Not Fine

Not Fine

“Doing OK, my friend? Just checking in.” The direct message came through after this tweet. 2016 has been everything but sweet — Jen Baker (@jenbakerNC) November 10, 2016 My reply… “Honestly? My heart hurts. I am struggling with a...
The Power of Stand by Me NC

The Power of Stand by Me NC

Mental illness is a family disease. It’s a crushing weight, a constant battle of distorted perceptions of need and the consequences of ineffective treatment systems, of fighting ridiculous policies. But the unrelenting stigma — “we didn’t want to...
Behind the Bike: El Taco Cartel

Behind the Bike: El Taco Cartel

TACO TIME in T-minus 1 minute! — ElTacoCartel (@Taco_Cartel) September 16, 2016 That tweet was more than a year in the making. In related news, “Sometimes brilliant ideas are born over tacos at midnight with a cold cerveza in hand.” El Taco...
Anticipation: The Beericana Preview

Anticipation: The Beericana Preview

An-ti-ci-paaaaa-tion… Carly Simon must have had a premonition about the last few hours before Beericana way back in 1971. The countdown’s been on for a week now, and not much time is left until the taps start flowing, music starts playing and food...
A Snitch in Time

A Snitch in Time

Picture this. You’re at a red light, maybe playing the drums on the steering wheel as you wait patiently (or not) for the light to change. The driver in front of you rolls down the window, flicks out a cigarette butt, rolls up the window and as the light...
Feed the Force Sends a Message

Feed the Force Sends a Message

“Be the change you wish to see in the world” might be a pithy bumper sticker saying attributed to Gandhi1 but it’s also true — the power to make a difference begins and ends with each of us. Yaniv Sharir believes in the power of community and...
So Alive

So Alive

Music is a mirror. It reflects the humanity of life, where you are at any given moment. The choices you make when you choose what to play. And how to play it — headphones? Livingroom stereo? Road trip with all the windows down and sunroof wide open, as loud as it...