Archive for 11/05/2013


From the Seasonally Occupied Territories . . .

More about the weirdness of writing:

In Squatters’ Speakeasy young Mark Churchill has a band, and of course the band has a drummer. Drummers usually sit back in the shadows with their drum sets so until a few months ago I didn’t pay much attention to this drummer. If he showed up on cue, that was enough.

Then Mark and his bandmates were talking about an upcoming jam at Bluesman Luke’s cottage — Luke is Mark’s father and musical mentor — and the drummer said no way was she going: Luke thought “female musician” was an oxymoron and the last time she’d sat in, he ragged on her incessantly for her unconventional appearance. “Hoo boy,” said Dennis the bass player. “Last time you were there I thought you were going to crack his head with your conga.”

Hoo boy indeed. I learned a few things from that exchange. Mark’s drummer…

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“Words make you think. Music makes you feel. A song makes you feel a thought.”
― Yip Harburg

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DUBAI, UAE. May 4, 2013 – Justin Bieber performs for screaming fans at Sevens Stadium in Dubai.

(Photos by: Sarah Dea/The National)

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Friday, May 10th 2013, my years of being a crazy fan tweeting Mika have finally paid off. Jakarta’s The Origin of Love 2013 Concert held at Skeeno Hall Exhibition, Gandaria City. It was a cloudy afternoon and I rushed from office with butterflies flying in my stomach.

His first gig in Jakarta packed in a more of an intimate setting. It was a simple stage compare to his circusy grander decoration, with light boxes backed the band and Mika’s piano at the center of the stage surrounded by cool hanging bulbs. The band played the Italian part of The Origin of Love when Mika entered the stage, but instead of continue the song, he opened his concert with Relax (Take It Easy) and second later we were magically spelled into his charisma.

He finished the first song with a big smile and said, “Jakarta can sing”. Right! I was also…

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Wicked Weez of the West

I’ve been making this soup for a few years after being inspired by my bestie’s Thermomix recipe, and it’s hands-down a family fave! I love that it’s vegan yet ends up with such a thick, creamy consistency usually only found by adding potato or cream.



  • 2T oil
  • 1 brown onion, diced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 800g tinned tomatoes
  • 1/3 C dried red lentils
  • 1T tomato paste
  • 1T stock powder (I use the vegan-friendly Massel Chicken Style Stock Powder)
  • 1t dried herbs (oregano, Italian herbs – take your pick)
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1t castor sugar
  • 1T balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 t salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • fresh basil


Sautée onion in oil until translucent then add garlic and cook briefly before adding the tomatoes and a full can of water. At this point I use a potato masher to crush the tomatoes. Add the rest…

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The Bookshelf of Emily J.

Today, I promised to give you a list of all of the books mentioned in The World’s Strongest Librarian (2013) by Josh Hanagarne.  I also promised to give away a copy of the book.  I used to generate a number and picked the winner by the entry number.

The winner of the giveaway is Denise McNichols!  I’ll get your copy of Josh’s book in the mail to you in the next few days.  Congratulations!

Before I get to the books mentioned in the memoir, I wanted to make you aware of some of the amazing press Josh has been getting for his book.  He’s been mentioned in Oprah’s magazine, chosen on Goodreads as part of May 2013 Movers and Shakers, is on the Ibookstore Best Books of May page, and is featured as part of the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers series of Summer 2013.  The…

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