When All God’s Children Get Together

In case you live under a rock and have no idea, February is African American History Month. It became an official celebration in 1976, but started as an awareness week in 1926. The purpose of the celebration is to honor African American history and achievement. Pretty straight forward, right? Well many of these types of … Continue reading When All God’s Children Get Together

Number 18 in ‘18

This blog is my eighteenth.  It’s also my last one for Shelf Life in the Mountains. (Long story short: moving out of state) I did my first one almost exactly 2 years ago, so I’ve done about nine a year since then. Rather than tout some favorite books or videos or music, as I’m wont … Continue reading Number 18 in ‘18

More movies worth re-watching

  As the holidays loom in front of us, many of us might find ourselves with some spare time and looking to watch some movies at home (instead of going to see The Last Jedi). I’d like to suggest some movies to consider for your copious spare time, beginning with a seasonal/perennial special, Rudolph the … Continue reading More movies worth re-watching

‘Tis the season for many celebrations!

December. It's such a full month! There's Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year's Eve. And all of Advent,  St. Nicholas Day, St. Lucia Day, Las Posadas, Pancha Ganapati, Yule, Boxing Day, Hogmanay, and even Hogswatch and Festivus! I cannot tell a lie. I'm a sucker for holidays. I love all the customs, ceremonies, symbols, decorations, … Continue reading ‘Tis the season for many celebrations!

Summer Music Memories

If you have ever been a listener to popular music, you’ve probably had the experience of “summer” music – when a song or an album becomes identified with the summer season. It might be even be a particular summer – the summer just after high school graduation, or the summer you got your first full-time … Continue reading Summer Music Memories

Music & Movement Make Merry

Using music and movement with young children is just plain fun!  Have you ever thought to yourself what you would do with all the energy children seem to possess?  Perhaps you have even said, “Boy, I wish I could bottle all that energy?”  I know I have!  Using music and movement can have educational benefits … Continue reading Music & Movement Make Merry

Read It Again, Sam: 15 Music Biographies

I really fell in love with music at the same time that many of us do, as a teenager. I'd heard plenty of music in our house before then, from Big Band to the Beatles to Kiss to The Statler Brothers, but it took a bit for music to really grab hold of me, and … Continue reading Read It Again, Sam: 15 Music Biographies

Hit Me With Your Pet Shark

By Loretta Most of us remember these immortal words from Pat Benatar – maybe not exactly like this.  But who can tell?  Maybe this is really what she said, instead of the alleged “Hit Me With Your Best Shot.” Are you like me, loving music, but sometimes a little perplexed at what they just sang?  … Continue reading Hit Me With Your Pet Shark

Best Place in Town!

By John Where’s the best place to catch a "FREE" movie, or to enjoy a "FREE" concert? How about the best place to whet your appetite for a little action on the internet,  or quench your thirst by reading another wild, exotic, action packed adventure! How about a place to do that last minute studying … Continue reading Best Place in Town!

Appalachian spring

  By MaryAnn Wildflowers have always been some of my favorite plants. I'm particularly fond of trillium and lady slipper,  maybe because they're not only native, but at the same time, exotic. My mother was my first teacher when it came to wild plants and gardening. We dug up pipsissewa and other common native plants which grew … Continue reading Appalachian spring