Beware These Books

I am so grateful to my local library for warning me which books to avoid! Before those handy little cross stickers, I would sometimes check out a book, get it home, open it up and read such disturbing passages as: “After hearing all that Douglass had to say about Jesus Christ, Reese confessed Him as … Read More

Am I Cool Yet, Strolling Scones?

Musicians Rick Stockton and Helen Highwater
[photo by Devon Meyers]
CONFESSION: For several years now I have secretly hoped that Rick Stockton and Helen Highwater’s awesomeness would somehow rub off on me.

This attractive pair formed The Strolling Scones band for a 60′s-themed New Year’s Eve gig a few years back. Somehow the theme stuck, and they found themselves touring the Southwest decked out in miniskirts and go-go boots, sideburns and bell-bottoms, opening for the likes of Joe Cocker.

Over the years they’ve lost the outfits but kept the retro rock sound. Rick plays guitar and Helen the bass, and they both sing. Their voices blend beautifully, and I love their harmonies.

Did I mention they’ve been playing together since the invention of Spandex? Man oh man, are they tight!

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Hairstyles of the Sick and Heinous

I love walking my dogs through urban parks — gives me a great excuse to eavesdrop. Here’s a little exchange I overheard the other day at the tennis courts . . . . A group of young women wearing matching skorts practice their tennis serves. A young man enters the courts, wearing a baseball cap. … Read More