It’s always interesting to see how the Internet can facilitate groups of people coming together for common interests. Back in the early 2000s it was fun to watch the ukulele community discover each other as we grew fanatical about the ukulele in different countries.  We formed an extensive online network and community. Then came international […]

Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro put on a great show in Gainesville. I really enjoyed the performance! The concert was more than two hours of music. Some songs he performed with his electric and bass guitar players. Some songs he performed solo. He performed a wide range of songs, showing the versatility of the ukulele and […]

Gluing soundboard onto uke sides

Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro is on tour, and I’m looking forward to hearing him perform in Gainesville on Feb. 9. I’ve been playing his CDs, picking up and playing my ukuleles (one at a time, of course), and looking forward to his upcoming concert. Jake Shimabukuro became one of the sensations of YouTube in 2006 […]

La Boqueria is an interesting market in Barcelona.  With a range of fruits, vegetables, meats, sweets, spices, olives and people, I could spend a day wandering through it and just looking and taking photographs. On this particular visit, we were on a mission to purchase cheese, bread, grapes and other interesting items for celebrating New […]

Recently I was blessed with the opportunity to return to Barcelona to bring in the New Year and celebrate the Three Kings festivities. You’ll be reading more posts about this experience and if you missed the posts from my 2017 visit you can read about Barcelona’s intriguing streets, the Gegant giants, a Gamelan musical instrument […]

Cycling has always been a favorite outdoor activity of mine. I had the opportunity to get out on our local Rail Trail, The Gainesville-Hawthorne Rail Trail, twice before the end of 2017. The first December ride was cold but with beautiful blue Florida skies. The second December ride was warmer but with grey skies and […]

Gainesville Flute Circle

It has been another successful year for the Gainesville Flute Circle.  Thanks to Jim Torrence for leading the monthly meetings and to all who joined in to play and share in a love of the music from the many styles of Native American flute. If you live in or near Gainesville and are interested in […]