A Monday Morning Blues Christmas Playlist

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Solstice! Happy Kwanza! Whichever you prefer to celebrate is alright with me! And if you prefer to celebrate nothing, I say, “Celebrate life!” It’s short. So listen to some blues! Here’s this year’s playlist of Christmas blues, and because I celebrate Christmas, and I’m not aware of any blues songs about other winter celebrations (except for Adam Sandler’s Hanukkah Song, but it’s not really blues), this list is Christmas specific. But please feel free to add to it by dropping a comment below. Always…

Great American Eclipse Playlist

Good Morning! With all the buzz about the Great American Eclipse of 2017, of course I had to post a playlist for the event. Hope you are all prepared with your special eclipse glasses and/or pinhole viewing apparatuses. To further your viewing experience here are ten songs I plan to be playing on a loop throughout the afternoon as the moon casts its shadow across the country. So a quick list and then off to spend the day checking out all things solar. Cat Stevens’ Moonshadow  Is there a more…

It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry

Lately, I’ve been feeling like a train. Kind of moaning and wailing my way around. Rattling. Things breaking down. Falling apart. You know how it is. You get a certain age and things just start to slip a bit. More wrinkles, less get up and go. But thanks to the wonders of modern medicine, I’ve got a brand new hip and now that I can actually get around again, I’m starting to find my mirth. It’s easier sometimes to sit down and cry, but laughing is a whole lot more…

It’s Poetry Month

Hey y’all! In celebration of Poetry Month, I thought I’d share a few of my previously published poems. I hope you enjoy them. And constructive criticism is always welcome here at Tea Cakes and Whiskey. So please feel free to comment or ask questions. I have been busy getting ready for hip replacement surgery, but I’d love to get your input. I wrote this first poem about my grandfather. He was a farmer in southeast Alabama. He was also one of the best story-tellers I’ve ever known. I miss sitting on…

How to Make it Through When You Can Barely Make It

Hello Y’all! So yesterday was one of those days that didn’t work out for doing much of anything but zoning out and hoping for a better tomorrow. But when you have an autoimmune disease, those days will come along. So I admit I didn’t listen to any of Autoimmune Revolution tapes yesterday. But I thought I’d share with you how I get through the really bad days — the ones where answering the door, checking the mail, or even moving is agony. One thing I decided very early on after…