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Sunday, January 24, 2016
Nature -- and city officials -- are telling us to stay close to home this weekend and enjoy this special snow show. We're following that advice, as you can see! Look for us back in the shop on Monday, and, meantime, make some snowcones, build an igloo, enjoy the winter wonderland, and, when you come inside, listen to some nice snowy tunes by the fire. Click Spotify list at the bottom of this post to hear our favorites.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Uncensored Part 2: Songs for Banned Books & Freedom
We are pleased and honored to be co-hosts for UNCENSORED, a party to kick off Banned Books Week and to benefit the DC Public Library. Books are such a vital part of our lives and our business; we are deeply alarmed when the people who oversee the education of our children deign to limit access to them.
For this playlist, we’ve chosen songs named for great books that have been banned or challenged by school systems in the US. We hope you'll read (we’ve included a choice passage from each work), listen (spotify player below), enjoy -- then join us this Friday night at Martin Luther King Library for music, art and crafty cocktails. Tickets are available online or at the door.
Animal Farm by George Orwell
1. Animal Farm – The Kinks
“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” – George Orwell
Howl by Allen Ginsberg
2. Howl – Florence + The Machine
“What is obscenity? And to whom?” - Allen Ginsberg
The Call Of The Wild by Jack London
3. The Call Of The Wild – David Byrne
“He was mastered by the sheer surging of life, the tidal wave of being, the perfect joy of each separate muscle, joint, and sinew in that it was everything that was not death, that it was aglow and rampant, expressing itself in movement, flying exultantly under the stars.” – Jack London
Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
4. Stranger In A Strange Land – Blitzen Trapper
“The slickest way in the world to lie is to tell the right amount of truth at the right time - and then shut up.” ― Robert A. Heinlein
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
22 Songs For The Best Dog Ever
Five months ago, our beloved store mascot and best friend, Cassady, passed away. Thirteen years ago today, in a dusty town in western Georgia, she was born in the home of our saintly friend David, who had taken in Cassady's mom as a stray, unaware that she was days away from giving birth to a litter of 10 puppies. The poor mom wasn't strong enough to survive the birthing process, but she managed to find a loving soul who would care for her pups like they were his own and find suitable homes for each and every one of them. We were lucky enough to be deemed worthy of one of these tiny treasures, and for that we are eternally grateful. We spent twelve and a half years with the most loving, loyal, sweet creature that has ever graced this earth. We miss her every day, but today especially. We’ll never know what we did to deserve such a perfect companion, but we will always be thankful to our beloved friend Nina Black Reid, who entrusted Cassady’s care to us and still has Cassady’s favorite dog in the world, her little brother Buster. Rest in peace, sweet girl. We miss you.
1. Lucky You – The National
2. Born For Me – Paul Westerberg
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Twelve Songs for May 13th
May the Thirteenth be with you! It doesn't have the ring to it that May the Fourth has, does it? We’re going to keep our play list nice and simple this week. Here are twelve songs for May 13th, chosen for events that happened on this day in history or for people who were born or died on this day. Beware the ides of May!
1. Mexican–American War – K-Bach, Jah Child, Lyrically Twisted
1846 - The United States declared war on Mexico.
2. The Liberator – The Dimes
1862 – A southern slave named Robert Smalls steals the Confererate gunship USS Planter and delivers it to Union forces. He later is officially appointed as captain, becoming the first black man to command a United States ship.
3. Joe Louis – Joe Nisbet Jr.
1914 – Joe Louis is born.
4. Ballad of Jim Jones – The Brian Jonestown Massacre
1931 – Cult leader Jim Jones, founder of the Peoples Temple is born.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Our Garden Collection in the Post Magazine
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Eighteen Songs For Earth Day
Happy Earth Day, Peeps! We’re not going to wax poetic about our love for our home planet because we’re in a rush to get going to an Earth Day art show at Black Whiskey. Come join us if you like the Earth and good art. Or Whiskey. Here’s a link with details http://www.marcpekala.com/. The Earth will be there, along with the good art. We’ll let the songs and quotes speak for themselves.
1. What Are We Gonna Do? – Dramarama
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
- Albert Einstein
2. Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell
“Why should I care about future generations? What have they ever done for me?”
- Groucho Marx
3. Down To Earth – Peter Gabriel and the Soweto Gospel Choir
“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”
- Theodore Roosevelt
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
21 Songs for World Toilet Day
For those of you that haven’t noticed, we post a music play list on this blog every Wednesday. Before we begin this week’s list, we ask that you forgive us our juvenile indulgence just this once. We promise to return to our high-minded musings and excellent music collections next week. It’s just that we were flushed with excitement when we learned that World Toilet Day fell on a Wednesday this year. It’s as if our whole life has been leading up to this very moment. We truly believe that it’s a shame to let good toilet jokes go to waste, and now we have the opportunity to blow the lid off some global dirty laundry that could benefit from public exposure. Lincoln himself said “What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.” If you haven’t yet heard of World Toilet Day, this is absolutely a matter of life and death. Here’s the poop.
Nearly 2.5 billion people do not have access to a toilet or sustainable sanitation, with more than 1 billion forced to practice open defecation. The list of diseases directly linked to open defecation includes cholera, typhoid, hepatitis, polio, diarrhea, worm infestation, reduced physical growth, impaired cognitive function and under nutrition. Diarrhea alone is the second biggest killer of children under five years old in the world. Around 1.5 million deaths each year - nearly one in five – are caused by diarrhea. It kills more children than malaria, AIDS, and measles combined.
Lack of access to sanitation cost the world’s poorest countries $260 billion dollars a year. The World Health Organization and The United Nations have launched initiatives to publicize the problem to encourage struggling nations to address the issue. Nonprofit organizations like Water.org have worked to promote awareness and raise funds to provide sustainable sanitation to those without it. They have shown remarkable returns on modest investments. For a mere $25 donation, you can provide someone clean water for life. On average, every US dollar invested in water and sanitation provides an economic return of eight US dollars for some of the poorest countries in the world. This is a problem that can be eradicated in our lifetime.
Proper Topper has created a campaign with Water.org, not just because it gives us an excuse to use the world’s best hashtag #toiletsWIN but also because they run a remarkably effective charity. We would be honored if you would join us in this worthwhile cause.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
A Bushel of Songs For Fall’s Finest Fruit
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Oh Fall, You Get Us Every Time…
Call us trite, but we’re joining the masses to sing the praises of the beautiful season that's upon us. Thanks for showing up, autumn.
Crisp morning air, trees seeming to burst into flames right before our eyes, it’s over before we have a chance to get sick of it… what’s not to love? Are we striving to scandalize with our unbridled exclamation? Of course not, but sometimes we’re willing to tip our cap to the obvious and talk up that which brings us pleasure: good food, cool tunes, and of course the many beautiful creations scattered about in our shop. These things are good in our fair city and, like fall, deserved to be lauded.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
THURSDAY, JANUARY 6th, 2011photo hunt.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22nd, 2010hey, you!
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
TUESDAY, JUNE 1st, 2010the power of hope.
Monday, March 1, 2010
MONDAY, MARCH 1st, 2010 sunlight!
Friday, November 6, 2009
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5th, 2009 ready for your close-up?
Saturday, October 3, 2009
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3rd, 2009 a golden day