April 13, 2013

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4 Variations on What Spring Looks Like in Barboursville, West Virginia

This is all I got. A big ole magnolia tree in a full-throated shout of Spring blossoming, a mile from my house in the village of Barboursville, W.Va. Four viewing variations, from real to less-real.

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April 9, 2013

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Diary | Of Spaceships and the Hills

We moved onward, into the hills. There are very many hills in West Virginia and within their folds are secrets. And horses. And horsedogs.

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April 8, 2013

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A short and noisy visit to Blumie Mountain

In the first episode of the new OutAbout in WestVirginiaVille series, we visit Blumie Mountain in Southern WestVirginiavVille for exactly one minute and 23 seconds.

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March 25, 2013

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New York City Scenario 6: The Sound in the Subway

What is that sound? Descending into the Grand Street subway station in Chinatown in New York one cold day in March 2013, we hear a flute and something else. What is it?

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March 23, 2013

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New York City Scenarios: 1 to 5

Just returned from a family trip to New York, a city with which I have a little history. We created some more. Here’s the first part of a mixed-media accounting of some past and present New York states of mind.

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March 19, 2013

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The View from the Philadelphia Streets

When I cannot figure out my life, or don’t wish to try, I turn to pictures. This is soothing, as if capturing a single resonant moment in the frozen amber of a photograph will somehow explain life to itself.

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March 14, 2013

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Cabaret ‘One Song Series': “Wild and Wonderful” by Christopher Harris

Christopher Harris of the West Virginia-based band Qiet, kicks off Third Eye Cabaret’s One Song Series with a song about West Virginia he hopes will vie for anthem status: “Wild and Wonderful.”

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March 1, 2013

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Fresh Scenes Direct from the Cabaret Cam

Last night’s Third Eye Cabaret at The Cellar in downtown Charleston, W.Va., was filled with excellent players at the top end of their game. Here’s a video sampler of some their past performances, straight from the Cabaret Cam.

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February 26, 2013

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Saying goodbye to W.Va. native Lou Myers

Actor, musician and West Virginia native Lou Myers died Feb. 19 at the age of 76 . A 2011 Gazette profile captures some of the wide range of a man who was much more than just Vernon Gaines on “A Different World.”

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February 20, 2013

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The Busy Machines That Click and Hum

It is hazardous to write poetry when you are tired, horny, disgruntled, lonely, in need of a lover’s ministrations or even just a session of kisses. This may be, of course, the only time, even the best, to write poetry.

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February 19, 2013

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His Fourth Death (Accompanied by a Little Blue Guitar)

It was his fourth fourth death. Not that he was counting. But he thought about it later. ‘Keep yourself in the room,’ some oracle of wise practice — was it the Zen Hospice Project? — had said. How did you do that?

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January 26, 2013

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Pictures from a Life In and Out of the Hills

I get tired of words. When my head gets weary of trying to make sense with them, I turn to pictures. Photographs activate a different neighborhood in the cerebral cortex.

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January 26, 2013

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“Asteroid M” by electronic music composer David Synn

Attention, cabaret appreciators, electronic music fans and spacey music video devotees. Here’s a music video that accompanied a cool electronic composition by David Synn, titled “Asteroid M,” from last Thursday’s Third Eye Cabaret.

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January 23, 2013

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A Glimpse and a Snapshot or Two Dropping in on Third Eye Cabaret

“Third Eye Cabaret” recommences at The Cellar this Thursday as the weekly multimedia cabaret showcases our first visiting electronic music artist.

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January 19, 2013

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Second thoughts on a second term

So, I am headed to D.C. tomorrow to witness for the second time the swearing in of a man I am still very glad is our president. A slideshow of his first inauguration on the occasion of Obama’s second.

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January 5, 2013

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Fragments Before Bed (on a Day I Never Left the House)

Fragments stop me in my tracks — Charles Wright, Taiga’s Zen, T.S Elliot. Wait, one more check, there is the number (2) atop my Facebook page. One more fragment of attention before bed.

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January 4, 2013

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10 Quick Reactions to the Birth of ‘Buckwild’

There’s a lot of mud in ‘Buckwild” and more to come, judging from the show’s debut. There IS a lot of mud in West Virginia, I will grant you that. Ten immediate reactions to a live-action cartoon.

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January 1, 2013

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The Last Man in the Woods

I think if I did not have the woods to get off to I might be a madman. I know that sounds an exaggeration. But there comes a time when nothing else will do and if nothing else would do, could I do without?

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December 30, 2012

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Stories of 2012: Thomas Merton and the Tracks of the Spirit

In the first part of a series of reprinted articles from 2012, a profile of Trappist monk Thomas Merton, on the occasion of the founding of a Merton study group in Charleston, West Virginia.

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