Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Jay Smooth on 'All Things Considered'

I've posted here before about Jay Smooth and his great video blog (aka vlog) ill Doctrine.

I was delighted to find out that he was interviewed on NPR's All Things Considered on June 29th. I missed hearing it on the broadcast but Jay has a link to it on his site

Jay Smooth: On Hip-Hop, Blogs And Race where you can read the article and listen to the 5 min 49 sec audio recording.

Jay, it was a good interview and it's good to know a little more about you.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Various and sundry

It's been a while since I posted. I have been busy (as usual) with a few extra things thrown into the mix. Summer with this city woman actually doing some gardening or having other folks do it - some for pay and some by amazing friends helping us out. The yard looks better and is better other than fixing some mistakes and getting some more mulch and then watering and weeding for the rest of the summer.

I was in the hospital Monday and Tuesday. I had been having tight chest feelings (pain) mild for a couple of weeks and then it got a little worse last Friday - not bad enough to go to the doc or hospital but I did go to our family doc Monday. He did an ekg in his office and it was a bit abnormal so he sent me to the ER for more evaluation - especially because of my risk factors. My dad died from his 3rd or 4th heart attack at 44 years old when I was 12. I have high cholesterol, diabetes, and I smoked from age 16 to 50 - among other things. The er did another ekg and blood tests and admitted me for observation and a medically induced stress test which happened on Tuesday. Great news - I passed. The docs said my heart is healthy. Yay! We don't know what is causing it but its just mild and barely noticable when its there usually, and they told me to chew a tums three times a day and see my family doc for a followup in two weeks.

Our BIG news is that Alec's new book The Backside of Nowhere has been published!

On Friday he posted
on his blog:
Here's a bit of a teaser, a little scene from The Backside of Nowhere.
Read more here: Under water.

More information about this book and his others is posted on his website:
http://www.alecclayton.com/
and on our ClaytonWorks site:
http://www.claytonworks.com/Publishing/index.html