This Sunday in Marble Falls: Rose of Texas Fair benefitting family crisis and children’s advocacy services. Six women, one afternoon. And a very cool poster! Artists are… Penny Ney, Meagan Tubb, Leeann Atherton, Emily Herring, Brigitte London, Annie Acton, and… moi.
…sometimes the sexism and stereotyping that leads to this gender disparity is so ingrained in the culture, not even women can see it.
Now… if we could get the Austin Chronicle to do the same kind of analysis in print. Cause I’m tellin’ ya, the Eugene numbers are absolutely right in line with the Austin numbers. Can I say how much I loved the bar chart at the bottom?!?!
Texans (esp. women!), do you know if your ID will work with the new voter ID law?? Go find out! #voterselfie
Easily my favorite thing about cool nights.
Women of Texas, Vote on Tuesday! Yes, it’s an off-year election, but it could not be more important. This is your opportunity to discover whether or not your existing I.D. is sufficient, or whether our state’s new voter I.D. laws mean you’re impacted — before next year’s important elections.
Ginger Doss and Linda Mallard. Who says women can’t lay down the groove?
Sue Young and Rusty Nelson play so beautifully together. At MEOW Con.
Unbelievably cool. One guitar, four hands. Check out The Better Halves with Chrissie and Jimmy Joe Natoli. At MEOW Con.
New York City had no murders last week, a statistical feat not seen since January, officials said Monday.
On February 4th, 1993 — yes, 20 years ago — I was living in Hells Kitchen, NYC, and I had just started writing music. Something amazing happened: no violent crime happened.
Understand that this was nothing short of a miracle. It was reported in the news the following day under the headline “Violent Death Takes a Holiday”, buried, on page 16, I believe, under a Crazy Eddie ad.
It inspired one of my first songs, which went on to net me my first trip to Kerrville New Folk in 1995.
I’ve always wondered about the children born in NYC on that day and where they are now. I hope that they are as happy as I am to have seen this story, shared with my by my old NYC friend Dina Losito.
We may be having a shit storm in DC, but here’s a piece of beautiful news. See the story here: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/No-Homicides-Murders-NYC-One-Week-NYPD-Police-227709641.html
I’ve been furloughed since the shut down. Actually, the term “furlough” does not specifically apply to me. Technically speaking, my company received a stop work order on my contract, and I’m taking vacation days until the jackasses in DC get their shit together.
As a pretty industrious person, I like to think I can make the most of my time to get a lot done. I’d actually planned for a week long “stay-cation” next month to take care of all kinds of things. You’d think I’d just be able to switch gears on a dime and do all of that stuff now, but the thing is…
I’m a planner. And Ted Cruz, essentially, derailed my plans.
That’s not to say I’m twiddling my thumbs. Actually, I have started tackling next month’s list with as much gusto as I can muster. But the first few days were lost to mental confusion. Argh.
No matter. Here’s what I’ve pulled off since the shut down:
A 3 day visit to mom
A 2 day visit to Philadelphia for a training in behavioral economics (Fun! Really!)
Wrote 6 songs (4 of them are horrible, 2 need work)
Took the dog Freida for her first foray in a kayak (see picture), took some good long walks
Bought some shrubs and flowers for fall planting (unusually rainy here, though – will have to wait to put ‘em in the ground)
Cleaned the laundry/storage room
Cleaned Charles’ old studio (it’s about to become my studio)
Built forms and molds to cast artisan garden bricks (for real – they’re gonna be beautiful!)
Did my weekly volunteer work teaching guitar and songwriting to women inmates at the Travis County Detention Center
Got a stomach bug of some kind, which really pisses me off.
I figure we have 2, maybe 3 more days off, and I’m trying to squeeeeeeeze in as much as possible in 72 hours. Am looking at:
Writing 3 more songs
Drafting four blog posts to restart my Big Scout Project
Some unpleasant paperwork
Dinner with one friend, coffee with another
A few long walks (or, if it rains, a trip to the gym – ugh)
Whip off some quick video demos of new music
Promote some upcoming gigs.
I say this all “out loud” cause I hear it makes shit happen. I don’t think that works though. If it did, (idiot) Ted Cruz would’ve gotten the ACA repealed, and we wouldn’t be shut down.
A final word about that whole mess: as long as I’ve got vacation time, I’m okay. My company has me working on some proposals which helps stretch those hours as well. But there are millions of Americans impacted by the shutdown in harsh, harsh ways. It has nothing to do with opening a war memorial or a park. It has to do with making sure the safety nets for our most at-risk populations (including Vets, btw), aren’t ripped apart.