Golly! The Social Power of Monkee Bacon! #FridayRecommends

Friday RecommendsI do get around, don’t I?

If you haven’t stumbled upon Golly Bard yet, you’re in for a visual feast. Her watercolors are so beautiful, even her palette is enchanting.

Susan Rosenthal has a blog that does this old Progressive’s heart a world of good. Its subtitle is alternately “Solidarity is the best medicine” and “Socialism is the best medicine.” Either way, children, either way. If you don’t want to know anything about the illnesses of the status quo, don’t read her blog. If you want to know the deep histories of injustices, this blog is your meat. Or, if you’re vegan, your tofu.

My online pal, Jerri Keele (have we REALLY never actually met???) has a lovely blog. Right now, it’s mostly about the book she wrote for the Davy Jones Equine Memorial Foundation, A MONKEE ON MY SHOULDER. It’s a funny, sweet mystery set in Hawaii and featuring the ghost of guess who? I reviewed it on this blog.

And, closing with another wonderful artist/writer, Marta Pelrine-Bacon (AKA mapelba of The Fairy Tale Asylum) has a wonderful blog about her writing and her art. I paid cash money for her novel, THE BLUE JAR. It was, of course, super. Everything she does is super.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: What music from their past does your main character love?



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Golly! The Social Power of Monkee Bacon! #FridayRecommends

  1. Jane

    October 23, 2015 at 10:54am

    Ah, music!

    One night I was watching the Tony Awards. They performed an extremely catchy song from a 30’s revival musical. The next day, at work, I was still humming it. My boss, a lady in her 70’s at the time, nearly broke her neck doing a double take. “Where did you hear that!” I told her. She confessed it had been a favorite of hers, too. Back when.

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      • Jane

        October 24, 2015 at 10:02am

        You know, my book characters are generally pretty old. I imagine this has happened to them before, too.

        I’ve always tried to imagine only hearing music when it’s performed live. Imagine only being able to hear Mozart when he was up there conducting it himself.

        I know folks generally made some music on their own. But to hear the big, soaring music live, for the first time, generally performed by musicians the composer had specifically written for……WOW! Just WOW!

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          Marian Allen

          October 24, 2015 at 10:48am

          Truth! It happens now, of course; people saw and heard Bernstein’s CANDIDE live, sung by Beverly Sills (and don’t I wish I had been one of them!).

          Charlie and I have been watching some Great Courses lectures, and it blows me away to think of people chumming around with Bach, Hayden, Mozart, Beethoven … sitting next to them at dinner, having them play piano in the parlor …. As you say, just WOW!

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