Happy Birthday Miles Davis!

Today would have been Miles Davis’ 96th birthday.

I’ve been listening to his music over the past couple of days.  Considering the week that we’ve had as a country and on a personal level, Davis’ music has become a balm.

Songs like the classic So What & Freddie Freeloader from the landmark Kind of Blue album (still the best selling jazz album of time). Songs like Iris & Mood from the E.S.P. album.  Or songs like Tutu and Portia from the Tutu album.  Miles’ music catalog is vast and I could go on for awhile about all the songs I have listened too recently.

Miles Davis was one of the greats and his trumpet sound is distinct, unique, & unforgettable for music lovers.  Here is my favorite Miles tune, All Blues from the Kind of Blue album.  This song express a joy that is much needed.  Happy Birthday Miles and Rest In Love!

Marion’s Favorites: Reading Envy Podcast (Rest In Love Jenny Colvin)

When it comes, it comes. I found out earlier today about the passing of librarian and podcaster Jenny Colvin. She passed away last week at 43. Jenny was the host of the popular Reading Envy Podcast. She was a librarian at Furman University in South Carolina. Jenny had a large online presence in the reading… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 107: Celia: Mi Vida by Celia Cruz & Ana Cristina Reymundo

As a music lover, there are some songs you hear and immediately make you want to dance. Even if you cannot dance, the song commands you to move your body to the beat.  The Queen of Salsa (La Reina de la Salsa), Celia Cruz, has many songs that fit the prior description.  Every time, I… Continue Reading

Be Intentional

This has been a tough week.  The spirit of death has touched me through three people in the past seven days.  Two of them I had a personal connection with and the third person I only knew online through their popular YouTube channel. This week has reminded me of life’s fragility and how we must… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Story Review 11: Come Home to Atropos by Steven Barnes

Steven Barnes writes a sarcastic, charming story that comes as an infomercial, designed to attract rich white folks who want to end their lives in paradise on a Caribbean island. However, the story reveals the illusion underneath. Travel to exotic lands always appears as the ultimate escape, but Come Home To Atropos pierces that fantasy… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 106: Leviathan by Paul Auster

What is friendship?  Especially what is male friendship? Paul Auster gives us an answer in his novel, Leviathan. Leviathan is an Old Testament reference meaning a dragon-like monster, serpent or even a crocodile that represents evil. While, Auster’s novel is not biblical or religious on the surface, there is definitely a strong philosophical underpinning that… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 105: The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

Have you ever read a book that you knew instantly you should have read years ago? I knew it after reading the first chapter of The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. I was working at a mom-and-pop bookstore in Santa Fe, NM in 1996 when this novel was published. I remembered the sales rep from… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 104: Angel On My Shoulder by Natalie Cole

“As you walk your own journey, keep your eyes open, listen well, and if you look real hard, you just might find an angel on your shoulder.” Those words are from the last paragraph of the late Natalie Cole’s autobiography, Angel On My Shoulder published November 2000, fifteen years before her death in December 2015. … Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 103: Queen of Angels by Greg Bear

Queen of Angels by Greg Bear has been a book I’ve wanted to read for years. I’ve seen it at used bookstores and bought it several times intending to read the book but never get around to it until recently. Queen of Angels is an ambitious, thought-provoking science-fiction novel that deals with race, crime, religion,… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 102: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

When I heard that Ray Bradbury had passed in 2012, I realized that I had never read any of his books. Wow, that surprised me. Well, in honor of his passing, I decided to read his most popular and enduring work, Fahrenheit 451. “Do you know why books such as this are so important? Because… Continue Reading