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I'm an Oakland jazz salsa singer-songwriter, fluent in a few languages thanks to my itinerant childhood. Since 2004 I've done more than a dozen studio recordings for my own & other bands. In 2010, I sang on the Grammy-nominated Bien! Bien! In 2011, I made a fan-funded CD, and in 2012 my singing/songwriting was on Pacific Mambo Orchestra's debut CD. In 2013, we won a Grammy!

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RIP Chick Corea

RIP Chick Corea

Digging into the memory banks, I realized I saw Chick Corea live when I played the Jacksonville Jazz Festival with Pacific Mambo Orchestra in 2017.
Alexander Abreu praised our a cappella 'Mi Música'!

Alexander Abreu praised our a cappella ‘Mi Música’!

I got a text from Ryan Mead the other day telling me the news (see above) that Alexander Abreu, director of Havana D’ Primera and composer of “Mi Música,” watched the a cappella version of his song, choreographed by Ryan and shared it twice. He said “Les comparto esto porque creo q es una de...
An hour of candlelight

An hour of candlelight

Last night, from 6 to 7 pm, was perhaps the best OhmHour yet (that’s when we turn off the electricity for an hour and get paid by OhmConnect). We sat at the dinner table with candles and a flashlight going. My husband asked for a notebook and I jumped up and handed him one that...
Why we love flipping off the circuit breaker for OhmConnect

Why we love flipping off the circuit breaker for OhmConnect

How often do you see a heartbreaking image of a polar bear whose habitat is melting away or a headline warning that time has run out to reduce our carbon emissions -- and then feel like giving up? It has happened to me many times. There is a way to feel better, though, by doing...
My Favorite French Netflix Shows

My Favorite French Netflix Shows

I recently devoured season one of the French show Call My Agent on Netflix, and that reminded me that I have watched so much French TV during the pandemic. Black Spot was perhaps the first one I saw. It’s a dark fairy tale mixed with a police detective show. At first I thought it would...
Little signs

Little signs

Around this time of year, I am usually in my annual winter blubber battle. So I decided to track my food for 2 weeks, not missing a day. The results were not instantaneously positive. In fact, my weight climbed, my husband continued to bring home donuts, cakes and pan Mexicano, and I continued to eat...
Como lavarse la cara con avena coloidal

Como lavarse la cara con avena coloidal

¡He descubierto una sustancia para suavemente lavarme la cara más fácil y barato de todos los tiempos! Es orgánico, y puedes hacerlo en la cocina. Tendrás algo que no te irritará la cara — de hecho, es hidratante — y también puedes reemplazar ese horrible envase de plástico. Usar cosas que son más simples y...
A student of life

A student of life

365 day blog challenge Day 5 I watched a video today (see below) from this stretching guru whose YouTube channel, called Strength Side, has really taken off. He said something that resonated about not just choosing goals that you’ve heard about or that you think will impress others. Instead of always chasing the results, think about...
Do It Again by Steely Dan | Live vocal piano cover on Yamaha Genos

Do It Again by Steely Dan | Live vocal piano cover on Yamaha Genos

Aren’t these chords fantastic?! And the storytelling too.
The easiest 1-ingredient natural face wash ever

The easiest 1-ingredient natural face wash ever

I have discovered the easiest, cheapest face wash ever! it’s organic, and you can make it out of something in your kitchen and put it in a beautiful glass bottle. You will have something that won’t irritate your face — in fact, it’s moisturizing — and you can also replace that pesky plastic bottle. Using...
Get rich slowly

Get rich slowly

In a society obsessed with speed, we forget the power of going slowly. Here are a few riffs on applying that concept to practice, exercise, diet, life, travel and wealth.
Youth is wasted on the young

Youth is wasted on the young

Traveling through Europe in 2018 and 2019, I was able to do whatever I wanted — and mostly be completely left alone. Contrast this to my experiences as a 20- and 30-something traveling nationally and internationally for work. Then, I worried constantly about unwanted attention and had many strategic conversations with men to avoid misunderstandings...