Watch Bryce and Liam’s Spooky Spooky Show and our Happy Halloween wishes HERE.
1. Adding polyester to perfectly good cotton, linen, rayon or wool clothing is like adding a pink slime filler to beef. And the fact that the polyester filled clothes cost the same as the natural fabrics adds insult to injury.
2. Years ago, a fabric artist friend told me how to test a fabric to see if it was natural or polyester. Take some thread or a small piece of the fabric and burn it with a match. If it’s polyester or acrylic it will burn into a plastic ball. If it’s a natural fabric it will burn into dust.
3. On the lead up to attending the Pink Floyd tribute band event at the Pine Tavern on Saturday, I kept calling “Pink Floyd” the “Moody Blues” by mistake, maybe because they’re both British bands from the ‘60s and ‘70 that made concept albums and had niche followings, but most likely I think it’s because both bands have a color in their name. More HERE.
4. I didn’t listen much to Moody Blues back in the day, but I wore the hell out of Joni Mitchell’s album called Blue.
5. On Sunday Joe went to a skills day workshop on making fire using sticks. He invited me to go, but I told him it’s like a learning to change a tire. I know it’s a good thing to know but even if you show me, in the end, it just ain’t gonna happen.
6. Mystery solved. Over the weekend I posted a photo called Country Mouseketeer. It was a shadow shot of me with mouse ears and I had no idea how the ears got there. A reader pointed out a yellow color above my head, so I blew up the picture and zoomed in. Turns out there were a couple of yellow pompom marigolds and their shadows in the shot.
7. I don’t think the bark boring bugs that made the designs in the first picture above were actually boring because their creations seem to have been made with such industrious imagination.
8. The more I know, the more I know I don’t know.
9. Are poems like autumn leaves / forgotten after they fall? / Do we only pay attention / to the bright red maple/ and ignore the buried brown?
10. Writing is the only thing that when I do it, I don’t think I should be doing something else. – Gloria Steinem
12. I have some small crop circles cropping up on my face. They’re called wrinkles.
13. It’s good to live with someone who can make fire by rubbing two sticks.
Pink Floyd has a dedicated fan base and so does The Dark Side Project, a Pink Floyd tribute band out of Roanoke that played at the Pine Tavern Saturday night.
The floor was literally bouncing with dance beats and the fans happily sang along with the classics.
The quality show included lights, smoky mists and a Pink Floyd pumpkin that sat center stage.
The musicians who put it all together were Jonathan Barker (keyboards and vocals), Schnerve Jangler (guitars and lap steel), Will Henson (guitar and vocals), Nick Martin (drums and percussion), and Hoppie Vaughan (bass, bass Moog, and vocals). They put on a dynamic show.
You can see the effects of the bouncing dance floor and the fan enthusiasm in the video-taped rocking number above.
______________Our World Tuesday
~ The following first appeared in the October 23, 2014 Floyd Press with a larger selection of photos.
Wildwood Farms General Store celebrated their Old Time Fest with perfect fall weather on Saturday from 11 – 5 p.m. The event featured music, food, craft vendors, pumpkins and more.
Arriving attendees stopped to watch apple butter being made over an open fire.
A young girl gets help spreading Grandma Alice’s homemade apple butter on an animal cracker. The apple butter is made by a small family business out of EllettValley.
An old time jam band included Sue Nester, sister of Wildwood Farm General Store owner Judy Bowman. The jam band opened for Mountain Ivy who was scheduled to play at 2:00. Nester reminded attendees that the General Store hosts live old time and bluegrass music every Saturday. (Visit wildwoodfarmsdaylilies.com for a schedule and more.)
Birdhouse builder John Schiemann joked with fest attendees that his birdhouses were made in his home shop in China.
Gourd grower and crafter Debbie Johnson helps a customer make a purchase. Johnson is pictured with her mother (in red).
Cruise-in vintage tractors, trucks and cars were a fest attraction
Fest vendor Rachel Terrill is pictured with her recycled copper earring trees. Terrill was also selling her handmade earrings and knitted baskets and hacky sack balls. The Wildwood Farm’s extensive day lily garden can be seen in the background.
Shoppers check out the locally grown apples.
1. In October the Blue Ridge Parkway is an arcade jackpot of color. Cars, like flipper-driven pin balls, shoot up and down the ribboned road while autumn lights flash, “You’re a winner!” More HERE.
2. I once bought a whole box of fortune cookies so I could find a fortunate message I liked.
3. If a bunch of geese is a gaggle and crows are a murder, what are the ghosts in the photo above?
4. THIS graffiti artist paints rooms and beds for homeless people.
5. I had two opportunities to dance to two of my favorite bands at Dogtown over the weekend. Time is Art played Friday and Spoon Fight on Saturday (which is where I snapped the reflection of the band in the glass door.) I also spent some time in the local tattoo shop (now owned by two Spoon Fight players). The tattoo art was impressive, but I wasn’t tempted, thinking that tattoo needles are like writing with pens, as compared to pencils that come with erasers. HERE’S my kind of body art.
6. If autumn is called fall because of the falling leaves, maybe summer should be called sunshine or bloom.
7. Serotonin is like sunshine to our brains. We’re happy when it shines and our perceptions become dark and cloudy without it, which is probably why I instinctively turn my face to track the sun like a heliotropic flower.
8. I don’t know why some people these days flaunt breast implants. When I grew up falsies were shameful and fauxhawks were only for babies.
9. I like to take pictures around town and of local businesses’ windows during holidays and especially at Halloween. The photo above came from the Winter Sun Clothing outlet store. It reminds me to get my teeth cleaned and makes me miss my friend Rio. See Rio’s pumpkin art, which we saw all over town during Halloween for so many years, HERE.
10. Even the wheelbarrows in front of our local hardware store are orange.
11. If you don’t want to find yourself experimenting with very-orange cauliflower, a
bright orange face mask, orange paste in your refrigerator, or orange teeth, then don’t
put THIS on your shopping list, says Fresh Bites Daily HERE.
12. How Do You Boo 1 is HERE and 2 is HERE . And the picture on the left is of the police phone booth that Dr. Who time travels from, so said the kids at Floyd’s Springhouse Community School where I saw it and had to ask.
13. My grandson Liam had an October birthday. That’s my sweet boy below in the orange shirt.
on a glass plate
soaking a porridge
like a dish
empty of purpose
on the wrong
side of the sky
_______Colleen Redman / Imaginary Garden with Real Toads
- The following first appeared in The Floyd Press on October 16, 2014
Springhouse Community School (SHCS) students were featured at the October 4th Floyd Radio Show, along with The Buckstankle Boys, writer Mara Robbins, musician Chris Owen and Radio Show hosts Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle. To a sold out show, eight students performed “A Farmer’s Story,” a multi-media presentation based on an oral history interview with local farmer Howard Dickerson.
Working in collaboration with the Radio Show hosts and a representative of the New River Land Trust, students traveled to Dickerson’s farm in September to interview him. They learned that the farm has been in the Dickerson’s family for centuries and was recently placed under a conservation easement with New River Land Trust.
Under the guidance of project advisors and community mentors, students transcribed the interview, wrote a script, created a pictorial story scroll and constructed a crankie, a wooden instrument for scrolling drawings and screening shadow puppetry.
A Farmer’s Story was presented on the Floyd Country Store stage as a narrative and was accompanied by crankie art and shadow puppetry. It touched on Dickerson’s childhood, working on the farm, his college days, his travels and his service in Vietnam.
Dickerson’s story about his own childhood mentor, a family friend who worked on the family farm, was incorporated into the story. “When I was hauling hay at nine years old, Cleve told me that I took the place of a man.”
“When you are out in the field working by yourself, you do things to pass the time. One of the things I do is I write songs,” the narrative quoted Dickerson before the student performance of Dickerson’s song “I’m Ready for Spring.” When you see my cattle grazing on grass … Old Man Winter’s time has passed … Oh, springtime … I’m ready for spring …
“Howard’s not sure what the future of the farm holds,” the narrative concluded. “He just knows that it will always be a farm.”
Following the performance, SHCS advisor Joe Klein addressed the applauding crowd. “We want to thank Howard for sharing his story with us, and for his lifetime of caring and tending the land.”
Klein also thanked the New River Land Trust “for their good work preserving the land in our community” and the project mentors and advisors for their meaningful input. “What a great way to learn local history,” Klein said, referring to the SHCS’s project-based learning model and the results it produces. - Colleen Redman
Photos: 1. SHCS students prepare for their Radio Show performance. 2. Two students perform an original ad for livestock feed with a humorous disclaimer. The feed the ad was inspired by Dickerson’s years of making and selling feed. Also pictured on stage are host Elizabeth LaPrelle (center) and writer Mara Robbins. 3. Adrian Green (left), singing I’m Ready for Spring,” was accompanied by Ryan Leedom on guitar. 4. More from the crankie show. 5. Clip of the crankie narrative. 6. Howard Dickerson and his wife Hilda (center) posed with SHCS students, advisors and mentors at the close of the show. 7. Video clip of the song. 8, 9 and 10 were taken during the making of the crankie and scroll at the Springhouse Community School at the Floyd EcoVillage.
Read about September’s Floyd Radio Show HERE.
October is the best dressed month of the year and the Parkway is a runway show of color.
The double yellow road line winds like a ribbon, tying nature’s glamour, shine and glitter all together.
Like a lit up Las Vegas turned on by the sun, full length trees and a palette of rolling scenery steal the spotlight.
It’s an arcade jackpot of color.
And cars, like flipper-driven pin balls, shoot up and down the winding ribboned ramps while October lights flash, “You’re a Winner!”
1. Mystery solved. On the day the latest Rolling Stone magazine came out with a story on Jackson Browne shown on the front cover, I got a generous amount of hits on my blog via searches (mostly wanting to know if he’s had plastic surgery) that landed people on THIS post.
2. It was hard to refrain from singing the childhood version of happy birthday, ‘Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday to you. You look like a monkey and you smell like one too’ to Liam when his birthday party was actually held at the zoo.
3. I actually did sing it once but changed the word “smell” to “sound,” then made monkey sounds, and he laughed.
4. My Boston Mass cousin Gerry and his wife Marie didn’t expect to meet so many fellow New Englanders in the Floyd during their visit. At Dogtown Roadhouse, they met our friend Chris, who grew up in Hingham, and a couple of friends from New Hampshire. Our friend Bob, a staunch Yankee fan who is originally from New York and who was collecting cover charge admittance, threatened not to let any Red Sox fans in to the show. – More HERE.
5. Each of us holds a piece of the whole story and when we are done, the circle is usually complete. It’s diverse, shines with a common thread and extends out onto something larger than ourselves. I think of a dialogue circle as a work of art, made with the honesty of words, personal reflection and listening. – Colleen on dialogue circle. More HERE.
6. I must have some pretty interesting friends. I recently came across an old notepad that I took to a dinner with friends and passed it around the table with the question, “What have you done that I probably haven’t?” The answers were: wrote 50 songs, went to a traditional peyote ceremony, ice skated naked, crawled through a 100 foot cave on my stomach, birthed five sons at home, and rode a pony at 11,000 feet in the Andes.
7. One of those answers was mine. Can you guess which one?
8. I’m not pointing fingers but I’m shaking my head. – Line written down in the same notepad
9. Low self-esteem and high self-esteem are identical ego problems, excessive focus on self. Bo Lozoff
10. Bolivia has become the first country in the world to give nature comprehensive legal rights in an effort to halt climate change and the exploitation of the natural world, and to improve quality of life for the Bolivian people. Developed by grassroots social groups and agreed by politicians, the Law of Mother Earth recognises the rights of all living things, giving the natural world equal status to human beings. See HERE.
11. I wish someone would invite me to a party like THIS.
12. Liam’s birthday story told via a Facebook album is HERE.
13. It’s been windy on the Blue Ridge Parkway, but not THIS windy.
My Boston Mass cousin Gerry and his wife Marie didn’t expect to meet so many fellow New Englanders in the Floyd County mountains.
They were passing through from a vacation in Tennessee and I promised I’d show them some Floyd nightlife. After seeing our cabin off the Parkway and meeting the chickens that Gerry had been seeing on my Facebook posts, we had a great meal at Oddfella’s Cantina that included a sing-along of Wagon Wheel and some ale on-tap.
While checking out the iconic Oddfella’s sign (far right), I told Gerry that he had to pick which represented him most, the farmer, the hippie or businessman. The avid vegetable gardener, chose the farmer and we all cheered him on.
We were disappointed that the Country Store was closed, but our visitors enjoyed the stories of past Redmans that I had talked into flat-footing with me on the Country Store dance floor. But I never could convince my dad.
At Dogtown Roadhouse, Gerry and Marie met our friend Chris, who grew up in Hingham, Mass, and a couple of friends from New Hampshire. Our friend Bob, a staunch Yankee fan who is originally from New York and who was collecting cover charge admittance, threatened not to let any Red Sox fans in to the show.
It was a Best of Open Mic being recorded for a fundraising CD to benefit the student Music Lab at the June Bug Center. We only caught a few of the all original sets and those were highly entertaining. I explained the who’s who of Floyd’s onstage notables, in this case musician homeschoolers Eli and Aila Wildman, their mom Deb and teacher Mike Mitchell.
Gerry’s phone battery died, so he asked me to get a shot of this new-to-me-band Reptile DysFUNKtion. A couple of the band members are old friends and the lead singer/sax player is a parent of a student at the Springhouse Community School, where Joe is a part of the leadership team.
We really got a kick out of the above recorded quirky song that was something between a love song about heartbreak and one about Mexican food and heartburn. Did he really just say, “My Burning Heart and your Big burrito?” We loved it either way.
More who’s who notables: Abby Bowen, Luke Thomas and Laurel Brooke doing some folk rock with a hint of mountain blue. And who knew Gerry could dance?
I don’t know who these people are or if they are real. Some are statues, some are people and some are reflections. My own apparition appears in some of the shots, taken at the HirshhornScluptureMuseum in D.D. The piece was made by Dan Graham with two way mirrors, steel wood and stone. More on the Hirshhorn HERE.
Below are some comments made to WSLS TV’s Katy Love by members of Citizens Preserving Floyd County on the recent development that the Mountain Valley Pipeline proposed by two partner companies would not be coming through Floyd as had previously been announced.
“We’re so happy that we were able to stop this pipeline and I really think that we have. I’m sure that the company will not tell you that because they don’t want to know that little people can do this sort of thing. Floyd is a great example of a small community who has fought Goliath. We are an example. All these other places could be like us. It’s time for individual places and people to be speaking up to these companies that would damage their environment.” – Jane Cundiff
“It’s wonderful because it shows that community resistance works. At the same time, it’s not good enough. Our campaign is “No Pipeline.” I can’t, in good conscience, celebrate that my kids are safe when our people’s are at risk.” – Tree Gigante
“I think my country no longer represents me. They represent special interests and money. It’s time for people to stop thinking that hope is not possible. We were told this was inevitable. Nothing’s inevitable. Stand up and shake it up. We need to make the world we want to live in.” – Anne Armistead
“I think there were a lot of people that slept better last night knowing that it was not going to come through Floyd, but it was bittersweet … We are very aware that there are a lot of people and a lot of counties that are still embroiled in the same struggle. It’s our intention in Floyd to do what we can to support these other communities with the resources we have.” – Mara Robbins
1. The first thing Joe said to me Monday morning was, “I just dreamt my dream house.” Duh. Of course it was a dream house because he dreamt it, we later realized.
2. I recently sent my sister Kathy the picture above of the rug she braided me and our new kitchen furniture with a caption that read “How do you like me now?”
3. A couple of years ago I sent her a picture of baby Liam on the same rug playing with pots and pans and a caption that read “See what a good life your rug is having.”
4. Liam was four yesterday. I called him up and asked, “What special day is this?” “It’s my brr-ay!” he answered. See how sweet he is and how cooperatively he and his brother Bryce play HERE.
5. It must be fall because the hens have stopped laying, the first woodstove fire has been lit and the annual Kind at the Pine Halloween Costume Party is circled on my calendar.
6. Quote seen on Facebook – Writer’s Block: When your imaginary friends won’t talk to you.
7. When my son Josh was little he had an imaginary friend named Tommy. After a long time had passed without him mentioning his friend, I asked him what happened to Tommy. “Oh, he got born, mom,” Josh answered.
8. Life is such a whirlwind that I think the word “world” should be spelled “whirled.”
9. And maybe weather should be spelled whether, as in whether or not?
10. What do you wake up thinking about? What is your beautiful question? What surprises you when you sit in silence and practice self-awareness? What is your struggle and how has it served you? What makes you shake to talk about? What makes you break out in a spontaneous smile? Those are just some of the questions I ask myself before our women’s dialogue circle check-in.
11. Years ago I had a favorite claw-legged Victorian couch that I had reupholstered from purple to green, but then I lost it in divorce. Later, I saw it in a dream being lifted high in the air by a crane.
12. Last week the students at Springhouse Community School, the school that my husband co-founded, performed at the Floyd Radio Show, doing a multi-media presentation of narrative, crankie puppetry and song. It was based on an interview they did with a local farmer who recently put his farm in a conservation easement to assure it would remain as farmland. In telling his story, the farmer shared that he was drafted during Vietnam, but before going to war, he traveled the country, saying, “I figured if I was going to die for my country, I might as well see it.” He also said, “The war took the fun out of me.” See HERE.
13. Speaking of art: How many light bulbs does it take to illuminate one fantastic art installation? The answer is HERE. And it’s worth the trip or click.