summertime, and the living is easy...
No posts since June 10th? I am shocked. I promised myself I would never make excuses for why I haven't posted for a while. So now you know why I am not. Instead, I would like to take this opportunity to celebrate summer. Summer is my FAVORITE time of year. I love warm weather. I love hot weather. I love breezy, sunny weather at the beach, stand-still desert days, tropical humid, rainy days, and lovely mountain summer days. All of it. I am particularly enjoying this summer because last summer was cold and foggy ALL summer at the beach. We had to leave the area to find summer. This time all the right ingredients are here: the blue skies, the slight breeze... maybe the ocean will even be less than freezing in the coming weeks! This summer is also special because I have started a new chapter in my life called, Paradiso Arts. Doesn't that name just go with the whole year-round summer attitude? I love it.

Also, here is a song that we just can't stop playing at our house today... my favorite version of this classic right now. Thank you, thank you to whoever digitized the 45. I suggest listening to it at least seven times in a row. Then, you will start to understand the genius of melody, rhythm, attitude, everything.


  1. I'm familiar with Billie Holiday's version of Summertime and it was great to hear Sam Cooke's take on it. Thanks for sharing!

  2. utterly beautiful. as always. and what a delicious evening friday was, all around...your teaching style is THE BEST.

  3. Yay!!! You're back! I've been looking for you! Lovely as the day is long, as per usual!!! See you soon!!! xoxo-S!

  4. Hey Friends that Blog!
    I miss all of you. I have to tell you that my laptop has been taken over by Mind Craft (what 13-year-old boys call a playdate on line, now). I miss being here with you guys!!

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