From time to time I get interesting and/or encouraging correspondence through my website/blog. Recently, I have had a few comments and queries on my spoon carving. For example, I appreciated hearing from Mrs. B who wrote to tell me about her adventures in beginning spoon carving.  She is fortunate to have so many trees on […]

I’m now learning to play the mandolin. I hadn’t expected to be adding the mandolin to my musical instruments, but a nice series of events has led to me having a Kentucky KM-620-S. A few weeks ago, my aunt gave me her old mandolin (pictured right). She had started taking mandolin lessons, inspired by the […]

Joan Baez. Mary Chapin Carpenter. Indigo Girls Amy Ray and Emily Saliers They were on stage in The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville for the opening night of their Four Voices Tour. The concert was two hours of harmony, addressing issues of life situations and politics, and enthusiasm about performing together and enjoying the response of the […]

public bicycles - Barcelona

The streets of Barcelona were intriguing. There were major thoroughfares that looked like main roads in US cities. But within just a block of those major streets were the real streets of Barcelona. Las Ramblas has two narrow lanes for traffic with the majority of the area being a wide pedestrian walkway. Every time I […]

Barcelona female gegant

“You have to see the gegants,” my friend Cheryl told me. Cheryl, the tour guide and host of my Barcelona visit, knew that I make small wooden figures. So to prepare for my visit, Cheryl located shops that made and sold marionettes and puppets. But she also knew that I’d want to see Barcelona’s special […]

One of the many interesting moments during my trip to Barcelona was the opportunity to participate in a Balinese Gamelan workshop.  Yes, in Barcelona not in Bali. When looking online for places to visit in Barcelona during my visit with my friend, I discovered the Museu de la Musica  with its many historical instruments. The monthly workshop on the […]

The Mediterranean Sea was the first sea I knew about as a child. A picture of the soothing blue Mediterranean Sea was in the front pages of the Bible my grandparents gave me for my 5th birthday.  There were no pictures of the Atlantic Ocean, the Great Lakes or the St. Lawrence Seaway  — bodies of […]