Legacy of legendary women

I had started to write a post earlier this week about my first rock hero, Janis Joplin, since January 19 was her birthday, but I kept getting sidetracked and never got back to writing.  I got as far as finding YouTube videos of a couple of my favorite Janis songs, and planned to write about […]

‘Paint it Black’ to protest censorship

The First Amendment clearly outlines what Congress cannot do. We must speak up and remind our country’s leaders that they “shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech …”

Voice for the oppressed

A year ago today  I was in Memphis, Tennessee, where Elvis Presley lived and died, and many rock stars  recorded their music. But it also is a place where oppression reigned, and in an effort to put an end to that oppression, one man lost his life. Sanitation workers in Memphis went on strike seeking […]

Elvis, Bowie and Graham

Many people know that January 8 is Elvis Presley’s birthday. It’s fun to watch old Elvis movies and listen to his music or see tribute artists perform as the King of Rock and Roll. Some people honor the King’s memory by eating some of his favorite foods or visiting his childhood home in Tupelo, Miss., […]

Another Katrina anniversary

I can’t believe that the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is almost here again. It is a sad time for me still, because six years later I still have friends who are not fully recovered from the devastating storm. Some of the damage is physical – their homes are still under repair – or worse, unliveable – […]