10 Albums That Influenced My Teenage Years

(Minus one here because I couldn’t find a good pic of one of the albums!)


The Moment I Post This, I’ll Want To Redo It

The meme says “10,” and I don’t want to be That Person and dial it up to 11, or do a second set of 11-20.

Which made this ridiculously hard.

And also makes me want to change my mind on the above.

Until I change my mind, here is my list.

Obligatory note: Some of these albums came around earlier but kept on influencing. Also, there should be a megaton of rhythm’n’blues here, but my dad has more 45s than LPs and I’d never finish this list. (Consider them here anyway).

10 Albums That Influenced The Hell Out Of My Teenage Years

  1. Blondie – Eat To the Beat (video album)
  2. Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Too-Rye-Ay (because I heard “Jackie Wilson Said” on The Young Ones)
  3. 50 Greatest Moments In Opera (3-disc set)
  4. The Cure – Mixed Up
  5. Phantom of the Opera – Original London Cast – Listen to me singing “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again.”
  6. Bowie – Changesbowie
  7. Johnny Clegg – Best of Johnny Clegg & Savuka – can’t find the full album yet on YouTube, but do listen to the beauty of “Asimbonanga,” and the song that first got me in, “Cruel, Crazy, Beautiful World.”
  8. Enya – Shepherd Moons. And you won’t want to miss her Maxfield Parrish-inspired video for “Caribbean Blue.”
  9. Metallica – Kill ‘Em All
  10. Tommy James & the Shondells – Anthology. Not finding the whole album yet either, but try this one that you don’t hear often: “One Two Three And I Fell.”

What’s your 10?

What do you do for self-care?

We’re always told we SHOULD, but so often don’t DO.

Slow down. Take care of yourself. You’re no good to anybody else if you’re not good to yourself. Five minutes, just five minutes, it’ll make a world of difference!

We hear (and say) a lot of things.

But when you finally do get around to self-care, what are the things that work for you? Post in the comments.


Here are 45 Simple Self-Care Practices For a Healthy Mind, Body, and Soul that somebody else wrote.

Yammer Is What You Make Of It

“If you are an organization that does not encourage open collaboration, does not want people to feel able to share ideas and impressions, does not want people to step out of their roles, and fears hearing that *gasp* maybe not everyone is happy with the status quo, then no, you’re not going to like Yammer.”

This is part of a reasoned rebuttal I wrote to a recent excellent post by Jeremy Thake, “Groups in Outlook vs Microsoft Teams vs SharePoint Online vs Yammer.” Naturally I responded to the points about Yammer.

Just one click and you’ll read the rest over on Medium!


Holding My Own Book In My Hands

I am holding my actual physical book in my hands. It’s still a proof copy, but wow. Wow.

Now I can say both “Soon!” and “Onward!” at the same time (only I won’t, because it would come out sounding like “Sohnwahrdohn,” and nobody wants that).

Another low-res-ish shot for you:


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I can’t help it: I love goodies

I’m home today, taking care of my guinea pig, Teddy, who recently underwent a rather big dental procedure for such a little guy. He’s feeling all weird-toothed and groggy, so I’m keeping an eye on him despite feeling rather helpless most of the time.

So I have to say, getting the mail today really helped make my day, because…


The official MVP box arrived.


Microsoft does good presentation:


Now what you’ll see next is more than one box, for another gift arrived today.

On the left side are the goodies from a random drawing done in the Microsoft Tech Community. I was lucky enough to be one of 10 winners. They loaded up this box just great!

On the right are the goodies that represent my MVP renewal. Last year, I received the actual award base; you add the little date discs to it as you progress in MVP-ship.

And of course, more stickers!


Thanks, Microsoft!