November 1, 2013

Knitting Class!

For those of you who have been anxiously waiting:  I’m currently scheduling a knitting class for children ages 6 and up! Contact me directly as to which Monday or Wednesday session in November you would like. Fee:  $10 for your supply kit   Here is Martha Stewart interviewing the gal who wrote my favorite knitting […]

September 26, 2013

The Word for the Day

September 25, 2013

Renaissance Luminaries

THE RENAISSANCE OR ‘REBIRTH.”   What a period of tremendous creativity!  As if the Middle Ages was not impressive enough, we see continued explosive creativity.  How can I even begin to communicate the full scope of it?  Consider this page to be your journey’s launch point.  Make a point of getting to know one of these luminaries […]

September 16, 2013

14th Century Music Star!

GUILLAUME DE MAUCHET IS ONE OF THE EARLIEST COMPOSERS for whom there is notable quantity of biographical information. A French poet and composer, he lived through the 100 Years’ War between England and France. He was tremendously busy, creating compositions which were recording his life and times such as the Black Death which ravaged Europe in […]

September 12, 2013

Even Solomon was not clothed as one of them…..

          If you’d like to view the original, as well as other views of the Monterey coast by Rob Jagnow, you can view them here.  

September 9, 2013

The Troubadours

Have you ever wondered what the people of these days sang about? What kind of songs have you been singing through your life? All different kinds, yes? Silly songs like “The Hokey Pokey,” or perhaps a round like “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.” You also know old patriotic songs like “Yankee Doodle” or “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” […]

September 2, 2013

Meet a Crusades Warrior Musician

A Medieval castle!  Krak des Chevaliers is a Crusader castle in Syria and one of the most important preserved medieval castles in the world. The Knights Hospitaller had control of it until 1271 when it fell.  Can you imagine soldiers storming it? What a challenging target!             Chanting continues to […]

August 29, 2013

A Puppy Dog Tea Party

Do tea parties bring pictures of your mind of girly-girl events?  A “Boys Not Allowed” activity? Every boy will love an excuse to eat cookies, listen to some fun music, and read a very “boy” poem which was written for a young boy! Today’s “tea party” includes a jazz piece by George Gershwin entitled “Promenade,” […]

August 26, 2013

William the Conqueror and Plainchant

  Featured above is a segment of the Bayeux Tapestry which chronicles the account of William the Conqueror and the Battle of Hastings. Here you see simply a very short portion of the entire amazing piece of needlework. If you would like to see more of this long, intricate banner, click here.   Not only will […]

August 24, 2013

How Music Helped Create the “I Have a Dream” Speech

  Fifty years ago today Martin Luther King, Jr. presented his “I have a dream speech.” Without Mahalia Jackson present, though, the speech wouldn’t have taken shape as it did. King, trusting his friend Mahalia, knew that she would be just the right lead-in to his speech. Mahalia, comfortable with him recommending what would be […]

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