Jimmy Garner, RIP

Portland actress and humanitarian Gretchen Corbett played Jim Rockford’s sexy lawyer, Beth Davenport, on The Rockford Files.

Sad news from the world of entertainment today.

http://online.wsj.com/articles/james-garner-tv-star-dies-aged-86-1405856731

I’ve had a variety of scattered thoughts since I heard the news an hour ago:

I just can’t believe that a man that good-looking would ever die.

He . . . → Read More: Jimmy Garner, RIP

Charlie Haden RIP‏, by Tom Kipp

Sad news for those of us who loved/still love “Jazz with a Future”….and the precious few musicians with the courage to reach for it, much less actually ARRIVE there, as Charlie Haden did on so many occasions.

P.S. This Fred Kaplan is NOT the academic and Nineties Gore Vidal biographer with whom Gore had . . . → Read More: Charlie Haden RIP‏, by Tom Kipp

Washington Teachers Stage Huge Protest Against Bill Gates’ Common Core Curriculum, by Holly Homan

Thursday evening June 26 approximately three hundred teachers and public school support personnel gathered in Seattle’s Westlake Center to hold a rally against the new Common Core Standards (CCS) before marching one mile to the Gates Building and holding a rally and protest there for over an hour.

Common Core Standards was created by . . . → Read More: Washington Teachers Stage Huge Protest Against Bill Gates’ Common Core Curriculum, by Holly Homan

Conscious Culture Festival 2014 to be Held June 20-22 at The Barter Faire Site, Tonasket, WA

Located in the mountains of North Central, WA, just about 30 miles from the Canadian border, the Conscious Culture Festival proudly reaches its 5th year on June 20-22, 2014. CCF is the largest Roots, Rock, and Reggae festival of its kind in the Northwest. The festival has steadily gained a loyal following since . . . → Read More: Conscious Culture Festival 2014 to be Held June 20-22 at The Barter Faire Site, Tonasket, WA

Richie Ramone Headlines A Night Of Five Punk Bands at El Corazon, by Holly Homan

Friday night, March 7, Seattle’s El Corazon hosted five explosive punk bands headlined by the infamous Richie Ramone, the third drummer for the Ramones (1983 to 1987).

Richie began the set behind a large drum kit, but switched to being the front man with a mic while rhythm guitarist Ben Reagan (and probably the . . . → Read More: Richie Ramone Headlines A Night Of Five Punk Bands at El Corazon, by Holly Homan

Amtrak Writer in Residence Program Seeks to Put Creative Professionals on a Train and Take Them Away

Amtrak’s Writer in Residence Program is a great idea. I did this informally and on my own dime in the train equivalent of coach class in the 80s numerous times when I traveled between Seattle and Chicago on the Empire Builder, a train with a stout and classic name, and recorded the straight fire . . . → Read More: Amtrak Writer in Residence Program Seeks to Put Creative Professionals on a Train and Take Them Away

Spinal Tap: It Was 30 Years Ago Today, by Mark Erickson

Thirty years ago today, March 2, 1984, the film This is Spinal Tap was released. This rockumentary, or mockumentary, directed by Rob Reiner, featured Christopher Guest (Nigel Tufnel), Michael McKean (David St. Hubbins), Harry Shearer (Derek Smalls), and a bevy of actors and actresses in guest spots. Numerous actors filled in the role of . . . → Read More: Spinal Tap: It Was 30 Years Ago Today, by Mark Erickson

Accredited Dental Hygiene Schools in California

Do you reside in the Golden State and have dreams of becoming a Dental Hygienist? Check out these top 10 dental hygiene schools in California. With 27 schools in California offering Dental Hygienist programs, it can get difficult to choose which one is the best. Check out our top picks:

1. University of Southern . . . → Read More: Accredited Dental Hygiene Schools in California

10 Jobs That Require No Experience: Apply Now!

Jobs that require no experience is a great way to jumpstart one’s career, especially if the pay offered is very competitive.

The Stereotypical Scenario

Fresh out of college, the degree holder starts to embark on his career. But where should he/she start? The choices are limited by the career opportunities available. Often times, the . . . → Read More: 10 Jobs That Require No Experience: Apply Now!

Screening for Hearing Problems Can Solve Many Issues Later

There are many things that a new born baby is screened for in order to protect the child from complications later. Of these, hearing is an important aspect that could greatly alter a way the child develops. His or her brain may function flawlessly, but there is certain stimuli created from hearing that could . . . → Read More: Screening for Hearing Problems Can Solve Many Issues Later

Hundreds Gather In Near Freezing Temperatures To Protest the Keystone Pipeline, by Holly Homan

Monday night was a night of action all over the country to protest the newly released environmental analysis that the proposed Keystone Pipeline will not increase global warming. What hasn’t been mentioned is that said analysis was written by a company with deep ties to the oil industry and the company that wants to . . . → Read More: Hundreds Gather In Near Freezing Temperatures To Protest the Keystone Pipeline, by Holly Homan

R.I.P. Pete Seeger 1919 – 2014, By Chris Eckman

Goodnight Pete Seeger. One hates to think of the songs that might disappear with his passing. Like us all he got some things wrong…his reaction to “electric” Dylan for example. But his belief in hand-made, rooted music as a progressive force was infinite and inspiring.

– Chris Eckman

Pete Seeger’s Wikipedia Page

No . . . → Read More: R.I.P. Pete Seeger 1919 – 2014, By Chris Eckman

The Three Stooges, Out of Makeup

Best Classic Sports Cars Of 2014

Any vehicle that has a compact frame, sleek styling and two seats can be referred to as a “sports car,” in the strictest sense. However, that is not all there is to sports cars, and this has been shown by automotive history. Many sports cars have come and gone, but only the truly . . . → Read More: Best Classic Sports Cars Of 2014

A Schooner of Madison Memories… by John X. Ambrosavage (with Rimkus!)

Rimkus!’s old pal – and Pacific Northwest National Treasure cartoonist – Ambrosavage was born and raised “across the (proverbial) tracks” on the blue collar side of Madison Wisconsin in the 50′s and 60′s, where he is presently spending the holidays with his Dad (now in his 90′s) – an original swingin’ “Mad Men” who . . . → Read More: A Schooner of Madison Memories… by John X. Ambrosavage (with Rimkus!)

Seattle Legends Girl Trouble Fill Chop Suey To the Max for a 25th Anniversary Show, by Holly Homan

Last Saturday November 23, I had the utmost pleasure of heading out to Chop Suey to see Seattle legends Girl Trouble play their 25th anniversary show. 25th anniversary re-release of the Hit It Or Quit It album on Saturday in Seattle at Chop Suey.

Front man, Kurt (K.P.) Kendall wastes no time in emoting . . . → Read More: Seattle Legends Girl Trouble Fill Chop Suey To the Max for a 25th Anniversary Show, by Holly Homan

Million Mask March in Olympia, WA Draws a Few Hundred to Protest the Loss of Democracy, by Holly Homan

Tuesday was voting day here in the US, but it was also a day of action all over the world. Sponsored by the Group calling themselves Anonymous, The Million Mask March took over major cities worldwide to protest the power grab by the very wealthy and to defend democracy.

I attended a small gathering . . . → Read More: Million Mask March in Olympia, WA Draws a Few Hundred to Protest the Loss of Democracy, by Holly Homan

College Scholarship: 8 Winning Strategies You Should Know

Looking for ways on how to get a scholarship for college? Fact: Each year, The US Department of Education and the nation’s universities and colleges award $46 Billion in grants and scholarship money. Also, about $3.3 Billion in gift aids is awarded by private individuals and different organizations to deserving applicants. Want your share . . . → Read More: College Scholarship: 8 Winning Strategies You Should Know

Will Ghost Replace WordPress as the New Blogging Platform?

Where web design and blogging is concerned, WordPress has changed the game. Everyone from the occasional mommy blogger to e-commerce sites and even larger corporations has used WordPress for driving traffic and getting their information out. However, a new game is in town. Developed by John O’Nolan, Ghost will launch as a new . . . → Read More: Will Ghost Replace WordPress as the New Blogging Platform?

Between Two Very Different Worlds: The Challenges of Veterans in Transition

In February 2013, President Obama announced that 34,000 troops would be returning home from Afghanistan within a year – half the number that are currently stationed there. With more troop reductions expected by the end of 2014, an ever-growing number of military service men and women are finding themselves adjusting to life at . . . → Read More: Between Two Very Different Worlds: The Challenges of Veterans in Transition