Archive for May, 2013

Remember on Memorial Day

Monday, May 27th, 2013

flagMemorial Day is an anticipated holiday for many.  It’s the unofficial start of summer.  It provides many with a three-day weekend.  It is the reason to host a party, to attend a parade, to watch fireworks.

What can be lost on many is that this day was set aside to recognize those that gave their lives, in order for us to enjoy things so frivolous as barbecues.

So, while you are enjoying your hot dog and cold beverage, take a moment to remember those that sacrificed and gave us the opportunity to appreciate the simple things in life.

 

Meet the Team Jason Lightner

Monday, May 20th, 2013

jason_lightner_2012This summer will mark Jason’s third anniversary writing for PKP.  In this time frame, he has been a source of information on many topics.  From music notes to politics to liquor reviews and a few other topics, Jason is glad to share his opinion.  Of great interest is Jason’s knowledge and experience in the world of music that he shares with our readers.  Although I’ve never heard him perform, the passion that exudes for this subject must be evident in concert.

Without further ado, allow me to introduce you to Jason Lightner.

MPK: When you aren’t writing articles, what do you like to do with your free time?

JL: I’ve been working on several endeavors in music, as well as learning new instruments, methods of production, and different pieces of software. The whole process of songwriting fascinates me, and I’ve been studying old punk bands and newer metal acts to gain inspiration. I’m working toward melding electronic and grunge sounds with a project I’m naming after one of my favorite Nirvana songs.

I just moved into a new apartment, though, so while I’m still in the process of setting up my studio I’ve been catching up on some TV shows I missed out on years ago like Lost and Arrested Development. I’ve also been spending some time playing some old 8-bit games, and I’ve been working my way through the Legend of Zelda series for what feels like the 100th time.

MPK: Which publication is your favorite to write for?

JL: I really enjoy writing for Parched No More. Being able to share my passion for the drink with people who aren’t necessarily regular bar patrons is pretty rewarding, and I’ve been able to bring an understanding of fine (and not so fine) spirits to friends and strangers alike who may not understand the jargon, and who might otherwise fall into the dastardly trap of brute-force marketing.

MPK: You’ve written about your life as a musician.  Can you tell us about your band, if you’re currently part of one, and the type of music you most like to play?

JL: I used to sing for a Baltimore cover band called Liquifaction. The guys in that band — Sharif, Ryan, and Scott — are really great guys, and really talented musicians. We’d worked on some originals as well, but when I moved to Philadelphia the commute became too much, and I had to leave. That was November of last year, and since then I’ve been working toward learning guitar and applying what I’ve learned in my short time performing and playing to try to make a dent in the Philly music scene. It’s slow going, but things are happening and the gears are turning, so I can only be thankful for that.

When I’m playing guitar, I really enjoy playing punk rock. The riffs are pretty simple, and they’re fun to play. When I’m singing, however, there’s nothing like a good metal song — something to really wail to, or something to punctuate with a throaty growl. Stuff like Avenged Sevenfold and System of a Down is what I’ve been really getting into lately.

MPK: You also seem to have great passion for politics.  Would you ever want to be involved in politics, either behind the scenes or in the spotlight?

JL: My passion for politics comes not from a desire to participate, but from a desire to see things progress. I’d never make the cut in politics — I’m too honest, and I don’t have the sanitary past that’s required of our elected officials nowadays. Trust me; you wouldn’t want to shake hands with the skeletons in my closet.

I’m quite content to simply point out the flaws where I see them, and to champion those who I feel truly have the people’s best interests in mind. That’s the thing about modern day “journalism” — everyone’s afraid of rocking the boat. Well, everyone except Fox News, but they’re only rocking the boat in a way that appeals to a certain demographic of easily-duped Americans who hide racism and bigotry behind “family values.” They’re laughing all the way to the bank.

My problem with modern politics is the whole the idea of the sound-bite. There’s no real discussion or debate any more. It’s all under 90 seconds for quick consumption. It’s killing intellectual discourse.

MPK: What fun fact would our readers be surprised to learn about you?

JL: I once had a hand in a modest pro-wrestling promotion in Baltimore. This was from about 2000-2004. We ran weekly shows, did tapings, held special events, and even did some cross-promotion with other companies. I was a performer, and I did graphics, video, and music work as well.

Unfortunately, due to some licensing problems with the Maryland State Athletic Commission, the promotion had to stop operating, but those were fun times. I told a lot of great stories with a lot of great people, many of whom I’m still good friends with.

Let Us Entertain You

Monday, May 13th, 2013

wooden_heartReflecting upon my Mother’s Day, the central theme of the day was entertainment.  Along with the breakfast of scones made by my children, I was presented with a gift certificate for an evening comprised of dinner and a concert.  In the afternoon, my husband and I attended the matinee performance of our local high school’s musical in which one of our daughters did the makeup for the actors.  In between dinner and dessert, our family sat together and watched some of our favorite shows that we had stored on our DVR.

Music is central to my day.  I thoroughly enjoy listening to a wide range of music.  From something fast-paced during a workout to current hits while doing rote projects to classical music while in deeper thought to a little jazz or lounge music while cooking, music is a great part of my day.  This love of music made my present even more special.  Not only did my kids and husband remember the holiday, they also chose something that reflects me instead of giving me flowers or candy.

The few hours spent in the high school auditorium were delightful.  Although our high school is small, the caliber of artists was amazing.  From the singing ability to the comedic timing, this drama club knows how to put on a terrific show.  Spending 2-1/2 hours laughing and clapping with my husband was the perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday.

Finally, although I am not a huge fan of watching television, being able to sit with our teens and laugh at the same jokes was a great way to bond.  Our days are busier, as are our nights, and time spent together can be hard to find.  So, if watching a show that we all like brings us together, why not?

Entertainment is something that gives all of us a way to relax and take a break from our regular schedules.  At PKP, we provide insight into some of the best tv shows, albums, books, sporting events, and other entertainment options. Take a peek at this section to see what’s new.

Hobby Becomes Media Conglomerate

Monday, May 6th, 2013

MANCHESTER – From part-time blogger to mini-media mogul, Michele Pesula Kuegler turned what started as a creative outlet into a burgeoning business.

Pesula Kuegler is CEO and editor-in-chief of PeKu Publications, an online network of 23 sites, each focused on a different topic.

Highlighting Myself

Monday, May 6th, 2013

PK-300x250(2)I like to think of myself as a modest person.  While I do enjoy the limelight, I also am glad to defer to others.  Self-deprecating humor comes naturally to me.  However, there are times when it is important to take center stage and acknowledge your accomplishments.

Thus, today instead of highlighting a new design or showcasing an upcoming feature, I am proud to share an article that was written about me.  The Union Leader, based in Manchester, New Hampshire, published an article about me and how I built PeKu Publications from a hobby into an ever-growing publishing company.  You can find the article at the Union Leader’s website.

I am incredibly proud of the company I have built and the successes we have achieved.  This is due in no small part to the amazing team of writers, editors, engineers, and designers that makes PKP run.  I am honored to have been highlighted and to be surrounded by such talented people.

Happy reading!

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