Unplugged: Scare Away the Dark

by Lindy


It’s been four months since I’ve written a blog post. No apologies or remorse. I’ve been immersed in living, working, vacationing, socializing, mothering, exercising, surviving.

Santa Cruz

In my element – the great outdoors! | Santa Cruz, CA

Many of my adventures are captured on Instagram for your perusal, but this has been a great year. Highlights from the past four months include:

  • Grand Canyon
  • Bedrock City (Flintstones)
  • Nashville
  • Dollywood
  • #LindysNautical40th – 40th birthday party!
  • Funniest Housewives of Orange County girls night out
  • Family Camp at Campland San Diego
  • Camp Pendleton Mud Run
  • Irish Fair Festival
  • Washington D.C.
  • Celebrating Fourth of July with my visiting Norwegian family
  • Donna’s Manhattan Beach birthday weekend
  • “Camp Annika” birthday party
  • Surgery
  • Week in Santa Cruz – AirBnB cottage
  • Family camp at Montecito Sequoia
  • San Diego family reunion weekend
  • Back to school
  • Job change
  • Frozen ice skating birthday party
  • Running the household solo for two weeks – the ultimate adventure

In the grand scheme of things, blogging (and podcasting) has taken a backseat to enjoying life and all its craziness. I do enjoy writing and publishing, so I’m not giving it up. Just not being as regimented. This new song by Passenger, Scare Away the Dark, so beautifully captures the importance of unplugging from technology and connecting with the outside world and people. Read the lyrics and see the video below.

Lyrics: Scare Away the Dark
well sing
sing at the top of your voice
and love without fear in your heart
feel, feel like you still have a choice
if we all light up we can scare away the dark

we wish our weekdays away
spend our weekends in bed
we drink ourselves stupid
and work ourselves dead
and all just because
that’s what mum and dad said we should do
but we should run through the forests
we should swim in the streams
we should laugh we should cry
we should love we should dream
we should stare at the stars
and not just at screens
you should hear what i’m saying
and know what it means to sing

sing at the top of your voice
and love without fear in your heart
feel, feel like you still have a choice
if we all light up we can scare away the dark

well we wish we were happier, thinner and fitter
we wish we weren’t losers and liars and quitters
we want something more not just nasty and bitter
we want something real not just hashtags and twitter
it’s the meaning of life and it’s streamed live on youtube
but i bet gangnam style would still get more views
and we’re scared of drowning and flyers and shooters
but we’re all slowly dying in front of computers so sing

sing at the top of your voice now
oh and love without fear in your heart
can you feel, feel like you still have a choice
if we all light up we can scare away the dark

oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh

well sing
sing at the top of your voice
and love without fear in your heart
feel, feel like you still have a choice
if we all light up we can scare away the dark

Let me know what you do to unplug from computers and connect with the outside world.

Passenger’s new album Whispers is available on You can even get it on vinyl with a free MP3 download to boot! I’m getting the vinyl for my Crosley retro record player.

Amazon Editorial Review:

“Mike Rosenberg, aka Passenger, presents Whispers, the follow up to 2012 s All The Little Lights, which featured the international hit single and 3x Platinum “Let Her Go.”

Recorded in Sydney and co-produced by Chris Vallejo, Whispers is comprised of 11 tracks that tell tales some real, some imagined of love, death, growing up and getting old. A master of story telling, Passenger yet again strikes the perfect balance between the heartbreaking and the humorous, all wrapped in beautiful instrumentation, creating a sumptuous, symphonic sound.

“This is easily the most “up” album I’ve ever made,” explains Passenger. “It s quite cinematic. There are lots of big stories and big ideas. There are also some somber moments about loneliness and death but, hey, it wouldn’t be a Passenger album without those. Mostly though, it s a really positive album.”

Lead single “Scare Away The Dark,” which is already a fan favorite at live shows, presents listeners with a different side of Passenger than the one they’ve come to know from international smash single “Let Her Go.” It s a riotous rant about technology taking over our lives, calling on listeners to seize the moment and embrace life. Though he didn’t realize it at the time, title track “Whispers” captures the chaos in Passenger’s head as “Let Her Go” began to snowball. “Heart’s On Fire” is the album’s grandest love song, starting sparse on finger picked guitar and building into a dramatic, passionate, strings-soaked plea to the person you can’t get out of your head.”

Norwegian Vacation, Party of Five

by Lindy
National Lampoon's European Vacation | Photo Credit

“Why are those stupid Americans wearing lederhosen in Oslo?!”
(Yes, this photo is from the Alps,; I’ve taken creative liberties)

Imagine a new comedy, “National Lampoon’s Norwegian Vacation” starring the Southern California version of the Griswold family. That will be us on our next big trip to my ancestral homeland. Our ‘Party of Five’ epic journey to Norway is just days away and I’m psyched!

I’ll be taking photos, videos and documenting our adventures as much as possible through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, You Tube and this website. Thanks to modern technology, I will have WiFi at all times; which I know sounds sacrilegious to traveling to one of the most beautiful, natural places on earth, but I want to capture and share as much of the beauty and fun as possible.

Travel Details:

  • Two adults, three kids, four pieces of checked luggage, seven carry on bags, three car seats, one stroller, lots of snacks and bribery tools (candy) and five thin-blooded Southern Californians with their warmest ski jackets.
  • Winter clothes courtesy of REI.
  • Portable WiFi mobile 4G hot spot “MiFi”, courtesy of Xcom Global.
  • Flight Route: Orange County through Chicago and Sweden to Oslo | Oslo through Newark to Orange County.
  • Flights courtesy of Scandinavian Airlines
  • Travel Itinerary: Oslo, 3 days | Larvik, 5 days | Lillehammer, 4 days | Oslo, 1 day
  • Family-friendly flat rental in Oslo, complete with bunk beds, washer/dryer and kitchen courtesy of Christian through

    Two Bedroom Flat Rental in Oslo,

  • 3 Day Oslo Pass courtesy of Visit Oslo for tours, museums, transportation and fun.
  • Rental car, 5 speed VW sports wagon, courtesy of Hertz through USAA.
  • Family-friendly lodging near the seashore in Larvik, courtesy of my (3rd?) cousin Kristian and his family. There will be a lot of cousins to visit with in Larvik and Skien.

    Larvik Boat Tour | Photo Credit: Gunnar Berven,

  • We’ll be VIPs at a concert at Murphy’s Irish Pub in Sandefjord, courtesy of Morten, Tainted Souls.
  • Family-friendly home rental in the Olympic hub of Lillehammer, courtesy of Mari through Ironically, her boyfriend is from Laguna Beach originally. We will spend some time getting to know them and having our daughters play dance games on the Wii together.

    Home rental in Lillehammer,

  • Family-friendly BnB rental near the Gardermoen Airport in Oslo our last night in Norway, courtesy of Gardermoen Hotel Bed & Breakfast and Bonus: breakfast and airport shuttle.

    Gardermoen B & B, Oslo

  • Researching, planning and collaborating made easy with Google Docs, Trip It, Sons of NorwayVisit Oslo and Visit Norway.
  • Genealogy research made possible with, as well as my uncle Kern and his invaluable photos, letters and ancestry notes
  • Norwegian language learning made fun with,, Google Translate, and lovely Norwegian You Tube teachers.
  • My daughters’ favorite Norwegian phrase thus far, “Nei takk” (no thank you).

Stay tuned for my travel cliff notes! While you’re waiting, check out this cool music video by the popular Norwegian band, Kaizers Orchestra.


Guest Post: “24 Hours to a New U”

by Lindy

Sincere thanks to BRE Ashley of The BRE Life for this excellent guest post!

If you had 24 hours to change yourself, what would you do? What would be the first thing you do when
you wake up? How about in the middle of the day? What about in the evening?

Do me a favor. Grab a pen and a piece of paper. Write down the words you see below:

Confidence | Faith | Trust | Hope | Ambition

Now, write down the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about what each of these words mean to you. I’m going to the same, except I’m going to close my eyes for a just a few seconds and imagine. Keep your eyes open so you can read the rest of this post!

Now, it’s 6 AM and we’re going to start by looking “Through the Glass”, and you are now beginning your 24 hour journey to take all the thoughts you just wrote down and change your life.

“Good morning! Let me guess, you’ve hit snooze 5 times already. It’s time to take a shower and get dressed for the day. Let’s turn the water on really hot, hot enough so your skin turns a little bit red. Close the bathroom door. Grab your portable speaker so your ears can get their exercise while you shower.

How long do you shower? Do you get out when you feel like it? Or do you give yourself a time limit? Today, I want you to get out the shower when you feel that the time is right. Feel the water pound your skin harder and harder rinsing all of  yesterday’s dirt. Step on your memory foam bath mat and watch it absorb the water from your feet. Grab your towel and dry off.

Take a look in the mirror. What do you see? Hmm, is your mirror foggy from the humidity? Can you see yourself or do you see a blurred image of your body? Let’s iron our clothes for the day while we wait for the humidity to escape.

Now that we’re dressed, let’s finish getting ready. Now look in the mirror, what do you see? Look closer and closer, now what do you see? Is it a reflection, a true reflection? How does your reflection make you feel?

Do you reach for make-up, razors, or do you rush yourself to get ready because you can’t stand to look in the mirror?

Why are you taking so long to get dressed? What are you feeling right now? You don’t know who are really are do you? Are you getting upset? Are you flashing back to past events that destroyed your confidence?

Do me a favor. Grab the biggest, black washable marker you can find. Write whatever you want on the mirror. I’m going  to grab my marker right now. As she starts to write on her mirror, the glass begins to crack. The marker is black enough to cover her reflection with words. As she presses harder and harder, the cracks get deeper and deeper and began to spread…”

What did you write on the mirror? Share your word. You’re not alone, trust me on this one. To find out what the young girl wrote on her mirror, and learn more about the “24 Hours to a New U” project, visit

Written by:

BRE Ashley, “Inspiring Others One Word at a Time”
Twitter: @thebrelife_

About BRE Ashley:

Although born in Hartford, CT, BRE Ashley has spent most of her years in Atlanta, GA. Her harmonious relationship with music evolved when she was a young girl, and now her ink runs dry without it. She fell in love with Accounting, Music, and Writing on her quest to discover her purpose in life as a student at Georgia Southern University and then became “Sleepless” in Atlanta on her Auditing journey in Corporate America. As a Who’s Who Among Colleges and Universities recipient, BRE Ashley left a legacy at Georgia Southern through her leadership and countless accolades and received her Bachelor’s Degree from GSU.

Her writing style is imaginative yet, edgy and resourceful. Combining rhetorical questions and emotional topics such as love, trust, and fear, she challenges her readers to self-reflect. With a tender voice, she also provides her readers with videos in which she vocalizes her thoughts. She welcomes fans of all ages, in particular young adults, to the BRE life, where we live our dreams and inspire others one word at a time!

Creative Content Creation Courtesy of Copyblogger

by Lindy

As you can see, I love alliteration almost as much as Dr. Suess, so it is fitting that I would title this post with a catchy one. Five C-words in succession – what a cute cadence!

Here is a resourceful infographic from Copyblogger to reference when you’ve got a writer’s block.

REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE! It’s not just great for the environment – it’s good for writing content too!

22 Ways to Create Compelling Content

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