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Author: Carla Camerieri

Poetry in a Glass: Brightly Into Brilliance

Poetry in a Glass: Brightly Into Brilliance

There is a famous sign that welcomes visitors to the Napa Valley that includes a quote from Robert Louis Stevenson that reads, “…and the wine is bottled poetry.” Isn’t that a beautiful thought? I needed a new direction for my Monday posts and I admit to be totally inspired by this idea. Cocktails and poetry… yes, that would work, but what would make it even better would be to make it a series about using wine as a ingredient in drinks, in much the same way as I did with my beer

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Friday Musings: Star Dance

Friday Musings: Star Dance

In the play Much Ado About Nothing, William Shakespeare wrote, “There was a star danced, and under that I was born.” Today is my birthday. Obviously, I am not one of those people who likes to keep it a secret. I love my birthday. I always have, and I suspect that I always will, despite the fact that the number I’m turning seems alarmingly high, especially since I feel like I’m about sixteen. And the problem is that it keeps going up. How did I get here already? 

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Music and Cocktails: Walk in Silence

Music and Cocktails: Walk in Silence

For most of my Music and Cocktails posts I’ve looked to different sources to gain background information about the particular song, or artist, or band about which I was writing. I began researching Joy Division’s “Atmosphere” in much the same way as I always do, yet I quickly realized that most interpretations of the song, as well as its importance to the band in general, were written from the standpoint of lead singer Ian Curtis’ depression and subsequent suicide. It’s

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Friday Musings: Speak My Language

Friday Musings: Speak My Language

Gary Chapman is a theologian and relationship counselor who wrote the book The Five Love Languages. Although I’ve only read excerpts from it, I have taken the quiz, and I find myself fascinated with the concept. Dr. Chapman maintains that there are five basic ways in which we give and receive love: words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service, and physical touch. Although we practice all of them at one time or another, we tend to favor one more than the others, and this is

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Music and Cocktails: Gonna Keep You in Love With Me

Music and Cocktails: Gonna Keep You in Love With Me

I’ve been a huge fan of The National since I saw them in concert nearly seven years ago, and I’m beyond excited to be seeing them again in Philadelphia at the end of September. Their work has been incredibly consistent, and their latest album Sleep Well Beast is certainly no exception in terms of quality, yet it has brought with it a slight shift in sound and meaning. The National has always been a rock band with a very guitar forward focus, but the introduction of carefully selected electronic and orchestral elements on this release raises things to a whole new level, and creates layers of both subtlety and sophistication. Band frontman Matt Berninger, who writes his song lyrics with his wife Carin Besser, often taps into the darker, more melancholic aspects of life and love. That’s one of the reasons why I love The National so much! Sleep Well Beast zeroes in on the idea of the dissolution of long term relationships and the difficulty in maintaining that first flush of love that can so quickly slip away from us. There are also several tracks on the album that focus on our country’s current political situation and leave no question as to who is responsible for it. Greg Kott sums it up best in an article for the Chicago Tribune by saying, ” [Sleep Well Beast] is an album that works well with the lights turned low, if only to better empathize with the dimming prospects of singer Matt Berninger’s narrators.” Totally true.

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