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    This one made me weepy this morning. Girl finds out her bestfriend and roommate -- a 160-lb English Mastiff has terminal bone cancer and only has a few months to live. So armed with a bucket list of adventures she would like to share with her dog, they go off on canoe rides, road trips, visits to both busy spots and quiet spaces and, finally, spend a last day together by the ocean in Maine, where she finally finds peace and acceptance. This is real love, people.


    I still keep a journal despite having a blog. No matter how spill-all-my-guts-out open I may seem, there are many things I do and think that I'll just never tell. I've always thought it kept me sane to be able to express myself without fear of being censored or criticized. Whenever I pick up an old journal, even one from my 13-year-old self I realize that as much as I've changed so much is still the same. I just know how to dodge bullets faster and better. From: HUFFPOST Healthy Living, 01/20/15


    Which is why I've decided to keep this blog around, at least for a little while longer. I've always picked up a pen (or sat in front of a keyboard) any time I needed to make sense of my world; writing allows me to get into my head and get all my thoughts out without having to worry about how ridiculous I sound (that's where the editing comes in). From: The New York Times, 01/19/15
    This was lovely. The post is by a novelist who was asked how to encourage a young writer. It sounds eerily like the story of my life -- now all I need is to keep reading and keep writing (and, okay, start submitting). From: M Molly Backes' blog, 07/12/11


    Every day at work I see all kinds of female bodies: athletic, boyish, curvy, voluptuous, natural, enhanced, preteen, post-baby, postmenopausal -- thousands of different bodies I've seen up close and personal in my lifetime. This infographic shows that the description of the ideal female body changes every decade or so, going back hundreds of years. I hope that soon we define the "perfect" body as one that is simply healthy and functioning; that what matters is that we're comfortable in our own skin. From: Greatist, 01/15/15



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May 20, 2006



Whoah, you're promoting my blog on this post. Thanks Gigi.

I lurve your sidebar for your music collections and even mimic that on my site. I've been sharing mp3 files a long time ago (at my old blog), I got scared however that maybe I'll get busted for sharing those mp3's so doing it bi-weekly would not matter I guess.

The "Yousendit" expiry thing sucks, I know but at least there's no obligation of paying such service.

Guess what, allows you to download 20songs each month (& listen to it at the same time), so consider that an option.

I'll check your music sidebar from time to time and I'll get a few songs to download and share.

btw, Amel Larrieux is my new addiction. Cheers!


Hi K! I was thinking of it this way: when I read about a new album or artist, oftentimes a 30-second snippet just isn't enough for me. I usually end up buying something completely new if I get to hear a song or two in its entirety. So I'm hoping doing this gets the featured artist more exposure at the very least (more record sales is probably what's preferred). Anyway, given the limitations of time and number of downloads, it's not like I'm giving something away to everybody, 'no? But what I REALLY wanted to do was allow visitors to listen to what I'm playing if they feel like it, without them having to download anything. Any ideas?

I've loved Larrieux since her Groove Theory days -- just love her voice. So much so that I buy her cds without even listening to them first. Now THAT'S fan love, I suppose. :)

PS: You're so generous with your music, etc., I think I'm doing a public service by letting more people know about your site!


I totally understand what you mean. But maybe you can use your hosting account to download one full song on each artist and link that to the sidebar. I used to have a radioblog which dynamically creates a playlist of audio files to be heard by visitors but that only works if you own a domain.

I hope that helps and once again thank you for promoting my site. ;)


Hi Gigi! I would have been an early bird too were it not for the tech problems I've been having with my laptop lately. Anyway, I tried to download The Brand New Heavies and discovered I was too late because it asked me to furnish a password to your iTunes account. ... Maybe next time, I'll be one of the lucky 25. In the meantime, however, I wonder if you'd consider putting up an audio player on your sideblog (it's one of TypePad's features) so more people can listen to your songs. I'm sure I'm not the only one stalking your music sidebar. :) (By the way, this is the second time I'm posting my comment. The first one - yesterday - seem to have disappeared.)


Hi Bugsy - (I emailed you my reply -- but just know I'm working on other alternatives :) ).

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