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There is a music in your soul – End of the Day for August 31, 2014

August 31st, 2014 No comments

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Joseph has been looking for musical audition pieces and other music to perform lately it has been a great reason to get my guitar out again. I haven’t played much lately, as many of the people I used to jam with have moved out of town over the years. Playing and singing is always fun, but there is a special magic in playing with others. Playing music is like a great conversation — a give and take and give again. Each of you follow the basic structure of the song, but there is always a certain amount of improvisation and playing around that takes place. Great conversation, great dance and great music all share these traits.

I have a small repertoire of songs I can play and sing when asked. As I was playing around with them tonight, I realized once again that most of them are older folks songs, many predating the re-blossoming of folk in the 60′s and many of them are story songs. I love the style, chords and forms of these older songs. In fact, I find I have an affinity for nearly any style of folk music, from anywhere around the world. There is a joy, an exuberance, an honesty and yes, even a sadness that underpins all folks music. I think this is what speaks to me most. I can intuitively sense everything that went into the creation of the music and song.

This clips isn’t one of my favorite folks, but it is one of the few examples I have of me performing, so I figured I would throw it in for a laugh, if nothing else. 

There is a music in your soul - End of the Day for August 31, 2014

You don’t have to perform in public, of course, but I highly recommend you play music, sing, and share your music with others. There is a specific joy and happiness that comes from such small and simple actions.

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Noted: 100 Proof Black Dirt Apple Jack via Cool Hunting

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100 Proof Black Dirt Apple Jack via Cool Hunting

100 Proof Black Dirt Apple Jack via Cool Hunting

Anyone who’s been to Normandy, France or has a solid interest in spirits knows the wonders of Calvados, the high-proof apple brandy that really packs a punch. However, apple brandy happens to be an American tradition, as well. It’s known as Apple Jack and, while the ABV is still high, the finish is definitely sweeter. Black Dirt Distilling—named for the Black Dirt region where the distillery is located, which was a hot bed of Apple Jack production prior to Prohibition—produces a small-batch Apple Jack. It’s handcrafted on location in upstate NY and made with the state’s apples. Though potent and powerful with the first sip, when that initial strong brandy impact recedes, the tongue is left with the richest fresh apple taste—and it lasts long into the next sip and beyond.

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Noted: A Slim, Environmentally Responsible, Reusable Water Bottle via Design Milk

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A Slim, Environmentally Responsible, Reusable Water Bottle via Design Milk

A Slim, Environmentally Responsible, Reusable Water Bottle via Design Milk

Do you ever wonder why almost all disposable and reusable water bottles are round? I’ve always disliked that because they’re big and bulky and take up so much room in my bag. As people are moving away from the disposable, single use bottles, reusable ones are popping up more and more and everyone is trying to get ahead of the market. This one, actually made me pause and dig in to find out all about it. What is it? It’s memobottle, a slimline, BPA free, dishwasher-friendly, reusable bottle that resembles the size and shape of pieces of paper.

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Is it the end of the month already? – End of the Day for August 30, 2014

August 30th, 2014 No comments

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 I know that there is still one more day to go, but it seems hard to believe that September is almost upon us. The Autumnal Equinox is coming soon, around the 21st, and then we are headed at full steam into the holidays. I am not sure if I am ready for it, frankly. The year is whipping by and the activities are starting to run one upon the other. The school play is cast and already in rehearsals. School events and fundraisers happen nearly every week. Joseph will be off helping the school recruiters during the weeks as they visit various junior high schools and then there is robotics, clubs and everything else that goes along with living with a teenager.

Today was filled with what I call “catchup” errands. This involved visits to 7 different locations across the day and many decisions. This left us all very tired. It is only 10pm as I write and I am ready for bed already — something that is not common for me. 3 miles of walking over the course of the day probably helped in that regard, too.

So, time for recharge night and then a new set of tasks and events tomorrow. It will probably be a garden day for me — as long as I can stand the heat — and then time indoors putting together videos about what I did during the rest of the day.

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Noted: Beyond the Postcard – 14 Tips for Creating Unique Photographs in Iconic Locations via Digital Photography School

August 29th, 2014 No comments

Beyond the Postcard – 14 Tips for Creating Unique Photographs in Iconic Locations via Digital Photography School

Beyond the Postcard – 14 Tips for Creating Unique Photographs in Iconic Locations via Digital Photography School

Photography has been around since the early 1820’s. Of course, back then the technology of “picture taking” was not accessible to the common person. But have things ever changed! With the availability of digital cameras ever present, even in our cell phones, take a moment to consider these facts. Every two minutes today there are as many photos taken as were taken in the entire 19th century (1800s), and ten percent of all the photos ever taken were snapped within the last twelve months!

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Noted: DIY Easy art via Ikea Hackers

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Easy art via Ikea Hackers

Easy art via Ikea Hackers

With the HEAT trivet and TIDNY fabric you can make some cute wall decor. Cut out the portion you want to wrap around your HEAT trivet. Fill in the line drawings with markers.

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Noted: Seven iPhone photography tricks take the basic camera to the next level via TUAW

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Seven iPhone photography tricks take the basic camera to the next level via TUAW

Seven iPhone photography tricks take the basic camera to the next level via TUAW

Lorenz Holder is a professional photographer and part of the Cooperative of Photography, a community-focused online photography magazine. The goal of the Cooperative is to recognize and promote exceptional visions within the photography community as well as support developing photographers. Holder and COOPH have just released a new video showcasing seven photography tricks for the basic iPhone 5s camera.

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Noted: 10 Tips to Improve Your Food Photography vis Digital Photography School

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10 Tips to Improve Your Food Photography vis Digital Photography School

10 Tips to Improve Your Food Photography vis Digital Photography School

A Post By: Christina Peters

Have you ever tried shooting food? If you have, then you know how hard this can be. There are so many things you have to think about while making sure your food looks as fresh as it can be at the same time. Here is a beginner’s guide to help you get the food shots you’ve always wanted.

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Noted: Celebrate Your Friday with a Simple Feast – A New Cookbook via The Kitchn

August 29th, 2014 No comments

Celebrate Your Friday with a Simple Feast – A New Cookbook via The Kitchn

Celebrate Your Friday with a Simple Feast - A New Cookbook via The Kitchn

The angle: For every occasion, there is a feast — from an afternoon scrounging for treasures at a flea market to the first snow day

Recipes for right now: Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies, Turkish-Style Eggs with Yogurt, Mini Strawberry Cakes, Grilled Fennel & Watermelon Salad, BBQ Ribs with Coffee Mole Sauce, Cantaloupe Campari Granita

Who would enjoy this book? Cooks who love to throw gatherings big and small.

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