Throwback Thursday 64: All About Omnism

The 64th Throwback Thursday is from a trip I took to Santa Fe, New Mexico, in September 2014. One night there, at the Blue Corn Cafe, I met Jesse and Sarah Smith — a couple who talked about discovering and loving omnism thanks to trying a hallucinogenic drug, meeting otherworldly…

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Farewell Margarita Pracatan

Very sad news with the passing of Cuban singing sensation Margarita Pracatan. Calling her “one of a kind” doesn’t do Margarita justice. She developed a unique style as a performer, winging the notes on her electric keyboard and singing however she wanted regardless of what the song required. If she…

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Throwback Thursday 63: Working For Veterans

The 63rd Throwback Thursday is my August 2014 dinner with Marlene Hall at Eamonn’s fish and chip shop in Alexandria, Virginia. Serving eight years in the Air Force helped develop her passion for helping veterans. She told me about her work with veterans organizations, as well as her other interests…

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Throwback Thursday 62: How To Get To Sesame Street

A new interview is coming Tuesday — although it was done in February, pre-social distancing and stay at home orders. I have that interview and another from February still to post, and am doing so slowly because I don’t know when I’ll dine with a stranger next. Until next week,…

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Thank You Baked Potato

British actor/comedian/writer Matt Lucas is singing his way toward raising £1 million for the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and to provide 6,000 meals every day into London hospitals for critical care staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. He’s doing so with his quirky song “Thank You Baked Potato,” in which…

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Throwback Thursday 61: Matt Of All Trades

The 61st Throwback Thursday is my July 2014 dinner in New York with Matt Bauman, a man with many pursuits. He’s a busy actor, a realtor, and launched his own website that connects people in the theater industry with coaches and teachers, such as vocal trainers. We talked about all…

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Louisa Hall’s Griefcat Releases Debut Album

Ukulele-playing singer-songwriter Louisa Hall (the 57th stranger interviewed over dinner) has developed a stellar reputation for her solo career performing unique and funny songs like “Barista Boyfriend” and “Internet Love Song,” among many others. But she’s also writing and singing similarly amusing and heartfelt songs for Griefcat, a duo with…

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Throwback Thursday 60: Behind The Craft

New interview tomorrow (done prior to social distancing)! For today, here’s the 60th Throwback Thursday: dinner in June 2014 with Brendan Kelleher, who talked about his website Behind The Craft. Brendan, a beer enthusiast, used the site to interviews owners of craft breweries and learn about the process of making…

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