Corona lockdown is a whole new experience for this family

Petunias in bloom
Petunias in bloom. Photo by Indie Art South

I admit I’m accustomed to a very fast pace. I’ve long been involved in the girls’ music. I still try to maintain my writing and my website. And topping it all is my commitment to being a wife to a very fine husband. So this Corona lockdown (that term is trending on Twitter, by the way, illustrating group think I suppose) is proving a whole new experience for my little family. Continue reading “Corona lockdown is a whole new experience for this family”

Weissberg’s death a reminder of the poet whose novel helped make banjo picking mainstream

Colleagues, journalists, former students and many others came together to celebrate poet and novelist James Dickey's 70th birthday in 1993. (Photo: Indie Art South)
Colleagues, journalists, former students and many others came together to celebrate poet and novelist James Dickey’s 70th birthday in 1993. (Photo: Indie Art South)

Eric Weissberg passed away on March 22, and his death is a reminder for me of the poet whose novel helped make banjo picking famous. Weissberg picked the banjo in that iconic scene in the 1972 film Deliverance based on the novel by poet and professor James Dickey. Dickey was the strongest influence on my early writing years and I maintained contact with my professor until shortly before his death. That writeup flooded my head and heart with memories.

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Where you’ll find reliable info on Coronavirus and where you won’t

CDC Emergency Operations Center photo
CDC Emergency Operations Center (Photo credit Alissa Eckert; Dan Higgins)

By now, unless you live like a hermit in antiquity, you know Prince Charles of Great Britain is positive for Coronavirus, or COVID-19. Media are having a field day with that one. The virus is, like other contagious illnesses, an equal opportunity offender. As all of us quarantine ourselves where possible, there are places you can find reliable information.

Let’s start with the claim the Coronavirus is three times more contagious than the flu. Continue reading “Where you’ll find reliable info on Coronavirus and where you won’t”

Homebound with a 61-year-old Russian mystery linked to nine deaths near Dead Mountain

Searchers find the tent of the dead hikers at Dead Mountain
Searchers found the hikers’ collapsed tent near Dead Mountain. (Photo by Soviet authorities in 1959)

I learn so much in this world by accident—chance meetings with people, natural phenomena, and sometimes, media. Homebound to avoid the Coronavirus risk, I was cleaning our bedroom. My husband left the TV on, but I’d muted it. I caught a glimpse of old photos of young people, lots of snow, and something that looked like a Yeti or Sasquatch. Curious, I unmuted the TV. Continue reading “Homebound with a 61-year-old Russian mystery linked to nine deaths near Dead Mountain”

Indie musicians go virtual virtuoso as venues shut down

Rebecca's rescued Rusty jumped on camera during the Daysies' Facebook Live show.
Rebecca’s rescued Rusty jumped on camera during the Daysies’ Facebook Live show.

The indie music sector is very hard hit by all the self-quarantines and orders from various governors. Some, though, are keeping the show going. Continue reading “Indie musicians go virtual virtuoso as venues shut down”