- Dixie Stampede is as American as America gets.
- On meeting your idols. (And if you haven't read Pratchett, you really should.)
- This gives me ideas....
- And then it would be time to go to bed again.
- This has long been my operating philosophy.
- A long interview but well worth reading if you’ve seen Icarus. And if you’ve not seen it, you should.
- Teaching White Students.
- This is mostly for my husband the lighting designer but is also what happens in my head when he starts talking about primary colors.
- An old-y but a good-y from John McPhee.
“We should always remember the past, but we do not necessarily need to revere it,” [Stephanie Meeks, president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation] said.
-- On Grant Cottage and history.
- And this, my friends, is how I found myself in Ohio....
- Just when you start to believe in the fundamental goodness of people.
- Always keep track of your drummer, y'all.
- One of my husband's role models.
- And he disrespected the Wu-Tang Clan.
- I AM HERE FOR THIS.
- How the Confederate flag came north.
- I have been in this theater company. We did not, however, have a nearly naked Lin-Manuel Miranda and James Corden.
- "What a stupid plan."
- Maybe with these I wouldn't have to spend ten seconds reorienting myself when above ground.
"By undercutting the gravitas white supremacists are trying to accrue, humorous counterprotests may blunt the events’ usefulness for recruitment. Brawling with bandanna-clad antifas may seem romantic to some disaffected young men, but being mocked by clowns? Probably not so much."
-- MOISES VELASQUEZ-MANOFF in the New York Times about meeting violence with humor and how that may be the most effective move of all.
- Not a complaint; just an observation: this is essentially my career. Metaphorically.
- News you can use.
- Why you should have been watching the Women's Steeplechase on Friday. (And, for the record, only one of the barriers is fixed.)
- Re: Charlottesville and this path we might be on.
- Oh, Pittsburgh; My Pittsburgh. And also August Wilson's Pittsburgh.
"We need challenge to be happy. We need things to be hard."
-- Lazarus Lake, in Esquire’s piece about the Barkley Marathons.
A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I’m running for public office -- the Otsego County District 12 seat.* A couple of people asked where their donations to the campaign should be sent. At the time, I had no answer, because campaign finance laws are challenging.
I have an answer now. Send donations here! I’ll take any amount you can spare! You can also sign up for a mailing list while you're there.
Also: ff you are local, free on Sunday, and like pie, either comment or send an email. We're holding a listening session/fund-raiser in the afternoon and I'd love to see you.
Thanks for your support.
* Or, at least, I think I mentioned it but can’t find a link to that blog post. But I did, yes?**
** If I didn't -- I'm running for the Otsego County District 12 seat, which represents Wards 3 and 4 in Oneonta. The "why" part is simple: because rather than complaining that someone should do something about the state of our government, I've admitted that I am somebody and can act.
- Here's a thought -- maybe we should listen to women and give them information.
- My kind of party.
- I live about two hours for Corning and am therefore spoiled when it comes to glass.
- Could not be more true. Or, as a friend says, babies don’t keep.
- Given the recent news out of North Korea, this is useful and horrifying.
Last night, the husband and I drove the hour down to Binghamton to take in a show. We’re not strangers to such things. We once made the trip from Knoxville to Nashville to catch a Scott Miller gig, hung out with said Miller after the show, drove back to Knoxville, showered, and went straight to work at 9 a.m.
Then we had kids. And got older. Now, if a show starts after 9 p.m. or I have to stand the whole time or the venue allows smoking, I’m a hard pass.
Chris Thile is my one exception.
I saw Nickel Creek in a tiny venue in Knoxville -- I’m not sure anyone in the band had gone through puberty yet -- and the hook was set. Thile -- yes, the new host of Prairie Home Companion -- always has a side hustle or two in the works, including a CD of mandolin-based Bach covers and one with YoYo Ma*. Punch Brothers, an ongoing project, is known for their innovative approach to bluegrass as well as covers of just about everything.**
I realize I'm rambling. I’m tired, y’all.
Thile and Punch Brothers are on tour with Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan (aka I’m With Her)*** and Julian Lange. Last night was in the Bing, where bands never go. Plus, the show started at 8 p.m. in a venue with seats.
After I took this, I unplugged to soak it in. And there was so much to soak in. Long story short, it was bliss to watch people do exactly what they should be doing.
The husband and I made it home by 1 a.m., slept, and were in our respective offices on time.
Here’s where I should say something eloquent about the nature of music and how it can bring joy to the human soul but, y’all, I’m too sleepy to think. Can we just take that as read? And go see this show, if you can. Trust me.
*Which I mention so that I can share this picture of YoYo Ma with a wombat:
** My favorite.
*** fun fact: two-thirds of the band is pregnant.
"As I’ve grown up, I’ve stayed angry — but my anger has grown up, too. It has boiled down and condensed into something strong and subtle, something that I can control. Writing out my rage is cathartic — and useful, too."
-- Laurie Penny, "Most Women You Know Are Angry -- and That's Alright."