Our favorite musicians and songs

Today, for your present them to you in alphabetical order our favorite musicians:



1) Josh Groban

2) The Civil Wars

3) Hillsong

4) Mumford & Sons

5) Kari Jobe

-Favorite songs at this very moment

1) “Falling” by The Civil Wars

2) “Scarborough Fair” by Celtic Woman

3) “Matty Groves” by Alela Diane

4) “New Soul” by Yael Naim

5) The Sleeping Beauty Ballet,  by Tchaikovsky

6) The Alice in Wonderland Ballet, by Joby Talbot


Favorite musicians


2. James Taylor

3. The Civil Wars

4. Lincoln Durham

5. Alela Diane

6. Ben Taylor

7. Mumford and Son

Favorite songs at this very moment

1. “Birds of a Feather”, by The Civil Wars

2. “Come Away to the Water”, by Maroon 5

3. “Place only you can go”, by NEEDTOBREATHE

4. “Age Old Blue”, Alela Diane

5.”Someday Soon”, Ben Taylor

6. “Dust bowl Dance”, by Mumford and Sons

7. “Kansas City”, by the Beatles


I’ve been everywhere, man…

No, really. The bold places are the ones I’ve been to:


“I was totin’ my pack along the dusty Winnemucca road
When along came a semi with a high and canvas covered load
If you’re going to Winnemucca, mack, with me you can ride
So I climbed into the cab and then I settled down inside
He asked me if I’d seen a road with so much dust and sand
And I said, “Listen, I’ve traveled every road in this here land”

I’ve been everywhere, man
I’ve been everywhere, man
Across the deserts bare, man
I’ve breathed the mountain air, man
Of travel I’ve had my share, man
I’ve been everywhere

I’ve been to Reno, Chicago, Fargo
Minnesota, Buffalo, Toronto, Winslow
Sarasota, Wichita, Tulsa, Ottawa
Oklahoma, Tampa, Panama
Mattawa, La Paloma, Bangor
Baltimore, Salvador, Amarillo
Tocopilla, Barranquilla and
Padilla, I’m a killer

I’ve been everywhere, man
I’ve been everywhere, man
Across the deserts bare, man
I’ve breathed the mountain air, man
Of travel I’ve had my share, man
I’ve been everywhere

I’ve been to Boston, Charleston, Dayton
Louisiana, Washington, Houston
Kingston, Texarkana, Monterey, Ferriday
Santa Fe, Tallahoosa, Glen Rock
Black Rock, Little Rock, Oskaloosa
Tennessee, Hennessey, Chicopee Spirit Lake
Grand Lake, Devil’s Lake, Crater Lake, for Pete’s sake

I’ve been everywhere, man
I’ve been everywhere, man
Across the deserts bare, man
I’ve breathed the mountain air, man
Of travel I’ve had my share, man
I’ve been everywhere

I’ve been to Louisville, Nashville
Knoxville, Ombabika, Shefferville
Jacksonville, Water ville, Costa Rica
Pittsfield, Springfield, Bakersfield
Shreveport, Hackensack, Cadillac
Fond Du Lac, Davenport, Idaho, Jellicoe
Argentina, Diamontina, Pasadena
Catalina, see what I mean’a

I’ve been everywhere, man
I’ve been everywhere, man
Across the deserts bare, man
I’ve breathed the mountain air [Yukon, Canada; Denali mountain range in Alaska], man
Of travel I’ve had my share, man
I’ve been everywhere

Pittsburgh, Parkersburg, Gravellburg
Colorado, Ellensburg, Rexburg Vicksburg
El Dorado, Larimore, Atmore, Haverstraw
Chattanika, Chaska Nebraska, Alaska
Opelika, Baraboo, Waterloo, Kalamazoo
Kansas City Sioux City, Cedar City
Dodge City, what a pity

I’ve been everywhere, man
I’ve been everywhere, man
Across the deserts bare, man
I’ve breathed the mountain air, man
Of travel I’ve had my share, man
I’ve been everywhere
I’ve been everywhere…

I’ve been to 1)Alabama  2)Alaska  3)Arizona  4)Arkansas  5)California  6)Florida  7)Georgia  8)Louisiana  9)Maryland   10)Minnesota  11)Mississippi 12)Montana  13)Nevada  14)New Mexico   15)North Carolina  16)North Dakota  17)Oklahoma  18)Tennessee  19)Texas  20)Washington. Also Portugal and Canada.

Our favorite YouTubers and youtube videos


Three-year old describes Star Wars

Cutest mouse ever

Squealing penguin

Montee the hairless cat

Startled cat

Sneezing panda

Clara the dancing baby


Julian Smith (and his alter-ego Jeffery Dallas) bring you a myriad of funny. It was an incredibly difficult choice, but we narrowed it to three:

Look at that vid, de-lish

Moving out

-Our other favorite, “Hot Kool-aid”

And last but most certainly not least, our all-time favorite youtube video, the cure for Monday-itis, the epitome of all that is treacherously laughable, may I present Olan Rogers:

Ghost in the stalls

About his childhood camping trip


Babies are fun

Song about random things in my room

Where’s the chapstick?

Part Two, Interview on Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte

Wuthering Heights was written in the first quarter of the 19th Century by Emily Bronte. It has long been hailed as one of the first in the genre of Gothic Romance. The following interview was conducted on January 8, 2013, between historical literature enthusiasts MadaLin Peeler and Nicole Kirkman. These are opinions, not facts. Please feel free to continue discussion and ask any questions in the comment section.

Q. So now we have two love stories blooming, correct?

Well, sort of! I’m not sure I would call Heathcliff and Isobella a blooming love story, and I’m not sure that Catherine and Edgar ever were one, but for all intents and purposes I’ll say, “Yes, we do.”

Catherine (who has now been married for about two years) sees Heathcliff and Isobella embrace one day outside her parlor window, and though she attempts to convince Isobella to avoid Heathcliff, her protests fall on ears deaf with pride. This is perhaps the only selfless thing Catherine has ever done. Was she beginning to see the error in her ways? We never find out. The family tensions culminate into an explosive argument, the end result being Catherine locking herself in her room, refusing food long enough to become quite ill. A doctor is called, and upon discovering that Catherine is pregnant, demands that she stay cloistered away, avoiding all things that may possibly vex her. She never returns to full mental or physical health in the few months left in her life.

It is during which time Heathcliff and Isabella elope.

Q. So has Heathcliff transferred his affections, finally?? Is he in a healthy relationship???

No, no He is very much not in a healthy relationship. He states on several occasions that he outright hates Isobella. It would seem that he married her to anger Catherine and Edgar.

Q. It seems that the Linton siblings have some easily clouded judgement.

I agree completely. Though everyone has the ability to rationalize behaviour, they seem to have a particular weakness for that.

Isobella’s motives are virtually unknown, though the best we can assume is that she fancied her own judgement to be superior to Catherine’s. (Catherine does in fact, have a good reputation for selfishness.) But Isobella quickly learns that she was lying to herself: upon returning to Wuthering Heights, confides to Ellen Dean that Heathcliff cannot truly be a man, that no human has it in them to be so cruel to as he has been to her.

Q. So Catherine is pregnant and ill, and Heathcliff and Isobella have eloped.

Yes, though they leave without hearing of the apparent cause of Catherine’s illness.

Catherine just after the birth of their daughter, whom Edgar names after her mother. (to avoid confusion, we shall from henceforth follow suite with the book and refer to the mother as Catherine, and the daughter as Cathy.) Cruel as this may seem, I think Catherine’s death was probably for the best. Catherine was not what we might call a role model, and I can only wonder what sort of parent she might have been.

Q. Describe the circumstances of her death.

After all, Catherine’s death comes but a day after a clandestine visit from Heathcliff. “Clandestine” in that it was brought about by Heathcliff threatening Ellen Dean with her life to gain entrance to the estate, and that he did so in direct transgression to Edgar’s forbidding their contact. Catherine comes alive as she has not been in months, restored by Heathcliff’s presence. Her husband Edgar Linton storms in, furious at both of them who he aptly sees as traitors. Catherine is so upset by the thought of Heathcliff leaving her for good that she faints, and grows deathly ill. Ellen Dean later reports to Heathcliff (who has for over fifteen hours kept his promise to Catherine that he will go no further than her window than the nearby grove of trees) that she never regained consciousness enough to know one person from another, and slipped away silently (and with a small smile on her lips) after delivering a scrawny baby girl.

Q. Sounds pretty depressing.

Oh, let me make it worse for you.

Hindley’s death comes but six months after the death of his sister , Catherine. The day after Catherine’s funeral Isabella, (who has been disowned by her brother Edgar Linton), flees from Heathcliff who has usurped Wuthering Heights. Isabella is a character who is extremely stubborn and she likes to do what she wants no matter the cost. Isabella takes up residence at an undisclosed location “in the south,” and later goes on to give birth to Heathcliff’s son who is very sickly.

Q. Well, thanks for that.

It gets better, I promise!

Q. Yeah, yeah, sure. So where did Mr. Lockwood get off to, in all of this?

Nowhere! This whole saga has been narrated by Ellen Dean to Mr. Lockwood, sick in bed at Thrushcross Grange. But after the deaths of … well, pretty much everyone Catherine and Hindley the book skips ahead approximately 12 years. So Ellen is nearly done with her story, (Mr. Lockwood has not quite recovered from his cold.)  From this point on, she tells him of what happened just a few years previous, up to present day:

Q. So is the second less psycho?


Cathy (Catherine and Edgar Linton’s daughter) is twelve years old, and lives a sheltered life at Thrushcross Grange with her father. She knows nothing of the preceding drama.

Hareton Earnshaw, Hindley Earnshaw’s son has lived at Wuthering Heights, working as a servant, and being raised (not really) by Heathcliff, who has gotten all the crazier for the years gone by.

Isobella left Heathcliff only a few months after they married, and raised their son without him, living in the southern part of the country for the remainder of her life (which, as you might guess, was not long.) This leads me to the next portion of the story:

Q. Tell me there are no more deaths. 

Ok. There are no more deaths.

Edgar Linton gets word that his sister has died, and he goes to retrieve her son Linton (whose was named after her maiden name, thus, “Linton Heathcliff”). His plan is to raise Linton as his own; though I’m sure that Edgar would have been sensible enough to let the lad keep the surname he was born with. I mean, “Linton Linton”? Few people are cruel enough for that.

Q. What does little Cathy think of this?

She is thrilled! She has been told that he is a young gentleman, just her age. As Cathy has lived incredibly cloistered at the Grange, and she has never had a friend her own age, it all seems like a dream come true….

Q. But Heathcliff..

But Heathcliff hears of these developments through the grapevine, and

As I mentioned, Edgar hears that his sister is dead and goes to retrieve his nephew Linton with the intentions of adopting him, while he is gone, Cathy meets her cousin Hareton on the Moors and finally learns of Wuthering heights, that Cathy is very shocked at this revelation partly due to the fact that Hareton was treated mainly as a servant and was even mistaken as a servant quite often. Edgar returns to the Grange with a weak and sickly Linton upon hearing of this Heathcliff demands that Linton be brought to Wuthering Heights, and he is taken to live with his father Heathcliff.

Q. So does little Linton survive at the hand of his boorish father?

Surprisingly, yes. It is a wonder Linton did not suffer extreme
 Three years after Cathy first learns of Wuthering Heights she and Nelly (Ellen Dean), are on the Moors when they happen upon meeting Heathcliff and he incites them to Wuthering Heights and Nelly, who has even been threatened by him still goes to Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff wants Linton and Cathy to marry so he could have both Thrushcross Grange and Wuthering Heights, during this visit Linton and Cathy develop a secret friendship…







A awesomely short review Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a Zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”
Pride and Prejudice was published by romance novelist Jane Austen in the year 1813.

Nearly two centuries later, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was released by Seth Grahame-Smith.

He has been praised as having taken a dead story and injected life into it once more. Though how he has done so by filling it with undead creatures is a mystery to us.

We here at Barton Hollow are rallying for a film adaptation to be made, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Mr. Darcy, and Tom Hiddleston as Mr. Bingley. (Whosoever is cast as the Bennet sisters is of no consequence to us, so long as Mr. Cumberbatch and Mr. Hiddleston grace the screen.)

We give it five stars.

Q. (Nicole) Describe to me what it is that Mr. Grahame-Smith has done to this well-beloved classic.

A. (MadaLin) He has infected it with a awesome flavor of 21st century sci-fi! Most notably Zombies. He has written in incidents with Zombies (called, thoughtout the book, Unmentionables, much to our good humour) and has also done the unthinkable in adding to Mr. Darcy’s list qualifacations for the perfect woman.

Q. No! In what way?

Mr. Darcy now thinks less of an accomplished piano-forte player and more of a knife-wielder! Since this “grevious plague” has infected England, former luxuries and marks of high society are now seen as tomfoolery.

Q. But of course, Elizabeth Bennet still passes his test.

Of course. The major pinnacles of the story line are unchanged, but they all bear the aroma of undead.

Q. Do you feel Jane Austen would approve of this re-making?

A. I think a lot of people feel that Jane Austen is rolling over in her grave (hah hah hah), but personally I think she was rather quirky enough to enjoy it.

Q. Do you think her “quirkiness” was well received by pre-victorian society?

A. Perhaps not in her own time, there were many throughout history who disapproved of her works, (I.E. the Bronte Sisters, and surprisingly Winston Churchill) but for every one mark of disdain there is an incalculable multitude who adore them.

Q. Pride and Prejudice is always widely spoken of, but tell me what the plot actually is about.

On the surface, it is about a rather spastic mother of five daughters who (understandably) wishes to see them marry well. However, this desire often overtakes what small sprinkling of common sense she operates under.

Q. Describe each daughter to me.

Jane, the eldest, is extremely sweet and loving.

Elizabeth is slightly sassy-smart.

Mary, quiet, contemplative, and a bit of a know-it-all.

Catherine (Kitty), who is a follower acting mainly under the instruction of

Lydia, the youngest. She is rather self-absorbed.

Q. Tell me about the marriages in the book.

The first to marry is the youngest, Lydia. Against her parent’s wishes, she at sixteen elopes with Mr. George Wickham.

Next, Catherine Deburg attempts to keep Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy apart, owing to Elizabeth’s poverty.

The eldest sister, Jane, marries Mr. Bingley.

Elizabeth marries Mr. Darcy, and they live happily ever after, with both love an money, as do all of Miss Austen’s characters.

Favorite Quotes-

“My sore throats are always worse than anyone’s…” – Lydia

“Any savage can dance!” – Mr. Darcy

Welcome to Starvation Heights: The Home of Dr. Linda Burfield Hazzard

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At the dawn of the 21st century, there’s all kinds of medical mumbo jumbo floating around. ‘Radical’, ‘revolutionary’, ‘amazing’ and ‘miracle’ cures and treatments, which claim to do everything from help you to lose weight, grow hair, tone the skin, increase the size of your…mental storage-capacity…among other things! But radical, ‘cure-all’ medical claims date back a lot further than the year 2000, with fitness fads and diet-pills and stuff like Tae Bo and Slimfast and free, 12-month membership to your nearest Jenny Craig or Lite’n’Easy diet-center.

Indeed, at the turn of the last century, a new kind of medical treatment was emerging; a controversial and dangerous treatment which many people in the medical profession at the time, saw as complete quackery, but which some people were willing to give the benefit of the doubt, anyway. It was called ‘fasting’, and Dr. Linda Burfield Hazzard became the world’s first ‘fasting specialist’…in…

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