Atlanta’s Independent Music

Sometimes the best times are spontaneously derived. On Monday night after doing some work on branding for a client I got a call and was invited out to an independent music event. The exclusive gathering was hosted by a community coffee shop and I learned that it is an ultra-clandestine operation, often with attendees meeting in private homes or, as was the case this night, in businesses closed to the mainstream public for the night. The performance showcased Independent local bands with a variety of musical styles but all with the common goal of exposing those in attendance to Atlanta’s local talent. I was amongst other bloggers and photographers as well as friends of friends, ethnically diverse but all sharing a love of homegrown talent and supporting music that challenges the status quo. I cheered, swayed and rose to my feet enthralled in the beat and pitch and tempo presented before me. I could not help but feel a sense of pride in my city. Atlanta has so much to offer off the beaten path. The music came from the heart and you could hear it. A basket was passed reminiscence of a church collection plate. People dug deep and a boisterous brunette encouraged us all to “dig deeper” as the basket went around a second time and we did. How can you put a price on organic art that stimulates thought, moves your body and leaves you wanting more? All I can say is please support the musical risk takers. Those who want to extend the gift of their stories deserve a platform and an audience. Their messages connect us all. Their talent and passion is audible. You will not find them on mainstream radio. You will not be the same after the experience for we are all connected and every word uttered will speak to your soul if you let it. All that is needed is a keen desire and faith that we are more similar that different and you can be led spontaneously to find a good time.

Off the Beaten Path I found Lily and the Tigers and I am still humming “Beaumont” an earthy freedom folk song that you can listen to below. Please share your thoughts on the music with me. I’d love to read your reaction.

Inga O,

I thought you should know.


Summer Meme

Here’s my Sunday Stealing Summer Meme:

Aldi Rose Bush_n


Welcome back to Sunday Stealing which originated on WTIT: The Blog authored by Bud Weiser. Here we will steal all types of memes from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent memes. You may have heard of the expression, “honor amongst thieves”. In that age-old tradition, we try to credit the blog that we stole it from and we will “fess up” to the blog owner where we stole the meme. We also provide a link to the victim’s meme. (It’s our way of saying “Thanks!”) Sometimes we edit the original meme, to make it more relevant to our global players, to challenge our players, to select the best questions, or simply to make it less repetitive from this new meme or recently asked questions from a previously featured meme.

Let’s go!!!





Favorite summer flower:


Flavor of ice cream:

Jamoca Almond Fudge from Baskin Robbins


Mode of transportation:





Never met a vegetable I didn’t like

Favorite game to play:

Dominos, Caribbean Style

Earliest childhood summer memory:

The Candy Man: An older man living on the upper floor of the building I lived in at about age 6. The neighborhood children would yell up to his balcony “Candy Man. Candy Man” and he would throw down candy to us. I remember getting the caramel squares and them being my favorite.

Favorite Drink:

Water flavored with cucumber slices.

Favorite Snack:

Today it’s M&M’s and dry Kicks Cereal

Place to read:

On a porch with my feet up

Most annoying:

Negative People

How I handle the heat:

Get out of the kitchen

Pet Peeve:

Isms: racism; sexism, classism, ageism

All-time favorite bathing suit:

String Bikini

Best Time of Day:


Most romantic:

Rolling around laughing in bed

Summer movie:

I want to see The Hundred-Foot Journey


I thought you should know,

Inga O xox

Using Memes: A Fun Way to Connect with Others

Sundays are a great day to peruse blogs and websites without feeling like I should be limiting myself. With a warm cup of tea and a snack I Bing whatever comes to mind and roam the internet from there.  Like walking down an undiscovered path, I stumble upon literary gems and interesting tidbits that educate, intrigue and inspire me. Today’s round up:

I found out about The Mahogany Way’s road trip to Carriage Hill Farms that got me thinking about traveling in general.


Traveling in general got me thinking about my upcoming vacation to Vancouver BC and how I wish it was in April when Army & Navy has their Annual Sale where Jordana shared her $4.99 clearance bin score.



I love to read through the Post Secrets and select my favorites. They are sometimes funny, shocking or sad but there are always ones that incite a stronger reaction from me than others. I like to think of them as a weekly art exhibit. I love art.


In the education theme I learned about Memes. I’ve heard the term thrown around but didn’t really get a good grasp on it until The Daily Memes broke it down for me and got me playing along. The memes are listed by day of the week and I participated in That’s My Answer and Sunday Stealing. I particularly enjoyed reading Thank You, Great Spirit’s Meme. I learned about the power of memes and that is a fun way to connect with others online.

Inga O


Diversity Social Club Conseption



I have a lofty goal. I want to create a social group independent of Meet Up.

Sure the whole process would be way easier if I went with the Meet Up template and relied on their familiar name tag logo and slew of online groups to draw from. But I want to do it my way…well I want to do it our way but as I am the only member as I type I have to say my way for now. I have an idea that if I work to gather like-minded individuals who truly want to join a social group and not just be a transient Meet Up hopper, I have to put in the work the old fashioned way. Word of mouth; referrals and good events to keep us all engaged. I have been a Meet Up hopper. I know what it’s like to not really have to commit; not really feel a connection. It was fun but it wasn’t the long lasting bond I sought.  I say, “If you can’t find what you are looking for, create it.” They say, “If you build it they will come.” Both quotes with land the social club at the same place I hope.


So far the vision is that of a diverse group of people, all ethnicities and races welcomed; all sharing their uniqueness and flavorful view of the world. I grew up in Canada so true multiculturalism is a familiar (albeit sometimes elusive) goal. I’m picturing a social club with and international feel: a gathering that celebrates cultures through food, travel and time spent. A place where the members can learn about food preparation and using locally sourced, sustainable food stuff to achieve palatable bliss. Were we can try together and encourage each other and squeeze joy out of daily life. A place where those with a knowledge of “this” can teach it to us and those with a panache for “that” can showcase it too. Let’s network and buy local and frequent the Mom & Pop’s restaurants that are the cornerstone of the entrepreneurial spirit. Let’s hike, bike, or grab a mike! LOL

I am daring to dream and I am taking a risk in sharing it here with you all. I anticipate fear, frustration and lots of joy. I look to my online friends to help me. Guide me if you have pulled this off, or know someone who has. Point me in a direction. Give me your encouragement as I try in my own way to get people of varying races, ages and sexes coming together on a regular basis to learn, share and play.


Inga O,

I thought you should know.


CREDIT: In researching for the art for this post I found the American Diversity image associated with a District 158 Project by Mr. Nixon.

I also found the round table to be the cutest image that speaks to what I’d love to see the social club. I found it attached to a site about entrepreneurs and start ups by Steve Blank, how fitting.

Black Swan by Luis Castañeda

Black Swan by Luis Castaneda

What does it take to be a Black Swan? What does it take to look around and be just different enough that you stand out? To not care that you are easily spotted in a sea of thousands? Or just different. You may be deemed more important/ugly/pretty/special/dangerous/smart than the rest. The adjectives could go on and on but does it matter? We have all experienced that one point or another, haven’t we? The preferential or ill treatment that is not based on merit, a wink and an extra something special or a conniving glance that dismisses. Does that treatment effect you enough to force you into submission, slow or fast? Who decided that all the crayons in the box were not as valuable? Or that they should all be packaged the same way? BORING I say! Some use GOD and the Bible as an excuse. What kind of GOD would declare that one life is worth more than another and if that is actually true then call me an Atheist because that is not the kind of GOD I’d want to associate with. Is it that easy to justify preferential treatment when you are on the receiving end? I don’t think so. Something pokes you internally. Something tells you inherently that it’s wrong but the more that that something is ignored; the easier it is to justify the act.  Luis Castañeda’s photograph entitled “Black Swan” stimulated these thoughts. Good art is thought provoking. Great art inspires change. It has done both for me. What about you? Please leave a comment and let me know.

Inga O xox

Gratitude: Being Grateful for Failures

To be grateful we must move ourselves out of our comfort zone and take a chance on things, people and experiences. I did that once with blogging and failed. I was not grateful then but I am now. I know that failure is an opportunity to try again, fail, fail better and continue the cycle that is life. We are more resilient, wiser and capable the 2nd, 3rd or 4th time. Even on the 35th time we can be a success, if we choose to be. Never stop trying to achieve your goals. Make an effort to do everything you have ever wanted to do no matter what others think or how much negative criticism was said about it. Your dreams are valuable and the world needs them. We are all connected so I need them. I want to feel the impact of your power whether I ever meet you or not. I am grateful that you are reading this now. I am grateful I took the opportunity to try again. I’d be grateful if you share your dreams with me. I promise to honor them. I can help you give your dreams wings. Please email me for details.

I thought you should know,

Inga O xox 

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

Melody Beattie