Posted by: suesilver | July 4, 2014

Supreme Court Decision

What is going on in the USA? Religious freedoms are being trampled by the Conservative Supreme Court that’s what. The vote was 5 to 4.
I am appalled and I am sure many of my dear readers are too. How did this happen and please take the time to read the transcripts of this decision. You can read it here.    http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/13pdf/13-354_olp1.pdf
It is one thing to be in business and another to jam your religious beliefs down the throats of your employees by denying birth control insurance coverage to them.
Our Supreme Court to me has an extreme right view. Not just where the religious freedoms of this country are concerned , but also in allowing corporations to be viewed as people, and donate as much money as they like to political parties and candidates.
What’s left is for the people of this great nation to vote with their feet. Deny Hobby Lobby  Stores Inc and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp your business. Probably not many people will read my post here, however the wonderful site American Progress.org at  http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/religion/report/2014/07/01/93075/a-blueprint-for-reclaiming-religious-liberty-post-hobby-lobby/ has a great article although they do not suggest voting with our feet.

In the meantime how good Obama care looks in this situation where folks can get coverage and pick what coverage they want unburdened by the religious beliefs of those who think they know when life begins in utero and who would compel those who cannot afford to have more children to do so because they say so!! Am I going too far?

Oh I could get into a real rave here, but I have other things to get on with today, but truly, I believe  this Decision is definitely NOT what the USA stands for.

 

Posted by: suesilver | June 23, 2014

Meditation at The Mad Tea Party Jam 2014

What did you do this weekend? I was invited to lead a Guided Meditation  at the Mad Tea Party Jam. A music festival in our area which was produced by my friends Taco and Elise Olmstead. Hats off to them. Everywhere I went people were saying how the Festival was peaceful and what a pleasure it was to be there. And it was a beautiful festival on some very beautiful land in WV.  I was able to be there on the Saturday only as I had to attend some continuing education events in Washington DC.

An offering of this kind takes a whole lot of work and planning and there were many volunteers as well as staff.  Hats off to them as well!!

It was a new experience for me and I really enjoyed it. When I was younger I did go to a lot of festivals and it was definitely not like the Mad Tea Party Jam. There were several other workshops including mine. Other offerings were Yoga, for adults and kids, a painting workshop, Intermediate Hoop tricks, a Liquid Light workshop,an intro to Thai massage,  a nature walk and a kid’s bubble parade. 

There were a lot of families there with their kids and several children as well as adults attended the Guided Meditation. 

I feel honored to have been invited to do this and I look forward to participating in other festivals.ImageImage

Posted by: suesilver | June 3, 2014

Crazy world we live in

Are you living in the USA, did you know that the internet here is quite a bit  slower than the rest of the world? Zounds we want the country to put all our medical stuff online which is cool and all but really lets speed up the internet!! Yes especially in the rural areas.

Any comments or info please post!!

Thanks,

SS

Posted by: suesilver | April 26, 2014

HERE IS THE LINK for The Poet and the Poem Interview

Hello folks, I am pleased to give you the link to the interview of myself and the West Virginia poet, my friend, Sonja James with Grace Cavalieri for her program “The Poet and the Poem “.
 http://www.loc.gov/poetry/media/poetpoem2.html#silver-james

 

Posted by: suesilver | April 23, 2014

INTERVIEW WITH GRACE CAVALIERI

IMG_2212“The Poet and the Poem” is a program of Webcasts and Podcasts from the Poetry and Literature center at the Library of Congress with Grace Cavalieri as the host. It is an outgrowth of Grace’s program series from 1977 which aired on public radio.
I am pleased to announce that I was interviewed on April 17th for this program along with my good friend and a WV poet, Sonja James.
I will provide a link here when it is released and in the meantime you can listen to the Interviews of Grace Cavalieri at “The Poet and the Poem” http://www.loc.gov/poetry/interviews/

Posted by: suesilver | March 30, 2014

A Family that Fishes together….

I had just got off the phone with my niece having discovered that her partner and her sister’s partner are both into fishing.” Yowza, “I said to my friend, Mike, we are going fishing! I was in NZ in Wanaka at the time. Wanaka is in the South Island west of Queenstown. It was  mid December and I was about to meet up with my family in Cromwell, for a family wedding. Cromwell is on Lake Dunstan, and the beautiful Clutha river flows into the Dunstan there. I really, really like fishing and although I am not,  at least not yet, a fly fisherman, I have spent many years fishing  with rod and reel in and around the Blue Ridge area of West Virginia, where I live.

The morning of the wedding dawned and the men, my niece’s partners picked me up at 0630 or so. It was chilly and the skies were clear. We drove out to  the main highway looking for a likely place to fish. The men had their gear with them and I had a camera. No, no fishing gear for Sue. That’s OK I thought, this time I may get a couple of fly fishing lessons at least. We had arranged this just the night before and I had not as yet had time to get my own gear. Graeme followed a road in the direction of the water and we found ourselves going through rabbit world. There were thousands of them and pretty strong fencing to keep them off the local farm and home properties. Their burrows dotted the hills and they are seriously everywhere. We carefully locked the gates after ourselves and drove towards the water.

After some maneuvering over a twisting, narrow back road, we parked at a flat spot where the bank allowed easy access to the river. The men donned their waders and fishing gear, checked their rods and lines and waded out into the chilly waters. I watched, furious at myself for not buying some fishing gear and a license in Wanaka, when I first heard I would get the chance to fish. Oh well what can a girl do, but make the best of things. So I walked around had a look downstream, watched  the men fishing and took photographs. Oh  and I did get a couple of fly fishing  lessons from Graeme.

The beauty of a spot like the edge of Lake Dunstan is it is so beautiful there. Many lovely mountains rise out of the distant shoreline with colors of browns and beige, the sun is rising to the east and the early morning light pops the green of the trees. The birds are busy singing and that light is just lovely for taking photographs.

The second time we went out the women were with us, including my 2 nieces and a grandniece and we were geared up. We had visited the local fishing and sports gear store in Cromwell and bought expandable rods,  Shimano Raider, line  and some very nice reels, Shimano Cazna, by brand.  They may not be the most expensive rods and  reels,but they were decent and had a decent sensitivity to them. With a great tip from a local fisherman, we found a good spot and I,  dear readers, caught a good sized trout. That spot was down river from where we had been on the Saturday  and we had to wade out.  The mud was the kind you sunk into a bit so it was challenging. The exciting part of it was the Clutha flowed pretty fast into the Dunstan on our side of the waterway. The  water there was blue deep and fast flowing and that dear readers is where I caught my trout. Only one, but better than nothing.

It was a lovely day, the men caught lots of large New Zealand trout and we had a wonderful time. My grandniece is excited to go fishing again and so are my nieces and I  indeed  am looking to seeing all the pictures of those days. I will share them with you as soon as I get them uploaded, but just now I don’t have enough space on this computer to load up all my NZ photos.

I miss my New Zealand family  and friends so much and here’s a big shout out to you all!! Here’s a toast to all you who love fishing and love the outdoors!

Craig

Craig

IMG_2199                                                                                                   My family

#1 fishing spot

#1 fishing spot

 

Posted by: suesilver | March 21, 2014

Estrella Morente

Estrella Morente

Posted by: suesilver | March 21, 2014

Estrella Morente

Estrella Morente

Flamenco!!

Posted by: suesilver | March 21, 2014

OH THAT FLAMENCO MUSIC !!

I probably would not have heard much Flamenco music or even gone to a spectacular concert at the Strathmore in North Bethesda, MD, were it not for my friend Kerry who has the Duende radio program at WSHC 89.7 Shepherd University Radio from 3pm to 5pm on Sundays where she showcases Flamenco music. Flamenco is some get down vibrant and passionate music. 

We have a lot of music in our town. A lot of Bluegrass, Rock and Roll, Classical, all kinds, so my thanks to Kerry for introducing me to Flamenco a music of Moorish origins, alive with passion and poetry. As a fairly new admirer of Flamenco I was truly transported during  this concert.

Cantora Estrella Morente was accompanied bb Montoyita and El Monti on guitar, with vocals and palmas by Antonio and Angel Carbonell and El Quiqui, and percussions by El Popo. The palmas clap rhythmically and sing back up. All had a chance to solo and the percussionist favored us with song and dance. El Popo performed tender miracles never overwhelming the voice or the guitarists while providing a solid beat. We were also favored by the performance of Estrella’s brother Kiki playing flamenco guitar and singing.

 #Flamenco#Latin#DuendeRadio,#EstrellaMorente http://www.estrella-morente.es/estrellamorente.html 

I was fortunate to have a front row seat at this performance. Estrella, towards the end of the program, descended from the stage and singing, walked around the hall, serenading members of the audience. As she walked in front of me, two feet from where I was sitting  she turned to me and sang to me directly. What an experience! I am still transported just thinking about that moment. The whole concert was a passionate experience.

 Estrella Morente is a wonderful performer from a family of talented performers, nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2013, for her album “Autoretrato”. There is so much written about Estrella, her beautiful talent and poise, elegance and richness of spirit, her originality and try passion. Check Estrella Morente out on YouTube and have a listen to Duende radio show. Flamenco!  

 I am officially hooked!

This is a wonderful review from Estrella Morente’s performance at Carnegie Hall Saturday March 8th. http://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2014/3/8/0730/PM/Estrella-Morente/

Posted by: suesilver | February 22, 2014

New Zealand Visit

     I recently returned from a visit to New Zealand for a family wedding. My niece,Sarah, my brother’s eldest daughter got married. It was a fabulous trip and I had such a great time visiting with family and friends. I flew to the South Island to Queenstown on Air NZ.  Landing in Queenstown is a real treat as you fly down through the Remarkables mountain range, over Lake Wakatipu and land just outside of town at the Queenstown International Airport.

It is such a beautiful part of the world and I was truly thrilled to be there. My friend Mike very kindly met me at the airport and we stopped in town to pick up a birthday present for his daughter and some lunch. A delicious onion soup and a cup of tea. Queenstown is surrounded by the mountain peaks of the Remarkables and sits on the rather large lake Wakatipu. The view there from any point is lovely and there is so much one can do. A favorite tourist town in New Zealand there are sports of all kinds, photography, sightseeing, skiing, hang gliding, jet boating,hiking, horse back riding,and shopping, you name it you can probably do it right there in Queenstown.

We travelled by car to Lake Wanaka where my friends Mike and Barb live. The road through the mountains is truly beautiful, just a two lane, it has its dangers, mostly from folks renting cars or RVS or whatever and proceeding to drive on the wrong side of the road!! It was, nevertheless, a lovely drive through tobacco colored hills and mountains, past the lovely town of Cromwell where the wedding was to take place and Lake Dunstan and the Clutha River, where I caught a trout of a good size. It is truly a lovely part of the world.

It is early summer in New Zealand in December and in the South Island it is chilly. What with the elevation of 990 Feet and the southerly aspect as it were Longitude 44.509637300000000000 Latitude and 169.133206600000000000. So it’s close to the South Pole relatively speaking.

Wanaka is another town on a lake and from which it took its name. Lying west and north of Queenstown. First settlers arrived in 1860 and gold was discovered there in 1861. The first survey for the town was  made inco Originally named Pembroke it was renamed Wanaka in 1940. The Clutha river springs from Lake Wanaka and curves around the land and flows into Lake Dunstan. This area is a winegrowers heaven and the delicious wine grown by my friends is truly the best I have had. A red, it is a Pinot Noir and it is sooooo good. My friend Michael grows his own grapes and has a beautiful spot with a view of the lake and the mountains. There are ski fields nearby at Treble Cone, a beautiful golf course overlooking the lake and so much to do. A wonderful path by the Clutha River is a great walk and another a walk into town from my friends home a good 6 miles or more. 

I will post some photos soon.

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