Friday, June 15, 2007

Celtic Woman, a sweet and wonderful musical experience

Thanks to WHRO, we recently enjoyed our first concert at the NTELOS Pavilion in Olde Towne Portsmouth VA.

Celtic Woman features four Irish female vocalists and a very exciting fiddle player. The four women vocalists are Chloe, Lisa, Méav and Orla and the fiddle player is Mairead. Each of the girls is an accomplished soloist as well as a fantastic member of the ensemble.

Celtic Woman have made a powerful impact on U.S. audiences since their March 2005 debut. Among their most noteworthy achievements: their first PBS special aired over 3400 times on 316 PBS stations nationwide since its March 2005 debut.

Enjoy a clip from our favorite number “Orinoco Flow”
(and you can get it on iTunes):

P.S. Local knowledge is a great thing! Next time (to avoid the I 264 Downtown Tunnel), we'll take the ferry from Norfolk's Waterside to Olde Towne Portsmouth and take the short walk to the Pavilion, a great venue!

Sunday, June 03, 2007

The Thomas Jefferson Hour

(L to R) Clay Jenkinson as Thomas Jefferson, Clay Jenkinson as himself

Bert and I attended an appearance by Clay Jenkinson, noted humanities scholar, in his Thomas Jefferson persona. Clay is the voice behind The Thomas Jefferson Hour which can be heard on 89.5 WHRV Norfolk, VA Tuesdays at 1:00 PM or via podcast, my favorite way!

Clay appeared at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts on Saturday, June 2nd at a benefit for the Center for Hope and New Beginnings & Western Tidewater Free Clinic.

I was so moved by the performance and "Jefferson's" view of the decline of American ideals, i.e. celebrity worship, that I am canceling my subscription to US magazine (no link on purpose, so as not to promote the cheesy rag) and plan to encourage others to do the same. Bravo!!


If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don't.
If you like to win, but you think you can't
It's almost certain you won't.

If you think you'll lose, you're lost
For out of this world we find;
Success begins with a person's will.
It's all in the state of mind.

If you think you are outclassed, you are.
You've got to think high to rise,
You've got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.

Life's battles don't always go
To the stronger or faster person,
But sooner or later the person who wins
Is the person who believes they can.

Excerpted from Lay Your Cards on the Table: 52 Ways to Stack Your Personal Deck by Rosanne D'Ausilio, PhD, Purdue University Press, with permission, available at