Red Followers

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Talk! with Marie Presents Musician Eric Steffensen & Feed a Smile Events in Second Life

This weekend I had a chance to listen to Musicians Eric Steffensen, Lila, Edward Lowell, Bat Masters and twostep at the Lavender field. My recent show primarily highlights Eric Steffensen's music and Feed a Smile. I host the show weekly where I discuss books, e-publishing, indie authors, independent best selling books, magazines, Second Life events and share original music and writing. To listen to past episodes and stay connected, go to my BTR page

About Feed a Smile

Since January 2010 Live and Learn in Kenya NGO is also online in the Second Life virtual charity community – Nonprofit Commons. LLK operates from a virtual office where people can come in and inform themselves about our work in Kenya, look at photos and, if an LLK member is present, hold a conversation. There are real people behind all of the so-called avatars, so real conversations are held – as well as meetings – either by typing your message or by speaking over a microphone. When you log in to Second Life type either "Brique Topaz", "LLK", or "Feed a Smile" in the Search. LLK also belongs to the world-known organization Techsoup which also works in Second Life.
Book (s) Featured
Right by her Roots Americana Women and Their Songs by Jewly Hight
A Little F'Up Why Feminism is not a Dirty Word by Julie Zeilinger
Galway Kinnell A New Selected Poems
Forty-One False Starts Essays on Artists and Writers by Janel Malcolm

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Talk! with Marie Presents Musician Shannon Oherhily, Books, Poetry & Live Music

Join Marie on blog talk radio to hear from writers and musicians in Second Life. Today, Shannon Oherhily performs live at SpeakEasy/Gallery Rouge. Every 1st Sunday after open mic poetry, she shares her gift with a wonderful audience. If you're in Second Life, stop by the gallery for an amazing show. Check out her website to learn more about her and support her music. If you enjoy the segment, follow the show on BTR  and twitter @talkwithmarie to get notices.

About Shannon
Shannon McMahon got her first guitar at the age of nine, and wrote her first song when she was ten years old. She started performing publicly when she was 12, at church, coffeehouses and other functions.

In 1996, Shannon recorded her debut CD, Some of My Years, an independent release produced by Eric Garrison at China Moon Studios. The CD features 12 original songs in a contemporary folk style with a hint of country flavor. Shannon’s rich vocals are reminiscent of Joan Baez and Natalie Merchant.

Since 2008, Shannon has been performing daily for worldwide audiences in Second Life an online virtual world that offers a place to explore, socialize and participate in a host of activities, including live music. In May 2009, Shannon’s song “The Test,” was the winning song in a songwriting contest for Amnesty International. A recording of “The Test” will also appear on a benefit CD featuring New Haven, CT area musicians.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Red Heaven Performs Live at SpeakEasy/Gallery Rouge Second Life

Red Heaven debuts at SpeakEasy/Gallery Rouge in Second Life! Join us for an  hour of great music with lead member, Joel Eilde.Don't miss this awesome Sunday Line up with poetry, stories and live music at SpeakEasy/Gallery.
Would love to see you there:)

RED HEAVEN (formerly Dragonfly) as performed by Joel Eilde in Second Life
Red Heaven is a Canadian band which plays original, full-band rock music. Weaving post-grunge metal with Turkish, Indian and African motifs, layers of vocal harmonies and dirty, gritty guitar-driven rhythms, critics call Red Heaven (formerly Dragonfly) *purely, ethereally beautiful* and *refreshing* with a *killer voice.* Red Heaven never bores, never stalls, never draws from the same well twice. Red Heaven's second album, Moth, is coming out in a few weeks. You can contribute to the indiegogo campaign!
Check out Red Heaven online
Red Heaven Indiegogo Campaign

To listen to Red Heaven (as Dragonfly)'s debut album, Amplification, please visit
YouTube Video of "Push" from Amplification:

Friday, September 19, 2014

Talk! with Marie Presents Musician Jordan Reyne & Gayle Forman's book If I Stay

Happy weekend! It's been a busy summer producing/hosting my blogtalkradio show while coordinating events in Second Life. Needless to say, my writing has taken a back seat. I'm still planning to publish a collection of Lola stories but...the editing process is longer than I anticipated. While you wait anxiously for the launch, you can listen to my radio show.
This week I highlight Gayle Forman's book, If I stay. The featured musician is genre bending artist Jordan Reyne. Hope you enjoy it!

Book featured
If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Music by Jordan Reyne

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Weekend with Red in Second Life: Live Music & Poetry

Summer has finally graced us with her presence and some glorious breeze. Lots going on in real life and Second Life. I'm still editing The Adventures of Lola short story series. I also host my weekly talk show on blogtakradio, Saturdays at 11:30a EST. Between breaks, I pop into Second Life for live music and open mic reading events. I'll be posting more pictures from those events. Hope you enjoy them:)

Monday, May 26, 2014

Open Mic Poetry Reading at Four Bridges Celebrates 3 years

This May, the Open Mic Reading & Live Music events at Four Bridges Project celebrate its 3rd year in Second Life.  We kicked off the anniversary early during NaPoWrimo (April). It's been a busy past month with all the poetry festivities in RL and SL. I attended Mass Poetry's Inspired Leadership in Boston. I then traveled to Salem, MA to participate in the Mass poetry festival which has been such annual treat for me. It was quite a trek from Boston but well worth it. I met a lot of great poets during the sessions that I attended. It's such a gift to be able to mesh my work in RL with the open mic poetry readings at Four Bridges. You never know who's going to teleport over. On May 25, Angeljade Writer joined us and read a few poems. Any1 took a gorgeous photo (see above) of AJ while lounging on the couch at SpeakEasy.
I'm proud of and grateful for our three years in Second Life! I'm eager to plan more programs this summer and share the joy of poetry. You have an open invitation to visit us anytime at the Four Bridges Project.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Mass Poetry & National Poetry Month

On the eve of National Poetry month, I attended Mass Poetry's Inspired Leadership event at The Huntington Theatre in Boston. It was a well-balanced mix of leaders from Governor Deval Patrick to a throat surgeon and one of my favorite readers of the night, a Dean and Spoken Word Coach from Codman Academy.  It was glorious to among a crowd of 400 on a rainy Monday night, listening to poetry. A rare experience to say the least. I commend Mass Poetry for bringing leaders together to share their favorite poems. More importantly, I'm grateful for their innovative approach to making poetry accessible to the masses. For more information about Mass Poetry, check out their website.
Join us every Sunday at Four Bridges/SpeakEasy, 11am slt for our Open Mic Poetry & Story Reading.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Adventures of Lola: Thrifty Living

Happy Women's History Month! I can't believe spring is almost here. I'm moving my clock forward which means less sleep. I've taken a break from editing to write new Lola stories. Yay! So, check out her latest social commentary on being a closeted penny pincher. If you enjoy it, leave me a comment...

Lola is a closet thrift shop enthusiast.  After all, one person's trash is another person's treasure. Her grandmother taught her how to bargain even in department stores because money was always tight, but for Lola the fun to was in the hunt to find hidden gems. On weekends, she scours neighborhood yard sales for random finds. While the guests at her hotel find comfort in shopping at designer stores. Lola can spend hours in messy second hand stores searching for deals. She's relaxed among other scavengers and disorganized piles.  Even when Lola  fails and leaves empty handed she is happy to have a had a chance to buy, the power to buy isn't always at the forefront for the working poor.  Lola worries a bit now because being thrifty has become trendy. Celebrities and stylists are buying vintage for the red carpet. Her hotel guests are showing up at the same sales.  Leave it to the rich and famous to glamorize other people's struggles. Lola thinks to herself, "They ruin everything."

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Hotel Adventures of Lola: Magazines Rule!

Lola reads all kind of tabloid magazines while at work. The hotel subscribes to the top three women’s magazines. The guests steal them like the little shampoo bottles in the bathrooms. The tasteless covers repulse her, yet articles that show 769 ways to please a man intrigue her. She wonders, if these magazines hold the answers to women's satisfaction, why are the majority of their readers still hopelessly lost? Are there magazines that offer men advice for a better sex life?
Recently, Lola learned that a well-known woman's magazine on housekeeping is the most reliable source of information for all women, regardless of marital status or income. It occurs to her that women spend as much time worrying about keeping their house clean as they do about pleasing a man. With that kind of obsession, these magazines will hold the mirror to women's angst for generations