Fritz’s Jazz Bar – NOLA

Hello there.

Just sitting here in Phoenix, AZ sweating my face off in lovely 100° weather, trying to recover from my weekend in New Orleans. We pretty much hit every spot to be hit so keep tuned. But wanted to share this video of Mike Fulton & John Royen from Fritzel’s Jazz Club on Bourbon St. It’s always a favorite place of mine for some most excellent jazz.

You know what I say – Turn it up!

Books of the Summer

I was able to read a lot of books this summer. I loooooove to read. All kinds of books – thrillers, crime, romance, biographies – whatever as long as it’s good. Here are my top five from the summer.

THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah – Set in France, 1939, it captures WWII and shows that the war isn’t fought by only the men. Women have a part too – usually behind the scenes or not discussed because it is always thought that men are the fighters of war. But it is more than war – there is a lovely but sad love story, a family torn apart through death, being frightened to be strong enough for each other and true friendships. A great read. Don’t miss this one but be prepared to grab a Kleenex for the end.

BE FRANK WITH ME by Julia Claiborne Johnson – An eccentric little boy, his reclusive literary legend mother and the assistant (Alice) sent by the publishing company try to work together living under one roof. Frank, the boy, is a bundle of knowledge with a true flair for 1930s fashion, but has rules that people need to follow or possible screaming or becoming a comatose statue on the floor will happen. Alice is Frank’s full-time companion and becomes consumed to find out who Frank’s father is, who is this “Xander” and if his mother will ever finish that book.

JUST KIDS by Patti Smith – I LOVE Patti Smith. She can do no wrong. I have been meaning to read her books (she’s written at least ten books – mostly poetry) and I finally had a chance. In Just Kids she tells us a never seen before glimpse of her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe during the coolest days of New York City and the Chelsea Hotel during the sixties and seventies.

THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY by Erik Larson – This one was really good. I love non-fiction stories. It intertwines the true tale of the 1893 World’s Fair and a serial killer who lured victims during the same time. A combination of architecture, history and haunted stories.

GIRL IN A BAND by Kim Gordon – I guess I was into Rock n Roll this summer. Girl In A Band is a memoir by Kim Gordon, founding member of Sonic Youth, fashion icon, and role model for a generation of women. A fascinating chronicle of the band that helped pave the way for Nirvana, Hole, Smashing Pumpkins and others. All bands I still love. Read it and rock out.

Start reading up, yo! What books can you recommend? Would love to hear.

When I find a song I like I play it OVER and OVER and OVER again. And since I have posted a lot lately of my Christmas favorites I am in heaven by just scrolling down on my blog and watching each video again and again. Happy Happy Joy Joy!!

Another thing that brings me joy? I have a pretty long list but at the top are my cats, Felix, my family, my friends, my students…. and the list goes on. This pic represents at least three things on that list.

1. My cat Growler. I am so thankful he is healthy after being diagnosed with FIV. Felix and I were very worried and so sad when we found out. But he has been the perfect picture of health! I chalk it up to love. Love CAN conquer all. But I can’t forget our other cats – Cow, Holmes, P Diddy and Eva. I love them all. Go ahead, call me the crazy cat lady. Meow.

2. My friends. I don’t have too many close friends, the older I get the more I have moved away from the ones that aren’t true. Which is fine with me. But Jeannette, Bess, Amy, Linda, Perla, Donita and my Loobirds (a group of girls that grew up together since high school -Steph, Susie, Beth, Roberta plus the aforementioned Bess, Amy and Linda) they are my rock. And I love them to pieces. In the picture is our Loobird symbol, a gift to all of us from Susie.

3. And of course my boyfriend, Felix. When I think of him it always puts a smile on my face. He is also my rock. We have been together for over ten years. From meeting in Virginia, to moving to Germany and then our adventure to Mallorca which has lasted more than seven years now! He makes me laugh out loud, smile from ear to ear; I can be completely goofy around him with strange faces or interesting dance moves and he loves me all the same. I love him so very much.

So enough with the cheese fest. Check out this pic. Growler Man, the Loobird xmas ornament, Papa Noel and one of my favorite pics of Felix and me.

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xmas growler