#RomanticTuesday 3-28-17

Hi everyone! I hope your week is starting off great! Happy Romantic Tuesday! Today’s Romantic Tuesday song is becoming one of my new favorite songs these days. I recently blogged about El Paso’s Khalid Robinson. If you missed the post on Friday, you can check it out here. I can’t say enough good things about Khalid! He’s becoming a huge star around the U.S. these days! His future is becoming brighter everyday. I can’t believe he’s only 19 years old! Khalid performed at our alma mater, Americas High School on Friday evening. He announced his concert on Spotify. I wanted to attend but each person needed a pass before the show. By the time I found out, it was already too late. I’m pretty sure Khalid will perform in El Paso soon. He’s performed at several local nightclubs, especially in downtown El Paso. What do you think of this song? Please feel free to leave comments. Have a great day, everyone and I’ll see you soon! 

U.S. Blogging Event Details

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Hi everyone. First of all, I want to say thank you so much for your patience and support! I’m excited to say we finally have a location for the first U.S. Blogging Event! Please feel free to reblog and/or share on social media. Here it is below:

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Our dinner and awards ceremony will be held at Chicago Prime Italian in Schaumburg, Illinois on Saturday Aug. 26, 2017 at 6 p.m. for three to four hours. Depending on traffic, Schaumburg is about 40 minutes away from Chicago using public transportation or a taxi. You may even be able to stay in Schaumburg. We decided on Schaumburg because costs were more reasonable than Chicago. Since there is a deposit to hold the restaurant, I will need a payment of $5.50 from each person who is attending. The $5.50 will go towards holding the restaurant for us and the final bill. The payment can be made within the next two to three weeks by PayPal or snail mail. My Paypal e-mail address is: amaya587@gmail.com The meal will be $30-40 a person (this should also cover tax). This includes an appetizer, soup or salad, Italian entrée, drinks (non-alcoholic is a separate cost) and dessert. The meal can be paid for at the event. The blogging event will also include guest speakers and an awards ceremony. Nominations and finals for the blogging awards will begin in the next couple of months.  Two social media pages were created on Facebook and Twitter thanks to Phil from The Phil Factor. You can follow along on Twitter at: @USBloggersBash and the US Bloggers Bash on Facebook. Those who are attending will need to figure out their own costs for travel and lodging. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at: amaya587@gmail.com We hope to see you in August! 

Friday Song 3-24-17

Hi everyone! I hope you’re doing well and Happy Friday! I’m so glad we finally made it through this week! Today I’m sharing music from a local artist here. Khalid Robinson is making a huge name for himself these days. The 19-year-old recently performed on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. He’s also making local and worldwide headlines. According to USA Today, his first and latest album American Teen is number 9 on the Billboard Music Charts. His song, Location is number 38 on Billboard’s Top 100. I’m really happy to say Khalid graduated from my alma mater, Americas High School in 2016. I graduated in 2000 but once a Trailblazer…always a Trailblazer! 😉 Another recent Trailblazer I’ve mentioned in the blog is last season’s “The Voice” contestant Elia Esparza. In case you missed that post, you can check it out here. I get really excited when I see fellow Trailblazers doing big things! I recently interviewed Elia for a freelance project I did earlier this month. She was very nice! She and some local rappers just released a collaborative album. I have yet to hear the album but when I do, I’ll let you know more about it. Anyway going back to Khalid…

Khalid began recording music when he was still attending Americas. He told USA Today “My high school was what crafted my interest in recording.” “Everyone at Americas showed me a lot of support. I always wanted to do music and record, but I never had the confidence to do it. I was really nervous.” Khalid ended up in El Paso because his mother is in the U.S. Army and stationed at Fort Bliss. I’m rooting for Khalid and Elia! I hope they continue to shine locally and worldwide. Have a great weekend, everyone and I’ll see you soon!        

Please Vote for My Blog Part 2 (Final Round)

What's Up BadgeHi everyone! First of all, I want to thank each and everyone of you who voted for my blog last time! Your vote helped my blog advance as a top 10 finalist in What’s Up Weekly’s Best of the Best Local Legends contest. Voting is open from now until Sunday. I’d appreciate it if you could vote for me (Lisa Amaya) and Life of an El Paso Woman ONE more time! 🙂 Me and my blog are listed under the Best Local Blogger/Social Media Publisher category. If you click here, you’ll be able to vote. You’ll need to answer a couple of questions and an e-mail address. If you voted last time, the website asks for your e-mail address and password. Please feel free to spread the word on social media and/or WordPress! Thank you!

#RomanticTuesday 3-21-17

Hi everyone and Happy Romantic Tuesday! I hope your week is off to a great start! My week is going by pretty fast, which is a good thing! I recently set up a George Michael radio station on Pandora. I enjoy listening to it whenever I’m writing or driving. “Careless Whisper” was George Michael’s first solo hit when he was still with Wham!. The song reached number one in 25 countries. Six million copies of the song were sold worldwide. Two million were sold in the U.S. I began hearing “Careless Whisper” a lot more when the superhero movie, “Deadpool” was released in 2016. It wasn’t the greatest movie but it had some really funny parts in it. We of course heard “Careless Whisper” more after George Michael’s death on Christmas Day 2016. I don’t think you can go wrong with the original version but here are some other versions of “Careless Whisper” I like. My favorite out of all of these versions is the original. How about you? Have a great day, everyone and I’ll see you soon!     

Johnna Stahl’s Blog Memorial

Hi everyone. Today we celebrate our fellow blogger and friend Johnna Stahl’s life. Johnna’s loved ones held a memorial for her Friday in Houston. Johnna’s sister, Mary shared these beautiful videos of Johnna’s photography, memorial and family photos. She asked me to share them with the blogging community. Please feel free to share any memories you have of Johnna aka painkills2 from the All Things Chronic blog in the comments. Feel free to also share poems, quotes, music and/or general comments. Johnna will be missed by many.

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I’m so glad I had the pleasure of meeting her last July in Albuquerque. She was very nice and fun to talk to in person and via e-mail. Johnna was a huge supporter of my blog and writing career. She encouraged me to start writing my book and continue freelance writing after a five-year break. Although I haven’t finished the book yet, I intend to finish it later this year or in early 2018. I can’t say enough good things about her.  Johnna suffered from chronic pain for many years. In order to forget about it for a little while, she often listened to music, baked and took pictures.  Johnna although you are gone, you will never be forgotten by many. ❤

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Poem, graphic on behalf of Johnna’s sister, Mary.

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Photos from Pinterest, Google Search

  

Bloggers Speak Out on Immigration and the Border Wall

A thank you goes out to fellow blogger, Fabiola from My Heart in Mexico for allowing me to share my opinion on Trump’s proposed U.S./Mexico Border Wall. Please leave comments in Fabiola’s blog.

My Heart of Mexico

Immigration and the border wall are topics that the US and Mexico very publicly disagree on. But what about the people that feel a personal connection to these issues? These Latino and expat bloggers share their interesting views on these sensitive subjects.

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Friday Song, etc. 3-17-17

Hi everyone and Happy Friday/St. Patrick’s Day! I hope your week was great! I’m going to be busy with some freelance projects in the next few weeks so I might not be around as much. I’ll be posting a Romantic Tuesday post every week for sure but my other posts may be limited for the next two or three weeks.

This past Monday was a huge deal for El Paso country singer Valerie Ponzio. Valerie wowed all four coaches with her version of Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire. Although it was a tough decision for her, she chose Blake Shelton as her coach. I’m excited to interview her for one of my upcoming freelance projects soon. I’m also excited to see where “The Voice” takes the 32-year-old in her music career. She’s a member of the band, Val and the Southern Line. She lives in California and is sometimes in El Paso. Valerie was recently featured in Rolling Stone, along with several other worldwide publications. Fellow blogger and friend Tracy from A Joyful Process reviews every episode on his blog and Facebook page. You can check out his take on Valerie here. What do you think of Valerie’s voice? One word I’d use to describe her voice is unique. Have a great weekend, everyone and I’ll see you soon! 

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Celebrating Johnna Stahl’s Life

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Hi everyone. The blogging community recently lost a member of the community, Johnna Stahl from All Things Chronic. At this time, her family is unsure of what caused her death. They suspect it was from natural causes. Her family is having a memorial for her in Houston soon. Johnna’s sister said they plan on releasing 54 blue balloons and maybe some butterflies. Johnna was 54 and her favorite color was blue. I’ll share photos from the memorial if and when her sister e-mails them to me. 

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In Johnna’s honor, me and two of her blogging buddies, Kara and Laura want to host a blog memorial party for her on Sunday, March 19 here on Life of an El Paso Woman. I will put up a post at 10 a.m. We invite the blogging community and readers to stop by and leave comments about what you remember most about Johnna, music, poems, and/or anything else you would like to share throughout the day. I also setup a Go Fund Me account for Johnna’s family. Her family would eventually like to take Johnna’s car back to Houston by paying someone to drive it there or have it towed. They also want to assist with paying some of her final bills. The money may also be used for cremation costs if and when Johnna’s body is released to them. I’m hoping enough is raised by the end of the month, before her car gets towed from where she lived. If you would like to donate any funds, you can do so here. Any amount will really help. Please feel free to also spread the word. Thank you and I hope to see you at Johnna’s memorial here.

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Johnna (left) and her sister. Photos from Pexels and Johnna’s family. 

 

#RomanticTuesday 3-14-17 “Love is in the Air!”

Hi everyone and Happy Romantic Tuesday! I hope your week is starting off great! Me and a few bloggers participated in some “Love is in the air” posts in February. We all contributed some of our favorite love songs. Tracy from a Joyful Process created an awesome “Love is in the Air” YouTube playlist of several of those songs. You can check out the details here. Here are some of my favorite love songs from our list below. The songs date back to circa 1950’s-2000’s. Which of your favorite love songs would you contribute? Feel free to leave them in the comments section. I tried to only pick one song from this amazing list but it was impossible! Have a great day, everyone and I’ll see you soon!

Rest in peace Al Jarreau

Honorable Mentions from the List

Marvin Gaye “Let’s Get it On”

R. Kelly “Your Body’s Callin”

Johnny Gill “My, My, My”

Percy Sledge “When a Man Loves a Woman” live

Heatwave “Always and Forever”

Shai “Comforter”

Sade “No Ordinary Love”

John Legend “All of Me”

Michael Buble “I Just Haven’t Met You Yet”

Etta James “At Last”

Sam Smith “Stay with Me”

TLC “Red Light Special”

Keith Sweat “Make it Last Forever