August 26, 2014

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Michael McRay – I Was Never the Same Again

Kristen Chapman Gibbons:

This story brought lots of old questions to the surface. Thanks to Michael for sharing it and the entire Tenx9 community for being so exemplary.

Originally posted on Tenx9 Nashville Storytelling:

Here is Michael McRay’s story from Tenx9’s August theme “I Was Never the Same Again.” He tells of standing with his father in a place of death and hearing one sentence that changed his life.

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August 26, 2014

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Making Your Own Ice Bucket Challenge and a Tweet to Put It In Perspective

I know there are haters. And sure, one can always find ways to criticize the ALS ice bucket challenge. But, what you cannot do is deny it. Having raised north of 50 million, I’m sure that the various organizations helping ALS research and sufferers are just fine being the target of some criticism.

One article that I found extremely useful in understanding why this particular exercise has been so wildly successful was in Psychology Today. It gives six reasons why the challenge is so effective. Here’s’ the roundup:

  1. It is fun.
  2. It is specific and time-limited.
  3. It calls others out in a public way.
  4. It asks for a reasonable amount of money.
  5. It effectively uses guilt.
  6. It utilizes appealing role models.

My challenge to all nonprofits, businesses, marketers and entrepreneurs is this…how many of these can you incorporate into all campaigns you engage in…and if you cannot, why not? Which of these makes you uncomfortable (my guess is numbers 3 and 5) and which can you do a better job of?

Make no mistake, the enormous success of this effort will change fundraising and marketing going forward. There are over 50 million reasons why.

Your tweet of the day comes from Larry Cebula. I love it because it underlines the insanity of our society, which seems to favor the shiny and fast over the slow and consistent. I say…work to change it, if it bothers you…but in the meantime, use it to the advantage of your organization.

 

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August 25, 2014

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The Creed of the Anti-Materialist

Originally posted on bargainpirate:

Having grownup both poor and Christian, (of the “give what you have to the poor or at least more poor than you” variety) materialism never appealed to me. My mother used to joke that we loved the designer “Clear-ance” (*said in faux French accent).

This never really bothered me, as none of my friends came from money. However, when I was 10, I transferred to a school where I was regularly teased about my clothes from Sears. Most of that year, I came home in tears because kids jeered me for being poor. It did a number on me.

We never bought things at full price and never shied away from yard sales and thrifting. There was a brief period when I was in middle school when peer pressure was particularly intense about wearing brand names. The big must-have item were Gloria Vanderbilt or Jordache jeans. (Worn with a white…

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August 25, 2014

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Finding My So-Called Queer Identity in My So-Called Life

Kristen Chapman Gibbons:

One of the best shows. EVER.

Originally posted on TIME:

When I was 8, my favorite thing to do after school would be to visit the set of My So-Called Life. My mom, who created the show, had to be there all the time, so I’d visit her on days when a babysitter could drive me or when my dad was shooting scenes as Angela’s grandfather. I’d play behind the scenery, do my homework in the unused fake school hallway, and plunder the craft service snack table. I loved reading the scripts and watching rough cuts of the episodes. A lot of what I saw went over my head, but I could totally identify with Angela’s intense crush on Jordan Catalano. I was already boy crazy, pining after classmates, camp counselors, my friend’s older brother, and the bowl-cutted hunks of Tiger Beat.

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August 23, 2014

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Exterminate Your Doctor Who Stress

Kristen Chapman Gibbons:

O this is fabulous.

Originally posted on Anibundel: Pop Culturess:

Doctor Who returns in a few hours. If you’re feeling over excited, feel free to relax with our Dalek Relaxation Tape.

Our recap will be up tomorrow.

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August 23, 2014

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Henry Rollins Show His Ass, Gets Told, Owns It

Originally posted on Whatever:

So, in the wake of Robin Williams’ suicide, Henry Rollins wrote a piece in LA Weekly called “Fuck Suicide,” in which he basically engages in a bit of “tough love” victim-blaming. This caused the world to drop on Henry Rollins’ head (here’s a fairly representative sample). Henry Rollins, to his credit, has offered up a reasonably decent apology, and plans to follow up in the same forum where the original piece ran. So that’s good, so far. Apologies are hard and hard to do well, and I think he hits the basics (and for those who don’t know, here are what I think are the basics).

A number of years ago a girl who I knew in high school committed suicide in college, in a way that at the time I thought was astoundingly dramatic. For years, when I thought of her at all, I was kind of…

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August 23, 2014

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A Story About Not Taking Your Beef Out On Others

Originally posted on The Dish:

by Chas Danner

Adam Wade is one of the best storytellers on the planet, as well as the winner of eighteen Moth Story Slams, including this one:

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August 18, 2014

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The storm

Originally posted on Betty Generic:
From out of the storm The angry clouds stir Vents release Explode I watch the thunder And wonder What will be torn away? What will be the same? Twisting rotting limbs in the road Empty buildings boarded up for the storm Ripped open Left behind to be studied by anthropologist…

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August 18, 2014

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Crochet Your Own Baby Groot

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Originally posted on Anibundel: Pop Culturess:
As I said in NBR’s review, if you see one movie this summer featuring a dancing stick in a pot, make it Guardians of the Galaxy. Now that Dancing Stick in a Pot can be yours. ? Crafter TwinkieChan has created the perfect Baby Groot for your holiday gift…

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August 18, 2014

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Ferguson

Originally posted on My Ready Room:
John Oliver’s take on the events in Ferguson: [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUdHIatS36A[/embed] Welcome to “post-racial” America.

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August 14, 2014

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Here’s Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Incredible Definition of Feminism

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Originally posted on TIME:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt thinks this whole trend of celebrities shunning the “feminism” label is bizarre. As the Sin City: A Dame To Kill For actor clarified to The Daily Beast, he considers himself a feminist. And he gave an in-depth definition of what he believes feminism is. See below: I read that…

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August 13, 2014

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Can Social Media Ease the Shame of Being a Domestic Violence Victim?

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Originally posted on TIME:
Warning: This article contains graphic images and descriptions of violence. Las Vegas police are searching for mixed martial arts fighter Jon Koppenhaver, a.k.a. War Machine, after he was accused of brutally beating his ex-girlfriend, porn star Christy Mack, on Sunday night, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Mack posted a statement and…

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August 13, 2014

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Why It’s Okay To Mourn Robin Williams

Originally posted on amanda trusty says:
I know, that in this day and age, guilt takes over when we let the Kardashians take over our Sunday afternoon instead of spending time donating to breast cancer research or volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. I know that scrolling Perez Hilton instead of reading about Gaza is enough…

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August 8, 2014

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Watch Electro-Pop Singer Kiesza Perform an Acoustic Cover of Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box”

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Originally posted on TIME:
If you don’t know Canadian singer-songwriter Kiesza by name, you still may know her crazy-infectious single “Hideaway.” But during a recent appearance on NME Basement Sessions, the singer proved that she’s good for more than just dancing her way through the streets of Brooklyn wearing suspenders. (For the record: she’s great…

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August 7, 2014

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Tweet(s) of the Day: Inviting You To Giggle on a Thursday #WeAllNeedFreedom

These children are so creative. That’s a future revolutionary right there. #WeAllNeedFreedom is my new favorite thing.  Grounded my 7yo for the day for pouring lotion all over the floor and the wall. She is apparently unhappy about this. http://t.co/ufR3kh7dTG— Erika Nicole Kendall (@bgg2wl) August 07, 2014 The aforementioned wanted poster: http://t.co/3MZGXMIitG— Erika Nicole Kendall […]

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August 5, 2014

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Tweet(s) of the Day: the #WarOnWhites Edition – Laugh or Cry, the Idiots Care Not

Often, the genius of Twitter is that it can take something odious, aka the hashtag: War on Whites and invert, subvert and divert it in hilarious ways. Here are some good examples: First they came for the white people, and I did not speak out, for no one is coming for the white people, you […]

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August 5, 2014

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Wendell Berry: Poet and Prophet and One of My Heroes

I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Mr. Berry when I was in college. I think it was 1990 and the club I started, Students For Social and Environmental Action (imagine that) co-sponsored the event if I recall. He is a longtime hero of mine. Enjoy.

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August 5, 2014

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Tweet(s) of the Day: The Big Demographics Catch-Up

Attention GOP: You cannot win elections this way. You cannot govern this way. And it certainly is no way to make friends. MT @ThePlumLineGS: GOP makeover watch: Poll: GOP seen favorably by 29% Latinos; 25% nonwhites; 33% women; 31% young: washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-lin…— Mike Signorile (@MSignorile) August 05, 2014 Gender, sexuality, and race all trend in less […]

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August 5, 2014

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Give These Gargoyles Thought Bubbles. NOW. #thriftstoreweirdness

Originally posted on bargainpirate:
Kristen Chapman Gibbons:What do you think? I think they are feeling resigned about war in the Middle East. Originally posted on bargainpirate: View original

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August 3, 2014

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Seven Reasons to Go to the Drive-In

As I mentioned the other day, I’ve teamed up with Steve Habrat of Anti-Film School to preach the gospel of the drive-in theater. It’s a social media campaign designed to educate folks about the drive-in. You can find more about it on Twitter via #driveinsummer. Throughout the week, I’ll be posting some articles singing the praises of the format.  Drive-in week continues. Today,…

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August 3, 2014

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Watch Stephen Colbert Give Great Life Advice to Young Girls

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Originally posted on TIME:
Like Rookie magazine itself, Stephen Colbert’s contribution to the site’s Ask a Grown Man series is aimed at teenage girls, but it has value for just about everybody. Here, the future Late Show host gives advice about how to tell if somebody likes you, deciphering mixed signals, educating people who make…

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August 3, 2014

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What Do The “Spiritual But Not Religious” Really Believe?

Originally posted on The Dish:
In her new book, Belief without Borders: Inside the Minds of the Spiritual but not Religious, Linda A. Mercadante attempts to find out. Kristin Aune runs down the essentials of “SBNRs”: [Mercadante] explores their thoughts on transcendence, human nature, community and afterlife and finds that they don’t believe in an…

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August 3, 2014

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BECAUSE WE STILL LEAVE THE LIGHT ON

Originally posted on Refractory Ramblings from the Darkside:
“Leave The Light On” I seen myself with a dirty face, I cut my luck with a dirty ace I leave the light on, I leave that light on I went from zero to minus ten I drank your wine then I stole your man I leave…

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July 30, 2014

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Butch And Proud

Originally posted on The Dish:
Vanessa Vitiello Urquhart explains why she identifies as a “butch lesbian”: In part, it’s because the language of gender identity has always been a bit bewildering to me—I’ve felt hungry, happy, gassy, and anxious, but never male or female. Even so, it has been tempting to interpret my experience in ways that…

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July 28, 2014

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Wonder Woman’s New Costume

Originally posted on Anibundel: Pop Culturess:
Have you seen the new Wonder Woman costume? Forget Superman and his “S” that stands for peace, or his cape that Edna would turn her nose up at. Forget Batfleck and his cat ears. Wonder Woman is where it’s at. Now I’m not going to disagree that the breast-plate…

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July 28, 2014

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How Social Media Makes Us Feel Less Alone and Other Fascinating News on the Web

Originally posted on TIME:
1. Just Look at Yourself Work, email, social media, a never-ending to-do list, too many commitments, too much on the schedule — you’re crazy busy. But are you this busy because it’s just the nature of life in our increasingly digital, device-driven society? Or is it — as a series of…

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July 22, 2014

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Burlesque Off Broadway: A Trip to My Kind of Circus

Last night at Anthem, Burlesque Off Broadway put on a helluva show. From the description of their event:  Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls (18 and older please) step right up and be SHOCKED and AMAZED by wonders your eyes won’t believe, mystified by the beauty that you will behold, amused and enchanted by acts […]

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July 19, 2014

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Thriftstore Junkies Unite! Send me your pre – loved, your bizarre and your repurposed…

Originally posted on bargainpirate:
Admission: I am a junkie for thrifting. I prefer thriftstores,? but am no stranger to yard, garage & estate sales. Starting next week…I’ll be posting finds & discoveries from myself and an as – yet – to – be – determined army of shoppers & friends. Typically, I am a clothes…

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July 17, 2014

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23 Moments of Grace

Originally posted on Suey Park:
The focus on my age this year has been puzzling. It seemed like every story and lead-in had to mention the infamous “23” before my name. Growing up as an avid Chicago Bulls fan during the Michael Jordan era means I have an affinity for the number 23 and therefore…

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July 17, 2014

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The Sad, Strange Aftermath of the Conor Oberst Rape Accusations

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Originally posted on Flavorwire:
Cometh the news, cometh the thinkpieces. The news that Joanie Faircloth — the woman who, in January, accused Conor Oberst of having raped her a decade ago — has withdrawn her accusations has thrown the spotlight back on the whole sorry case. Despite the fact that he’s essentially had his name cleared,…

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July 17, 2014

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History of the Center For Sexual Pleasure & Health

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Originally posted on Bluestockings Magazine :
Welcome to our month-long series on sex & sexuality! If you’d like to contribute content related to the field of sex & sexuality (academic, prose, poetry, art, etc.) please submit to blogbluestockings@gmail.com. (This collaboration is brought to you by Chanelle Adams, Editor in Chief of Bluestockings and Web Development Intern at…

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July 16, 2014

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He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss)

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Originally posted on The SisterWives:
Released in 1963. I did NOT make up this post title. I wish I had. *Trigger Warning: Domestic abuse In the history of the world, no one has ever loved anyone the way I loved my husband. I felt that way all the way up until the moment he dislocated…

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July 16, 2014

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Tweet of the Day: A Two-fer of Funny and True

Your eyes twinkle Like brilliant stars Or firefly asses—   (@Bandersnaaatch) July 14, 2014 Y'know, in the grand scheme of things, there isn't one. Get on with it.—   (@benerdist) July 15, 2014

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July 15, 2014

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Come Hither Orgasms, Lest We Have To Talk About Their Absence

Since my dear darling Jessica shared her musings about some of the things that chase her orgasm into deep space, I thought it might be helpful to have an opposite list…things that bring orgasm into inevitability. What she said about truth and disclaimers. 1. Led Fucking Zeppelin. I know. This is likely true of many, […]

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July 15, 2014

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If You Haven’t Worked a Day in Your Life, You Probably Don’t Love Anything

Originally posted on The Indisputable Dirt:
You’ve heard it before, the beloved aphorism from the ever-intriguing Confucius; “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” I’ve also heard it attributed to Albert Einstein, but the internet tells me that Confucius coined it, so we’ll go with…

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July 15, 2014

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Hobby Lobby, my mother and the many faces of happiness.

Originally posted on News from the Front:
-I’m going to have to start this with some very uncomfortable autobiographical material. I’m not crazy about getting this personal. However, my experiences are germane to the topic at hand. My mom had me when she was eighteen. I forget if she was married before or after I…

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July 15, 2014

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The Rise Of The Notorious R.B.G.

Originally posted on The Dish:
Rebecca Traister is thrilled by Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s rise to meme-hood: Throughout history, we have acknowledged male strength, especially in its seniority, as serious and authoritative. Older women, on the other hand, have existed mostly as nanas, bubbes! Those sturdy, ambitious souls who also staked claims to public eminence were cast as problematic;…

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July 15, 2014

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Coldplay, And Other Things I Can’t Orgasm To – Expertly Elucidated by @jessbytheway

  Disclaimer: This is MY truth, not THE truth. Let’s face it: every man and woman knows when an orgasm is absolutely out of the question. Here are some things that are guaranteed to put my orgasm well out of reach 1. Coldplay – This isn’t a personal attack on the band. In fact, in some […]

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July 15, 2014

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DIY Air Conditioning for $8

Hot as blazes here in Nashville. Some of us need cheap ways to minimize our murderous urges.

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July 15, 2014

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Tweet of the Day: Do The Turtle Edition

From @nprnews: Teaching 4-Year-Olds To Feel Better n.pr/1oOgGXq #EmotionalIntelligence—   (@KCGibbons) July 14, 2014

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June 24, 2014

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The Nashville Creative Group – B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Brush)!

Rumor on the street is that Nashville is full of country artists. Well, like most rumors, that’s partially true…but only partially. Nashville is actually chock full of all sorts of artists. From indie rock bands to pet portrait painters, printmakers, photographers, taxidermists and culinary artists, there’s so much art in Nashville it’s rare to meet […]

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August 28, 2014

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Kate Bush’s first concert in 35 years: setlist + photos

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Originally posted on Consequence of Sound:
This evening, Kate Bush took the stage at London’s Eventim Apollo for her first live concert in 35 years. Dubbed “Before the Dawn”, the performance marked the beginning of Bush’s 22-date residency at the Apollo, which runs through early October. According to the Guardian, the concert lasted nearly two hours…

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August 18, 2014

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Robin Williams Recorded This Video Message for a Terminally Ill Fan Before He Died

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Originally posted on TIME:
Robin Williams recorded a video message a few months before he died to cheer up a terminally-ill fan, New Zealand’s Sunday-Star Times reports. Vivian Waller, 21, who is living with cancer in an Auckland hospice, drew up a bucket list in January that included getting married, seeing her daughter turn one,…

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