Bob Weir STFU
essay, Music

Bob Weir Wants You to STFU at Concerts

I had a good/bad start to 2020. The setting: a Dead and Company concert on New Year's Eve at the Chase Center in San Francisco, the new home arena of the Golden State Warriors. The band would go on to play an epic three-set show, opening with Wilson Pickett's "In the Midnight Hour" and closing… Continue reading Bob Weir Wants You to STFU at Concerts

Guthrie the Dog_Illustration by Aileen Torres-Bennett
Art, dogs, essay

Guthrie the Dog

I've always wanted a dog. I didn't have one growing up because my parents didn't like the idea. Too much mess and more responsibility, they probably thought. I'd been prepping for the last few years by watching Cesar Millan, a.k.a. the Dog Whisperer. I discovered his TV show while we were living in Vancouver, and… Continue reading Guthrie the Dog

Annual reflection_Illustration by Aileen Torres-Bennett
Art, essay

Annual Reflections

My birthday is in the last month of the year; a natural time to look back at the past 12 months and assess. For me, birthdays aren't so much a celebration but more of an opportunity to take stock of the past year's lessons and accomplishments. I believe that all of life is evolution. If… Continue reading Annual Reflections

Awakening to the Dead by Aileen Torres Bennett
Adventure, Art, essay, Music

Awakening to the Dead

I was not a Grateful Dead fan when I was growing up. It took years, and my marriage, to change my mind. In high school, I used to associate the band with ne'er-do-wells. They wore a uniform of tie-dye t-shirts with shorts and Birkenstocks and exuded an attitude of marijuana-induced “chillness.” They didn’t seem to… Continue reading Awakening to the Dead