Not all are successful, but many are.

Here in the Deep South there tend to be a predictable array of traditional vegetables, and locals are generally not experimental. In almost any backyard garden and farmer’s market you are going to see tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, corn, squash, peas, and okra. I have most of those things growing too, but this year I decided to try some new plants, for example:

  • Tuscan kale and red Malabar spinach for their heat-tolerant reputations. Not many Southerners like beets, but we love them. I’m growing two colors of beets – red…

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Grobschnitt: Magic Train

I’ve finally found the original version of this track! I feel blessed. This is a song I recalled some of the lyrics and melody, but not the name of the song, and I’ve tried to find this for ages. I finally succeeded yesterday afternoon.

I used to listen to this what seems a lifetime ago, when I had only a stereo (no television) and some books, in the little apartment I shared with my boyfriend at the time.

This is the ultimate in self-indulgent, 70’s prog-rock, and I’ve wanted to listen to it again many times over the years, but the only stores online where I could find the album had no song previews, so I wasn’t even sure if I remembered the right album.

I did. Yay. Hope you enjoy it. Even if you don’t, what do you think?

Little House on The Prairie, Ch. 11: Indians in The House

Pa leaves the house for a day and the girls get a scary surprise while he’s away.

This book was the basis for the popular television show by the same name.

There are themes in the book that describe attitudes that would be considered backward and racist today. It is not the intention to either highlight or censor these, but to let them stand as they are in the book, as a record of historical interest.

Little House on the Prairie (book) on Wikipediahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_House_on_the_Prairie#Little_House_on_the_Prairie

Laura Ingalls Wilderhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laura_Ingalls_Wilder

The Homestead Act of 1852: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manifest_destiny#Homestead_Act

A new direction for my podcast

Maybe you didn’t realize that I have a podcast–it’s a humble hobby at this point, and not something I spend a great deal of time at. However, the tool I’d been using to get my feed into iTunes has proven inadequate. In fact, my whole workflow has proven inadequate!

I have a YouTube Channel, and wanted to share my Bedtime Stories there. I also wanted to spend a minimal amount of time editing and uploading the files, and I wanted to share them as broadly as possible.

I could not–for the life of me-figure out how to get my tools to play nicely together. Thus, I ended-up creating a multiple versions of each chapter. Bleh.

I also created a convoluted workflow. Bleh bleh.

If that weren’t enough, the tool I used to feed to iTunes wanted to start charging me for space. I’m just a humble hobbyist here, and I needed to better use the tools already at my disposal.

So I’ve ended my relationship with the old podcast feed, I’ve uploaded audio-only versions of the chapters to my WordPress blog, and I updated my Feedburner feed, resubmitting it to iTunes. (I tried to do it before, but they were video files, and even though the settings showed as correct, my service wasn’t creating the right kind of tags to hold them. Now I’ll just be uploading audio files. So much simpler!)

Thus, the multiple posts from me lately, while I get my blog updated to supply the content to iTunes via Feedburner. Would you believe I’m still over 20 chapters behind in updating? Possibly even more than that. We’ve finished reading Little House on The Prairie and are halfway through Farmer Boy. That’s what a convoluted workflow does to me, and why I had to get it handled!

Please enjoy, comment, share and subscribe!

Little House on The Prairie, Ch. 10: A Roof and a Floor (audio)

It’s time for Pa to build the roof and floor for the house, as the weather will change soon and the canvas from the covered wagon won’t keep out the rain or snow.

This book was the basis for the popular television show by the same name.

There are themes in the book that describe attitudes that would be considered backward and racist today. It is not the intention to either highlight or censor these, but to let them stand as they are in the book, as a record of historical interest.

Little House on the Prairie (book) on Wikipediahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_House_on_the_Prairie#Little_House_on_the_Prairie

Laura Ingalls Wilderhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laura_Ingalls_Wilder

The Homestead Act of 1852: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manifest_destiny#Homestead_Act

Little House on The Prairie, Ch. 9: A Fire on the Hearth (audio)

Pa builds the fireplace and hearth so Ma can prepare the family meals within the safety of the house.

This book was the basis for the popular television show by the same name.

There are themes in the book that describe attitudes that would be considered backward and racist today. It is not the intention to either highlight or censor these, but to let them stand as they are in the book, as a record of historical interest.

Little House on the Prairie (book) on Wikipediahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_House_on_the_Prairie#Little_House_on_the_Prairie

Laura Ingalls Wilderhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laura_Ingalls_Wilder

The Homestead Act of 1852: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manifest_destiny#Homestead_Act

Little House on the Prairie, Ch. 8: Two Stout Doors (audio)

After the scare with the wolf pack, Pa builds doors for the new house. Pa knows how to build doors without the need to head into town for nails.

This book was the basis for the popular television show by the same name.

There are themes in the book that describe attitudes that would be considered backward and racist today. It is not the intention to either highlight or censor these, but to let them stand as they are in the book, as a record of historical interest.

Little House on the Prairie (book) on Wikipediahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_House_on_the_Prairie#Little_House_on_the_Prairie

Laura Ingalls Wilderhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laura_Ingalls_Wilder

The Homestead Act of 1852: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manifest_destiny#Homestead_Act

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