February 19: Kelly Phipps

Do successful writers ever become complacent about people liking their work? I can’t imagine.

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She woke up. It was lunch time. The sun set. She was eating breakfast. She clocked out. Seriously, these time jumps were getting annoying.


Kelly Phipps defies categorization and frequently checks the “Other” block. @KelGPhip

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Oh, right.

cogs-with-meshed-teeth-AJHDToday I made a dozen tamales using a kit and 30+ taquitos based on my mother-in-law’s recipe. Now I remember why I don’t do this a lot, and why I appreciate her making a million of them when we come to visit. It also reminds me why I don’t make a million lumpia like my mom used to whenever she threw a party. Everybody loves them, including me, but in the words of one of my many bosses, “It’s easier to attend a party than to throw one.”

Actually, this is something I remind my kids of almost constantly whenever we attend a big event. The event itself, while providing the purpose of all the preparations, is so small compared to all the work that goes into it. School dances, graduation ceremonies, Scouting get-togethers, movies, professional stage performances…whenever I attend these kind of events, it’s hard for me to concentrate on the performance because I’m mentally disassembling the production itself. How does that set move? Where did they find these actors? Who sewed that costume? When did they rehearse? Who did the programs? So many moving pieces, and so many chances for some detail to go awry. It’s got to be some kind of miracle when nothing goes wrong.

OK, so this is now overachieving for today, but I just LOVE that Train will be playing the BSA Jamboree next year. I love Train’s music, but I also love that Train uses proceeds from their own wine label to support charities, AND I love that Train considers a Scout event to be worthwhile. In a time when so many people are criticizing BSA, its values, and its policies, rock stars still see something there. I don’t know or care if Train is being well paid to play — it doesn’t matter. They don’t need the money that bad, and if they were of a mind to do it, they could easily make a political statement via public press release saying, “BSA asked us to play but philosophically we just didn’t feel like we could do that, considering…blah blah blah.”

Bryan on Scouting

Three-time Grammy winners Train will headline the closing stadium show at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, the Boy Scouts of America announced today.

For my money, this is the biggest musical act to perform at a national Scout jamboree since the Beach Boys in 1985. And I’m told it’s the earliest in the jamboree planning cycle that a headliner has signed on. That’s good news for participants and staff already registered for the jamboree, and it’s yet another enticing reason for Scouts and Scouters not registered to join us next summer in West Virginia.

You surely know Train, the pop-rock group from San Francisco that has performed together since 1994. And you know their hits, including “Meet Virginia,” “Drops of Jupiter,” “Calling All Angels,” “Hey, Soul Sister,” and recent singles “Drive By” and “50 Ways to Say Goodbye.”

Train — consisting of Pat Monahan (vocals)…

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So, with the best of intentions, I once again fail at daily logins. OK, maybe I just need to adjust my goals and expectations. I won’t have deep thoughts or insight every day from this day forward, but I will have something every day that inspires me, or makes me laugh, or makes me think. I’m on this computer every day, so surely I can come up with one thing a day that fits that bill. [Don’t call me Shirley.] So here’s my thought for today. I will log on once a day for a week, then see how that fits. There. That’s good for today.