Monday, November 30, 2009

Cloud Magic

Living in a college town has it's benefits. One of the best benefits is the plethora of artists who seem to gravitate toward the local, college town locales. There are poets, painters, instrumentalists, singers, etc. and they can be found in coffee shops, at festivals, and at the local bars.
Recently, I have gotten the chance to see a group of artists perform together at a local bar and I have to say... I was very impressed. I had heard this band's latest cd already, but seeing them live only added to my high esteem for them. The band? Cloud Magic, an amazingly funky, psychedelic rock jam band. 
Why do I like Cloud Magic so much? Well, first of all... they're good. Really good. And it's nice to see raw, local talent that already sounds like a seasoned band. Secondly, they're doing something outside the realm of what is "popular" in music today.
"The fact that on their Myspace page they list The Beatles, Phish, Bob Marley, Pink Floyd, and David Bowie as some of their influences is definitely no surprise, as their musical stylings drip with such influences. But the wonderful thing about Cloud Magic is that there is something about them that cannot be identified with a band of the past... there is something about Cloud Magic that is distinctly unique. Perhaps it's the obvious fact that Cloud Magic is playing music far removed from today's modern pop music scene, but arguably, music that is much more valuable. When one is immersed in the sounds of Cloud Magic, the world is at peace. One can see a future painted with beauty, art, and love." -An excerpt from "Cloud Magic," an article I wrote for Squidoo.
Finally... the members of Cloud Magic are just really groovy people. I met lead singer/guitarist/founding member Dave through my roommates, and I knew right away that he was a great guy. Need proof, check out what Dave had to say about his purpose in life:
"My purpose on earth is to speak the message of unity and understanding. I am here to move people, who may have their light switches turned off, not realizing. I attempt to flip every last one on full blast. Wake Up. Love one another, if you want to save your self, save one another and the universe around you."
Since meeting Dave, I have also met Sarah, another important member of Cloud Magic. Just hearing her voice and the emotion she delivers through it made me think she had to be a magical person, and after spending less than 5 minutes with her on our first introduction, I could tell that she really was. She is genuinely sweet and BONUS...she's studying to be a music teacher. A girl after my own heart!
The other two guys I haven't gotten a chance to really hang out with, but they both seem nice and if they are making that inspiring music with Dave and Sarah, they've gotta be pretty cool.
So yeah... I like Cloud Magic. I may even love Cloud Magic. Check them out for yourself and see what you think.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Sitting, Drinking Coffee, Writing, And Listening to Music... What a Life!

Today is another Saturday. I love Saturdays. Especially when I don't go anywhere, and I can just focus on my creativity and relaxation. What could be better?
This Saturday started at 8:30 am. Not by choice, but because my darling cat Ava wanted out of my bedroom, and her way of showing this was to knock as much stuff off of my nightstand as possible until I woke up. I will say though, I am grateful to my little baby Ava, not for her destruction, but for getting me up. If I get up early, I always feel more accomplished.
So anyway, I got up and let her out and started some coffee immediately. Then I settled in to my computer to make a Saturday playlist on I-tunes. I called it: Fun Time Playlist. It seemed appropriate. I got my coffee and sat outside to drink the first cup. This morning in East Lansing was cool, but still comfortable enough to sit outside in only my pjs and my house coat. (Yes, I have a house coat...) When I went in for cup #2 of coffee, I settled back in at my laptop and got some good writing done. (See today's earlier post.)
I have to say, sitting here listening to music and writing and just enjoying myself has been great. I would recommend it to anyone. And while I'm at it, let me recommend some great Saturday morning music for your own "Fun Time Playlist." Here are SOME of the songs on mine:

And many more...
If you want more suggestions, just let me know. But I would suggest making your own playlist (using my songs, or not) and just relaxing for awhile. It is still Saturday after all.

50 Ways to be a Better Human Being

I spent a good amount of time on Squidoo this morning, writing new lenses and whatnot. I am pretty proud of 50 Ways to be a Better Human Being. Please check it out if you get a chance.

(NOTE: As of the most recent updates to the blog in 2016, Squidoo had been acquired by Hubpages, and so the above article now appears through their website. You should automatically be redirected if you follow the link provided.) 

Friday, November 20, 2009

Friday Oh Friday and Project Runway

So I don't work on Fridays. This is a good thing for sure. Last night I was so tired after work, that as soon as "Project Runway" was over, I was out! I am still tired today! Speaking of "Project Runway"... let me say, I am disappointed with the outcome. I wanted Carol Hannah to win so badly, and honestly, hers was the only collection where I liked every single piece. It seems as though others agree as well. Just check out this article: Irina Wins Project Runway, But Everyone is Talking About Carol Hannah
And even though Carol Hannah didn't win, she is still my favorite. And she's on Etsy! Check it out! Carol Hannah on Etsy

In addition to watching the disappointing "Project Runway" and falling asleep, I also worked yesterday and found out I sold some jewelry! This is always a good thing.

I love making jewelry! I would like to do some more things for my Esty store though (for the holiday season) I thought about doing some centerpieces, Christmas decorations, and scarves. But then the hard part comes in... how will I buy my supplies?

My gluten-free diet is eating up all my money... it's frustrating. But on the plus side, I am pretty sure that I have lost weight (we don't have a scale here, so who's to say? But it seems like it!) My clothes are fitting better so I can't complain. Not that weight loss is the main goal of the gluten free diet, but it's definitely a good added bonus!

Well, I should probably go for now... I have been getting distracted looking at stuff online while I was writing this! haha Some of the things that grabbed my attention:

And pictures of Carol Hannah and/or Logan. haha

Peace and Love,

Monday, November 16, 2009

15 Gift Ideas For Your Hippie, Bohemian, Free-Spirited Friends

The Holiday season is approaching quickly, and you want to start buying gifts for your eccentric, bohemian, hippie friends but just don't know what to get? Allow me to help. Here is a list of 15 ideas of what to get your more carefree, free-spirited, mohemian friends.

1. Pick up some Dolce Mia All Natural Soaps.

2. Buy your friend an amazing tapestry, like this one from in the wall tapestries section.

3. If your friend is way into hippie stuff...tie-dye, free love, and whatnot and they have a refrigerator, get them this Hippie Heart Rectangle Magnet. It's pretty sweet.

4. Find cute boho dresses like this one at The World Closet. Other great clothing items can be found at Hippie Shop, Modcloth, and of course, good ol' Ebay.

5. Get your friend a gift that is both silly and very environmentally responsible. Buy them some Poo Poo Paper... paper made from elephant poo. Visit for more information.

6. Buy your friends gifts from The Modern Bohemian's Online Shop. This is my personal Cafepress store. I have great mugs, shirts, magnets, buttons, water bottles, etc. I even have flip minos.

7. For a special jewelry lover, get special handmade jewelry, such as the I Dream in Turquoise and Flowers Necklace. Also, try visiting sites like: Etsy, Free People, and Soul Flower. I also like a lot of jewelry from my friend Wondra's store: Kronish Kraftwerks.

8. Get Peace Sign Products like these sweet patches from Peace Please Products.

9. Handwarmers are a big deal to the modern bohemian, so get your friends a pair like these at Soul

11. Nothing says hippie like a blatantly obvious bumper sticker.

12. Modern Bohemians love music. Some good choices for your slightly off-center friend are: Flight of the Conchords, The Beatles, Creedance Clearwater Revival, Daft Punk, The Grateful Dead, Carole King, David Bowie, The Doors, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Joss Stone, Enya, Bob Marley, and whatever else you think they might like.

13. Your friends may be craving some tv shows on dvd too. I recommend Flight of the Conchords, Bored to Death, Project Runway, Seinfeld, Freaks and Geeks, M*A*S*H, and Glee.

14. Get the best candles ever from The Great Lakes Candle Company. Based locally in Michigan, these crafters seriously make the most amazing candles. They burn clean and evenly, the colors are beautiful, and the scents are great! Currently I have Autumn Harvest, Lake Huron Storms, Zombie Punch, and Cedar Wood. But I have also had Love Spell, Monkey Farts, Bottoms Up, Dr. Feelgood, and Lake Superior Storms. These candles are the best!

15. Make something yourself! Or buy something handmade. 

Remember, these are just some ideas. Be creative, and good luck!

Mandy Moore

I have to say... I am a pretty big Mandy Moore fan. I love her music (from the awful cheesy pop to the beautiful, vintage-like folk/rock/pop), I have watched, and love, almost all her movies, I like to see what fashions she is wearing or what color her hair is, and I always wish I knew her in real life because I feel like we could be friends.

She seems like a pretty down to earth and cool person.
But anyway... somehow Mandy Moore's name came up today. (Maybe because we were listening to Ryan Adams on I-tunes...) And so I decided to check out her website: Mandy Moore Official Website. I was glad I did. Looking at Mandy Moore and listening to her sing reminds me of a lot of memories in my life. Mandy and I are close in age, so her music has been right there with me in all these years since she first came into my radio.
And I don't know if everyone does this... but I do... I associate certain music and certain songs with certain things in my life. Big things like... mine and my first high school boyfriend's song (Aerosmith's I Don't Want to Miss a Thing) or a song that reminded me of my mom because she used to sing it all the time (Que Sera Sera... Doris Day). And even strange, little things... like hearing Coldplay's Fix You in the bathroom at a movie theatre in Grand Rapids and just staring at myself in the mirror wallowing in the sadness that I had that had been amplified by the sound of that amazing song...
But back to Mandy Moore... her songs have been there with me for a long time, and I have to say... a lot of them remind me of things. Let's look at a few memories, song by song:

Candy: Makes me think of working out in my room in college. I had a burned cd from my I-tunes that I did dance aerobics to, and "Candy" was on there. Also, it makes me think of Center Stage. I love watching that movie when I need to have fun or feel better.

Walk Me Home: This song was on a compilation CD that I got with my high school year book one year, and so it always reminds me of sitting and looking at all the cute boys in that year book! haha

I Wanna Be With You: This song is about a guy. A guy that I thought I just adored back when I was younger. I love the memory associated with my secret crush, because it is so common, yet so romantic and sweet and innocent... unrequited love because one person is simply too nervous to ever admit their feelings... It's sad and beautiful in a poetic sort of way...

Cry: This, and any other song from A Walk to Remember, always bring back memories. This one reminds me of singing with my sister. We love the soundtrack for "A Walk to Remember," and we love to sing along. The one that really gets me though is Only Hope. This song brings back so many things. Love. Spirituality. Performances. The movie, of course. But I think the most amazing thing about "Only Hope," is that I sing it to myself a lot. I didn't really think about that until I started writing this post, but I really do sing that song a lot when I am doing chores, showering, driving, sitting... I even sing it in my head a lot! Interesting...

Coverage (The Entire Album): I remember loving this CD even though it seemed that critics didn't. I didn't care. I loved it. I liked it's quirky-ness. It seems like a CD I would have liked to have made, maybe with different songs, but with a similar spirit. This CD has a lot of memories associated with it because it was listened to a lot. I remember listening to it most two or three years after it came out, while I was driving back and forth to my student teaching assignment. I liked to listen to it because like I said, I liked it's spirit, I connected myself to it and so forth and I felt that it would give me good energy for my days as a student teacher. I think it worked.
My favorites on here... ummm.... it's hard, but probably "The Whole of the Moon," "I Feel the Earth Move" (I love Carole King!), "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters", "Moonshadow," and "Have a Little Faith in Me."

Extraordinary: This song came out the year I graduated college. Perfect, right? Do I even need to explain the connection here. "And now I'm ready to be extraordinary..."

Everblue: This song is gorgeous. I think it will someday remind me of my life here in the house, sitting at my laptop, writing my blog. It already reminds me of spinning records, sipping coffee, cigarette smoke and incense smoke swirling in the air, painting, the smell of patchouli and coffee and my candles from Great Lakes Candle Company (which are the best candles in the world by the way...) I just love it.

And there's more, but it's hard to describe it all... no matter how clearly I can see it in my mind. Funny how that is...
But anyway... check out Mandy Moore's Website. She's a good egg I think.

Perhaps we will meet one day. I sure hope so. Peace and Love to you, Mandy Moore. You are beautiful.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Healthy Living and Weight Loss... Or Something Like That...And Other Antics

So, for awhile now I have been limiting my gluten intake for health reasons, trying slowly but surely to get on a gluten-free diet. Now, my roommate K. is being forced to do the same for different reasons, and as much as I feel bad for her, it's nice to have someone share this battle with me. Today we went to Foods For Living and picked up a bunch of gluten-free food, as well as some organic fruits and veggies. Well, let me tell you... eating gluten-free is NOT easy OR cheap. But luckily, the lovely people at the store gave us a list of gluten-free foods, so that we can try to pick them up other places. AND a very helpful older man who is also on a gluten-free diet gave us tips on what's good and what's not. He was a total stranger and just another customer, but he reached out to us with such generosity and kindness that it really brightened my day.
In addition to this gluten-free thing, I have been meaning to try to get back into shape and lose weight. I have had several health problems over the past few years that have made it hard for me to work out, but I am sick of letting that hold me back. So my goal is to start doing more activity and have at least 2 structured work-outs a week to start. Plus, I want to eat a good amount of calories, so I am tracking all of this on, and hopefully... I'll make something happen.
I figure, if I talk about it on here it will help to keep me accountable. We'll see.
Anyway, in other news...
I nominated myself for an award! I figured, why not? So I did it.
Also, the animals have all been alternating between super cute and sweet and just plain naughty within the last few days! So that's been interesting. For example: Sam and Binks were cuddling and being all cute, licking each other and being good. Then I decided to give the cats tuna, and Ava came too, and they all shared and it was adorable. Then Sam knocked over the kitchen trash can and got garbage everywhere. The worst were the coffee grounds, which Jezebelle (J.'s puppy) kept trying to eat. Annoying. Then they were all being pretty good, until Sam went outside and sat in the driveway right in front of Will's car... while Will was trying to pull into the driveway! So I got him back inside, where he and the other cats were tormented by Jezebelle who wanted to chase and bite them. Then, Jez took things to a whole new level of naughty by peeing on the couch... in my favorite spot. Grrr....
But then just a few minutes ago, Jezebelle and I bonded in the kitchen. She followed my commands: sit, lay down, stay... and then we played and snuggled. And Sam was laying in the bedroom with Will, while Ava and Binks cuddled with A. as he napped on the couch. So that was all very sweet.
But now, as I write... it's all going crazy again.
That's what we get for living in this crazy Bohemian zoo though, I suppose. And honestly, I wouldn't trade it for anything... not even the ability to eat gluten. ;)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

PonchoMeg: The Modern Bohemian Has Won An Award!

Wow, I am so excited and honored. Thank you so much to The Ancient Digger for The Best Blog Award. I would have never thought that my little blog could be inspiring and/or interesting enough for an award, I mean... it is just about my crazy life. But I am so glad that it is being appreciated. :)

The other cool thing about this award, is that I can now award it to blogs that I think are amazing. Here are the rules:

The Best Blog Award rules are:

To accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his/her blog link. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you have recently discovered and think are great! Remember to contact the bloggers you've awarded to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

The most challenging part for me was picking 15 other blogs, because there are so many amazing blogs that I follow, but here are the ones that I selected, in no particular order:

Congratulations to all of you, and please... share the love.

Thanks again to The Ancient Digger for this honor.
Peace and Love,
PonchoMeg: The Modern Bohemian

Monday, November 9, 2009

A Fun Little Distraction Involving Music

In case you were wondering just how eclectic my tastes are in music, check out this little survey I did with my I-Tunes. I only put song names, not artists, so if you are curious about some of the songs and who they are by, just let me know which ones in your comments. Also, check out my list of "Favorite songs at the moment" from Facebook, posted below the survey.

Your Life Through The Eyes Of iTunes Shuffle
Created by girlylicious7 and taken 4943 times on Bzoink
Go To iTunes Or Whatever You Use.
Then put it on shuffle and put a song with the artist for each answer.
Don't cheat by choosing or skipping songs. It won't all make sense.
About You
So what's your weird name?:Trampled Under Foot
Who are you?:Friends Forever
Who do you feel like?:Hung Up
What do you feel like doing?:Skip to My Lou
What is your biggest guilty pleasure?:I Put a Spell on You
What do people call you?:Humpty Dumpty
How's the weather?:The time of my Life
What are you feeling?:Heaven
What are you craving?:Just Dance
What are you thinking?:Something About Us
Where are you?:Short Circuit
What should you be doing?:Faxing Berlin
How is your day?:In My Time of Dying
What do you look like?:Frankenstein
Your Random Thoughts On
Family:Hate That I Love You
Parents:Mary Had a Little Lamb
Siblings:Thinking of You
Grandparents:Zombie Nation
Love:True Believer
Friends:Come What May
Career:The Walk
Food:The Cranberries Zombie Dance Mix
Celebrities:The X-Files
The president:Dance Like there's No Tomorrow
Politics:Love in this Club
Death:Party Like a Rock Star
Random Stuff
Personal Motto:My Winding Wheel...
Goal in life:Falling Slowly
What your thinking of:Cha Cha Slide
What you want to be:Gravity
What your most proud of:Heart on My Sleeve
What your least proud of:Stayin' Alive
Your soundtrack:Dota
Opening credits:I'm a Little Wood Block
Theme song:Hey Ya!
Waking up:Gimme, Gimme, Gimme
School:Wild At Heart
First love:Damaged
Childhood:Cupid's Chokehold
Teen years:Sandstorm V. Blow Your Mind V. Zombie Nation
Wedding:I Can Love You Like That
Scary moments:Don't Ask for the Water
Dancing:A Moment Like This
Funeral:Everybody's Free
Closing credits:Everytime We Touch
Finisht the sentence...
I wish...:I like it, I love it.
I want...:Life
I am...:Paralyzer
My best feature is...:Song to the Mountains
You should...:Get Down!
You've been totally Bzoink*d!
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Favorite Music: I just love music. I like so many genres that it's likely to blow your mind. SOME of my favorite tunes of the moment include:
Come What May (from Moulin Rouge)
True Believer (E-Type)
For Your Entertainment (Adam Lambert)
Around the World (Daft Punk)
Dr. Funkenstein (Deadmau5)
Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind (as sung by The Cambridge Singers)
Falling Slowly (from Once)
If I Never See Your Face Again (Maroon 5, feat. Rihanna)
Party in the USA (Miley Cyrus)
Home Sweet Home (Motley Crue)
To be Young, Is to be Sad, Is to be High (Ryan Adams)
Evacuate the Dancefloor (Cascada)
Circus (Britney Spears)
Shattered (Backstreet Boys)
Just Dance (Jamiroquai)
Life (E-Type)
Mr. Brightside (The Killers)
Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin)
California Love (Tupac feat. Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman)
Lovestrukk (3 Oh! 3 feat. Katy Perry)
Already Gone (Kelly Clarkson)
I Gotta Feeling (Black Eyed Peas)
Love Drunk (Boys Like Girls)
Africa (Toto)
Good Girls Go Bad (Cobra Starship feat. Leighton Meester)
Purple Rain (Prince)
Let's Just Fall in Love Again (Jason Castro)
Don't You Forget About Me (Simple Minds)
Dark Chest of Wonders (Nightwish)
One More Time (Daft Punk)
I Believe in a Thing Called Love (The Darkness)
Imagine (John Lennon)
In My Life (The Beatles)
Only Hope (from A Walk to Remember)
Hallelujah (Jeff Buckley)
Gimme, Gimme, Gimme (Global Deejays)
Traffic (Tiesto)
Thank You for the Music (ABBA)
What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)
The Answer to Our Lives (Backstreet Boys)
Different Kind of Love Song (Cher)
Battlefield (Jordin Sparks)
My Life Would Suck Without You (Kelly Clarkson)
Brazil sec. edition (Deadmau5)
Unbeautiful (Lesley Roy)
Paparazzi (Lady Gaga)
This Land is Your Land (Woody Guthrie)
Straight Through My Heart (Backstreet Boys)
Thriller (Michael Jackson)
Dance Floor Anthem (Good Charlotte)
Shit to Prove (C-Dizzle)

Plus just a lot of CCR, Beatles, David Bowie, Daft Punk, BSB, The Corrs, Kelly Clarkson, children's music, 80's and 90's music on cable and pop radio (97.5)
And Suicide is Painless (M*A*S*H)

Like I said... I love music.

Sunday, November 8, 2009


Here's another interesting site to check out: Treehugger "is the leading media outlet dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream. Partial to a modern aesthetic, we strive to be a one-stop shop for green news, solutions, and product information." (from About Treehugger:
Give it a look-see and a read if you get some free time, and enjoy!
Peace and Love,

Friday, November 6, 2009

Hippie Happy Halloween

This year for Halloween, I went as a gypsy/pirate. I used all my own clothes, jewelry, etc. I literally made the cheapest Halloween costume imaginable. But it turned out pretty well. It just goes to show what you can do with a little imagination.
Which leads me to my roomies... K. and Will made sweet robot costumes out of cardboard boxes, and A. made an awesome costume of a Star Wars character out of foam, a wig, some adhesive, and a little make-up. I was pretty proud of all of our creativity.
It really is fun living in a house full of creative people. Each of us have things to offer on a creative level. K. is in music therapy and plays the piano, harp, drums, guitar, french horn, etc. and she paints, colors in coloring books, and sews. Not to mention, she has amazing style. A. and Will are DJs. A. also plays the violin, the nose flute, the mandolin, a little keyboard, and can throat sing. He's pretty good at drawing, a great dancer, and is a very smart person and an innovative thinker. Will of course, in addition to his DJing skills, also plays guitar, bass guitar, drums, piano, double bass, clarinet, etc. and is very good at creating and painting tiny models (mostly of Civil War stuff). He is also very creative and smart and funny, and looks very sexy when I make him model for me. hehe J. is a dancer, a great entertainer, and used to play in band as well. She has done a lot of traveling and has all sorts of interesting stories. And then there's me. I'm a music teacher. I sing, play trombone, piano, recorder, and percussion; I write novels, stories, poems, songs, and articles; I like to draw, paint, color, and sketch. I make my own jewelry, bath and body products, cleaning products (sometimes) and I crochet. I also enjoy flower arranging (I've always wanted to take a class) and cooking.
So, as you can see... we have a lot of creativity going on around here.
As for our Halloween creativity, check out some of the results:

The Gypsy Pirate PonchoMeg ready to take on the world!

A. as a Star Wars character. If you don't recognize the species of alien, then you're not as big of a Star Wars fan as A. is. haha

Will and K. as robots. I was making them dance for me! I caught K. doing these sweet moves.

Will and me. Robot and Gypsy Pirate Queen!! Check out the awesome Beatles puzzle on the wall. We did it as a house. :)

By the end of the night, after parties, and costume making, and just hanging out and having a great time... the house was a mess, but we all just wanted to relax with the cats. Here I am with my baby boo boo, Ava, and my good buddy, Binks.

I hope all of you had as much fun as I did for Halloween. But remember, you don't need a holiday or a special occasion to be creative and have a great time with your family and friends. You can do it any day. Or every day...