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Vol/Num: 2015-003
Mar 4, 2015

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From the Editors:
Dear Folks, We've been listening to music and shoveling snow, and watching British television and shoveling snow. Now we are on the brink of spring, awaiting crocuses and daffodils but before they come we'll probably shovel some more snow. If you have the good fortune to live in a place where you're shoveling sand, well then you can thank your lucky stars! Please savor these few offerings and we'll soon be sending out another missive which is waiting in the wings. May blessings surround you as we move from the dark winter months into the light of spring.

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Winter Plant Musings
~ This first appeared in Ms. Bluth's newsletter "A Spoonful of Legend" ~
by Debra Bluth
Feb 24, 2015
It is late February. Blanketed with snow in New England, it’s hard to remember sometimes those plant roots underneath in the depth, waiting. I love to think of them – their energy pulled in, gathering. Soon. And in the meantime, the night sky often reveals such clear, bright stars it takes my breath away. more

Ar'n't I a Woman?
Sojourner Truth
~ The Heart of Sojourner Truth:
Abolitionist,Women's Rights Activist, and Former Slave ~
Feb 21, 2015
“Dat man ober dar say dat woman needs to be lifted ober ditches, and to have de best place every whar. Nobody eber helped me into carriages, or ober mud puddles, or gives me any best place and ar’n’t I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have plowed, and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me – and ar’n’t I a woman?” more

Snow Kissed Tree
Lewis Carroll said “I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” Maureen Spagnolo has taken a series of photos of this tree at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., dressed in different weather and light.
Feb 7, 2015

Dave Duplissey:
Salt & Pepper with Creole Seasoning & Tasty Jazz
~ CD Review ~
Feb 7, 2015
Back in the '80s and '90s soundtracks were filled with saxophone solos. You heard them everywhere. On television and in movies and commercials—just everywhere. more

The Miracle of Teresa Tudury
~ CD Review ~ "The River of Life"
by Kimmy Sophia Brown
Feb 2, 2015
There are some people that are just so talented that they defy description. Teresa Tudury is a California Bay area musician – poet – wise woman that I had the good fortune to hear for the first time this past summer at the Sweet Chariot Music Festival at Swans Island, Maine. more

New Latitude Excels with "Convergence"
~ CD Review ~
by Kimmy Sophia Brown
Jan 30, 2015
Jazz guitar has a language all its own. New Latitude, comprised of Jim Carr and Dave Erickson, used skill and intuition to create these lovely duets... more

Peter and the Christmas Russian Hat
by Peter Falkenberg Brown
Jan 15, 2015
I got an unexpected gift of money at Christmas, so I went online and found a hat that I had been looking for, for quite a while.

It's a Russian Ushanka hat, and it's one of the warmest hats in the world. It's made in Canada, from Mouton Sheepskin, which is the warmest fur for wet snow climates like Portland. (It's incredibly soft.) Beaver is the warmest for dry cold, according to the company. more


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