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Brandi Carlile and International Surfing Day

by Lindy

Brandi Carlile is coming to concert to the House of Blues Anaheim August 21st and yours truly will be there!

Brandi is a girl from my own roots – Maple Valley, Washington – with a gravelly, folk rock sound. Love, love, love!

I’ve picked up the guitar again and started lessons, so I’m hoping to learn a few of her songs.


Brandi Carlile, The Story


Photo: Here is the cover of Brandi's new album, Bear Creek, set for release on June 5!!  The album sequence is:

1 - Hard Way Home
2 - Raise Hell
3 - Save Part Of Yourself
4 - That Wasn't Me (Single available on iTunes here: http://bit.ly/HKS538)
5 - Keep Your Heart Young
6 - 100
7 - A Promise To Keep
8 - I'll Still Be There
9 - What Did I Ever Come Here For
10 - Heart's Content
11 - Rise Again
12 - In The Morrow
13 - Just Kids 

Look for Brandi's pre-order to be announced on May 8!
Brandi Carlile’s New Album, Bear Creek


Speaking of natural beauty, Happy International Surfing Day!


Find an ISD event near you!



Earth Day Reflections

by Lindy

In celebration of Earth Day, I will remember and honor my roots. Bellingham, Washington – the hub of all things eco-friendly and natural.

Chuckanut Drive vicinity of Bellingham Bay, Washington by UW Digital Collections, on Flickr 

Some of my fondest memories include the great outdoors of Washington. Lake Padden, Lake Whatcom, Whatcom Falls, Bellingham Bay, Lake Samish, Interurban Trail, Mount Baker and so much more. Outdoor recreation abounds. Shout out to the granolas of Fairhaven!

Fairhaven Festival, Ski to Sea Race 2010

Photo Credit: Fairhaven.com

I do my part to nurture Mother Nature in Orange County by serving on the executive committee of the Newport Beach Chapter of Surfrider Foundation, enjoying the OC parks, trails and beaches. I reduce, reuse and recycle as a good citizen should. As a matter of fact, I recently bought a big bag of gently-used designer clothes at Laura’s House Resale Store in Lake Forest – a win for me, the charity and the environment.

Individuals can only do so much, but they should take small steps towards lessening their overall footprint so the generations to follow will have the chance to fall in love with the great outdoors too.

Check out this super fun Earth Day activity at the Muth Interpretive Center in Newport this Sunday: Earth Day at the Bay, 10 am – 4 pm.

Become a member of Surfrider Foundation to help protect our oceans, waves and beaches. Rise Above Plastics!

This post is dedicated to Joe Chorvat, my childhood friend’s husband who passed away April 16th at the age of 40. Joe left behind a 10 year-old son and countless friends and family who love and miss him deeply. May you soar in heaven Joe! 


Bellingham: City of Subdued Excitement

by Lindy

I LOVE that my hometown of Bellingham, Washington is nicknamed the City of Subdued Excitement. It explains a lot…

It’s even on Wikipedia, so it must be true: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bellingham,_Washington.

Here is a quirky website showing the interesting character of Bellingham. Looks like the same dude has an album of the same name.

I’ve also recently discovered that an opportunist has built a website business – http://www.bellingham-subdued-excitement.com/ – to capitalize on it. But she’s not a Bellingham native; just a newbie so she doesn’t count.

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