Music: What’s inspiring me

Fun fact: I love music. I have since I was old enough to recognize the differences. I grew up listening to the “Ultimate Oldies Station” in Atlanta before moving onto alternative rock in middle school. The music of the mid-90s was incredible, making it a great time to be a teenager. I used to sit in my room with my headphones on for hours, making mixed tapes (this was before CD burners were mainstream). Whenever I hear Counting Crows, Oasis, Bush and Collective Soul and so many others, I am rocketed back to my early teenage years when alternative music was on the rise … until the boy bands sprang on the scene.

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Classic Cocktail Series: Margarita

Cinco de Mayo. A holiday that is really only celebrated here in the United States. But hey, it’s fun. We like our fake drinking holidays here … like St. Patrick’s Day.

The origins of the margarita are unclear, with many folks claiming to have invented this delicious drink. The first known publication of a margarita recipe was in the December 1953 issue of Esquire, with a recipe calling for an ounce of tequila, a dash of triple sec and the juice of half a lime or lemon. A recipe for a tequila-based cocktail first appeared in the 1930 book My New Cocktail Book by G.F. Steele. Without noting a specific recipe or inventor, a drink called the Tequila Daisy was mentioned in the Syracuse Herald as early as 1936. Margarita is Spanish for Daisy, which is a nickname for Margaret.

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Drinking with the Saints: Giveaway

Drinking with the Saints is a book any Catholic should have on his or her shelf. Not only does Michael Foley give us many spirited beverages to enjoy each day of the year, but we learn as we experiment with classic and new beverages alike. It is abundantly clear that Foley holds a doctorate in Catholic systematic theology and is an associate professor of Patristics in the Great Texts Program at Baylor University. This book is packed full of goodness, both spiritually and creatively.

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Five Years in Heaven: An Interview, Giveaway & Exclusive Recipe

Five_Years_in_Heaven__The_Unlikely_Friendship_that_Answered_Life_s_Greatest_Questions__John_Schlimm__9780553446579__Amazon_com__BooksFive Years in Heaven. A beautiful book full of wisdom, laughter and heartwarming moments between a young man and a nun. John Schlimm, author of this lovely story about his friendship with artist-nun Sister Augustine. If you want to read a book cover to cover, this is just the one for you.

Alongside the release of his highly-anticipated book, John is encouraging the social media world to participate in Thank a Nun DayThank a Nun Day is an organized social media effort that invites participants of all ages from around the world to unite under the hashtag #ThankANun to share messages of gratitude to the Catholic nuns — past and present — who have made a difference in their lives. For more information check out the Thank a Nun Day website.

Enter to win Five Years in Heaven here:

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The blessings of friendship

Friendships are a blessing and are one of my favorite parts about being a human. Especially as a single person, I treasure my dear friends very much as they provide me not only with so much laughter and a spiritual support group, but with an outlet for my sanity! Plus, they serve as my homebrew taste testers and helping hands. That’s what friends are for, right?

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