I can't believe I've posted 800 blog entries. In a way, Marimba and Ice has been an old friend, a quiet listener, and a very effective outlet for creativity and grief. When I started writing Off the Vine last month, I considered shutting down this blog. There's too much history here, though, so I can't bring myself to do it. So Marimba and Ice stays-- and stays as long as I continue posting.
To celebrate my 800th blog post, I wrote a short-short story inspired by Amanda Holzer's story "Love and Other Catastraphes: A Mix Tape." I dedicate this story and this posting to my literature students:
(Pronounce as Cheers)
"Hello" (Evanescence), "Dreams" (The Cranberries), "You Learn" (Alanis Morrisette), "Soak Up the Sun" (Sheryl Crow), "Life is a Highway" (Tom Cochrane), "Ray of Light" (Madonna), "Praise You" (Fatboy Slim), "Waiting for Wednesday" (Lisa Loeb), "Music" (Madonna), "Shining Star" (Earth, Wind, and Fire), "This is the Day" (The The), "You've Got a Friend" (James Taylor).