Returning from my run this morning, I took a moment to sit and capture these fungi in a photo. If the rain showers hold off long enough sometime this weekend, I'll be able to remove these and cut the grass.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
What is that?
She writes: "
This can be especially true to the job search. You are out of work, it has been a long time looking. Folks have plenty of advice on what to do. YOU don't need to take and follow it all. Some will work for you. Some won't.
Acknowledge the advice. Thank them for the advice. You'll consider the advice. And then leave it at that. You don't need to commit to following the advice.
You need to be comfortable with what you are doing. Someone is waiting to find you to fulfill their needs. Have confidence in yourself that you will find that golden spot some day!
Here is Christine's full article this week. Do you find any good advice in it today?
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Note the feet of Pascal in the center, they are moving creating a percussive tap while he plays his fiddle. And you think you have trouble walking and chewing gum at the same time!
Alex plays two instruments, the guitar (shown above) and the flute shown here.
Pascal Gemme is the center piece of this group.
Yann Falquet completes this trio with good guitar playing and occasional Jew's Harp.
The lead singer was passionate about her singing.
A picture of the full group on stage at Boarding House Park in Lowell on Saturday.
The jíbaros were descendants of Spanish settlers who moved to the Puerto Rican highlands to cultivate small, family-based plantations. The central instrument in jíbaro music is the cuatro, now considered Puerto Rico’s national instrument (while its name, which translates as “four,” hearkens back to an earlier, four-stringed version of the instrument, the modern cuatro is equipped with five sets of double strings). In a typical jíbaro ensemble, the vocals and cuatro would be accompanied by a güiro (gourd rasp) and maracas, which provide a strong Afro-Caribbean flavor to the music.
Monday, July 27, 2009
The Lowell Folk Festival is one of the largest free festivals in the USA. So close to Franklin, only 45 minutes away, it is a good thing to do every year.
The festival operates from several concert and "dance stages". For the concert stage, the area is set up for sitting with some aisle space to dance in. For the dance stages, there is a full dance floor in front of the band to get into the music.
This year was typical in the diversity being showcased on the Boarding House Park Stage. The first group played traditional Irish music. Niamh Ni Charra, lead a group of fine musicians and a step dancer with some good hand-clapping foot stomping music.
The guitarist is intent.
The bodhran player is keeping with the music.
Niamh shows her wonderful smile in this moment with the concertina.
The set closes with the step dancer adding some percussion to the performance and ends up airborne a few times. I got lucky to catch one of those moments here.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Rapid Fire Learning is a monthly feature at the Joyful Jubilant Learning blog. Karen Swim gets us started this month.
Here is what I have learned in July:
1 - being 'off the net' in the woods is good
Off line, no internet, no email. Yes, I can do more than survive. I can live and enjoy the peace and quiet of nature. The discussions with family and good friends.
2 - being 'on the net' in the woods is surprisingly nice
What can I say other than appropriate use brings the best of both worlds. Balance!
3 - fresh fruit makes for wonderful homemade sherbet
As part of this year's Baslock reunion (more to come on this), Doug prepared some strawberry sherbet that was wonderful Together we played with the recipe to make some blueberry sherbet, also quite wonderful. Then fresh picked raspberries made a decadent sherbet. Cream is the key to providing body to the sherbet, the lighter the cream, the less body. But it still tastes soo good!
4 - nature has many lessons for life, just begin by observing
whether it is a tree growing hugging a monstrous boulder, or a small fungi popping up from the floor of the woods, there are lessons abundant all around. What can you find? Check out my Flickr stream for additional photos.
5 - conversations succeed when both parties use the same frame of reference
The School Committee meeting on June 23 left me with doom and gloom. The budget deficit had yet to be resolved. The numbers were still not balancing and yet tipping in the wrong direction. How many teachers would end up going out the door? It seemed likely that a minimum of 40 would. How many more would go was the question that remained. I returned from travel to find that of the 60 school personnel notified only 12 would not be returning. How had this come about? The level funded budget from the Town didn't change. What did change was all the stimulus funds from either the Federal or State sources were added to the level funded Town budget. That made a big difference. To the tune of $1.1 million. Instead of ending up with a level funded budget, we ended up with a level funded plus budget. The point of view that the School Committee used was not clear to me. Hence, a new learning!
What did you learn in July?
Crude and offensive language is wrong, period. When someone gets upset and the vitriol starts to flow, it creates an escalating situation. If both parties become engaged, they are now riding a toboggan on a slippery slope.
How do I know this?
I have worked on several help desks. When a customer calls in with a problem and they have reached an anger point, the tendency is to match anger with anger. That doesn't lead to a successful conclusion.
What should you do?
What does work for the recipient (you on the help desk) is to calmly let the caller vent. Let their steam run its course. When they realize that you are not escalating with them, when you are calmly and patiently waiting, they will begin to listen to themselves, realize what they are doing and calm down.
As President Obama rightly said, cooler heads should have prevailed.
The bottom line
Cool heads will prevail. Cool heads can help prevent the escalation by watching their language. Vulgar language, however 'socially acceptable' it has become, is inappropriate period.
Find a way to use some words other than vulgar language. The English language is full of opportunities. Find a way to duck it!
FreeGeekProvidence is holding this event at New England Institute of Technology today. The text of their email provides additional information:
Today we're having the Providence Bruins Mascot "Samboni" come in just for our recycling event, and HOT 106 will be giving away prizes and doing live cut in's all day. We'll have tee-shirts for sale and lots of recycling to do.
The Free for all Recycling Extravaganza is from 9-1 today at New England Tech. See www.freegeekpvd.org for more info.
That's 95 (either direction) to exit 13, the airport connector, to the end to Post Road. Take a Right on Post Road (or head South) and it's half mile on the right.
You can see on our News Room, we have lots of media coverage and that's not including the TV spots either.
So even if you only have an old keyboard, or a half ton-truck of computer waste, or you just want to meet all the geeks responsible for all the great things going on at Free Geek, join us at New England Tech.
A screen shot of their website:
Click through and review for yourself. Each length of the video is complete and compelling. The concept of "Creating Time" is integrated into the video and its presentation.
Can you implement something as simple and compelling as this for your website?
Disclosure: Yes, I found this as part of my job search effort and no, this is not an attempt to "brown nose" my way in. I believe the web site is a great example of a good experience.
Friday, July 24, 2009
|Stunner S ||A creamy British Pub style pale ale “stunning colour”.|
|Double Scotch Ale D ||This Scotch is heavily hopped and high in alcohol.|
|Sam’s Damn Yummy SD ||ACBBD – A sweeter version of Stunner|
|Dave's Red R ||Possibly ACBBD. A version of Owen O'Leary's Irish Sunsetter|
|Light Irish Stout L ||This recipe is lighter than the dry, intense stouts of Ireland.|
|Beaver Back Pale B ||A BOP favorite, with sweet undertone, and a nice flavor & finish|
ACBBD - stands for "Another Crappy Beer By Dave". Dave is one of the brew masters at Deja Brew.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
When the question was asked if she wanted pancakes for breakfast, the response was:
"Yes, a pancake, please."Well, what else was there to do but to make "A" pancake. Fortunately, the pancake skills I had practiced during their childhood has not left me now that they are young ladies.
The personal touch is service is important.
What simple thing can you think of to do for your customers?
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
|Stunner||A creamy British Pub style pale ale “stunning colour”.|
|Double Scotch Ale||This Scotch is heavily hopped and high in alcohol.|
|Sam’s Damn Yummy||ACBBD – A sweeter version of Stunner|
|Dave's Red||Possibly ACBBD. A version of Owen O'Leary's Irish Sunsetter|
|Light Irish Stout||This recipe is lighter than the dry, intense stouts of Ireland.|
|Beaver Back Pale||A BOP favorite, with sweet undertone, and a nice flavor & finish|
ACBBD - stands for "Another Cool Beer By Dave". Dave is one of the brew masters at Deja Brew.
Pictures and prior posts on Deja Brew can be found by clicking here.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
I hope you enjoy!
Many thanks to my brother-in-law John Palardy for the design and planting of the flowers around the yard. Your work is appreciated especially on days like this.
Monday, July 20, 2009
How do you define good experience?
I suggest subscribing to TheMondayMorningMemo is one good way to find out!
- Alash, returning with Tuvan throat singing
- The Brotherhood, practitioners of African American a cappella gospel
- Eddie Forman Orchestra, providing a Festival bastion, polka.
- Genticorum, “one of the most sought after proponents of Québécois musical culture”
- Sierra Hull and Highway 111, a bright young star of bluegrass
- Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys, bringing their enthusiastic zydeco to Lowell in July.
- Frank London’s Klezmer Brass Allstars, klezmer music and songs from New York
- The Lucky Stars will keep audiences dancing with their western swing and honky tonk
- Trudy Lynn delivering amazing R&B from her Houston roots
- Dr. Michael White and the Original Liberty Jazz Band, bringing traditional New Orleans jazz to the Festival.
These performers represent almost half of those who will be on the six stages throughout downtown Lowell this July.
Each year, thousands of music fans make their way downtown to the Lowell Folk Festival, the largest free festival in the country, to enjoy a wide variety of acoustic music. Over twenty local, regional and national acts will perform on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 24-26 offering continuous live music featuring folk, blues, Celtic, bluegrass, folk-rock, world, country, gospel, and Cajun rhythms on six stages. The six stages are all within walking distance from the corner of Merrimack Street and Central Street, allowing for many musical choices.
The Festival also features traditional crafts demonstrations, which in 2009 emphasize the skills of Massachusetts artists, many of whom are featured in the “Keepers of Tradition” book and exhibit at the National Heritage Museum. The Lowell Folk Festival will offer fun activities and arts and crafts for all age groups at various locations throughout the entire weekend.
Delicious ethnic foods sold by local not-for-profit organizations, continue to be a unique Lowell Folk Festival offering spanning from Portuguese to Thai, and from African American soul food to Middle Eastern cuisines.
The year’s festival will kicks off with a Parade through downtown Lowell at 6:45 PM on Friday, July 24.
The schedule for all Lowell Festival events, performing artist information and craft and food
information will be updated at the official website as it is confirmed: visit
www.lowellfolkfestival.org or call 978-970-5000for updates.
The Festival partners: the City of Lowell, Greater Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitors
Bureau, Lowell Festival Foundation, Lowell National Historical Park, and National Council for the Traditional Arts remind you to mark your calendar for July 24-26!
I will find a spot at Boarding House Park to enjoy the music according to the following schedule. If you are going to Lowell, let me know and we can arrange to meet on the lawn.
|Saturday, July 25||Boarding House Park||Niamh Ní Charra (Irish)||12:00 – 12:45 PM|
|Saturday, July 25||Boarding House Park||Yomo Toro (Puerto Rican cuatro master)||1:00 – 1:45 PM|
|Saturday, July 25||Boarding House Park||Genticorum (Quebecois)||2:00 – 2:45 PM|
|Saturday, July 25||Boarding House Park||Sierra Hull & Highway 111 (bluegrass)||3:00 – 3:45 PM|
|Saturday, July 25||Boarding House Park||Dr. Michael White & the Original Liberty Jazz Band (Traditional New Orleans jazz)||4:00 – 4:45 PM|
|Saturday, July 25||Boarding House Park||Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys (zydeco)||5:00 – 6:00 PM|
Sunday, July 19, 2009
The Revs did win today, an impressive second half showing to take the victory 2-0 against Chivas USA. Goals by Dube (Joseph) and Ralston did the scoring in the second half. Shalrie Joseph made the big difference with his appearance to open the second half. The first half saw some chances go by the wayside.
For a team struggling with injuries, you would think that possession would be a focal point. The more time with the ball should lead to better chances. There are at least two changes I would suggest Steve Nicol make.
1 - Don't have Reis make a long goal kick, instead bring the ball on the ground through the backs to the wings or through the center, wherever the opportunity lies. The long kick ends up 60-80 percent of the time turning the possession over to the other team. Let's keep the ball and bring it up on the ground. Our strength is with the speed of the wingers, let's keep them in the play. We don't have the big strong forwards (except for the new guy Jankauskas) that can compete for and hold the ball successfully.
2 - Do away with the Barnes long throw in. For all the throws he has made, we have yet to score a goal and yet to have more than a half chance or two. It forces Barnes to make a long run, then hustle back which adds to the demands on him to play stellar defense. The players closer to the ball can take a shorter and quicker throw in. The quickness has more often lead to an advantage. The long throw allows the defense plenty of time to set up.
For any Revs followers, what do you think?
“What are the ways you have found to catch someones attention?”Please feel free to click through to read one or both of the postings here:
Friday, July 17, 2009
You can find out more about Playing for Change on their website here.
You can view their photos on Flickr here.
Another lesson from the natural world in Ricketts Glen State Park (PA) is here for the taking. These fungi have found a spot on the forest floor, amidst the cracked soil, under the canopy of trees. They will come forth and grow, and do their thing (whatever it is fungi do).
Have you found your place?
Have you prepared to find your place?
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Here is the NECN video of the front of the building and some of the examination:
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Thursday, July 09, 2009
As we crossed the bridge, we will admit that a thoughts did venture back to the Twin Oaks Restaurant in Cranston, RI and the wonderful food available there.
We drove up to the Red Lock Trailhead where we did the Carriage Trail, a good 5 mile walk.
These sites are all within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
The lodge at Ledges in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (south of Cleveland, OH) was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.
The work has shown to have a lasting quality. In our travels we have seen and used the facilities in a number of state and national parks.
The story of the preservation of nature's wonders in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park is for another day.
This tree planted it's roots in a huge rock and continued to spread them and grown them as required to maintain its own life.
Do you have that desire and fortitude?
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Monday, July 06, 2009
Saturday, July 04, 2009
Friday, July 03, 2009
Dolores and the Bastian's are in the bottom left of the photo to give the water fall some sense of scale.
Thursday, July 02, 2009
If you are ever in the area, this is well worth a side trip. A hike around the triangle covers about three miles and is not overly strenuous. Stopping to admire the vegetation and the water falls provides enough rest and sustenance to make the hike easily.