#46 Gear Head

My first car was a 1968 Chevelle Malibu. My dad wanted me to have something reliable, classy, and a vehicle that would take a beating- should I ever hit a deer or drive into a ditch, which I did. I'd…

#45 Our Big Break

It was a frigid February evening, and Danny Rampage & I had been arguing. He left to grab some drinks with colleagues and I, feeling frustrated & irritated, decided to go to bed early. I did my usual bedtime routine…

#44 Trophy Husband

Because I grew up poor, I always assumed I was going to make it up to myself by marrying into money. I had visions of lavishing myself with exorbitant gifts, treating myself to luxurious vacations, and being able to shop…

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#43 Potty Mouth

When I moved to Eastern Europe, I can remember being both excited & nervous to try out my Macedonian language skills. My boyfriend and I were gathered around the dinner table for a meal with his siblings and his non-English…

#42 Strength In Sobriety

When you picture the lifestyle of most rock musicians, images of wild concerts, exuberant groupies, and partying until reaching a loss of consciousness likely come to mind. Widely portrayed in almost every music-themed movie or musician documentary are tales of…

#41 Woodstock

There's this thing that used to happen that doesn't anymore, because the last time they tried to have it, everything turned to complete shit… literally. From simple concepts like love and peace, a music festival was born.  And out of…

#39 The Sweater

I have a sweater that I bought years ago. I got it new, which is a rare thing for me, being the second-hand junkie that I am. I had gone into the store to buy milk, but then I saw…

#38 Darkness

I've always had a propinquity to the dark side. I can remember at age 9, going to volunteer with my grandma at a little gift shop outside a railroad depot in Calumet, MN. I was in charge of running…

#37 Runaway

When I was 9, I ran away from home. I can't imagine what my parents could have possibly said or done that would have upset me to the extent that I felt the need to abscond, but for whatever…

#36 Granny G-Funk

Today I'm going to tell you about my favorite person to ever live. 

I'm tearing up a bit as I write this, just thinking about what a truly righteous and inspiring woman my maternal grandma was for so many…

#35 Food Porn

I have an affinity for cooking that quite possibly exceeds my love of music. But it wasn't always that way. When asked to take a Home Economics class in high school, I sneered and signed up for Wood Shop…