Monday, January 27, 2014

Music Monday - John Doan

John Doan is a known Master of the unique and unusual Harp Guitar, who has breathed a beautiful, melodic life into this old-style instrument.

I'm sharing this music with you because a friend of mine introduced me to it and, having known about Harp Guitars for a few years, I was immediately taken with John Doan's technique and skill. I hope you enjoy this show as much as I do.

The following is a live recording from May of 2011 when John Doan took himself and his lovely Harp Guitar to  Austria.

Grab a pleasant beverage -- right now I'm enjoying some hot choc -- and relax...

Have a meditative evening.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Cherish Lost Gardens

The world is filled with both ancient and modern gardens; some of these gardens have been lost to all but memory but some have been restored, rediscovered, and lovingly brought back to life, such as The Lost Gardens of Heligan.

As you might have guessed by some of the content I've posted about my upcoming novel, Cherish, it is a very water centered novel being that the setting is in my home state of Florida. Some of my favorite water-centric gardens are right here in the Keys of Florida, nature's own gardens that is.

Dive the Florida Keys, Secret Garden and Camille's Reef, Tavernier, Islamorada:

With all that being said, today's blog entry is dedicated to gardens, particularly lost gardens, because it's Winter and my heart is yearning for Spring. I'm sure I'm not alone in this yearning, especially those of you who are in much colder areas of the world than am I.

 The Lost Garden of Heligan:
(A garden on the Tremayne estate in Cornwall. Around the time of World War I it began to fall into decay but has been gloriously restored.)

Ravine Gardens:
(This beautiful garden in Florida had once fallen into disrepair but was restored to its former glory and even improved upon through the efforts of the Florida State Park Service and volunteers.)

Untermyer Gardens
(A sad tale for this garden but one with a happy ending.)

Princes' Islands: Garden Treasures

 Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands:
(Neither lost nor forgotten, but I love them and hope to visit one day.)

May the beauty of all gardens both lost and found, wild and tame be with you no matter where you are.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Music Monday - Oysterband

This folk group is a band that a friend of mine recently introduced me and another friend of ours to and I liked them so much that I just had to share them here.

Not Like Jordan

Put Out The Lights [with June Tabor]

Everywhere I Go

Where the World Divides

When I'm Up I Can't Get Down and Granite Years

Have a meditative evening...

Monday, January 13, 2014

Music Monday - Mike Cavanaugh

Mike Cavanaugh's music is something I discovered for myself a little while back and I've been enjoying it ever since. I like to listen to him when I need something mellow at the end of a difficult day or when I'm in a reflective mood.

Mike's Facebook Page:

What You're Doing To Me

You Are What You Are

Lovely Lonely Place

Waiting For You


Like Rain

Feel It How

Have a meditative evening...

Monday, January 6, 2014

Music Monday - Johnny Cash

When I was growing up my parents and older siblings were really into "the man in black", Mr. Johnny Cash. There was one night in particular that I remember when I was very little. My eldest brother stood me up on a stool so he and I could sing along with a Johnny Cash album that he had. It was a lot of fun and for a precious moment in time my brother made me feel like a star. He believed we really had something, a sound that could be a hit.

Well, I don't know about that but it sure was fun and a great memory attached for me to the Johnny Cash legacy of his music.


God's Gonna Cut You Down

A Boy Named Sue

Ring of Fire

I Walk the Line

Johnny Cash live at Folsom Prison (1969)

25 Minutes to Go - oh - oh - oh - oh!

Have a meditative evening...

Family Search, a Free Genealogy Site

For anyone interested in Genealogy, is a free site. Genealogy is a lot of fun! As a friend of mine said, it's like solving a mystery.

Also, they can always use Volunteers, and anyone can become an Indexer.  If you decide to become an Indexer you'll be helping others to find information on their families and that just makes you feel really good inside. It's a great way to help others and you never know what you may find out about your own family along the way.