Roasted Dandelion Root Smells Like Chocolate Chip Cookies Baking and the Best Syrup You’ve Ever Tasted, by Jill Kuhel

It took 1/2 hour to pick the dandelions.

Tuesday eating from your yard tip~Dandelions are a treasure trove of potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin A,C,K and B6. The flowers, leaves and roots are edible. The green parts are bitter, but the yellow of the flower is not. I throw several young dandelion leaves in . . . → Read More: Roasted Dandelion Root Smells Like Chocolate Chip Cookies Baking and the Best Syrup You’ve Ever Tasted, by Jill Kuhel

Legendary London Punks the Damned Headline A Fun Filled Show at Seattle’s Showbox, by Holly Homan

On Easter Sunday I finally got the privilege of seeing legendary London punks the Damned. I’ve been waiting a long time. Last time I was set to see them it was Halloween Eve maybe 2007, but their visas didn’t come through and they had to cancel.

The show began with keyboardist (Monty Oxy Moron) . . . → Read More: Legendary London Punks the Damned Headline A Fun Filled Show at Seattle’s Showbox, by Holly Homan

Truth Continues to be the First Casualty of Both War and Politics, by Mark Erickson

Aeschylus

In the months prior to America’s illegal invasion into Iraq on March 20, 2003, Americans were told by 43 that the war was necessary to eliminate weapons of mass destruction, Mr. Hussein was a threat to the U.S, and 43 implied that Mr. Hussein was responsible for the September 11, 2001, attack on . . . → Read More: Truth Continues to be the First Casualty of Both War and Politics, by Mark Erickson

March to May – Madeleine

Seattle’s March to May have a new tune, “Madeleine” which you can hear below, and a new album, Through the Night, which will be released on April 21. Their sound is organic, locally-grown, small-batch, artisanal chamber folk and so far all of their tunes have been excellent. A duo– Beth Wesche (Celtic harp, . . . → Read More: March to May – Madeleine

Sweet Spirit – The Power

Austin’s self-described “freak parade,” Sweet Spirit, harnesses the force of their eight-piece band to create a high-energy, soulful, gritty, and just-straight-up-fun soundscape. Sabrina Ellis’ (A Giant Dog) standout vocals provide the anchor for the array of pop, rock, glam, soul, and blues that blend together seamlessly. St. Mojo, the sophomore album, came out on . . . → Read More: Sweet Spirit – The Power

April Baseball: Life In The Club Section, and Matt Cain Lives For Another Day, by Chuck Strom

For those who like to attend professional sports, the world has become increasingly segregated, with stadiums featuring luxury boxes and exclusive club sections with comforts and amenities above what is normally available to the average fan. Fortunately, at least at AT&T Park in San Francisco, it is possible occasionally to crash the party . . . → Read More: April Baseball: Life In The Club Section, and Matt Cain Lives For Another Day, by Chuck Strom

Violet Leaves and Flowers: Delicious and Nutritious, by Jill Kuhel

Violet leaves and flowers are edible giving us vitamin C and A. I add violet leaves to my lunch salad. The flowers make a lovely edible garnish on fruit salads, soups, drinks or desserts. I freeze the flowers in ice cubes to add to drinks in the winter when I long for a taste . . . → Read More: Violet Leaves and Flowers: Delicious and Nutritious, by Jill Kuhel

Chicago’s Flatfoot 56 Brings Their Celtic Punk to Seattle’s Funhouse, by Holly Homan

On April 4 I finally got to see Chicago’s Celtic punk rockers Flatfoot 56. I think it was 2009 when I saw them last opening for Street Dogs. That was the last time they played Seattle. I would have missed this show entirely if it weren’t for a bit of serendipity. I was sharing . . . → Read More: Chicago’s Flatfoot 56 Brings Their Celtic Punk to Seattle’s Funhouse, by Holly Homan

Part Shangri-Las and Part Jesus & Mary Chain: Introducing New York’s Sunshine & the Rain

Sunshine & the Rain is a duo consisting of husband and wife Ashley Morey (vocals, bass) and Justin Morey (guitar), both formerly of critically acclaimed psych rockers The Black Hollies. They have produced what has to be a contender for album of the year. Recorded in Sonic Youth’s Echo Canyon West studio with the . . . → Read More: Part Shangri-Las and Part Jesus & Mary Chain: Introducing New York’s Sunshine & the Rain

AC/DC: Girls Got Rhythm Retooled to Fit the Day, By Mark Erickson

My favorite rock vocalist is Freddie Mercury of Queen. Also in my top five are Randy Blythe of Burn the Priest/Lamb of God, Michael Akerfeldt of Opeth, pre-cape Elvis Presley, and Bon Scott from AC/DC. (James Brown “ranks” #2 if the category expands beyond rock.) Regarding the last front man, I cranked Back in . . . → Read More: AC/DC: Girls Got Rhythm Retooled to Fit the Day, By Mark Erickson

Basketball’s New NCAA Champions, Fresh From The Gridiron, by Chuck Strom

Given that last night’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship was played in a cavernous NFL stadium, it seems appropriate that it eventually resembled a football game, with lots of hard contact as North Carolina and Gonzaga struggled to deny each other anything close to an open shot. One has to wonder how much Portland native . . . → Read More: Basketball’s New NCAA Champions, Fresh From The Gridiron, by Chuck Strom

A Point And Two Rebounds Short, by Chuck Strom

For most of the second half of the North Carolina/Oregon NCAA Men’s Semifinal on Saturday, the Ducks were ice cold from the field and beaten regularly on their own glass, yet they managed to cling to life by drawing fouls and going 25 for 28 from the line. As often happens in such games, . . . → Read More: A Point And Two Rebounds Short, by Chuck Strom

The Final Chapter, by Mark Erickson

Remains of Penn State’s Joe Paterno statue post-scandal.

On March 13, 2017, two former administrators from Pedophilia State University pled guilty to child endangerment after years of maintaining their innocence. Tim Curley, the former athletic director, and Gary Schultz, a former vice president, apparently thought the plea deal and their testimony at the upcoming . . . → Read More: The Final Chapter, by Mark Erickson

Dubioza Kolektiv – Nurk Fever

Seven foot tall Bosnian basketball star Jusuf Nurkic came to the Trailblazers in a trade at the NBA All Star Break. Since then he has energized the Zers and led them to a considerable number of victories. Friday, a Bosnian band called Dubioza Kolektiv released a surprisingly good tribute song called “Nurk Fever,” which . . . → Read More: Dubioza Kolektiv – Nurk Fever

The Republican Waterloo, by Vino Knight-Trané

There’s no one like adult conservatives (such as there are) for eviscerating Republicans as they plumb the depths of imbecility. Today’s column in The Atlantic from David Frum, a former speechwriter for Dubya, is exemplary in this regard. His analysis of the Republicans’ failure on Obamacare is instructive in a couple of ways: on . . . → Read More: The Republican Waterloo, by Vino Knight-Trané

NCAA Bracket Update, Round of 16, by Chuck Strom

The two biggest takeaways from yesterday’s Round of 16 action was Oregon’s advancement in a nail-biter over Michigan and Arizona’s demise to #11 Xavier in a similarly close contest. Kansas still looks like the most dominant team in the tournament, which bodes ill for Oregon, its Elite Eight opponent. My bracket is still . . . → Read More: NCAA Bracket Update, Round of 16, by Chuck Strom

The San Francisco Giants Pay Off Their Mortgage, by Chuck Strom

Found this item today buried in a Ringer article about the Oakland Raiders and their pending move to Las Vegas: the San Francisco Giants just sent their last mortgage check for AT&T Park without even issuing a new release to mark the occasion:

http://www.sfchronicle.com/giants/article/Giants-pay-off-AT-T-Park-prepare-for-another-10952512.php

The windfall isn’t expected to impact the Giants greatly. The . . . → Read More: The San Francisco Giants Pay Off Their Mortgage, by Chuck Strom

Save Ferris Headline A Fun Filled and Tantalizing Night at Seattle’s Tractor Tavern, By Holly Homan

On March 19 Seattle once again hosted a rousing fun night of (mostly) ska bands, this time at the Tractor Tavern. The headliners were the recently reformed Save Ferris. The only original member is lead singer/front woman Monique (Moe) Powell and she entered the stage after the rest of the band started playing. . . . → Read More: Save Ferris Headline A Fun Filled and Tantalizing Night at Seattle’s Tractor Tavern, By Holly Homan

California’s Snowpack, 2015 and Now, by Chuck Strom

The Gray Lady, otherwise known as the New York Times, posted a photo comparison between the current Sierra Nevada snowpack and that of two years ago:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/03/22/us/california-measuring-snowpack.html

The difference is striking. Not that California’s out of the woods yet. The state used a lot of its groundwater to make up the shortfall two years . . . → Read More: California’s Snowpack, 2015 and Now, by Chuck Strom

A Noble NBA Experiment Gone Awry, by Chuck Strom

One of the noticeable characteristics of the NBA nowadays is the constant din of music, promotions, giveaways, and dance routines during a game. Hardly a moment, even during time-outs, is allowed to go empty, possibly out of the fear that if fans’ attention is allowed to lapse for even a second, they will lose . . . → Read More: A Noble NBA Experiment Gone Awry, by Chuck Strom