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When Hearst sang “Cuba, cheer up!”

As the U.S.A. reopens a Havana embassy, and Puerto Rico struggles with financial problems, perhaps it’s time to look back at a century of history — and the news media’s sometimes multimedia role in setting agendas that people might, in

Posted in History, media studies, Music, Newspapers, popular culture

Grayson County Fiddlers’ Convention 2015

Two days of intermittent thunderstorms, rain and high winds didn’t chase away all the competitors — or spectators — at the 2015 Grayson County Fiddlers’ Convention in Elk Creek… although the Friday night storm winds did play havoc with the

Posted in 2015, community, Music

Ten days to summer

Feels like summer here with 90 degree days, but it isn’t officially until the 21st. I’m already in “not getting everything done I intended to today” mode, but I did remember to look out the window at the right time.

Posted in photography, summer, weather

Back to school again

After a semester or two off, I’ve enrolled in another Coursera “MOOC” (Massively Open Online Class)… No new Wesleyan University listings for more film history classes to pick-up where I left off with the last two, alas… But I’ve had this nagging

Posted in Computers, coursera, MOOCs, programming

Band of Brothers

For Memorial Day weekend… some sketchy family history — especially for the cousins I’m connected to on Facebook, including grandchildren of the soldier on the right. These two very handsome guys in uniform are my dad, Bob, on the left,

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Springtime Renewal

Perfect timing: I just noticed that I had not reinstalled the WordPress app on my phone after a system crash last month, that I hadn’t added a post to this blog in two months, and that the sun was going

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Klondike weather? Timely 100-year-old poetry

With the thermometer hitting record single digits here in Southwest Virginia, the weatherman threatening negative double-digits overnight, and a Facebook conversation getting me thinking of Robert W. Service, I went looking for my old LP  of Debby McClatchy singing a

Posted in Music, poetry, storytelling, weather, winter, youtube

February and Facebook

A confession: I’ve developed a Facebook habit and, with three other more-or-less active blogs, have neglected this one for months. Facebook is especially good for sharing things and starting conversations with far-off family, friends, neighbors, or interest groups. For me,

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November

Being thankful for a Thanksgiving week cold that had me at home around sunset on Tuesday,  even if I did miss a Radford Pizza House jam session because of it…

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Change

Why buy a house on top of a hill? This is where I do my kind of cloud computing. I would probably get more writing done if I lived at the bottom of the hill, or put the computer in

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