About me:

I’m Teresa. Nice to meet you.

I’m in my mid 30s and I currently live in the Midwestern US. I’ve been here about 15 years, but I moved a lot pre-high school, due to my dad being in the Navy. I have two cats, tortoiseshell tabby (read: crazy) sisters that like to beat on each other (and me) but generally make my life happier than it would be without them. I have lots of craft supplies, and the best of intentions as to using it all someday, but that doesn’t stop me from buying more. I don’t read as much as I used to, though I love it, and I have possibly too many books. I’m learning how to cook but if I could live on various forms of potatoes, I would.

I believe in lucky underwear, the well-meaningness of most people, and I don’t like long walks on the beach. Too windy, and it blows sand up into unmentionable areas.

Why Six Dandelions:

One of my favorite things in this whole wide world is music. With that in mind, it makes sense that some of the people I find most inspiring are musicians. The name comes from a few of them.

I first heard Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers in November of 2011. The first lyric I was exposed to was, “You’ve got a fierce disposition like the beat of a drum/you get hurt more than others but you have more fun,” from the song Sweet Sophia. I loved it and when I found out it was about his oldest (of 4) daughters, I loved it even more. Over the course of the next year, till they went on hiatus in November of 2012, I absorbed most of their discography and fell hard for a band I’ve called “aggressively optimistic.” There were a few times during that year I got knocked flat on my ass and they helped me get back up. Stephen is now solo and while it’s different, the music is still amazing.

“Dandelion” is the first song that made me fall in love with the band The Damnwells, back in April of 2011. The lead singer/songwriter, and at the time, the only touring member of that band, Alex Dezen is equal parts cynicism, intelligence, and thoughtfulness, mixed in with some NYC-bred sarcasm. When I told him of my plans for the site (and the site name), he was gracious and supportive, which was nice, since I had just called him a cynical asshole. I think he took it as a compliment. I decided the first time I saw Alex perform that he was one of the best songwriters out there currently and my view hasn’t changed much. Like the Sixers, the music of The Damnwells has gotten me through some rough spots. Like Stephen, Alex has solo music now, but with The Damnwells getting back together (WHEEE!), it’ll be balanced with that. The more Alex the better, I say.

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