The Cure performs at Denver's Fiddler's Green in 2016
Jul 2016

The Cure at Fiddler’s Green in Denver

Celebrating 20 years of friendship with The CureMy husband Bryan and I were married 20 years ago this May in Denver. We’d only lived here a short time and had not met many people yet, so most of the guests flew in from Maryland (where we grew up) and Germany (where my family is from). Since everyone came from afar, we postponed our honeymoon for many months to enjoy their company.

What does this have to do with The Cure?

The band was playing a concert in June that year, 1996, at Fiddler’s Green. It was a great concert and the first time we had seen a show at the venue that would change names many times before settling back to its original moniker. At that very show, we met a guy named Jeff who quickly turned into our best friend for life.

Five years later, his now-wife Danielle entered the picture and then their son came along so my singleton would have a pseudo-brother. These are the guys we spend holidays with, go on vacation with, and everything else in between. Continue reading…

Neil Finn of Crowded House and Split Enz plays at Boulder Theater in Colorado.
Jul 2016

Neil Finn Concert Photos from Boulder Theater

I first heard “Don’t Dream It’s Over” as I was pulling into the mall parking lot in 1986. I was late for work at the record store, but I just sat in my car as this gorgeous song floated all around me. I bought Crowded House’s first album that night and they have been my all-time favorite band for 30 years now.

I went back in time and fell in love with Split Enz, and pretty much anything Neil Finn has done during his entire career. No joke, we named our cat Finn after the man. That’s devotion.

When Neil toured the US in 2014 without a Denver date, we built a trip to Los Angeles around his show at the Orpheum. Sure, it was nice to take my son to Disneyland, but it was more important to me that HE SAW NEIL FINN IN CONCERT.

Neil Finn at the Boulder Theater, 2016 Continue reading…

Jul 2016

Have a Strong Computer Backup Plan (Please Please Please)

Last week, something really bad happened. Well, separate of all the horrible things in the news, which is a huge reality check – because the happenings around the globe right now are much worse than what I am about to talk about.

But… I had an external drive fail.

To be fair to the drive, it was at least seven years old, which is one of my failings in this story – not paying attention to the age of my drives and computer backup. I always write the date of purchase on my photo cards, and I will be doing so for external drives as well from now on. How long a drive will last is variable, but it’s something to pay attention to.

I have almost everything from the drive, actually, backed up to the cloud. But I discovered there was a small hole in the way I was importing photos which left a few weeks of recent photos exposed and those are what I lost.

In the end, my husband and I sat down and drew out a map (literally, on paper) of how where my data is, what my workflow is, and how it is being backed up. Then we figured out a way to make sure that EVERYTHING is being backed up both to a local external drive as well as to the cloud. Continue reading…

Black Lives Matter - Baton Rouge Protest
Jul 2016

Black Lives Matter

I’ve seen a few messages on social media that show somehow the world doesn’t seem to get that “black lives matter” does *NOT* equal all other people do not matter.

The reason people of color say “black lives matter” is because they are being treated as if their lives do not, in fact, matter. It is *NOT* a value judgment on anyone else – unless you think it is OK for police to continually kill black people at a rate 9 times higher than white people.

If you can’t hear the phrase “black lives matter” without automatically thinking, “no, ALL lives matter,” it’s time to sit back, do some self-evaluation of the privilege you have in life, and realize that there are many, many, many people in our country who are targeted simply because of the color of their skin, and when the justice system fails to prosecute their killers, we are telling the black community THEY DO NOT MATTER.

Yes, it was horrible that 5 officers were killed in Dallas this past weekend. I respect what the police do for our society and I thank them with all my heart. But to also not recognize that there are problems in the system is to ignore it, rationalize it, accept it, and tell black people THEIR LIVES DO NOT MATTER.

When my 13yo son heard about the stand-off in Dallas, he said, “why did he shoot back? He was just a suspect, right?” I had to gently remind him that a black man was pulled over for a broken tail light this week and shot to death in front of his own daughter. That MY son was looking at the situation from a position of white privilege.

I am in no way saying the shootings in Dallas were right, but we have to understand that black people now go into any conversation with police from a position of fear and distrust, and understandably so. Whereas, me, as a white woman… I have been waved off laughingly when pulled over for a broken tail light – while DRIVING DRUNK. It is shameful to admit that, but it is absolutely true.

So, please reflect on your privilege. Violence is not the answer in any circumstance. But, let’s try to understand where it comes from.

My Morning Jacket - Concert Photos from Red Rocks
Jul 2016

My Morning Jacket at Red Rocks

I had never seen My Morning Jacket before, but I had always heard they were amazing live. They proved this during their recent two-night  return to Denver’s Red Rocks Ampitheatre, along with second-night openers The Barr Brothers. My Morning Jacket is known for their in-your-face rock with definite 70’s undertones. The best part is they are all incredible musicians and took the whole place for a ride from start to finish. It was the perfect mix of bombastic sound from people who know what they are doing, but also enjoy what they are doing. A special highlight of the night was a gorgeous cover of Prince’s “Purple Rain” that pretty much left us all in tears. Frontman Jim James waterfall of hair alone is fun to watch as he wails on the guitar, but really… it’s the whole package that makes a My Morning Jacket show so special. Continue reading…