photo by Dale Gebelein‎

Bumpin Uglies Bonus

With the announcement of Weekend at Wolfie’s Music Fest, a full calendar of tour dates with drool worthy companions, live streams of new sounds, and a rapidly growing group of dedicated fans around the country, 2019 promises to be a year like no other for the East Coast ska/punk/reggae Bumpin Uglies band of brothers. 

Bumpin Uglies Bonus: The angelic voice heard with Brandon on the revival of “Girl from the North Country” on Songs from the Basement is Sophia Hardesty. Hoping to hear more features with her. The pair do total justice to Dylan’s traditional balled. 

All the feels. ❤

Another Bumpin Uglies Bonus: Listening to a live stream last week that had a special something different, and discovered that Bumpin Uglies bassist Dave Wolf (pictured with Brandon Hardesty, photo by Dale Gebelein) is also boss on the mic.

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Bumpin Uglies Weekend at Wolfie’s Music Fest in Bedford, PA!

Weekend at Wolfie’s is an all ages camping music festival held at Fort Royale Farm in Bedford, PA. The festival is hosted by Bumpin Uglies and runs from Thursday June 13 – Saturday June 15, 2019. All camp sites are car camping and 75% are shaded in the woods. All campers will be given the choice of camping in the woods or an open field & all pre-reserved group camping spots will be in the woods. For questions, please email

***Tickets go on sale Dec 7 @ 11am EST***
Early Bird Weekend Pass – $75 (limited qty available)
Tier 2 Weekend Pass – $90 (limited qty available)
Tier 3 Weekend Pass – $100
At the gate – $120
RV Passes – $75 & must buy weekend pass for each person too
Group camping sites – $50 & must buy weekend pass for each person too

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Keep up with these dudes on the festival event page, spotify, facebook and instagram.


Bumpin Uglies Festival: Weekend at Wolfie’s Music Fest

Every once in an ugly blue moon, you hear music that ignites a new fire within you. For me, it’s been fueled by raw emotion and anything that finds a way to ease the anxiety of human condition pleasingly; angst that hope emanates through.. I hadn’t known that feeling since – I want to say those fond screamy emo (when emo meant something and wasn’t an ironic adjective) days of my youth.

*Insert a nod to the remaining inability to turn off any song from in/Casino/Out (thank you former members of At the Drive In – tried to be PC there) or When Life Hands You Lemons (thank you Piebald).

My proverbial hat is eternally tipped.*

Piebald, Early 2000’s
Pre-2001 perpetual cycle of break and make-ups among members of At the Drive In

Of all things perfectly comparable to everything this band stands for, I discovered the glory of Bumpin Uglies during an otherwise forgettable car ride, years ago. My truck was starting to die (:::This was when I still had the ’93 F150… sniffle:::) and after work I was getting a ride home. During a conversation about Streetlight Manifesto and Toh Kay, a band was qued that I “needed to hear.” It was Bumpin Uglies, and everything in life would now be okay.

Sometimes we’re just going through something, or a series of things, or anything, and music finds you that was absolutely needed. Bumpin Uglies was the catalyst I needed to dance myself out of a funk while knowing life would remain full of meaningless tragedy and near escape. There hadn’t been a new band I was in awe of in years. Independent artists, yes, ma’am. Lyrical geniuses, absolutely man. But a new band, it had been a good minute. And then… Bumpin Uglies

It felt great.

Not as great as it would feel to see them live. Twice. With this badass

“A billion cells all working together as one – create the warmth you feel when you step into the sun- our existence is a complete phenomenon- so whatever you’re stressin’ pales in comparison” 

Bumpin Uglies – Optimism in F# (Live Acoustic) | Sugarshack Sessions

The energy on stage and incredibly evolved talent of these guys is just ridiculous. I was not at all prepared for how magnificent the shows would be or how much I would appreciate the brass and coil infused performances with members of Tropidelic.

Full disclosure: my comfort music go-to for a solid 3 years had been Songs from the Basement YouTube videos (which remain great), preferring Hardesty’s acoustic recordings of Citizen Cane covers and having some narrow minded expectations of the ska sector that the live show guaranteed. 

I happily report that I was quite wrong with those predictions. Bumpin Uglies together on stage, and in collaboration with Tropidelic, have an incredible power. Not only are they each exceptionally talented musicians, but their on-stage interactions and reactions to the crowd are enchanting.

Hardesty’s fire is accelerated, to say the least, when backed by his brothers and with inspired delivery, ignites the performance with seemingly impulsive moves from the stage to the bar. All the while, a transfixed crowd singing along, swaying in awe. 

(If there is ever a comic book of your ventures as a band, The Brothers Ugly would be a solid take on The Brothers Grimm, js). 

A unity is found among fans, who come together online, in impressively dedicated fashion, to propel the prospering of Bumpin Uglies, at least enough to continue creating the music we’re all now dependent on.

Uglies Nation is a closed Facebook Group with early announcements, giveaways, polls, and ongoing hilarious banter; driven by and dedicated to BU fans who enthusiastically share their signature sounds in a creative fan-endorsement funding approach to ticket and merch sales that is absolutely working. 

Bumpin Uglies | punk/ska/reggae from the East Coast | (from left to right) TJ Haslett, Brandon Hardesty, Dave Wolf, Chad Wright

The proof of this power in numbers? Bumpin Uglies will be hosting their own festival in June 2019. Weekend at Wolfie’s Music Fest in Bedford, PA! Jun 13, 2019 at 12 PM – Jun 15, 2019 at 12 PM. More information about the event, tickets, camping, and all that goodness is on the Bumpin Uglies Facebook Event Page

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Ceschi Ramos, Moodie Black, Onry Ozzborn and Esh in Orlando

Ceshi, Onry Ozzborn, Moodie Black and Esh performing in Florida this week.

Wills Pub | Orlando, FL | Wednesday, March 21


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We’ll discuss at a later date the trenches of talent unleashed from Ceschi during a live performance. Word on the street is that they will be making a stop in Miami at Gramps on Thursday. If Thundercats are go, I’ll see you there!

*Could also use a ride to Miami*

Ceschi Ramos is a brilliant artist, delivering hip hip anthems of A capella punk, hugging the crowd from the depths of his lungs . He radiates melodic angst with bursts of tragedy, truth and social commentary that pull on heart strings from the third eye of each solar plexus in the room.

Songs of suffering, survival and isolation, declarations of self and soul, unite the crowd, now transformed, together, in acoustic baptism. Ceschi’s high-speed reiki rap (still trying to catch up, almost there with Same Old Love Song) is infused with intellectual irony and self-deprecation, precisely placed, in set theory, each syllable in synergy.

To see Ceschi live is an amazing experience. If you can get to Will’s Pub in Orlando today, do it.


Moodie Black is amazing.

If you haven’t been listening, start. Now.

The brilliant and formidable (Noisey) Moodie Black will be releasing Lucas Acid, their first full-length in four years, on April 6, 2018 on Fake Four, Inc. –bandcamp 

Florida humans, if you’re anywhere near Orlando, be sure to catch the show!

Bear Witness: Wayward Wordsmiths Lead the Rap Redux

Not sure how to kick things off with a little ditty post intro after such a hiatus…

I’ve spent some time immersed in the musical makings of a few rising rap artists and am excited to share a few of them with you.

Sadistik – Altars II Tour – Wills Pub- Orlando, FL

Sadistik, Vigilantics, Bear Witness, Upgrade and Astronautalis are just a few of the mold-morphing artists currently  ripping any pre-existing rapper template to shreds.

Armed with prophetic parables of universal awareness, a few landmark lyricists are leading the hip-hop redux. With self labeled search-and-destroy and hippie-hop music, rising indie rap artists are reaching audiences on an enlightened level of intimate expression and iconoclast introspection through emotional candor and raw delivery. The brave new world of hip-hop is flourishing with lyrical foliage, fertilized with creative integrations of hardcore, post-punk, reggae, classic rock and soul.

“Amass a massacre pupils adjust the aperture

My castle’s Dracula brutal with just vernacular

Hands are tarantulas scapulas spread my angel wings

Halo rings are bullet holes I made to sing” –Sadistik.  Honeycomb.  Altars.

Sadistik has always made it a point to collaborate and tour with the best artists imaginable, but this last show… the Altars Tour II with Vigilantics, Upgrade Hiphop and Nacho Picasso… perfection. Sadistik was incredible. Altars may even becoming my favorite album. He played the best possible set list and everything about seeing him perform made the trip worth it, especially discovering Vigilantics.

Vigilantics. Ceschi Ramos. Sadistik. Nacho Picasso. Upgrade

Vigilantics. Ceschi Ramos. Sadistik. Nacho Picasso. Upgrade

Rafael Vigilantics commands the stage with an infectious and reluctantly optimistic energy, dissecting a dystopian history of tortured train rides, Texas stabbings, an accidental kidnapping, lost love, gambling and card-table murders, with a lot of drinking. With proud confessions of vulnerability, Vigilantics paints piercing pictures of danger, disaster and desire. His transparent transgressions are presented with an infectious charm that leaves you rooting for him to prosper in the painted portraits of hijack and treachery.

The Vigilantics discography draws a vivid picture of a tormented victor, a hopeful “huntsman” who warns of his ferocious flaws while firing lyrical weapons. His exquisite delivery is often dosed with simultaneous combinations of hardcore, punk, pub-rock and R&B, integrating sounds reminiscent of the Clash, Suicidal Tendencies, Iggy Pop and Frank Ocean. Debut album Bury Me Standing was released in 2009 and quickly embraced in the punk community. The tracks “No Friends” and “Sex Magic” present powerful, palliative portrayals of hard-core punk, the kind of songs that revive sleeping memories of warehouse parties in the late 90’s.

Sophomore album The Orgasm of a Ghost was released in 2011, where a talented dichotomy is discovered with “Everyday” and “Dreaming.” Rafael’s raspy voice remains delightfully raw, yet surprisingly melodic. Elements of ’80s goth, English post-punk and soul-rock co-exist in the orchestrated blend of sway worthy hooks and upbeat bass progressions. Lamenting lyrics are strung through irresistible dance rhythms to take you on a journey of Motown, R&B and Tears for Fears-esque turmoil that succeeds in breaking your heart while moving your feet.

2013’s The Spade Tapes is an incredible exodus that takes you deeper into the driving force of the artists dedication. “Different” and “Not Here/Rainz” reveal a rise in synthesizer sightings, slow jams and lust-ridden lyrical landscapes. Inventive collaborations with the angelic Rebecca Tafline give Vigilantics the bandwith to paint harrowing scenarios with heated rhythms of retrospect on this record. Bleeding-heart anthems for outcasts like “A Birds Eye” and “Darkness” have a heart-wrenching edge with first generation hip-hop homage.

The Prizefighter EP, released in 2015, is also home to a few favorites (see “Porch Light” and “My Girl”).  The 2016 single “Badman” featuring P.O.S. and Alisa Fidele, “Ramblin’ Bones” and a RAWsession cover of Springsteen’s “I’m on Fire” are all rather fire, as well. / Vigilantics on Instagram

Another artist whose live performance stays with you for days, Astronautalis, once served as my segue to discovering Sadistik’s magnetic world of dark interludes. From the first recordings of Sadistik (Cody Foster), you can hear that he is destined for something greater, and he welcomes you to dissect the inner turmoil of that responsibility right along with him.

Such intrepid introspection has seldom been seen since Sage Francis, an artist with whom Sadistik has collaborated, released Personal Journals over a decade ago. A child of the backpack heyday, Sadistik learned from the best the scene had to offer, from the aforementioned Sage and Mac Lethal to the late, great Eyedea.

You can hear Eyedea’s indelible influence on urgent confessionals such as “Melancholia” and the Cage-assisted “Russian Roulette”. That which Eyedea left behind in this world resonates deeply within Sadistik, as he keeps his friend’s message of hope and love in the face of adversity alive, and pays touching tribute on “Micheal”. –

I highly suggest listening to the previously mentioned collaboration of Sadistik with Astronautalis and Lotte Kestner on the “Exit Theme” track from 2014’s Flowers for my Father.

Shortly after the release of The Balancing Act, Sadistik’s father tragically passed. Never one to shy away from heavy topics or keep his personal life personal, Sadistik wrote Flowers for his late father, choosing to treat each song as an update of what has happened in his life since. This is reflected in writing that delves into depression, heartbreak, optimism and the struggle to make sense of the ever-shifting pieces in the world around him. –FakeFourInc

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You can’t have a full scale recreation of a music genre without a psychedelic solider leading the way for latch-key gypsies. Lair Bair/ Lawrence Pennington / Bear Witness intricately layers loquacious lyrics to reggae rhythms with spotlights of soul, funk and jazz to build his signature hippie-hop sound. Bear Witness carefully creates intellectual and industrious lyrical adaptations that flow with precision to Bill Withers, CCR and Fleetwood Mac samplings.

With an outlook of realistic optimism that gives his music the ability to make you feel empowered while also guaranteeing a few good laughs, Bear Witness seems to be the indie rap answer to flower power hip-hop. The Bear now lives in Colorado (as prefaced in “Permeate the Air“), but remains tightly knit with with the South FL music scene. Crediting Nik Dee with a majority of the creative support, Bear Witness is anxious to return to South FL for a few upcoming shows.

Fun Fact: If you’re lucky enough to catch one of The Bear‘s shows, prepare yourself for some vintage kazoo gloriousness. In one man’s trash outside of Fort Pierce, FL, in 2013, Lair Bair found the signature treasure that would solidify his hippie-hop sound. That treasure is a 1967 Bath House Brass Flooglehorn by toy giant, Matel. The Bear adds autotune, delay and heavy reverb to achieve the crisp, brassy sound you hear in his kazoo cameos.

Come one, come all, to a brave new world of rap and hip-hop that has shed its’ skin to reveal a rainbow reflected chameleon of creative wonder... Emerging from a genre once considered to be dangerous to developing minds, sparked by the catalyst of a few lingually gifted leaders, bear witness to a brave new world where rap artists are the catalyst for introspection, mindfulness and moral responsibility… Who knew?

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The Bear at Red Rocks, Colorado

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Here’s lookin’ at you, Sammy Brue

The young Brue writes and delivers incredible melodic stories of heartache, self doubt and longing that common sense would argue impossible for a 14 year old. On stage, Sammy reveals exquisitely timed reminders of the seldom, yet beautiful showers of hope that fall to challenge despair of the human condition.

Sammy Brue is one of the most impressive musicians I’ve ever discovered.

and now, I would like to share this with you…

ReverbNation CONNECT act and The Watch List artist Sammy Brue will perform at the Studio Lounge Utah for one of the largest arts and film festivals, Sundance Film Festival! At 14-years of age, Sammy has already received praise by the likes of American Songwriter, and Rolling Stone declared him an “American Prodigy.” In the last year, Sammy performed at major festivals: Summerfest, The Newport Folk Festival, and New York’s week long music conference, CMJ.

Get more deets on Sammy’s show here and check out his latest single,” Once a Lover,” which premiered on The FADER.

Save the Man Bun

Groupon Features Clip In Man Bun

For the Man Who Wears Many Hats, but No Bun

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One of the hottest trends in men’s fashion, the man bun has been popularized by fixed-gear bicyclists and introspective Hollywood actors alike. But although the hairstyle oozes with fashion sense, those who sport it might find themselves outcasts in sports bars, motorcycle gangs, and the annual government-mandated machismo test. This attachable—and, equally important, detachable—man bun lets you blend in with your surroundings, putting it on when you smell fair-trade coffee or hear a banjo, and taking it off when someone utters the word bro.

How To Wear It
  1. Comb your hair back toward the crown of your head, in a similar motion to lacquering a reclaimed-wood coffee table
  2. Attach the man bun to your natural hair the way the lay public attached itself to Arcade Fire
  3. Use bobby pins to secure the man bun, decide bobby pins are too mainstream, use antique paper clips instead
  • Attachable hairpiece
  • Made of artificial hair
  • Product dimensions: 3” (dia) x 1” (H)
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This is wrong in so many ways. A genuine man bun is one of the last few ruggedly hot attributes of modern day men and it’s being hijacked.

In a country so flooded with men who ooze femininity in their mannerisms and personal hygiene practices, the clip in man bun is cruel trickery!

The man bun is attractive bc it’s usually attached to the head of a hot man who gives zero f—- about beauty products or faux accessories. Herein lies the sex appeal.

Men sporting these and women sleeping with those men, Cease and Desist. You’re destroying something beautiful.


The Red Thread

A poem by Rachel Jamison Webster reminds us of the “red string of fate,” a belief that certain people are destined to meet in this lifetime.

With some people, words just flow when you meet; it’s as if you’re picking up an ancient conversation that you’d forgotten about from centuries ago. It was this way with the person who introduced me to the red string, and I’ve met others who I’ve felt an uncanny connection with and walked away changed.

The potential existence of destiny and its role in our lives is rife for debate. Nevertheless, we all have our group of kindred spirits, those to whom we are bound by an invisible thread. This week, use the quote above from Webster’s poem as a source of inspiration. Tell the world about the cast of characters in your life, how they’ve affected you, and whether or not you believe in the idea that certain people are destined to play a role in your life.

Source: The Red Thread


Zen Rampage
Hyper-perceptive Mind Guide

Becoming Overhuman

The mind can go either direction under stress – toward positive or toward negative: On or off. Think of it as a spectrum whose extremes are unconsciousness at the negative end and hyperconsciousness at the positive end. The way the mind will lean under stress is strongly influenced by training.

Hyperawareness is not only related to stressful events, even though its biggest quality lies in the fact that it can be present in high stress events. But hyperawareness is something that can be exercised and practiced in any situation, stressful or not. I describe hyperawareness as a sort of Zen Rampage mode. It’s an oxymoron, but for me it’s just that.

It is not a very pleasant experience. It includes quick change between thinking (deductions, analyses and so forth) and perception, observing the world around you. Even in observing, one does not simply relax and observe, but observes in quite a proactive way –…

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America, You’ve Given Your All but You’re Nothing

Rose Water Magazine

after Allen Ginsberg’s America

America is tired and goes home without her shoes that night.
Wiping off eyeliner with the back of her small hands, she figures
she is getting too old for this shit.
America: 1 a.m. and a dollar short.
America’s dress keeps slipping down from off her shoulders.
being catcalled from the cars of her would-be fathers,
feels her heart bursting in air and cannot take the breaths to calm down–
America forgot to take her Xanax today
and the bus stop closes in around her delicate frame
like the fist her hands can’t seem to make anymore.
Her soul has been slipping through her passive fingertips, limp wrist.
America keeps her bus pass crumpled in her bra
so that she can move mountains when she takes it out for show.
(America hates her big tits. America is ready to stop growing.)
America finds the bus…

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Citizen Cope “Bullet & a Target”

Been a while since we’ve had a Little Ditty.

Enjoy this awesome pie of live Citizen Cope performance, “Bullet & A Target”

With lyrics deserving to be quoted in entirety.

“Bullet And A Target”

Mr. Dali Lamas
Another sister’s shootin’ heroin tomorrow
Amputees in Freetown
Sierra Leone’s
The church wasn’t honest
The state put the youth in a harness
Creatin’ hostility among us
Teacher said no college
Still the kid’s gotta get a check with a couple commas
People wanna bomb us
More people gotta scatter and run from us
You can blame it on Zeus and Apollo and AdonisBut what you’ve done here
Is put yourself between a bullet and a target
And it won’t be long before
You’re pulling yourself away

But what you’ve done here
Is put yourself between a bullet and a target
And it won’t be long before
You’re pulling yourself away

I’ve been knowing her for years
I’ve been seeing her for years
She got dark, dark wavy hair
With a voice like she just don’t care
She got a skirt with a halter top
She’s got a dad who never gave a fuck
She drinks a beer with a malted top
She got knocked up in a pickup truck
But she got engaged when she was nineteen
To this dude who was acting insane
Had a .45 that he always cleaned
Said one day one day one too many days
Now she ducked and she ran away
Never to be heard from, never to be seen
I check the cover of a magazine
I’m just wondering how, just wondering how

But what you’ve done here
Is put yourself between a bullet and a target
And it won’t be long before
You’re pulling yourself away 

A bullet and a target 

Between a bullet and a target


Living Single: How to Survive Strep Throat

Welcome, the ‘Living Single’ series. I’ve moved from the comfortable sleepy little beach town I called home to a big old city that is, while in the same state, completely foreign to me. While it’s great to remember the feeling of having my own apartment, with my own patio, plants and complete control of playlists, living single presents it’s own set of challenges.

Justy recently, I almost died.

The emergency room doctor wanted to do a spinal tap. My fever had raged on at something like 102.7 for five days.

Finally, the fever broke. Diagnosis: Strep Infection.

Now, don’t get it confused, I’m a self sufficient lady, but I’m talking awful fever, can’t move, throw me in a river, unimaginable sick.  I’m alone in a new town, no family nearby, so I had to get seriously resourceful. If you’re also living single, and are coming down with a sickness, here are some quick tips on getting through it.

Surviving Strep Throat: A Living Single How To

1. Family, Friends, Roommates or Neighbors

Family is an obvious here, but if you’re like me and far from family, find friends, neighbors, roommates, bell boys, whoever you can, to stock you up with gatorade, medicine and regular check ins if you’re symptoms are getting worse.

2. Jam Out

Music helps to constantly release healthy endorphins. This is at a low level, of course, but if you’re miserably sick, avoid silence. Put on something you love, and you’ll heal faster. (It’s science)

3. No Nyquil Fueled Text Messages

I know, you feel like you’ve been hit by a bus then thrown over the freeway underpass. You feel alone and start romanticizing the past. Stop it!

It’s just the Sudafed and sleep meds. Don’t text any exes in your miserable state.

You’ll feel better soon.

Thanks for tuning in to the first Living Single Series.


Happy New Year 2014!


Authors And Alcohol: The Paris Years

These three authors are literary greats and they were all present in Paris at the same time,

enjoying a lifestyle of creative endeavor and alcohol…

The great and the good of historical literary figures seem more often than not to have had a fairly intimate relationship with alcohol. It appears to have just gone with the territory. What follows are a list of some of the most influential writers who were all present in post WW1 Paris and couldn’t say no to a drink.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Author of the almost unsurpassable The Great Gatsby, Francis (that’s what the F stood for) was a heavy drinker from early in his college years. His work and he himself are seen as symbols of the Jazz Age and with good reason. Not only did he come up with the term, but his lifestyle and the people he surrounded himself with in 1920s Paris were absolutely indicative of the artistic revelry.

Unfortunately his drinking was epic and led him into seriously poor health during the 30s. He suffered from tuberculosis though biographers do argue over whether or not this was truly the case, with some speculating it was used as a cover for his drinking problems. Fitzgerald finally succumbed in 1940 to a second, and huge, heart attack. He was 44.

Ernest Hemmingway

Present in the revelry of Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age was his good friend Ernest Hemmingway. The two shared an intense and vivacious friendship. Becoming part of the ‘Lost Generation’ a term he popularized during his Paris years the abandon of which he and his cohorts’ lives were lived is no secret. And after being introduced to James Joyce the pair became well known for their ‘alcoholic sprees’.

Hemmingway’s love of a beverage turned to alcoholism in his later years and was compounded by other health and mental issues. The result in 1961 was after treatment for severe depression and release from hospital Hemmingway took his own life.

James Joyce

Renowned for his works that include Ulysses and Finnegans Wake Joyce is undoubtedly one of the most significant writers of the 20th century. Growing up in Dublin he was often found boozing and causing plenty of trouble, seemingly being quick to anger and always involved in an altercation of sorts. After two such instances, one involving a pistol being fired at him by the student he lived with Joyce headed to Europe.

He lived in Trieste and Zurich for the next period of his life and after 16 years was invited to Paris by Erza Pound, a friend of both Fitzgerald and Hemmingway. Joyce stayed for 20 years. During his time there his lifestyle continued as he’d become accustomed and he died after surgery for a perforated ulcer in 1941.

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When not trying to live like a Parisian author of the Jazz Age, Sam Michaels writes for Find Me A Gift, taking a particular interest in their exceptional range of wine gifts.