Seattle’s High Dive Hosts Summer Ska & Reggae Showcase With Four Great Bands, by Holly Homan

GTO Orion Anderson – Guitar | Cale Wilcox – Bass | Timmy Conroy – Keys/Vocals | Harald Bell – Drums | Sean Jensen – Saxophone | Colin Pulkrabek – Trombone

MONKEY CURTIS “Curtron” MEACHAM – Guitar/Vox MICAH “MC Brown Crown” TURNEY – Drums AADITH “Fishbone Army” SRINIVASAN – Bass DUSTIN “El Duece” . . . → Read More: Seattle’s High Dive Hosts Summer Ska & Reggae Showcase With Four Great Bands, by Holly Homan

Eating From Your Yard: Roses, by Jill Kuhel

Tuesday eating from your yard tip~In 2012 rose was the herb of the year. So our local herb society had a speaker come in from the rose society to talk about roses. It quickly became apparent that while rose society people strive to grow the perfect rose, herb society people were more interested in . . . → Read More: Eating From Your Yard: Roses, by Jill Kuhel

The Mystery of the Mediocre Cubs, By Robert “B.C.” Carlson

Long-suffering Chicago Cubs fans were finally granted a reprieve in 2016. The Cubs’ World Series victory — considered by many baseball watchers as one of the greatest World Series ever played — was the sweetest gift that the beautiful but troubled City of Big Shoulders could have received last year. As a life-long Cubs . . . → Read More: The Mystery of the Mediocre Cubs, By Robert “B.C.” Carlson

Eating From Your Yard: Lemon Balm, by Jill Kuhel

Eating from your yard tip ~ Lemon balm aka Melissa crushed in your hand and left in a pitcher of water overnight in the refrigerator makes a lovely mother’s little helper tea to calm and brighten the mood of both mother and child. Chop up fresh lemon balm to add to your green or . . . → Read More: Eating From Your Yard: Lemon Balm, by Jill Kuhel

MAYSSA KARAA – Turn The Page

I don’t know how it took me so long to find this, but now that it’s here I’ve been repeating ad infinitum. It’s fantastic. Maysa Karaa has got to be one of the greatest Arabic singers of all time, at least among American classic rock fans. Karaa has created an exquisite career niche for . . . → Read More: MAYSSA KARAA – Turn The Page

Eating From Your Yard Tip: Purslane, by Jill Kuhel

Tuesday eating from your yard tip~Purslane has more omega 3 than any other leafy green. Look no further than the crack in your sidewalk to find purslane thriving. While many Americans view purslane as a lowly weed, purslane is eaten all over the world. It is baked in bread, pickled and added to soups, . . . → Read More: Eating From Your Yard Tip: Purslane, by Jill Kuhel

Eating From Your Yard Tip: Wood Sorrel, by Jill Kuhel

Tuesday eating from your yard tip~just step outside and odds are good you will find wood sorrel. Gladys Jeurink, an old respected gardener in my town, advised to leave it in my garden because the rabbits prefer it over other plants and will eat it and not your plants. Little did I know at . . . → Read More: Eating From Your Yard Tip: Wood Sorrel, by Jill Kuhel

Tiger Army Return to Seattle Co-Headlining with Indiana’s Murder By Death at Seattle’s Showbox, By Holly Homan

After about a decade in hiatus mode LA’s Tiger Army is back at it with a new album and new tour. I had the utmost pleasure of seeing them at Seattle’s Showbox on July 2, this time co-headlining with Murder By Death. I arrived just after Tiger Army came on stage and just before . . . → Read More: Tiger Army Return to Seattle Co-Headlining with Indiana’s Murder By Death at Seattle’s Showbox, By Holly Homan

So Cal Ska Masters Mad Caddies Pack the Nectar Lounge, by Holly Homan

Sunday June 18th was not only Father’s Day but also the day the Mad Caddies played in Seattle. This time they returned to the Nectar Lounge in the one Seattle neighborhood that’s kept its counter culture charm, Fremont.

Front man Chuck Robertson came out sporting his usual scruffy look (unshaven, unkempt) and his usual . . . → Read More: So Cal Ska Masters Mad Caddies Pack the Nectar Lounge, by Holly Homan

Darling Cora – Yearn, Hallelujah

A year ago, Darling Cora released, “Yearn” the first single off her debut album, Heart Strung Out and EPB was quick to latch on to the magic. This spring she released a beautiful video (above) to accompany the song. If you have yet to discover this promising Toronto artist, please take this oppoortunity . . . → Read More: Darling Cora – Yearn, Hallelujah

Eating From Your Yard Tip: Garlic Scapes, by Jill Kuhel

There are few things I love more than garlic. Garlic scapes prime our taste buds for July’s garlic harvest. The scapes are the seed head forming above the garlic plant. By cutting off the scape all the energy is directed to creating the most fabulous garlic bulb. Scapes even come with their own handle . . . → Read More: Eating From Your Yard Tip: Garlic Scapes, by Jill Kuhel

Eating From Your Yard Tip: Lavender, by Jill Kuhel

I had used lavender to induce sleep, relieve headaches and for it’s anti~bacterial properties, but the first time I remember eating lavender was a lavender chocolate truffle. When I asked about how it was made she referred to lavender flower, but English is tricky and I was born blonde so I heard lavender flour. . . . → Read More: Eating From Your Yard Tip: Lavender, by Jill Kuhel

Big D & the Kid’s Table Headline A Fun Night Of SKA Music at Seattle’s El Corazon, By Holly Homan

On Sunday night June 11 I had the extreme pleasure of seeing Boston’s ska band, Big D & the Kid’s Table do a show at Seattle’s El Corazon. This time they were commemorating the tenth anniversary of the release of their iconic album Strictly Rude, which they performed in its entirety (among other . . . → Read More: Big D & the Kid’s Table Headline A Fun Night Of SKA Music at Seattle’s El Corazon, By Holly Homan

Warriors Win—What’s Next For the NBA? by Chuck Strom

The Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2017 NBA Finals four games to one, but the series felt a lot closer than that. If the Cavs had managed to close out their late lead in Game 3 on their home court, they would likely have played a Game 6 there as . . . → Read More: Warriors Win—What’s Next For the NBA? by Chuck Strom

Absenté Reo – Khan Yunis, Spirit Engineering

Absenté Reo is an engineer, producer, multi-instrumentalist and remixer from Brighton, UK who produces a range of soundtrack, acoustic and contemporary dance and future bass under various pseudonyms.

While travelling through USA, Cuba, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Australia, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Chile, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil; Blind Rivers Absenté . . . → Read More: Absenté Reo – Khan Yunis, Spirit Engineering

Elder Blow Has a Light Fragrant Taste, But Packs a Cold Fighting Punch, by Jill Kuhel

The elderberry bush produces lovely clusters of white flowers, which later turn into deep purple immune boosting fruit. The trick is to knock the flower heads a bit so the white flowers fall off with a whole in the center (this is the elder blow) leaving a little white part still attached to the . . . → Read More: Elder Blow Has a Light Fragrant Taste, But Packs a Cold Fighting Punch, by Jill Kuhel

Stick A Fork In The Cavs, by Chuck Strom

Time to go out on a limb and predict that the Cleveland Cavaliers won’t win four in a row against the Golden State Warriors in the 2017 NBA Finals. They may win on Friday just to keep the Warriors from partying in their gym, but for all intents and purposes, they are done. For . . . → Read More: Stick A Fork In The Cavs, by Chuck Strom

Good Bones: Remembering Genesis’ A Trick of the Tale, by Todd E. Johnson

Engraving of “The Vision of The Valley of The Dry Bones” by Gustave Doré

The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me all around . . . → Read More: Good Bones: Remembering Genesis’ A Trick of the Tale, by Todd E. Johnson

LeBron Vs. Steph, Round 2, by Chuck Strom

During Game 2 of the NBA Finals, I was shocked, though maybe I shouldn’t have been, to see Stephen Curry score in the low post against LeBron:

http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/nba-finals-highlights-steph-curry-dribbles-through-lebron-for-insane-layup-in-game-2/

The reason I was surprised was my memory of last year, when LeBron blocked Curry on a similar play and stared him down afterward:

Not . . . → Read More: LeBron Vs. Steph, Round 2, by Chuck Strom

News From the NBA’s Evil Empire, by Chuck Strom

For those who haven’t been watching the 2017 NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors lead the Cleveland Cavaliers two games to none in the best-of-seven series, and neither of the final scores of Games 1 and 2 were close. Detailed analyses on the proceedings can be found on the Ringer:

https://theringer.com/2017-nba-finals-cleveland-cavaliers-golden-state-warriors-game-1-takeaways-33f69f2b4f63

https://theringer.com/2017-nba-playoffs-finals-game-2-warriors-cavaliers-takeaways-7f860d8d146c

What we . . . → Read More: News From the NBA’s Evil Empire, by Chuck Strom