travel Archive

September 13, 2013

To Italy from a changed world

On Monday, we return to the complicated country of Italy, paradoxically so elegant and beautiful while so politically rough and – well – less than beautiful. And yet it continues to charm. Rhythms change from region to region, customs vary – sometimes dramatically. Salted bread? Unsalted bread? Fork and knife for pizza? Hands? A fork […]

September 11, 2013

Star Island – The Isles of Shoals

Just back from the magical Star Island ( http://starisland.org/ )  part of the Isles of Shoals off the coast of New Hampshire. Writer’s in the Round – poets, songwriters – all meeting to cross-pollinate. It was my pleasure to be a facilitator – teaching is too strong a word. The great difference between this experience and previous songwriting […]

November 04, 2011

November 4th in Lucca

Today is the day Italians commemorate the end of WWI. Around the corner, a brass band plays patriotic music, and speeches are being made. It’s raining. The red tile roofs and the golden trees are a dramatic contrast to the grey sky. Very beautiful. The anthemic music, the handsome uniforms, the solemn faces and the […]

October 30, 2011

Coffee, gelato, bad book

We chose a new neighbourhood in which to stay in Rome this time, close to the Pantheon. I was hesitant, knowing that it would be close to a tourist site, packed with people and teeming with the sellers of cheap toys and cheaper umbrellas. But our apartment is six flights up, overlooking a quiet(ish) piazza. […]

October 25, 2011

Where am I?

Sorry for the late post, sorry for the brevity, sorry for the pared down writing. I’m in the Halifax airport on my way to Rome, wondering how the last days of our tour slipped by so quickly. After Virden, we forged on to Pinawa, and then to Manitou. in Pinawa, we stayed in the comfortable, […]

October 20, 2011

Where was I?

I’ve missed updating on a few shows because of time limitations and this almighty cold. This morning, I’m in Virden, Manitoba – Jays Inn, precisely- having a coffee in a styrofoam cup. Sunday took us to Medicine Hat for a show at the Medalta Clayworks Museum. More on that later. For now, let me tell […]

October 16, 2011

Bow River Folk Club

One of those nights. Late start, sinus problems, throat of razor blades…well, we all have nights like that. The air here is so arid that the few bits of laundry i washed out yesterday dried during soundcheck..not kidding. Hung them up at 3:45, they were dry by 5:00. Crazy dry. On the way to Medicine […]

October 15, 2011

Sherwood Park

Thanks to the folks of Festival Place for the welcome they gave us. These Alberta folks are the finest kind. A few East Coasters there, too. Another fine kind. Back to Calgary tonight for the Bow Valley Folk Club show. Should be another beautiful drive. Oh, I watched a great TED talk this morning. Gem […]

October 12, 2011

The West

Off we go. Olds, Edmonton, Bow Valley, Medicine Hat, Forget, Virden, Manitou…back in about ten days. Good news that Raylene’s new CD will be going with us. See ya.

September 23, 2011

back again

Well, sorry for the long absence. Life, as we continue to understand  it. My recent happy experience at the Sherbrooke Songwriter’s Camp was enough to get me through the summer with a sense of satisfaction and joy. Well needed. My fellow “instructors” – facilitators, really – were James Keelaghan, David Francey, Clary Croft and Craig […]

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