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The plan to make the best time we could went slightly awry when we made a necessary stop for gas and bathrooms and inadvertently left our cat at the truck stop. We realized as soon as we got halfway up the entrance ramp, which was longest ramp I’d ever been on and was also very […]

As we were leaving Salt Lake City, Paul and I realized that the trip was going to take a lot longer than anticipated unless we could figure out a low to no-cost way to repair the bus. Now, we were really glad that we had made a stop in Reno before hitting Salt Lake. We […]

I almost forgot to write about one last thing that we needed to do before leaving the West Coast. Remember our cat Autumn who’d had her first litter of kittens behind my chair on the night of Justin’s concussion? Before we could get her spayed, she had another litter of kittens. As soon as they […]

Earlier this year, we were all thrown into a new routine. Every person was given a new normal whether they liked it or not. The introduction of masks, hand sanitizer, grocery pick-ups and altered school schedules are just to name a few. Then there is a six-foot rule. Social distancing is the term they use. […]

In literature, especially non-fiction, they say write what you know. This article is definitely what I know, and I hope you NEVER have to know what I know. But where are my manners? Hi again, I missed you, whether it’s reciprocal remains to be seen. You may have noticed my article was not in the […]

RRX: So we’ve gotten to know each other from the music scene, you’re a phenomenal drummer but today we’re here to talk about your actual career as a writer and author. VZ: When I got out of writing school, I scored a quarter million-dollar book deal right off the bat! Which is one of the […]

I personally love ‘outlaw country.’ I was listening to Merle Haggard when I was five and my dad and his friends would babysit me at their favorite bar. Fun times. I think it’s hard these days to call something ‘outlaw country,’ because it’s either that a band calls itself that, or their groove moves you […]

Some people are just interesting. It isn’t their clothes or their hair, but those things are interesting because why wouldn’t they be? These people are just interesting. Their presence at a thing is what makes it a “thing.” And if you get a chance to see what makes them tick, you might want to wind […]

Caribbean Crisis are an extremely unique group based in Albany who play a heavy blend of Russian folk and American punk rock. With three quarters of the band being comprised of international students, Caribbean Crisis is a shining example of how a diverse group of people can come together to make something interesting. I sat […]

Music is movement. That’s not a metaphor; it’s the movement of air particles, and changes in the pressure that drives them. We use our instruments to change the air, and in turn, it changes us, in some cases, to get up and move our bodies in syncopation to the air. It’s the closest thing to […]


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