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Posted by Mary Dolan on February 25, 2009 at 2:15 AM Comments comments ()


Category: Music

San Diego Musician's Collective Hosts Fundraiser:
This benefit concert will feature performances by
Jefferson Jay’s new musical outfit—The Greens of Mind, local songwriting legend
Mary Dolan, and up and coming young bands Rhythm and The Method and The
Chimney Fish. There will be a raffle to raise funds for the San Diego
Musicians Collective. Items to be raffled off include concert tickets,
musical instruments, and many other items donated by local businesses.
100 percent of money raised in the raffle will benefit the non-profit
in its goal of starting a Musicians’ Opportunity Center.

Wednesday, March 4th, 8pm
143 S Cedros Ave
Solana Beach, CA, 92075


Posted by Mary Dolan on February 8, 2009 at 4:00 AM Comments comments ()

In Bloom

In Bloom

Singer-songwriter Mary Dolan � a fixture in the San Diego music scene in the �90s � was off the local radar for several years.

�Our son Jack was born in November 2004, the day before my Little Flowers CD release,� says Dolan, �and I continued to play out during his first year or so. I was also working at a library and taking classes part time at City College, and I was just burning out on everything, really. Something had to give. I really lost inspiration and drive and, for the most part, gave up the music.�

After receiving a promotion at the library in 2007, Dolan became ill and was in and out of hospitals through early 2008. �While recovering, I rediscovered the necessity of music in my life and in the lives of others, and I became reacquainted with creativity as a part of my spiritual path. During this period of recovery, I wrote the songs for the In Bloom CD [released September 2008]. It�s a homegrown and deeply personal collection of tunes, and musically�it�s a pretty big departure from my past recordings.�


1. Living Now, Dying Later by Destructo Bunny. �This stuff is amazing and fresh and always gives me a lift. You might not figure me for a fan of rap, but this guy is genius and brilliant when freestyling live.�

2. Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi. �It�s getting to be the time of year for choral music, and I love this particularly bold, brave, bombastic approach to glorifying the good in life. Yeah, I�m the dork with headphones walking down the street while conducting an imaginary choir.�

3. Heaven Tonight by Cheap Trick. �I�m digging this trip down memory lane right now. This was the first record I ever bought with my own money � yard-work earnings. I got it at the Tower Records on Sports Arena Boulevard, which was heaven to a 13-year-old. By re-listening I get to relive the memories and enjoy the creativity of a classic pop-rock band.�


1. Amadeus. �It�s so well acted, the score is unapproachable, and I love how it depicted the one and only Mozart in a very human light.�

2. Jackass: The Movie. �For anyone who ever thought that boys do the dumbest things, this is proof.�


�The Beatles. Some of my best childhood memories are related directly to the Beatles, so that�s kind of a natural for me. My older siblings were listening to them, and I can remember completely tripping out and getting shivers over the harmonies on �Drive My Car.� When I started playing music myself, I began to recognize their genius, versatility, and impact on all popular music. No one has ever come close, as far as I can tell.�


�I think Paul had more in the way of natural musical talent � where would some of those songs be even without those bass lines? However, John was the more gifted intellectually. He was the visionary.� If I had to choose an album from their solo careers, it would be McCartney�s Band on the Run. Go figure.�


�I don�t subscribe to any magazines but do occasionally pick up What Is Enlightenment, Shambhala Sun, and O for inspiration.�


1. Facebook. �I�ve been having fun catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. I got hooked on the game Scramble there, too, when someone challenged me to a match. Facebook is like MySpace simplified. It loads quickly and gets right to my friend updates, which is really what I want.�

2. �I used to visit this site a lot when I was on the road. I still check it out when I�m going on a road trip with the family. It touts itself as �Your online guide to offbeat tourist attractions,� and it really is. I�ve been to the center of the earth, seen the world�s largest building shaped like a teapot, and visited a glass tree farm. You just never know what treasure may be hidden on some side road when you�re on your way from point A to point B.�


1. �Facebook, when I should be doing something else.�

2. �True Blood on HBO.�

3. �Cheese sandwiches in the middle of the night.�


�My little sister entered me in a contest to go for a limo ride, meet Alan Hunter of MTV, and see a Pretenders concert. I won and brought some friends who were mega Pretenders fans, and of course I brought my little sister.�


�Diet Coke.�

  1. Outtakes:

    �Sleep. I've tried to do without it, but I just end up getting dangerous.�

    �One Fish Two Fish, by Dr. Suess.�

    �My pinky toes have stubby toenails.�


Posted by Mary Dolan on January 9, 2009 at 11:57 AM Comments comments ()

Category: Life

"The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs and explosives

and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes,

prejudices to befound only in the minds of men. For the record, prejudices

can kill, and suspicion can destroy, and a thoughtless, frightened search for

a scapegoat has a fallout all of its own; for the children, and the children

yet unborn. And the pity of it is that these things cannot be confined to

The Twilight Zone."
Rod Serling, closing narration "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street"

Currently reading:
Tree Shaker: The Story of Nelson Mandela (New York Times)
By Bill Keller
Release date: 2008-01-15

The Nation's Last Feminist Bookstore Needs Our Help

Posted by Mary Dolan on December 19, 2008 at 5:22 PM Comments comments ()
An Open Letter to the In Other Words Community            ***Please forward widely***    
December 16, 2008

Dear friends,

In Other Words, like so many of our fellow independent bookstores, has fallen upon incredibly hard financial times. If we are unable to raise $11,000 by the end of December, In Other Words will have to close its doors in early March. Many of you may have already heard about this financial crisis and in an effort to be as transparent as possible, we want to let you all know about the specifics of the situation and to update you on our progress. 

The $11,000 is needed to pay back a short-term loan that is expiring in January.  We have been unable to come up with the funds on our own due to significantly decreased store and textbook sales, likely the result of the economy's recession.  Unfortunately, our financial troubles will not be over once we pay back this loan. Like many others, we're affected by the recent decrease in availability of bank loans and we're going to need to raise an additional $10,000 by March to pay off our expiring line of credit.

We know it sounds crazy that a small bookstore in Portland could raise this much money in such a short time, however our community of locals, out of town family and friends, as well as feminists nationwide have responded in full force to our plea. They are making online donations, swarming through our doors to support the store by doing their shopping and attending events, and by getting the word out to their own communities that we need help. And its working– we've made over $7,000 in the 5 days since we announced our financial crisis!  Clearly, In Other Words is an institution that our community will not let go under. 

As promising as this looks, we still have a long way to go to reach our goal.  In addition to urging people to make tax-deductible donations online through our secure website (, in person, or by mailing a check to us at 8 B NE Killingsworth, Portland, OR 97211, there are a number of other ways we're asking people to support us.
  • Come to the Dance Party Fundraiser for In Other Words, this Sunday, December 21st from 7-11pm at Zaytoon, 2236 NE Alberta. $5 and up donation, 21+. Special thanks to Aysha Ghazoul (Zaytoon), Sossity Chiricuzio (Dirty Queer), Stacy (DykeTees), and Tamara (Poster Child) for making it happen.
  • Do your holiday shopping at In Other Words and receive 10% off feminist gift packages
  • Mark your calendars for our After Solstice Book Sale which will run the month of January – 50% off selected titles
  • Get involved in our community by attending one of our many in-store events and discussion groups or sign up to volunteer (more info at
Here are some things we're doing on our end to promote In Other Words' long-term sustainability:
  • Restructuring and rebuilding our board of directors to promote increased functionality and fundraising ability
  • Applying for external funding in the form of 2 grants
  • Expanding volunteer-driven grassroots fundraising efforts to include multiple fundraising events throughout the year – the first of which is scheduled for Saturday, February 7th at 7pm
  • Appealing to major donors and promoting our revamped monthly sustainer giving program, Every Woman Strong
  • Restructuring our store's inventory to reflect current buying trends
We are optimistic that with our community's continued support we can achieve our goals and continue to be a vital resource for this community that sustains us.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions or if you'd like to follow up. 

Our community cannot afford to lose In Other Words, please help us save her!

The Staff and Board of In Other Words


Program Director, In Other Words


Posted by Mary Dolan on December 14, 2008 at 3:09 AM Comments comments ()
Category: Music

I just recorded a simple acoustic version of "Away in a Manger". Feel free to download.

Holiday Show, CDs and Injuries

Posted by Mary Dolan on December 8, 2008 at 2:03 AM Comments comments ()
Happy Holidays!

I have great news! The re-mastered version of "In Bloom" is here and available for purchase at
(Of course, if you already bought the original version, please send an email my way with the barcode numbers on the back and your name and address and I'll send you the new version.) The Cds are only $10, so feel free to load up on them for the holidays :)

Speaking of the holidays, I'll be playing a holiday show at Portugalia in Ocean Beach on Saturday, Dec 20th. Details are below, but I'd like to add that it's a great idea to call and make dinner reservations, so you can enjoy the delicious food at Portugalia, then kick back where you're seated and enjoy the show. What a great way to treat yourself to some goodness during a beautiful but hectic season.

Also, I've been toying with the idea of recording some holiday tunes, but I managed to cut my index finger (while explaining the importance of safety to my son) on a paper slicer a few days ago, and about 20 minutes ago, burned my pinky finger while removing cookies from the oven. So, if I manage to heal very rapidly or just decide to play the music with two fingers of my left hand, there will be music this season. I promise to keep you posted.

I'm hoping this season is filled with love and light for you all.


Saturday, Dec 20, 07:00 PM - Portugalia Holiday Show
4839 Newport Ave.
Ocean Beach, California 92107
Cost:Please call

Description:An evening of music from some of San Diego's finest musicians.
This is a great opportunity to get in some last minute shopping (CDs and Tshirts) while supporting
original music! Mary performs @ roughly 7pm, but please call the venue to be certain. Up and Coming rock band Bitter Sober plays @ 9pm.

Currently reading :
The Hour I First Believed: A Novel
By Wally Lamb
Release date: 2008-11-11


Posted by Mary Dolan on December 3, 2008 at 3:16 AM Comments comments ()
Buy it @, OR if you have the earlier version and want this one instead, send me an email with the UPC number on the back of your cd and I'll send you the re-mastered version for free.


Posted by Mary Dolan on December 3, 2008 at 12:12 AM Comments comments ()

Mary’s December Gigs 
Category: Music

12/06/2008 07:00 PM - Portugalia
4839 Newport Ave.
Ocean Beach, California 92107
Description:The OB Christmas Parade starts at 5:05pm, and directly following
is Jefferson Jay's FREE 24 HOURS OF MUSIC. Mary will be playing at roughly
8pm. Your best bet is to arrive early, attend San Diego's best holiday parade, then
enjoy some of the city,s finest singer/songwriters for FREE! 619.222.7678

12/20/2008 07:00 PM - Portugalia Holiday Show
4839 Newport Ave.
Ocean Beach, California 92107
Description:An evening of music from some of San Diego's finest singer/songwriters.
This is a great opportunity to get in some last minute shopping while supporting
original music! Mary performs @ roughly 7pm, but please call the venue to be certain.

Teresa of Avila

Posted by Mary Dolan on October 15, 2008 at 12:47 PM Comments comments ()
Teresa of Avila - Oct 15

The gift of God to Teresa in and through which she became holy and left her mark on the Church and the world is threefold: She was a woman; she was a contemplative; she was an active reformer.

As a woman, Teresa stood on her own two feet, even in the man's world of her time. She was "her own woman," entering the Carmelites despite strong opposition from her father. She is a person wrapped not so much in silence as in mystery. Beautiful, talented, outgoing, adaptable, affectionate, courageous, enthusiastic, she was totally human. Like Jesus, she was a mystery of paradoxes: wise, yet practical; intelligent, yet much in tune with her experience; a mystic, yet an energetic reformer. A holy woman, a womanly woman.

Teresa was a woman "for God," a woman of prayer, discipline and compassion. Her heart belonged to God. Her own conversion was no overnight affair; it was an arduous lifelong struggle, involving ongoing purification and suffering. She was misunderstood, misjudged, opposed in her efforts at reform. Yet she struggled on, courageous and faithful; she struggled with her own mediocrity, her illness, her opposition. And in the midst of all this she clung to God in life and in prayer. Her writings on prayer and contemplation are drawn from her experience: powerful, practical and graceful. A woman of prayer; a woman for God.

Teresa was a woman "for others." Though a contemplative, she spent much of her time and energy seeking to reform herself and the Carmelites, to lead them back to the full observance of the primitive Rule. She founded over a half-dozen new monasteries. She traveled, wrote, fought�always to renew, to reform. In her self, in her prayer, in her life, in her efforts to reform, in all the people she touched, she was a woman for others, a woman who inspired and gave life.

In 1970 the Catholic Church gave her the title she had long held in the popular mind: Doctor of the Church. She and St. Catherine of Siena were the first women so honored.

-taken from Beliefnet on Oct 15 2008