Luke Maguire Armstrong

Luke Maguire Armstrong

Oh Luke Maguire Armstrong knows the Muffin Man. Oh yes, he knows the Muffin man. Luke is an author/musician, raccoon survivor, who has done educational development work in Central America, The Bronx, and Kenya. His work to battle infant malnutrition was featured on ABC News 20/20. He has never fought a bear and is the author of four books, including "How We Are Human" and "iPoems for the Dolphins to Click Home About." Read his bullshit at TravelWriteSing.com or follow him @LukeSpartacus and he will sing you songs.

What is Ello?

New Social Network Ello

“But what is Ello?” you ask when the barroom table erupts into witticisms about it. “What is Ello?” ask Catee, laughing into her neat scotch. Everyone at your table starts giggling and, ashamed, you grab your pack of American Spirit rolling tobacco and run out into the night to catch the L train, vowing to never…

Christina and The Conjure Movement

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    There is a certain feeling that is conjured when you are at a stranger’s house looking at family photos adorning foreign walls. The poses are familiar—grandma with grand kids, a photo of uncles, kids playing in a plastic pool—and this confuses the mind because your mind finds these people familiar strangers. I get…

The Last Echo: Bismarck North Dakota’s Rising Troubadours

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In Iceland musicians are categorized into one or two categories. There are troubadours and there are “troupas”. Troubadours are musicians’ musicians, writing and preforming their own innovative songs and flinging their lyrics and melodies into an audience of eager ears. Troupa, you’ll notice is a shortened version of the word troubadour. Typically it is not…

Aaron Rush Hicks and The Great Clowntroversy of 2014

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According to Wikipedia, black face is  “a form of theatrical makeup used by white performers to represent a black person.” In normal parlor parlance, we can say that blackface, with few exceptions, is always offensive, is always in bad taste, and will always be interpreted as racist. Without digging too deep, we can say that those…

Her Life On Paper

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From Travel Write Sing I had never heard my grandpa sob before. His shaking hands grasped for the first time a book of my grandmother’s selected poetry, Her Life On Paper: Poems of Survival. Most people will remember Super Bowl XLVIII as the day the Seahawks trounced a dismantled Bronco’s team. My grandpa will remember it as…

In Review, Julianne Mason: Part One, The Fire

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Part One, The Fire is masterfully written, astutely arranged, lyrically driven, and melodically reaching I met Julianne Mason when I introduced myself to her and her guitarist, Tom Hoy, at the end of their set this past summer in Brooklyn’s iconic Goodbye Blue Monday. They played a killer set, lyrical and melodic, and at the…

From Below Album Review, “no gods, no monsters”

From Below Album

I first met Tom Hoy as singer/songwriter Julianne Mason’s guitar player during a performance at Brooklyn’s iconic Goodbye Blue Monday. His clean arpeggio driven electric guitar licks added a warm, sonorous element to Mason’s ardently melodic voice. Hoy, it turns out, travels wide on the genre spectrum. He is also the lead guitarist for New…

The Dark and Light Side of Rabble Rousing

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You may have noticed that there’s something happening here on the site. What it is ain’t exactly clear, but there has been a lot of action this summer from a complete redesign to signing on some new writers who, we must admit, are much more engaging to read than our original team of finger painting…

Play by A. R. Ammons

A few days ago I visited a friend of mine in Ottawa. I hadn’t seen him since I met him five years ago when we were both traveling in Nicaragua. I’ve been thinking about something he said on the visit. His New Year’s resolution this year was to fail. Meaning, he decided he was going…

The House of Balls

When you cross the threshold of the House of Balls, you leave the familiar behind. The studio/gallery studio/gallery is creation of found-object sculptor, Allen Christian. You’ll find it tucked into a corner of the warehouse district of Minneapolis, in the neighborhood of condos, cafés and chic shops. But you never know what’s behind a door. Even…

Dog Literacy Project Celebrates Its First Graduate

The Dog Literacy Project was founded with one goal: To change the fact that 100% of dogs in the world are illiterate. Or I should say, 100% of dogs WERE illiterate. Thanks to the hard work of our supporters and believers, only 99.999999999999999% of the dogs in the world are illiterate. Approximately. What does progress look…

Dog Literacy Project

Fact: 100% of dogs worldwide are illiterate. How would you like not to be able to read a menu? How would you like never to be able to write a letter or draft a manifesto? If you answered “no” to all three of those questions you would hate to be a dog. Dogs are illiterate. All of…

French Song Translated

Like Italian, German and Swiss music, French music is very hard to understand because it is not in English. Fortunately, the team of translators at Rabble Rouse The World, have worked tirelessly to translate this following French song for you. They did it for you. And they did it for the cheese we paid them.…

Occupy: The Nursing Home Hallway

Today, just before the start of The Price is Right, a group of Rabble Rousing seniors wreak havoc in their assisted living center after deciding to occupy the Nursing Home Hallway.    HILLSOBORO, Oregon – After watching the twenty-four hour news stations for weeks, a group of a dozen senior citizens of the Pinewood Assisted Living Center in…

David E. Suger´s Rabble Rousing Music

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“At best, music makes us feel less alone”  ~David E. Suger   According to his bio on Last.Fm, David E. Suger is regarded as “one of the most creative artists around.” There is certainly something wistfully imaginative t0 his music. The song featured here, “We weren’t put together” when combined with the visuals of its strangely compelling…