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My name is Rachel Ann Cauilan and I just want to make a testament of my life growing up, from all the people, places, things, and feelings I’ve known, and to give a little piece of myself, and my love, to you. I hope you enjoy.

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Our take on “Shy That Way” by Tristan Prettyman & Jason Mraz (Cover)

Our take on “Shy That Way” by Tristan Prettyman & Jason Mraz (Cover)

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This is our take on “Shy That Way” by Tristan Prettyman & Jason Mraz.

This is a song we were about to perform some time four years ago at the end of our senior year for a school rock concert. We ended up passing on this for sake of the “mood” of our set.

But, this moody song has been one of my favorites to play over the years, as…

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To Live A Happy Life, Date Yourself First

Me this past weekend, smiling for happiness.

I’ve always believed that alone time is valuable time. There is a big difference between being “lonely” and being “alone,” as the first dictates a need for companionship and the latter reveals a sort of independent energy.

The time you make for yourself and invest energy in conversation with yourself makes you better able to tend to your needs and desires. You depend less on others and find safety in yourself; and–let’s face it–a self-sufficient individual makes for a more attractive partner, period.

As someone who is always on the search to know herself and to find ways to better treat herself, I have a few “mantras”–if you will–that allow me to respond positively to life and love myself at the same time. As Annie Dillard once wrote: “The impulse to keep to yourself what you have learned is not only shameful, it is destructive. Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. You open your safe and find ashes.”So, in the spirit of Dillard, I share with you some mantras of mine that I personally like to live by. Do with it what you will.

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Date yourself. Know yourself. Find yourself. Love yourself. #Rumi #Life #Love #Dreams #Inspiration #Oneself

Date yourself. Know yourself. Find yourself. Love yourself. #Rumi #Life #Love #Dreams #Inspiration #Oneself

Before you pray: BELIEVE
Before you speak: LISTEN
Before you spend: EARN
Before you write: THINK
Before you quit: TRY
Before you die: LIVE
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— The Road Hammers

🎸 It’s been five months since I’ve last been home and the adjustment is a little strange to me. First this little guitar is too little for me. And when I’m bored at home, I flip my hair and attempt to play this little guitar (and the one song I know) on my front porch. NorCal friends, let’s hang! #TheMoonSong #Her #HerTheMovie #KarenO #JoaquinPhoenix #ScarlettJohansson #Ukulele #LittleGuitar #FrontPorch #Porch #Summer #Iamnotaukuleleplayer

There aren’t a lot of shows out there that get me hooked. And, I’ve never been one to watch too much TV in the first place. But, after hearing all the craze about this show from friends and various social media posts about its seemingly female-empowering undertones, I decided to finally catch myself back up to speed in the world of TV this summer. And something about OITNB really stuck.
Whether it’s the female-driven cast, interesting prison premise, brilliant character writing, portrayal of real women aside from age/race/sex/image, or even Taylor Schilling… I don’t know what got me hooked. Oh wait, I think it’s all of it.
This show deserves all its glory. Not only does it do justice to the prison life, but it does justice to women—in prison, in Hollywood, in the entertainment industry, in real life. I vote for Piper Chapman. All the way. And you should too.
(And when you can find yourself identifying with a character, then you know it’s good writing.)

Piper Chapman: You put me in danger.
Alex Vause: You loved it! You were just this boring little girl from Connecticut who wanted to feel special and bad.
Piper Chapman: Don’t turn this around on me.
Alex Vause: I didn’t name you. And yeah, maybe I never forgave you for leaving, because you broke my fucking heart. I may have done a lot of fucked up things in my life, but I have never lied to you. Ever.
- OITNB, Season 1 Episode 3

 Alex Vause and Piper Chapman. Orange Is The New Black.

Piper Chapman: I’m like you … I’m weak too. I can’t get through this without somebody to touch, without somebody to love. Is that because sex numbs the pain or is it because I’m some evil fuck monster? I don’t know. But I do know that I was somebody before I came in here. I was somebody with a life that I chose for myself and now, now it’s just about getting through the day without crying. And I’m scared. I’m still scared. I’m scared that I’m not myself in here and I’m scared that I am. Other people aren’t the scariest part of prison … It’s coming face-to-face with who you really are. … The truth catches up with you in here … and it’s the truth that’s going to make you her bitch.
- OITNB, Season 1 Episode 10

OITNB fans, I’m curious. Who/what makes you love this show?

There aren’t a lot of shows out there that get me hooked. And, I’ve never been one to watch too much TV in the first place. But, after hearing all the craze about this show from friends and various social media posts about its seemingly female-empowering undertones, I decided to finally catch myself back up to speed in the world of TV this summer. And something about OITNB really stuck.

Whether it’s the female-driven cast, interesting prison premise, brilliant character writing, portrayal of real women aside from age/race/sex/image, or even Taylor Schilling… I don’t know what got me hooked. Oh wait, I think it’s all of it.

This show deserves all its glory. Not only does it do justice to the prison life, but it does justice to women—in prison, in Hollywood, in the entertainment industry, in real life. I vote for Piper Chapman. All the way. And you should too.

(And when you can find yourself identifying with a character, then you know it’s good writing.)

Piper Chapman: You put me in danger.

Alex Vause: You loved it! You were just this boring little girl from Connecticut who wanted to feel special and bad.

Piper Chapman: Don’t turn this around on me.

Alex Vause: I didn’t name you. And yeah, maybe I never forgave you for leaving, because you broke my fucking heart. I may have done a lot of fucked up things in my life, but I have never lied to you. Ever.

OITNB, Season 1 Episode 3

OITNB Piper Chapman Alex Vause ep8 2 Alex Vause and Piper Chapman. Orange Is The New Black.

Piper Chapman: I’m like you … I’m weak too. I can’t get through this without somebody to touch, without somebody to love. Is that because sex numbs the pain or is it because I’m some evil fuck monster? I don’t know. But I do know that I was somebody before I came in here. I was somebody with a life that I chose for myself and now, now it’s just about getting through the day without crying. And I’m scared. I’m still scared. I’m scared that I’m not myself in here and I’m scared that I am. Other people aren’t the scariest part of prison … It’s coming face-to-face with who you really are. … The truth catches up with you in here … and it’s the truth that’s going to make you her bitch.

OITNB, Season 1 Episode 10

OITNB fans, I’m curious. Who/what makes you love this show?

Impromptu late night jam sessions are more than lovely! #loststars #beginagain #adamlevine #keiraknightley #music #guitar #acoustic #cover #summernights #jam #jamsession #songofthesummer #alden #latergram

On a lack of sleep, but if I got to wake up to this every morning, I think I’d always feel at peace. 🙏 #beach #sunrise #summer #socal #morningcalm

On a lack of sleep, but if I got to wake up to this every morning, I think I’d always feel at peace. 🙏 #beach #sunrise #summer #socal #morningcalm

Fleetwood Mac (Lindsay Buckingham) - Big Love

In these uneventful summer days stuck in my apartment, I spent about the past 1-2 hrs trying to learn this song. As a rhythm guitarist, travis-picking is not my forte, so… I make do. Somehow…

Slow, then fast, and of course once I get more familiar with this song (instead of just 2 hrs) will I be able to better play this. But, this song makes me sweat! See me in action, here.

And keep in touch, my loves…

Treat your body as the temple it is. Nourish it, treat it well, feed it well…

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The power of introverts - Susan Cain

In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.

This has always been one of my favorite talks. Both empowering and insightful, it’s all about having faith in the introvert.

As a self-identified introvert myself (and being quite proud of it), I’ve always prided myself on my ability to see and think about the things people rarely discuss–the deeper, more meaningful and valuable things in life. When all our lives become a distraction, the quietude within your heart allows you to know yourself better to better behave in the real world.

As Susan Cain had spoken about the ability for introverts and extroverts to find what stimulates them and to use that to the best of their abilities, I’ve always had faith in my creativity–word, music, mind, conversation–and it allows us to become better citizens and individuals on this planet. Creative energy and power is a wonderful thing. Harness it and open your suitcase. But remember to heed to the individuals around you and harness it for good–not gratification.

🎸 Dreams. #fleetwoodmac #dreams #rumours #acoustic #guitar #solo #acousticguitar #acousticelectric #classicrock #guitarsolo #girlguitarist #womeninrock #rockmusic #sundaysong

My generation fought very hard for feminism, and we fought very hard to not be labeled as you had to have a husband or you had to be in a relationship, or you were somehow not a cool chick.
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— Stevie Nicks

Rumours: Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute Show
Live @ The Hangar, OC Fair, Costa Mesa, CA
Friday, August 1, 2014

Setlist (does NOT include every song played in their set):
0:00 - The Chain
1:17 - You Make Loving Fun
1:53 - Dreams
3:23 - Say That You Love Me
3:45 - Gypsy
4:35 - Landslide
5:04 - World Turning (?) [Musical Break/Transition]
5:20 - Gold Dust Woman
6:09 - Big Love
6:34 - [Chatter by Mick & Lindsey]
6:56 - Edge Of Seventeen
7:40 - I Don’t Want To Know
7:57 - Everywhere
8:28 - Little Lies
8:50 - Don’t Stop (Yesterday’s Gone)
9:06 - Rhiannon (Will You Ever Win)
10:20 - [Drum Solo by Mick]
10:38 - Go Your Own Way

Oh. My. Gosh. This show was a whole lot of fun.

Timeless. Nostalgic. Magical. The music of Fleetwood Mac really is legendary. Their music has become the soundtrack to many people’s lives; they’ve influenced many musicians—big or small—today; and, their music is the kind that can stir your heart or build up your angst. (Am I the only one who gets sappy at “Landslide”?) There is a genuine sincerity in their music and their songwriting reveals a lot of inner turmoil and reflection. And, just because I can’t see the real Stevie Nicks/Christine McVie/Lindsey Buckingham (legendary songwriting trio), doesn’t mean I was going to let myself miss this tribute band perform these classic FM songs in the spirit of FM themselves—with all the 70s/80s get-ups, hairdos and long, flow-y dresses.

A tribute band with all the look and feel—but maybe not quite the spirit of Fleetwood—they still did Fleetwood justice. They’ve even got a knack for emulating their personas, behaviors and voices (which I can only say makes them a band who truly honors the music of FM and strives to be as authentic as possible).

It was a fun show, even if I was alone surrounded by a gazillion old geezers (and some creeps later in the night). These are some of the greatest tunes and songwriters out there. Really. Nothing can take me away from the chance to get lost to the music Fleetwood Mac.

While I was waiting for “Rhiannon” to play all night, “Dreams” proved a nostalgic hitter, “Gypsy” sounded lovelier live, “Gold Dust Woman” was messed up which was a bit sad, and “Edge of Seventeen” was to no surprise a thrill. Christine’s songs were feel-good and lovely, why does no one ever remember her?! Have a go at the video and take yourself back in time (if just for a moment).

clockshopla:

Video interview with Natasha Singh after her travelogue for last week’s event in the MY ATLAS series, along with a screening of Maria Full of Grace.

"Because it can be such a challenge and so profoundly dangerous, I cherish it and I value it and I think that every female should have the right to move freely and to move safely wherever she goes, however she goes. And I have a deep appreciation for that. And a desire to, in whatever way I can, make journeying possible for myself and for other females on the planet."

Iconic Departures

clockshopla:

What sets “Thelma & Louise” aside from the great central tradition of the road picture — a tradition roomy enough to accommodate “Easy Rider,” “Bonnie and Clyde,” “Badlands,” “Midnight Run” and “Rain Man” — is that the heroes are women this time.

-Roger Ebert