This Groundbreaking Comics Shop Owner Wants To Help Writers and Artists Break Into the Industry

Ariell Johnson made history in 2015 with her Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, becoming the first black woman to open a comics shop on the East Coast. Now, with the help of a $50,000 grant from the Knight Foundation, Johnson has her sights set on changing the comics industry from the ground up.

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‘Take Two Songs and Call Me in the Morning’: How Music Might Be Your Next Prescription Drug | Outside Online

In 2013, this question spurred Ketki Karanam, former head of product design at Nokia, biologist Marko Ahtisaari, and postdoc student Yadid Ayzenberg to lay the groundwork for the Sync Project, a Boston-based company whose main goal is to develop music as precision medicine. For the past two years, Sync has been spearheading various studies that look at the connection between music and the mind. The company has collaborated with advisers from Berklee College of Music, MIT Media Lab, and Spotify to gather dat

Source: ‘Take Two Songs and Call Me in the Morning’: How Music Might Be Your Next Prescription Drug | Outside Online

Canada police investigate theft of mummified human toe served in drinks | World news | The Guardian

For more than 40 years the Downtown hotel in Dawson City has served up the sourtoe cocktail, a shot of whisky with a blackened toe – nail and all – bobbing inside. Those who manage to touch the gnarled, severed toe to their lips earn a certificate. On Saturday a customer took it one step further, allegedly making off with the wrinkled digit after swallowing his drink. “We are furious,” said Terry Lee of the hotel. “Toes are very hard to come by.”

Stay interesting Canada 🙂

Source: Canada police investigate theft of mummified human toe served in drinks | World news | The Guardian

 

UPDATE:  Thief returned the toe with an apology!  (Of course they did, it is CANADA after all!)  🙂

Read about the return here:  http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2017/06/23/Stolen-toe-used-in-cocktail-returned-to-Canadian-hotel-with-apology/2111498224066/

Boulder Acoustic Society’s Scott McCormick Traded in Music for Photography | Westword

After an argument with the powers-that-be over a Toyota contract valued at roughly six million dollars, McCormick was told that his services were no longer needed.

“The possibility of having that amount of money made me a nutcase,” he says. “I was just no good. I thought, ‘Is that what this is gonna end up being? I’m gonna be a weirdo that no one wants to be around for some stupid soundscapes and jingles?’ I tried real hard, and then I failed real hard.”

Never hesitate to change direction when you feel you need to.

Source: Boulder Acoustic Society’s Scott McCormick Traded in Music for Photography | Westword

Larkburger teams up with nonprofit to provide children’s books through pediatricians – The Denver Post

Pediatricians, a nonprofit and a burger joint are teaming up this week to provide children with two summer favorites: ice cream and reading.

Larkburger, the Colorado-based fast-casual burger restaurant, is hosting a book drive through Friday for Reach Out and Read Colorado.All of Larkburger’s Colorado locations are collecting new and gently used books to donate to the program, which provides books to children through their pediatricians, with an emphasis on children in poverty.

When a customer donates a book to the drive, Larkburger will provide a free kid’s ice cream. Donated books may range from infant to young adult reading levels, and should have covers and pages intact, with clean and unmarked pages.

I love this idea!! Especially utilizing pediatricians to reach the right kids.

I Kind of also love the free ice cream, but don’t tell. ;P

 

 

Source: Larkburger teams up with nonprofit to provide children’s books through pediatricians – The Denver Post

You can’t always help.

Reading some sad news stories this morning has made me realize that YOU can’t help everyone, especially if they don’t want your help or identify you as a source of their problems.

Hopefully they will find someone who can help them. Someone they let in and recognize as a source of comfort. It’s just that in some cases that person they need will not be you.

I don’t know how your suppose to handle that situation, I only know it exists. Sometimes, it seems, when the wrong person tries to help they actually end up making the situation worse.

The world can be such a confusing place. People are all so different. What helps one person hurts another. Sometimes it just makes you turn away & look only to self-preservation.

I think many, many folks are in this state of being right now – just trying to survive without doing more harm.

It can make for a very cold & lonely world.

Busy, Busy, Busy

I haven’t been keeping up with this blog & website but I have a VERY good reason!

As many know, my husband and I currently live in Alaska year-round.  We’ve been here for about three years but things are changing!

Hubby has landed a new opportunity that will require us to relocate to the Mid-Atlantic Coastal region of the “Lower 48” – so we are in the middle of making that move happen.

As you can imagine, moving from or to Alaska is no easy feat!  I’ve moved dozens and dozens of time in my life, but Alaska is by far the most challenging of all the moves I’ve made.

Anywho – I may not be able to update this blog as often as I would like during the process.  We already have all of our stuff packed & ready for the movers to pack up and hubby flies out to the East Coast this week to settle things out there.  I will have some down-time in between now & the date of our Ferry ride back to the Lower 48 – so I may be able to get some updates done during this time – but no promises 😉

Keep your eyes peeled to see how this goes for us – there will at least be lots of interesting stuff about the Inland Passage Ferry Ride headed south and then the Cross Country trip from West Coast to East Coast while accompanied by our dog and cat.  I’m sure I’ll find something to write about then!

My best to all of you – and see you soon!!

~ Alesia