Give a listen to St. Louis Blues here:
Monday, August 13, 2012
Nicknamed "The Empress of the Blues," Bessie Smith was born in 1894 (some say 1892) and formed her own act by 1913. She was signed by Columbia Records in 1923. Though she died in 1937, she had several recordings inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame recently, including one of my favorites, "St. Louis Blues," which features Louis Armstrong as well.
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Mavis Staples began singing with the legendary Staple Singers, her family's band, in 1950. Her career has spanned six plus decades, and continues to go strong to this day. Go, Mavis, go! (More iPad art)
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
"The Queen of Gospel," Mahalia Jackson was possessed of a powerful contralto and influenced untold numbers of gospel and r&b singers. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "A voice like this one comes not once in a century, but once in a millennium." True. True. (More iPad art)
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
A tribute to my Great Grandfather, Melvin E. Cole, on my Mother's side of the family. He had a really hard life and was a small, wiry, gruff man who smoked unfiltered Camels and Lucky Strikes. He grew beautiful flowers and took great pride in them. He also kept finches. We didn't understand his gruffness, as kids, but now I have an appreciation for his life and what he went through.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Mabel Louise Smith, better known as Big Maybelle, was a singer and pianist. If you've never heard Big Maybelle, well, you've never had a good time! Give a listen to "Pretty Good Love" and you won't be disappointed. More iPad experimentation.
Friday, July 27, 2012
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Friday, July 20, 2012
How I'm spending some significant summer evenings lately, pitchin' a wang dang doodle (my version) on the iPad! Ahhh, summer! It is the good life. With apologies and props to my muse for this piece, Miss Koko Taylor.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Ticks. One of God's most loathsome creatures. Well, lampreys are also loathsome, but they don't live in my back yard and attach themselves to me with any regularity. So, ticks win. Here is a handy field guide to help you identify them.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Sunday, April 22, 2012
As we're heading to Florida this week to close up Patti's mom's house, this sketch stood out to me. It is, indeed, the land of big, white cars and cataract sunglasses. We'll all be there soon enough.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
If you're looking for that perfect Passover dessert, look no further. Here it is! Matzoh CRACK! 'Cause you can't stop eating it. It's simple to make and will satisfy your sweet tooth, without a leavening agent. Make some and enjoy! Thank you to Patti Argoff for this recipe.
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In the spirit of Easter... chicks! If you're considering having chicks this spring, consider rare breeds. They need your support. Reliable purveyors of rare breed chicks are the Marti Poultry Farm in Windsor, Missouri, and the Murray McMurray Hatchery. Don't be afraid to have backyard chickens!
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
A special post for my brother, Eric Deibler, who is considering having a flock of chickens. He is thinking about Buff Orpingtons, a heritage breed. "What's a heritage breed" you ask! Sometimes called "rare breeds" or even "antique breeds," these are agricultural animals that are so low in numbers they are considered endangered. They're genetically important, so raise some! A great resource for learning is the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy out of Pittsboro, North Carolina. Visit their website!
This beautiful rooster posed pretty well! Painted on site at Kelmscott Farm in Lincolnville, Maine, a haven for rare agricultural breeds.