Moonshine Chronicles Blog

The day my world changed

It was a blistering August day in Los Angeles. I fled the heat with my newborn son for that haven of air conditioned air: The mall. Shopping wasn’t an option — funds were tight for our little family. But the cool air and wide walkways were free (to us) and I could look, right? I nestled my tiny munchkin into……


The value of not knowing things

In my family, whenever a question arises that we don’t know the answer to, someone will invariably say, mock-wistfully, “If only there was a way to find out!” – usually while everyone is already reaching for their phones, gunslinger style, to see who’s fastest on the draw. I’m as guilty of it as anyone. Knowing things that others don’t is an addictive pleasure. Bam!……


OMG! I’m gonna die!

Sitting in the open door of the airplane. Nearly fourteen thousand feet below my dangling toes, the lovely Washington coast is a green and blue abstract.

I know I am going to die.

And I couldn’t be happier.

From the time we first encounter death – usually the loss of a pet or a grandparent as a child – we all know we’re……


Turning 60: A letter to my 50-year-old self

I turned 60 today and there are some things I wish I could have told my 50-year-old self. She was so worried.

Dear me,

Hey there, 50! It’s me, 60. Still alive, as you can see.

You spent the whole year leading up to your 50th birthday in a stew of worry: What tortures does menopause have in store for me? Will I……


What you should never call an older person

I mean it. Stop it right now.

I know you meant it as a compliment, but it’s not. When people call me “young at heart” they mean something like active, adventurous, creative, involved. How remarkable for someone who is, well, (whispered) old!

Calling an old person “young at heart” — or calling a young person “old before his time” for that matter —……


Warm Cookies: The World’s Most Powerful Substance

I play in a band.

What does this have to do with warm cookies, you ask? Patience, grasshopper. We’ll get there.

It was just three days before an important gig when my amp started acting up — crackling and buzzing instead of nice clean music. I called my local repair shop and explained the problem.

“Probably a loose connection. Bring it in,” he……


Eating your veggies was never THIS good

I recently became the owner of a Paderno Vegetable Spiral Slicer — or “spiralizer” for short. I’ve been wanting to eat healthier — more veggies, fewer processed carbs — but I didn’t seem to be cut out for a life without pasta. Until now. The spiralizer turns any cylindrical veg (zucchini works best) into something that actually passes for spaghetti…….


A difficult gift to a child

I am waiting for bad news. Or good news.

It’s not something I’m very good at – waiting. I can’t just put things I’m worried about out of my mind and get on with the day.

What I’m waiting for is a test result. In a week or so, my 29-year-old son will learn if he inherited the BRCA1 genetic mutation from……


Things you will NEVER hear at a band sound check

(Note: Originally published on Huffington Post)

If you’ve played in a working band, you’ve been through the routine a thousand times. Pull in at a club, haul your gear in, set up and hope you have time to check the sound before downbeat. Below is a list of things no participant at a sound check said. Ever.

From the band leader:

The levels……


A moment of dignity from the TSA

I know, I know. TSA? Really? The abominable agents of airport angst? The humorless automatons whom we meekly obey, no matter how capricious the rules, since they have the power to thwart our best laid plans? That TSA? Yes, them.

I traveled from Seattle to Los Angeles yesterday. It’s been one year since my mother passed away and I was heading to a……