Christmas Is Coming

Stella Nuova
Angelus Ad Virginem
Edi Be Thu Hevenqueene

Season's greetings, my friend! Yes, Christmas is coming, and I'm always a happy camper at this time of year. I rede you beware. LOL! It's a fine frosty December morning here. There's a cold grey sky and light wisps of snow fluttering about on the wind, a perfect day to revel in the holiday spirit. I have my hot cup of coffee and the fireplace lit, two cats snoozing on the bed behind me, and some lovely Christmas music from Days Of Yore to help spin the holiday spell. A perfect Saturday morning. The only thing we're missing here is you. Read More...
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Apple Pie

Okay, my friend, I told you I had an apple pie story for you.

Well, when I was 17 and a junior in high school my Dad sold the house my sister and I had grown up in. She was away to college, and Dad and I moved out into a little cracker box of a house in the country that we rented. We really liked that little country house. But Dad knew that once I graduated he was going to leave our hometown for good because it was just too small a place for him to put his life back together after all that the family had been through.
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The Christening - Albert Finneas McCool

The Christening
Okay, after nearly five days of get used to time with each other and much debate amongst the three of us, we have finally decided on an actual name for the Small Black Menace (though Josie I have a feeling will always think of him as SBM!)
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Four Feet And Counting - Cat Wars: Episode I - The Small Black Menace

Some place in a galaxy far, far away....That's kind of what it feels like here at home these days. For any of you out there who have or have had cats, you probably know what a challenge it can be to introduce a new cat into a cat home. Well, this past Sunday I came home with a wee kitten, a little street urchin who was in desperate need of a home.
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To The Faire We Go

Years ago, about 25 years ago actually, when I lived in Texas I stumbled across what proved to be one of the largest Renaissance festivals in the country, Scarborough Faire near Waxahachie, TX. From the moment I first walked through the towering gates I was hooked, and Scarborough Faire became a favourite haunt of mine every late spring that I lived in Texas. Read More...
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Aloha

I'm heading to Hawaii tomorrow for a week long trip to enjoy the sunshine and catch up with two of my most favorite people in the world, Martin & Cheryl. I haven't seen them now for a couple of years, and that is far too long. We'll be living it up at one of the Nintendo houses in Kona. "Nintendo house" you say? "Yes," I say. Let me explain.
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The Duchess of Little Delving


I moved into the new Little Delving hobbit hole around the end of January of this year, but I actually bought the place way back in October of last year. I had a lot of things to wrap up in Chicago, and so the whole transition down south took me a handful of months. It made for a very interesting holiday season, let me tell you. But in the end with a little luck and a little help from family and a neighbor it all worked out pretty well.
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It's A Dog's Life

Remember my good friend Leah? She's the composer who has been spending the past several years writing musicals with her colleague Sean. I really love Leah's music, and she and Sean (lyricist) just seem to work very well together. Their second show is a great example. Sean wanted to write something as a tribute to his best friend Jack, Jack The Dog, who put in a lot of time at rehearsals over the years for many different shows in many different cities. The result was A Dog's Life, a very sweet show that came straight from the heart...
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American Ghosts

This coming fall I will be attending a birthday party with a number of very jolly folk all of whom love the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. The party itself is sure to be a wonderful experience, and I'm really looking forward to it. But I'm also looking forward to visiting the venue, Shaker Village in Pleasant Hill, Kentucky. It's a lovingly restored authentic Shaker settlement, and it serves today as a living museum, a piece of American history that you can walk into, experience, and become a part of. It looks wonderful. And it's haunted. Seriously.

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Upcoming Shows And Performances - My Other Career?

This is good for a chuckle. I've been messing around some here now after a long hiatus, and so for grins I did some googling just to see if Little Delving even registered out there in Cyber Land anymore, and dang if I didn't learn something new about myself. Turns out, I have a music career. Cool.
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Eye On The Skyline: Jeremiah Johnson

Sometimes a fella just gets lucky. Plain and simple. Jeremiah Johnson has been a favorite film of mine for nearly as long as I can remember liking films. It came out in 1972 when I was 11 years old going on 12. At the time it was like no other movie I had seen or heard of. There was very little dialogue, and what little there was sounded stiff and oddly formal, it was a formalized style of speaking that was new to my young ears, and yet with those very few words to underscore the adventures and experiences told of in the tale, the movie captured my heart and it fired my imagination. In many ways it helped to shape my life for years to come. It was a call to the road, a call to Adventure, a call to a place where a fella, if he could learn to watch his top knot and keep his eye on the skyline, might be able to start over if he needed to, make a go of it in a new life. It was powerful stuff.
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The Dresser: A Haunting Theme

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A haunting musical theme from a haunting film, The Dresser, starring Tom Courtney and Albert Finney. It's King Lear, a tale of unrequited love, familiar stories coming to an unhappy end, a tragedy within a tragedy within a tragedy. I remember seeing this movie in a theater in Austin, TX when it first came out. I walked outside when it was over and was amazed to see the sun still shining in the sky. It is a powerful film, and James Horner's music stayed with me for days afterwards. His score for the film Glory I think is my favorite complete work of his, but this music is something else all together.

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The Law Bug: Herbie Cracks The Whip in Tennessee

License And Registration … Stop Laughing
'Bug-erceptor' gets more attention than respect for deputy

It's hard to say how much intercepting the Blount County Sheriff's Office's 1973 Volkswagen Beetle cruiser is capable of doing, but it's got the emblem, anyway. It says "Police Interceptor," but in truth the intimidation quotient of veteran law enforcer Archie Garner's cruiser isn't very high. It has all the right markings, decals and required equipment, but it just doesn't look like the rest of the Blount County Sheriff's Office fleet. Read More...
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The Return of the Prodigal Blogger or Home Sweet New Home

The big news of the current new year is that I am no longer living in Chicago. I have said my goodbyes to The Windy City and the condo lifestyle and have migrated south to the bottom bit of rural Indiana very near the Ohio River,
just across the water from Louisville, Kentucky. The proverbial stone's throw. I've swapped Chicago Land for "Kentuckiana" as they call it down here. Kentuckiana has a more cheerful and optimistic ring to it than does Indiucky. I'm sure the vote wasn't even close on that one.
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