Friday News Bites: Short and Semi-Sweet

After two weeks in a row with story after dreadful story, let’s have something short and with some sweet, sweet karma.

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10 Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week: Memories

I can hear a good or not-so-good tune and it transports me back to a time and place when it became important to me. I have a knack for strong memories tied to songs.  Read More 10 Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week: Memories

Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week: Private Hell

It has been a tough week. I am still dealing with the upcoming family gathering I will not be a part of. I am also weathering a shitstorm of anger from my mother over some trite happenings. Thank the maker for good tunes. It’s pretty much one of the few things keeping me going. Read More Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week: Private Hell

Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week: Hello 2015

2014 was kind of shit to a lot of people, me included. While there were some high points, it seemed like 2014 just messed a lot of things up for plenty of people. It felt like a whole year of upheaval. The end of 2014 was especially triggering for me; not only did I feel left out of the holidays because of work and distance, but the tragic death of Leelah Alcorn really hit close to home. Read More Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week: Hello 2015

Record Machine: In The City by The Jam

I woke up with the Paul Weller song “From The Floorboards Up” stuck in my head, and it felt like as good a sign as any to talk about his old band in this week’s column.

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Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week: Depression Fighting Edition

Depression really sucks. It is so hard to explain to people who don’t have mental health issues what depression is like. It is a bleak, dark sadness that comes to me at various times. Sometimes it’s fleeting; sometimes it sticks to me like I am superglue. While transition has cleared up a lot of my deepest darkest depression, I have learned that yes, my brain chemistry is very much hardwired for depressive episodes.  Read More Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week: Depression Fighting Edition

Lunchtime Poll: Collecting Things

After buying Late Registration by Kanye West on vinyl yesterday, I continued to add to my record collection. I have always been a collector. I started with stuffed animals when I was a wee one. Like I had 25 Care Bears and probably 20 or so other assorted stuffed animals. Then it became baseball cards, Magic cards, movies and finally records. Read More Lunchtime Poll: Collecting Things

Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week

I listen to a lot of music. If I am out of the house and not actively engaging someone, I am listening to music. My headphones go on the minute I leave my apartment. Partly this keeps people from talking to me on the bus or on the street, and partly it’s because my brain craves music. I present a list of the ten songs keeping me from losing it this week. Read More Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week