It’s the birthday of musician Jelly Roll Morton

, born Ferdinand Joseph La Menthe in New Orleans (1890). He grew up listening to French and Italian opera, hymns, ragtime, and minstrel songs. He was a great piano player, and he apprenticed in the seedy bars and brothels of … Continue reading “It’s the birthday of musician Jelly Roll Morton”

Beer really DOES make you happier!

  A curious flurry of headlines in praise of beer appeared this week: Beer really DOES make you happier! Key molecule boosts brain’s reward centre Drinking Beer Makes You Really Happy, Confirms Awesome New Study Drinking beer can make you … Continue reading “Beer really DOES make you happier!”

Scam Alert: Fraudsters Targeting Freelancers With Fake Job Offers

  Scam Alert: Fraudsters Targeting Freelancers With Fake Job Offers Posted: 11 Oct 2017 09:10 AM PDT Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Fraudsters are reportedly conducting a phishing scheme aimed at freelance writers. Individuals using the names of editors and senior management … Continue reading “Scam Alert: Fraudsters Targeting Freelancers With Fake Job Offers”

My Namesake — Giuseppe Verdi

It’s the birthday of Giuseppe Verdi, born in a village in Parma, Italy (1813). His parents owned a tavern and were not very well off. But his father recognized musical talent in Giuseppe and bought him a spinet (an upright harpsichord), which … Continue reading “My Namesake — Giuseppe Verdi”

The Free Speech Movement was launched in Berkeley, California, on this date in 1964 .

The Free Speech Movement was launched in Berkeley, California, on this date in 1964 . It was the first mass civil disobedience protest held on a college campus during the 1960s. The University of California at Berkeley had a policy against allowing political … Continue reading “The Free Speech Movement was launched in Berkeley, California, on this date in 1964 .”

Monsanto’s poison of mass destruction

Monsanto’s poison of mass destruction DA Dalia Hashad – Avaaz Monsanto is pushing a super poison that flies through the air killing plants in its path…except for Monsanto GMOs. But in days a US state could ban it, setting a precedent for the … Continue reading “Monsanto’s poison of mass destruction”

King of the BLUES

It’s the birthday of “Blind” Lemon Jefferson , born on a farm in Coutchman, Texas, in about 1893. Jefferson began playing picnics and parties in the region, and eventually he made his way to Dallas. He performed every day on the corner of … Continue reading “King of the BLUES”

I’d love to write like S.K. and try. The above is my book. Not as scary as his though.

It’s the birthday of famed horror writer Stephen King (books by this author), born in Portland, Maine (1947). King is most known for his supernatural novels like Carrie, The Shining, and PetSematary . His books have sold more than 350 … Continue reading “I’d love to write like S.K. and try. The above is my book. Not as scary as his though.”

We’re All a Little Plastic on the Inside

You’re made of water, bone, blood, muscle, and fat; you’re also a few parts plastic. That is, if you prefer sea salt on your meal. Or honey, shellfish, beer or tap water. Recent studies have found microplastics, tiny shards of … Continue reading “We’re All a Little Plastic on the Inside”

Francis wrote a poem that inspired Americans. Maybe some day I will too?

It was on this day in 1814that Francis Scott Key was inspired to write the words to “The Star-Spangled Banner,”  by witnessing the British attack on Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor. It had been a dark summer for the young United States. Just … Continue reading “Francis wrote a poem that inspired Americans. Maybe some day I will too?”