Grilling is a favorite pastime when the weather turns warm. Skewers are simple and quick to make. For me, grilling is best when charcoal is used. I also prefer to grill in a park, preferably near a river. What is your favorite pastime when summer arrives?
One of my favorite summer activities is camping. The days of tent camping are over for me, but I do enjoy a nice cabin, preferably beside of a river. We found such a place a few years ago, and look forward to visiting every year, just after Independence Day. What are you looking forward to this summer?
ARE YOU READY TO WRITE? Here's the post for June 17: Music Hath Such Power—almost everyone likes music. Every culture and civilization has its music. What particular experience do you have with music—one song? One piece? One performance? One event?
Miles Davis circa 1959
My musical talent extends only as a far as my ability to listen to a piece and determine whether or not I will listen to it again at some point. A CD I frequently return to is Miles Davis' Kind of Blue. It is regarded as a masterpiece of improvisation in the jazz world, with very little direction provided by Miles to the rest of the band. There is some speculation now that the entire album was not recorded in one take, as previously thought. In fact, only the track Flamenco Sketches was supposedly improvised in just one take. While I never had the chance to see Miles perform, I did have the fortune of hearing Chris Botti perform several of the tracks from Kind of Blue a number of years ago.
Recently, we have had some very stormy weather, very typical for this time of year in the Southeast. One particularly bad storm drove those of us who were still on campus into one of the audiology booths, one of the safest places that you can be. Happy Friday everyone, and be safe!
In the town where I work, there is a house, built in the 1800s, that is rumored to be very, very haunted. This picture was taken in January 2016 while 18++ inches of snow accumulated on the ground. The house was converted to apartments a number of years ago. The landlord told me that he has never been able to keep the basement apartment occupied for one full academic year, because of strange noises and apparitions. Do you believe in ghosts?