27
Jun

Ya ever take nineteen 90 pound sacks of cement to the chest?

I have. I was a landscaper for a while in San Diego, years ago. I loved it. Out in the sunshine, feet in the dirt, free avocados, working in back yards, often with an ocean view. It was hard work but it paid well and I had three babies. more »


6
May

Green Eyes in the Dark Night

Here's the thing about double vision: it drives you nuts. The patch helps but it just aint the same as seeing like I used to. One of the things I have learned to love is the dark. In the dark I can have both eyes open. lids relaxed and I won't get… more »


21
Apr

The End of An Era

Oh, my friends, this is hard to write. As blessed as we have been to be the ones that get to live here, the family has decided to sell The Magic House. We will be leaving here soon to start a new adventure. I can only begin to tell you how bittersweet… more »


17
Sep

Goosebumps from The Magic House

30 years ago a woman planted bulbs around our house. The Magic House we call it; it has a great view and a calmness that heals you. The bulbs grew these tall pink flowers and long green leaves that overflowed out of the middle. I have no idea what they… more »


22
Jun

Have you ever been detained as a child? I was.

Have you ever been detained? I have, when I was a child. I spent a year and a half inside a facility for kids. I wasn’t ripped from my mother’s arms; they bullied her to sign the petition. It was as traumatic as you might think for a 12-year-old. It… more »


25
Apr

My first job

I have some spotty memories of my very early youth. It was a long time ago. I can remember a few special moments from when I was very young. I remember a moment on my dad’s shoulders. Young enough to be in diapers, probably, I sat on his shoulders as he… more »


15
Mar

Old

It happens to everybody, I know. I just don't like it when it happens to me in such a silly way.  We're a musical family and we are insanely supportive of each other. My Son is a rock star in the Bay and he has a show and a release party this weekend.… more »


12
Mar

The Magic House

You know what I do? I’m such an idiot. You know what I do? I forget how good I have it. I bellyache when things don’t go my way. I bitch when the coffee gets cold. I whine about my double-vision and having to look like a friggin pirate now, but you know… more »


23
Feb

Today I saw one of the most romantic things I have ever seen.

We live on the lakeshore. My back yard is a roughly 3,000-acre natural freshwater lake. Sounds great, right? It is mostly, then there is the California drought which essentially added 100 yards of stuff to mow and a really long walk uphill from the… more »


19
Jan

Look what popped up in my Google news feed.

Something to listen to while you read. (new window) [image:66:(Stassi's such a bitch!):.floatright] OK, this is silly, I know, but it made me smile. I was checking the weather on my Nexus 6, a Google phone. On my phone if I swipe left from my home… more »


16
Jan

How to record a 12-string guitar. Check out this DanG Rig.

I get this question a lot so I thought this time I would make a post about it so I can explain why I do what I do when I amplify or record my twelve-string guitar. When I record, I prefer to use a Blumlein Pair. The mics that do that best are kind of… more »


3
Dec

Songs from The Wildrose Charcoal Kilns (part one)

We were on our way home from a really fun wine tour when we decided to take a detour. We've been on the lookout for a good location to play some music and shoot video. We decided to go to the Wildrose Charcoal Kilns in Death Valley. It was kind of on… more »


7
Sep

Get in the JAG!

Well we are off on our adventure (cue the wildwildwest theme), and having a trip. We did a silly thing followed by many silly things. We bought an '05 x-type Jaguar, put some stuff in it and pointed it north. Altitoodles as we say around here. We… more »


30
Aug

Why I play the twelve string guitar

The other day, in a Facebook thread in a huge guitar group, a guitar player asked, "Why do you play the 12-string?" He said he just didn't "get it." Granted, he was young, a mostly electric guy with a few cheap acoustic guitars. So this guy, we'll call… more »


18
Jun

The 9th Annual "What would you say to your Dad today?" FARK Father's Day thread. Bonus: New Dads what will you tell your child today?

Click here for the lyrics We've been posting this on Fark.com for nine years now. The comments are an amazing study in fatherhood. It has been called "cathartic" by many. It has become "a thing." Get it off your chest. Say the things you would have,… more »


8
May

On the topic of Moms

I lost my Mom this year. Today is hard. There are, and have been, some amazing women in my life. Can we take a moment to acknowledge the alt.moms. Step Moms and Granny Moms and Auntie Moms and Daddy Mom... more »


26
Mar

My face is wet.

There are only two things I do well with my eyes closed: play guitar and type. I can't reach my guitar. Sorry. There is a thing that men, Dads in particular, do.  It's really stupid and self-destructive.  It's a tough lesson and you have to learn it… more »


11
Oct

Alisa B

There is a special thing that happens now on the internet as we are more and more open to making friends with people nowhere near us, friends of friends or folks that find your video on youtube and hook up on SocNets. more »


12
Aug

Have you ever changed a boxcar door on a train?

Have you ever changed a boxcar door on a train? I have. For a while there, about a thousand years ago, I worked on the "rip track" for the Rock Island Railroad. I was young and full of cheap beer. I had a rock and roll band and we played Foghat covers o… more »


8
Jul

The Magic House Strikes Again

We had our 17th Annual lakeelsinorecam.com July 4th party and a really special thing happened and I want to share it with you. Pardon my passion as I brag about my crew. My cast party crew, you know who you are, you came, you drank, you conquered.… more »


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