The Handkerchief Dance

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 in All Blog Posts, Music

The Handkerchief Dance

We couldn’t possibly take leave of either Dance, Dance, Dance or the Randy Rooster, without showcasing their connection. La Cueca This national dance of Chile represents the courting between the rooster and the chicken, using, what else? a handkerchief as the ultimate flirtation device.  The dance comes from the word clueca, meaning a hen about to lay her eggs.  The dancers wave handkerchiefs above their heads which symbolize feathers, and/or the rooster’s comb. Young dancers from Pepe’s Chile …from www.thisischile.cl   The connection was spot on to our topics this month, but...

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Dance, Dance, Dance

Posted on Jan 16, 2014 in All Blog Posts, Entertainment, Sports

Dance, Dance, Dance

“To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking.” Agnes De Mille Whether a Viennese Waltz, Irish Quadrille, Greek Horos, or Argentine Tango, most countries have a national dance.  When dignitaries visit, the welcome ceremony often includes a dance presentation as a gesture of hospitality.  Dance, along with music, is one of the purest expressions of joy and energy, and one of the easiest to share.  With language barriers removed, one can instantly fuse with the life force which fills the room....

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The Prairie

Posted on Jun 21, 2017 in All Blog Posts, Travel, USA

The Prairie

The Prairie “… a region so quiet and pristine that we have the sense of being the first human beings ever to set foot in it. We fall silent ourselves in its midst, as if conversation in a place of such primeval solitude would be like talking in church.”  Jim Fergus, The Wild Girl We began our cross country junket in Kansas, and as we trek across the prairie, we soon encounter cowboys for this is their terrain, filled with long dusty days and cool starlit nights.       Often filled with songs around the campfire… “Where the leather is scarred, there is a great story to tell.” Jimmy Tart...

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New Orleans

Posted on Mar 13, 2017 in All Blog Posts, Travel

New Orleans

It’s no surprise that a city as diverse in culture, cuisine and citizenry requires multiple monikers to capture is magic. New Orleans is known by turns as “The Big Easy’, The Birthplace of Jazz”, “The Little Paris of the New World”, “Mardi Gras City” and “The City that Care Forgot”. The current favorite sobriquet? – “The Big Easy”. In the early 1900’s New Orleans had a dance hall named The Big Easy, but it wasn’t until 70 years later, when Betty Guillaud, columnist for the Times-Picayune used the term to compare New York (The Big Apple) to New Orleans (The Big Easy) that the name took...

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San Francisco II

Posted on Feb 28, 2017 in All Blog Posts, Travel

San Francisco II

“Leaving San Francisco is like saying goodbye to an old sweetheart. You want to linger as long as possible.” Walter Cronkite And linger we shall…with so many marvels to explore, the city requires an extended visit. In San Francisco I we found handkerchiefs that were virtual tourist guides, amassing dozens of highlights on a single canvas. The colorful compilation below has so much to say it has to start listing locations! Note the Fog is featured in its own special corner. Truly the mercurial mists are part and parcel of the city’s character, as so many visitors have declared. “We’ve never...

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