World Book Encyclopedia

World Book Day brings out bibliophiles

The phrase World Book Day is trending on social media, and bibliophiles are not hesitating to advise people to go read a book. In an age where so many read only on digital devices, it’s nice to see those old fashioned reading devices get a nod. Ironically the date for the celebration in 2018 is also the birthday and death date for one of the world’s most influential writers. 

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Snip from "Ain't Much Left of Me"; Blackberry Smoke. (YouTube)

Indie band Blackberry Smoke tops in country album sales—for third time

If you don’t know the music of Blackberry Smoke, lend this indie band your ear. The band’s latest release, Find a Light, outsold other country albums to take the top spot. As the website Saving Country Music pointed out, this is for album sales as opposed to sales from all sources including streaming. 

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Antenna TV still snip/Carson show

Ditch Colbert and what’s his name: Carson lives on late night TV

I was getting ready for bed, punching the remote to find something to make a little noise as I finished up my chores. I nixed late night talk shows. They bore me. Plus I can hear politics 24/7 and that’s the last thing I want to hear when I’m about to go to sleep. Imagine my surprise when I bumped into Johnny Carson’s show. 

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Chris Turpin and Stephanie Jean, the duo Ida Mae, opened for Lone Bellow at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall (Florida) April 16, 2018.

In Florida Lone Bellow was the draw, and Ida Mae was a bonus

My daughters Jen and Rebecca, otherwise known as The Crazy Daysies, enjoy going to concerts with their dad who is also a musician. On Monday, all three went to see Lone Bellow, a group we all fell in love with the last time they were in Jacksonville. Lone Bellow didn’t disappoint their fans on April 16, and there was a bonus—Ida Mae. 

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Snip/Academy of Country Music awards 2018; Miranda Lambert

Miranda owns the night at ACM awards, despite radio policy on women

It’s no secret those who influence radio programming aren’t wild about females. It’s a matter of public record. Sunday’s Academy of Country Music is in conflict with a major influencer’s advice to 300 radio stations: “If you want to make ratings in country radio, take females out…” 

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Rose Cade 'Swat the Jinx' girl

Friday the 13th: Bad luck, good luck, and why we take note

Today is Friday the 13th, and in the South, that always spelled bad luck. People didn’t stay inside or act like bad luck was coming. We’d take note it was a day traditionally perceived as unlucky and then go about our business. Why do we even take note of it, though? And why does one megastar consider it her lucky number? 

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Snip from Twitter profile of Dancing Cowboy (@ask4adam)

Who knew San Jose had a Dancing Cowboy and country radio?

Confession time. I didn’t even know San Jose (CA) had a country music station. That’s embarrassing. What’s more interesting? I didn’t know the West Coast had a “Dancing Cowboy” who’s all over country music.  Twitter, despite being a cesspool, does have some bright moments. Dancing Cowboy’s Twitter feed turned out to be a bright moment for me. 

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Snip IAS home page

Six sites that may help you in your blogging or other writing

Recently I found workshop sheets from several years ago when I was doing seminars and such. About the same time, there was a movie on TV about a blogger who found instant success after leaving her job. That would be unusual, by the way. Blogging is usually not an instant success. I thought I’d share six sites I‘ve found valuable over the years. 

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gag on free expression

Indie blogging faces new challenges in social media wars

Unless you are completely off the grid, chances are you’re aware of the controversy Facebook is dealing with over user data. Facebook isn’t alone—different social media and news entities face challenges domestically and globally. Amid the uproar, there’s something to consider if you’re an indie blogger. 

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Ryan Hoback--Hoby's

Hoby’s gets a new home; shop is a First Coast destination must

Hoby’s Honey and General Store is a favorite in our family and for many in the Mandarin community, and the shop’s new location is much more convenient than the old place was. Located in a shopping center Jax residents frequent, Hoby’s will have its grand  opening on Saturday, April 7. I wrote about this indie business in an earlier column. 

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