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#FBF: An Unsung Hero of Music

Unless you’re the kind of person who reads through all of the names on an album’s “credits”, you may not have heard the name Hal Blaine. Honestly, I hadn’t until I saw a Tweet reporting that he’d passed away. After doing a little digging,…

Now Go: Writing and Fear and Madeleine L’Engle

Life can be scary. We’ve been at war for over a decade, there are rumors and hints of new wars in our newsfeeds near daily, our kids go to schools where they have to practice hiding in the case of a shooter entering the…

#FBF: Great toys of the 1960s that we still love in 2019

We have a lot of cool toy that we can thank the 1960s for. Many of these you may still have in your house now! Check it out! So many GREAT toys! So much FUN! Which do you have? Which did you enjoy when…

Liver and onions, books, and a matter of taste

My mom loves liver and onions. I know this because she cooked them for us more than a few times when I was a kid, making our house smell like a dirty penny. I, obviously, do not love liver and onions. I know this…

#FBF: Favorite Books of the 1960s

If you’ve followed me around on Instagram or Goodreads you’ll already know how much of a book nerd I am. In fact, whenever somebody asks what my hobby is, I usually say, “reading”. So, when it came time to research for All Manner of…

How audiobooks are upping my writing game

I’ll admit it. I’m late to the game. For years, friends have been talking about audiobooks, recommending that I give them a try. But stubborn old me refused. I said that they weren’t for me. I shrugged them off. Then I got a new…

#FBF: The Monkees

Yesterday we learned the sad news that Peter Tork of The Monkees passed away at the age of 77. In honor of my personal favorite Monkee I’m devoting this post to some fun facts about this goofy band from the 1960s (and 70s). Their…

I’m not as famous as Steinbeck

Last week I had the following conversation with one of my 10 year old boys. Him: Hey, Mom. I think I’m going to write about an author who wrote a Dust Bowl novel for my Oklahoma state report. Me: Oh, buddy! You’re going to…

#FBF: 5 Love Songs of the 1960s

I know. I KNOW! I’m late to Valentine’s Day. But isn’t everyday a good day for some gushy, smooshy love songs? Sure it is! And the 1960s had a whole super ton of them. So, let’s have ourselves a little listening party here with…

Book Recommendations for Black History Month

It can sometimes be a temptation to gravitate toward books authored by writers who look like us or who we perceive to have had a similar life experience. It’s easy, comfortable, safe. But when we do that we stunt ourselves emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually….

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