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Surviving the School Year

By Samantha Lambert   Whether your child is in elementary, middle, or high school, the next 10 months can be a smooth ride or a rollercoaster of ups and downs. Not only can there be stress for the student, but the parent as well. After teaching middle and high school and tutoring for 35 years, I...

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John Hollan’s Starfish Family

  We were delighted when this photo of the Starfish Family reading BEACHCOMBER showed up in our inbox. John Hollan’s wonderful children’s book THE ADVENTURES OF THE STARFISH FAMILY IN DESTIN, FLORIDA is available at johnhphotography.com, along with a bunch of other cool Starfish...

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Grateful

By Sean Dietrich   A few years ago, I played music in a rundown bar on my late father’s birthday. It was a slow night, which felt a lot like singing to a roomful of house cats.   The crowd fizzled. The bartender was reading Cosmo magazine.   On break, an older man offered to buy me a...

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Gregg Allman – 1947-2017

Musicians, music journalists and music lovers reflect on the passing of the southern rock pioneer.   Lefty Collins: RIP Gregg Allman. Thank you for being a part of the group that changed my life.   Shelly Swanger: Damn. There aren’t enough words to describe how influential the Allman Brothers...

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ZUMBA!

By Paula Hilton   “Are you AAAAWWAAAAAAAAKE?!?” our exuberant Zumba instructor screamed over the loud booming dance music permeating the room.   “YEEEEEEESSSSSSS!” 40 people screamed back, while gyrating wildly to the music.   That’s how I start my weekends.   About two years ago, my...

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Mr. Pochito

By Juan Francisco Adaro   Mr. Pochito was a neighbor of my old studio in La Boca (a barrio of Buenos Aires, Argentina).   He was a great character from this wild neighborhood, always half-drunk and making random comments on my paintings, like “Too much red!” or “A bit more blue, please!”...

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American Singers

By Sean Dietrich   We played music for a nursing home. It was a sterile room with fluorescent lights and a funny smell. People kept asking our guitar player to turn up the volume.   That was a first.   It bears mentioning. We have taken the stage in some ugly places.   We’ve played...

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