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Fabulous Fridays: #52Lists Project

Today’s list is all about the people you want to be like. I’ll refrain from judging you if you refrain from judging me about who made the cut for me! LOL OK, here we go:52lists

  • Ann Wilson
  • Gene Simmons (The man is a brilliant businessman)
  • Judy Blume (In my opinion one of the best authors ever!)
  • JK Rowling (I love the fact that she kept her common sense in the face of writing such an amazing story!)
  • Martha Stewart
  • My grandmother
  • My former religion teacher who has more faith than I will EVER have.

I know it seems like a short list, but in so many of these categories, I have never thought about this stuff before. The authors ask us to take action this week by finding the person you most want to emulate in your own life and try to be more like them.

Who do you admire? Feel free to comment below. I look forward to hearing from you.


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Buy It, Borrow It or Bag It: Growing Up Duggar by Jana, Jinger, Jessa and Jill Duggar

Duggar    First of all in full disclosure…I only Borrowed this book from the library. I do not have a daughter that I could share a book like this with so it made no sense for me to purchase it at all. However, I was curious. I have been very fascinated by this family for a long time and I was curious as to what a book “all about relationships” would be about.

As you might expect (or know, if you watch the show) the Duggars have VERY conservative Christian values. The books they read, the limited TV they watch, the Internet sites that they use are all heavily monitored by their parents. They dress modestly, the girls are usually in dresses (unless safety is an issue and they would have to wear pants for some reason), although they are not prevented from receiving a college education, there’s nothing to suggest that any of the daughters have big plans to enroll in Harvard any time soon.

So what would these kids have to say about relationships? Quite a lot and to my surprise, some of it I actually agree with. Oh, I don’t think I would tell my daughter (if I had one) to hold off on kissing her boyfriend until her wedding day, but I do see a lot of value in concentrating on getting to know a person better through non-physical ways of communication and not concerning oneself with having the best clothes, shoes, etc. I may not care or their long denim skirts, but the Duggar girls don’t look like frumpy slobs either. In one part of the book, they mention wedding dress designers that make modest gowns and out of curiosity, I went to the websites they listed…I was shocked. I expected to see something really….well outdated, but I saw some gorgeous gowns that I NEVER would have categorized as “Duggarish.”

Os there a lot of mention of God? You bet. Is there a lot of conservative claptrap? Yeppers. I cracked up when they talked about getting involved with politics and “finding a good conservative candidate” because ok, maybe that’s not the best message to send. However, it’s their book and if you are buying a book by the Duggars and expecting it to be radically different from what you see on TV…well, then you are barking up the wrong tree.

I am all about positive roe models for today’s girls and unfortunately it seems like there aren’t a lot so I will take what I can get. Years ago, I had Jo, Blair, Natalie and Tootie each week to help me make sense of life, not Khloe, Kourtney and the rest of the Kardashian crew. If you are a mother, Borrow this book and read it for yourself before introducing it to your daughter. If you like what you read, then there you go (believe me, this book is NOT for everyone)…if it’s not for your family find something else. But find something else. Because if we don’t identify solid mentors for them, they will find their own.

As an aside and speaking as a former daughter: If your daughter does have a role model that you feel is inappropriate, talk to her about why she likes that person. You may be surprised. Once upon a time, my mother HATED the fact that I admired Gene Simmons of KISS…she called him a “freak.” Finally one day she said, “I just don’t see why you like him, Julie.” To which I replied, ” Well mom, he has a strong work ethic, is devoted to his mother, used to be a school teacher, has a degree and at one time thought about becoming a rabbi. His mother survived the Nazi death camps and he vowed never to do drugs or touch alcohol. I also heard that he can speak seven different languages. Still think he is a bad influence on me?” She never said another bad thing about him and actually started watching his show! My point is, don’t criticize what you don’t understand until you take the time to find out more.

As for the Duggar girls…check it out and decide for yourself.

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Fabulous Fridays: Happy August

My favorite month of the year has officially begun! I positively LOVE August. Although it tends to be blisteringly hot, school starts, and it is a painful reminder that summer is coming to an end, it is the only month of the year with no holiday in it other than my birthday making it an extra special month indeed!!

I got to thinking about people who were born in the month of August along with me and I discovered that there are a lot of famous faces who will celebrate this month alongside me. While some are Leos and others are Virgos, I can’t help feeling a kinship to a few of them. Here are a few of those who have upcoming Birthdays this month:

Martha Stewart    1. Martha Stewart 8/3: The diva of domesticity is (not surprisingly) a Leo. I read that she actually organized a Leo-themed birthday party one year and in a spur of the “fan girl” moment, I actually sent Ms. Stewart a birthday card. I received a lovely thank you note in return.


Gene    2. Gene Simmons 8/10: My buddy Gene will be celebrating his 65th birthday this year and I have to hand it to anyone who can still tour the way he does. Mazel Tov to you, my friend!


madonna300     3. Madonna 8/16: Somehow I am not surprised that the Material Girl and I share a birthday month and it is explains so much to know that she is a Leo. Although there are times I like her and times I hate her…she was a game changer in the music world.


Robert Plant    4. Robert Plant 8/20: Yes, the Golden God and I share a birth month and I have to admit, I get a little thrill in knowing this. I will never be as good of a singer as he is. I highly doubt I will ever see Led Zeppelin in concert (outside of a DVD) so at least I have this one little thing in common with him.


Michael Jackson    5. Michael Jackson (Deceased) 8/29: Sorry, I ordinarily do not commemorate the birthdays of dead people (that strikes me as a bit counter productive) but in this case, I am only too happy to share a birthday month with the most famous Hoosier of them all.

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Naptown Nostalgia: Let the Music Play On

used_records      I miss music stores. I’m not talking about the places loaded with the “if you break it, you buy it” signs on the guitars and some Jimmy Page wannabe plucking out the opening notes of “Stairway.” That’s an instrument shop. (OK fine, it technically qualifies as a a “music store” but I will make my point in a minute so work with me here.) I’m talking about music stores, the kind of place where you can find every album, tape, CD, rock music trade rag, t-shirt and popular sheet music one could ever want. The MUSIC store.

Once upon a time they were everywhere: There was Swann’s on 10th Street, the Listening Booth, Camelot, National Record Mart, a few places in Broad Ripple, etc…all staffed by people who knew all of the latest artists and knew exactly what you were looking for before you even asked. Sometimes it seemed that the employees of these emporiums had nothing to do all day but talk about the lives and careers of the music gods and debate the merits of Freddie Mercury vs. Robert Plant, but in reality, those conversations built a loyal customer base that lasted until digital downloads put the last nail in the coffin of the music industry as we knew it.

Don’t get me wrong. I love to stream my music. I’m as guilty as the next person, but I miss unfolding a double album jacket to see the central photo on the inside. I miss  reading the lyrics and liner notes as I listen to a vinyl album for the first time. I miss the work that goes into the art on the cover (some of those albums were truly iconic) and I miss flipping through the poster rack to find that black light Zeppelin poster that I knew my mother would never let me hang in my bedroom.

I tell this story because tonight, I was able to reach out and touch the past. Irvington Vinyl inside Bookmamas is EXACTLY the kind of place we used to have but don’t anymore. From the moment I stepped inside and breathed in the musty smell of wax and old cardboard, I was a goner. (Thank God my purse was in the car or I would be BROKE!) I saw the familiar faces of the Fab Four smiling out from the Meet The Beatles album, a seal copy of Led Zeppelin II and III (they are probably reissues, but who cares?) There was a signed Brian Wilson Smile framed on the wall and I was drooling over some of the old magazines featuring some of my favorite artists.

“Funny thing about old albums is that sometimes the goodies inside were worth more than the actual disc,” I commented offhandedly.

“Very true,” he replied. “Some of that stuff is worth a lot.”

“KISS excelled at that including stickers, tattoos and other things that ended up being the real collector’s items,” I went on. “Of course then there is the bummer of buying an album three or four times only to find out that you still don’t have the rare version. I found that out the hard way with Heart’s Magazine.”

“Oh yeah, if you don’t have the original from the legal dispute when the songs were in a different order it’s not the same,” he confirmed.

Was I really having this conversation after all of these years? Who would have ever believed it? Sure on occasion I see some of these old album covers but usually it is somewhere that people are using them to make attractive tote bags (which feels sacrilegious  to me somehow) or in places like Urban Outfitters who wins brownie points for trying but you KNOW none of the employees know what is supposedly so significant about Paul’s bare feet on the Abbey Road cover.

While I know that this is not the only “music” store in the city, it is the closest one to me and I am begging all of my fellow Indy residents to support these businesses who “Keep the Faith,” who “Don’t Stop Beliveing” and who at times are “Livin’ on a Prayer” in order to make sure that the music goes on and on and on and on….

Until Next time, Keep Rockin’,

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