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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sideways Soul: Dub Narcotic Sound System Meets the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion in a Dancehall Style

So good. I love this so much. Makes me want to play guitar. And I really, really suck at guitar.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Piñata Attack!

Move beyond La Bamba at your Cinco de Mayo fiesta this year. Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band (Latin Grammy winners and Emmy Award nominees!) will have you shaking a tailfeather with their brand-new surf rock anthem Piñata Attack. It's the first release from their upcoming bilingual album, Adelante, due out this summer. Until it arrives, check out their back catalog and super fun iPad apps.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

First Time - Period.

I've been worrying about how to broach the puberty stuff with Roo for a while now. I got my period when I was 11 and since she's even more precocious than I was, I figured it was imminent. So I ordered a Hello Flo period starter kit last summer and used it as an icebreaker. A moderately embarrassing, eyeroll-inducing icebreaker.

A few weeks ago, they had a puberty talk in school. When I asked Roo about it, I was surprised that it was mostly a nuts and bolts overview of male and female anatomy, not as much about what all those parts do when combined. The thing that stood out most to her was apparently a demonstration of how tampons work. I asked if any of her friends had started their period yet and she said two had. It was obviously something the girls have been discussing.

This video from Dear Kate shows women talking about when they first got their period. It's another good overview kind of thing to have in your parent-of-a-tween-girl arsenal. I think one woman might swear, though, so if you're offended by that you might want to steer clear. Honestly, my period still makes me want to curse like a sailor and I've had it for more than three decades now.

I don't know if it's just being prepared beforehand but Roo is less concerned about the whole concept of menstruation than I am. It's kind of a bigger deal to me than it is for her, which I am hoping will translate into an easier understanding of body and sexual issues as she grows up.