Perhaps it’s way past time.

Over the course of 25 years, folk rock icons Indigo Girls — Amy Ray and Emily Saliers — have not only released more than a dozen albums, they have also displayed a deep dedication to social, political and environmental issues, mixing music and activism in equal parts.

In 1993, they co-founded Honor the Earth, the Native American support and awareness group, along with activist Winona LaDuke — and two decades on, they’re still actively involved with that cause and others, from immigration reform to campaigning against the death penalty. On the eve of the release of One Lost Day, their first studio album in four years — and their performance at TEDWomen on Wednesday night — we spoke to Ray about how they speak up for what they believe in (without getting preachy), the evolution of their music, and the state of women around the world.

Over the years…

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HoarseMan Has a New Employee – Sort Of

Posted: December 7, 2012 by sgtconundrum in Abuckortwo, Where's the Frog?
coupla guys

Cleanin’ up the Streets!

Yo, I’m Sgt. Conundrum. Don’t talk much.

Or type much either.

But you will be hearing from me.


Sarge C.



OK did you notice that I intentionally skipped a few days since number nine? It’s what we, in the writing business, call building anticipation. In addition to the skipped time all three of the previous posts mentioned Jammies. That’s GOTTA be an anticipation builder. I’m not going to say right now that this is the post, but it might be.

There are some things to go over first.

A writers conference brings a lot of wonderful and exciting images to my mind, as I’m sure it does with you as well. OK so we’ve talked about the food (in #10) and luxury (in #9) what in the world do you suppose could possibly be next?

The agents? Editors? Famous authors? Not so famous author?

What about the Someday-Gonna-GET-THERE folks? After all isn’t getting there SOMEDAY a huge part of what these conference are all about? Damn BETCHA!

Being the nerd that I am I kind of worked through the following scenario. OK let’s say we have a conference like PPWC or Colorado Gold and – for the sake of easy math on an old brain – lets say there are 400 attendees. So, lets also assume that the conference is Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, with a special series of Masters Classes on Thursday. OK on Thursday, 100 attendees sign up for the Master Classes – but of the 100, 20 can’t attend the full conference while the remaining 80 do. Hmmm, the square root of Rhubarb Pi times, 80 times the speed of an Evelyn Wood superstar divided by the Cube Root of Ice, leaves a projected 5,320 AHCH 1 so far. Then on Friday another 320 people check in. Using the mathenometry we used before, that adds another 15,360 AHCH for a total of 20860.

Now, some of you out there think that this isn’t enough – and maybe five of you think it’s too much. I’m ignoring the 8.7 Billion who really couldn’t give a hoot. The main reason my mathenometry 3 and yours don’t match is likely that I also made sure to calculated in some sleepenometry 4 . Which reduces the AAABH 2 (25,160) by about 18%. Now we take these numbers and multiply the heart palpitations by the ounces of Hazenut latte added to the (ounces of chocolate martinis and Jose specials)^3, I figure about 68,933 conversations taking place. I’m going to take a minute and bold it.

Approximately 68,933 conversations taking place between conference open and conference close. Which means…..

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number nineOK so the HoarseMan lied. In Monday’s preview of the first D.P.D.O. series, he mentioned that the number 10 item on the list would have something to with Jammies. Well, it didn’t. Get over it.

If the HoarseMan was an apologetic type, he would insert a sincere apology at this point and PROMISE that Number NINE would contain something about Jammies. Well, there you go. I’ve already used it twice in this post, and that’s enough for now. Get over it.

That topic, don’t want to actually mention Jammies again because I’m concerned that you will get your hopes up, will have an entire article at some time in the future, but HoarseMan is not committing to any specific date or time. So…

Today, Hoarseman is going to talk about bathtubs… with a lady showing the best way to use one. B^)

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OK, so there are a gazillion great things about writers conferences, and if you’re any kind of writer at all you’ve certainly heard one or two of them. I’m gonna toss out just a few off the top of HoarseMan’s pointy (OK, my more hairy than pointy, but getting a lot less so every day) head.

  • Learning lots of stuff from qualified instructors
  • Meeting new writers from around the country if not the world
  • There is usually a bar.

Oh, yeah. The FOOD! The food at some conferences can verge upon greatness. That which doesn’t is usually pretty darned good. The Marriott hotel in Colorado Springs (home of the Pikes Peak Writers Conference) does the best job EVER at handling allergies in large meal preparation. As you’ll see in the photo below.

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