What does it mean to live In the Spice Rack?


To live In the Spice Rack means that you embrace the things in life that make you happy, and add a dimension of wholeness to your life. Give up feeling guilty for enjoying pleasure in your life. Be happy. Do great work that enriches your life, and the lives around you. Know that you are worthy of being loved and cherished just as you are. Start with yourself. Living a colorful and pleasure filled life isn’t for everyone. Are you daring enough to take the leap?

May the Light Shine

The holiday season is in full force for 2015 – pun intended, with the new Star Wars movie coming out soon. As I drove back home last night, I thought about what the season means to me. 

The spirit of the season is the most important part for me. Here in Upstate Western New York, we start entering a long dark few months which are often filled with cold winds and snow. My great grandparents came over to the U. S. by boat from Sweden in the early 20th century. St. Lucia Festival was an important part of my growing up. I looked forward to the day when I would get to be the girl with the crown of candles on her head, and was honored to get the chance twice to be “Lucia.” 

For me, St. Lucia represents the purity and innocence of life, which is recaptured each year when we celebrate. As we sing Silent Night, first in Swedish, then in English, hope and faith in humanity is restored. We can face the trials of our lives for another day. 

Christmas Eve church service ends similarly with Silent Night. Everyone lights their candles, one by one. The heat from the small fires always warms my heart and mind. The energy in the sanctuary is almost palpable as we welcome the boy child of God into our lives. 

I so believe in Magic. Experiencing these two particular celebrations is evidence to me that Magic is real. People come together to enjoy good music and wonderful company. Food for my soul. 

What feeds your soul during the holidays?


A Review – Train’s Bulletproof Picasso

After listening to this album, my first question is – Who got divorced?


I think this album is one that a lot of people can relate to on an emotional level. I highly recommend it if you like emotional music, albums that tell a story, danceable tunes, songs that will fire you up and break your heart, or if you simply love Train.

Train has borrowed styles from many different artists and effectively pulled it off. I am very impressed with their versatility.

Let’s go through each song!

  1. Cadillac, Cadillac – The beginning of this song reminds me of an older Police or Sting song, and has a fantastic beat you can dance to.
  2. Bulletproof Picasso – The title track reminds me a bit of an epic One Republic anthem. The harmonies are fantastic, and the old timey ragtime piano adds a lovely folk dimension to the song. “Say what you mean, and mean what you say to me.”
  3. Angel in Blue Jeans – I recognized this one from the radio immediately! It’s got a bit of a country feel, which is not my favorite, but I do enjoy this song on occasion.
  4. Give it all – This has a marching drum that propels the chorus. A haunting falsetto sings “I have a lot, maybe too much, but I’d give it all for one more night with you.” When you work as hard as artists have to do to continually be in the public eye, it is hard to stay connected to loved ones left at home to continue the day to day life that has to go. It’s no wonder that celebrities don’t last very long together in relationships. A minute out of the public eye means you might be forgotten. I think this can apply to anyone that is apart in a relationship – maybe serving in the military, or driving trucks across the country, or in a long distance relationship. Unless you make great efforts to stay connected, it’s easy to lose yourself in new experiences.
  5. Wonder What You’re Doing for the Rest of Your Life – I’m not a big fan of this one for reasons I can’t pin down. It just doesn’t speak to me personally, and feels a little bit campy. It’s a cute song though.
  6. Son of a Prison Guard – I love listening to the story in this one; it’s a story that anyone can relate to.The song is mellow sounding, but not too syrupy. It’s got a gentle dance beat.
  7. Just a Memory – The words are sung in a rhythmic style. The style of this song reminds me a lot of Maroon 5 during the chorus. I’m not particularly captivated by this one versus other songs on the album. Maybe during radio play, I’d enjoy it more.
  8. I’m Drinkin’ Tonight – this one has haunting guitars starting the song off in minor 7 chords, and I immediately like it. “The only thing stronger than you is whiskey.” I can understand the need to dull pain. We’ve all been there.
  9. I Will Remember – This song will break your heart! Haunting guitar licks play between the lyric lines, pulling on your heart strings even more.
  10. The Bridge – You want to move your feet to this song for sure. This one has an R&B feel, and gritty, emotional vocals.
  11. Baby, Happy Birthday – “Don’t you think that I wish that I could be somebody else sometimes, someone that would not forget your birthday.” Ouch. Yeah, that’s pretty bad. It has happened to the best of us, but still, that’s pretty awful. Has someone ever forgotten your birthday?
  12. Don’t Grow Up So Fast – Acoustic guitar opens this song, with lovely vocals singing a simple melody. At first, I wondered if he’s singing to his daughter. But following the rest of the album, I wonder, is it his ex wife? I’m hoping daughter.  It’s a beautiful song regardless. A solid tune, with 1970s style piano in the background.

Don’t forget to watch Train’s live performance on the QVC channel on Friday, September 5th at 5pm ET.

If you want to get the album for yourself, check these links out!

iTunes: http://smarturl.it/bulletproofpicasso,

Amazon: http://smarturl.it/bulletproofpicassoAM

I participated in the Train Bulletproof Picasso album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided a free album to review but all opinions are my own.

To Open or Not To Open

Skotte often goes to gaming conventions. Over the course of a few days, he might play something like thirty games, some of which the world has never seen before.  It’s very exciting stuff!

After one convention, I received the cutest gift from him – a tiny Doctor Who!


I had to talk myself out of wanting one of every character the company makes!  They are so cute!

No, I will be content and deliriously happy with my one tiny Doctor.

Tiny Doctor resides on my desk, amongst other fun characters. There’s the fiddle playing gnome, Hello, Kitty! on a keychain connected to my WoW authenticator, a mini Wegmans truck (Wegmans is our totally awesome local grocery chain), and my Autumn Bear from some good friends.

There is something missing though…!!! I have Sandman figures which I received for Christmas one year from Skotte.  They are all sitting in their original packaging, because that makes them more valuable for the future.  But are they really serving me in this capacity?

I go back and forth on this issue.  Obviously, once opened, you can’t really turn back time to un-open them.  (Although, maybe my tiny Doctor could help now!) The Endless and their Dreaming counterparts sit patiently in the meantime, wrapped in plastic.

There was a Judge John Hodgman court case about this.  (Listen here.)  A woman wanted to open her Scully figure, while her husband wanted to keep his Mulder and her Scully in their packaging to retain the value.  I won’t tell you how Judge Hodgman ruled, but it’s a rousing case, and worth listening to!

So I ask:  What would you do?

Why I Do What I Love – Happy Valentine’s Day!

In the Spice Rack is a labor of love for me. On this day of celebrating LOVE, I want to share with you the WHY.


I’ve mentioned briefly that my life has not gone at all the way I planned. As I entered college, I had a definitive plan – get my 4-year degree, then a Masters and possibly a doctorate. Write music, play and sing all over the world. Teach. I never planned on getting “rich,” but music was my passion. I lived and breathed music and I was pretty good at it.

I did not anticipate a lengthy list of things that would stand in my way. My teacher left my university and I never really connected with a mentor after that. I experienced a horrible time with depression. A diagnosis of fibromyalgia came when I was around 20. School and life circumstances left me burnt out, sad, lonely, and broken. I had many surgeries, culminating in a partial hysterectomy at age 25. I made myself small inside, because I didn’t think I deserved my dreams.


Today I look at these obstacles as rare gifts.

The gifts give me the opportunity to think outside of the box, and to use my creativity as a tool.

It is not easy for me to do things differently from people around me. I compare myself to others, and ask myself, “Wouldn’t it be easier to go get a regular job?” It would offer stability and structure. But, I would not be happy with this choice long term. I would be building someone else’s dream.

I am doing this because it is my life’s work. I want to inspire you to do the same. I want to live an extraordinary life. I want to share my dream with you.

My Dream

I view life like a spice rack.

You can start off with the same basic ingredients, but how your mixture will taste depends on the herbs, spices, and flavorings you put into it. Your mixture will be different from your neighbor. You might add more or less orange flavoring, with pecan sprinkles on top and a dash of cinnamon.

I have a lot of friends who also make jewelry, but we all do it differently. Even if we all made the same items, they would be put together differently! We each speak to different people’s hearts. There is room for everyone!

I want to help people reach their own unique dreams.

I want to simultaneously fulfill my dreams.

What sorts of things fill up my Life Spice Rack?

  • Music is still a big important part of my life! – listening to and sharing music that I love!
  • Connecting with people in my community – Part of this for me is being involved at my church, Downtown United Presbyterian Church
  • Writing poetry
  • Creating crafts and jewelry
  • Playing board games, video games, and role playing games
  • Learning about the world and different cultures
  • Eating organic food in the right combinations and amounts
  • Learning what exercises my body can do, and trying to push my boundaries when I can!
  • Using personal care products and cleaning products that are safe for my body – I am extremely sensitive to chemicals.
  • Writing stories that give lessons and entertain
  • Writing music!
  • Playing the violin and singing
  • Helping and caring for others

Soon, I am going to announce my next step and I want you to come along with me!

Stay tuned!

And have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Love, Cori!