My First Record

In the 1960's-70s, 1000s of families all across America migrated from cities to newly built suburbs. My parents were two of those people.

Newly married, and looking to settle down, they did what so many other couples did; they bought a starter house in a new(ish) neighborhood. Today that city…


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I have spent most of the last 20 years on a soccer field. If I wasn’t playing, I was coaching. If I wasn’t coaching, I was watching one of my sons play. On top of that, I became a referee a few years ago as well.

I’ve seen some wonderful…


Music

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There are often certain conventions attached to holiday playlists.

For example, on Thanksgiving, there really can only be one song.

With Christmas, people usually have their own lines drawn in the sand:

  • Traditional vs. non-traditional…
  • Religion-themed vs laic…
  • What’s the earliest allowable date to hear Mariah Carey’s “All I Want…


Music

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Note: Each week I take a look back at my playlists and share songs that were either played the most, got stuck in my head, or just stood out. Many are new to me, but there are old faves mixed in as well.

This week I found myself studying the…


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A lot of music is made for passive consumption.

Listening is something that happens passively in the background while you’re doing something else. People don’t actually block time to listen to the radio or records anymore.

The Fall is not one of those bands.

But people used to, and for prolific bands like The Fall that meant cultivating a rabid listener base. You were either all in…


Music

Me getting my groove on. Photo: Author’s collection.

Note: Each week I take a look back at my playlists and share songs that were either played the most, got stuck in my head, or just stood out. Many are new to me, but there are old faves mixed in as well.

It’s Fall again (already).

I don’t mean…


Interview

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[1] Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Getting started is exhausting. I feel like typing that first word is the hardest. Once I get rolling, all of that weight just falls away. Finishing an article is like a lightning bolt of energy.

I don’t have a lot of vices left, but the rush that comes just after…


Minimalism

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It’s the first of the month, and that means it’s time to start another round of the Minimalist Game, or “Mins Game” for short. I have played several times and completed a few. I can tell you from experience it has an amazing effect on your mood.

Want to focus…

Kevin Alexander

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