Monday, May 25, 2015

Geography Div (What's in a name subsection)

Here in the Black Hills, there's lots of history - much of it concerned with their takeover by the white man even though guaranteed to the Native Americans by the Treaty of Fort Laramie in 1868.
Harney Peak is the highest point in South Dakota and the highest point in the US between the Rocky Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. It's named for General William S. Harney of the US Army.

The Peak's name has lately been the source of controversy due to the General's leading a battle against the Lakota in Nebraska at the beginning of the Indian Wars where he earned the nickname "Woman Killer."

There has been a push to change the name (Black Elk Peak being one of the more mentioned choices) to something less offensive to Native Americans.
Last week, the South Dakota Board of Geographic Names recommended the name be changed to Hinhan Kaga - the original Lakota name for the feature which translates  to "Making of Owls" in English.

I'm sure there will be many on both sides of the debate that won't be happy (though apparently, no one has asked the owls).

Saturday, May 23, 2015

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

All-girl bluegrass bands aren't that rare any longer, but they're still not common. Here's one with two banjos doing the old Bill Monroe classic Road to Columbus.

The Augusta Bluegrass Women: Murphy Henry and Casey Henry - Banjos, Laurie Lewis - fiddle, Sharon Gilchrist - Mandolin, Kathy Kallick - Guitar and Mary Burdette - Bass.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Geography Div (National Parks subsection)

A couple of weeks ago my sweetie and I took a road trip and Arches NP near Moab, UT was one of the stops. I haven't been to Arches since late 1981 and on my two previous hikes into Delicate Arch, I've seen maybe a total of six people (and in 1979 I was, eerily, alone).

The hike is a mile and a half and the result is spectacular.

I was amazed at the crowds of people (and wondered if some would make it up). One person told me that the day before (a Sunday) the line on the trail reminded him of photos of the miners trekking up Klondike Pass during the Yukon Gold Rush.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band doing Herb Pedersen's  Old Train. (One of my favorites)

The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band: John Jorgenson - Mandolin, Herb Pedersen - Banjo,  Jon
Randall - Guitar and Mark Fain - Bass

Saturday, May 9, 2015

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

A band known mostly for it's gospel numbers.ere's Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver doing Ashland Breakdown.
Doyle introduces everyone, but the names are in the usual place (and I've never gotten comfortable with drums in a string band - on well).

Doyle Lawson - Mandolin, Jason Barl -  fiddle; Jessie Baker -  banjo; Corey Hensley - bass; Mike Rogers -  guitar; Josh Swift - dobro; and Carl White - drums.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Canine subsection)

The Spiney Brothers from Nova Scotia doing I Want My Dog Back.

The Spinney Brothers:Allan Spinney Guitar and lead vocal, Rick Spinney - Banjo, Gary
 Dalrymple - Mandolin and Terry Poirier - Bass.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Geography Div (Drifting along subsection)

A wonderful reconstruction of the breakup of Pangea. The heads of the 6000 year-old earth brigade are probably starting to explode.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Arizona subsection)

Every year since 1971 in Payson (where my Mom lives) they hold this competition.
Visited her this week and thought this might be appropriate.
Flop-Eared Mule -- John Kennedy (the fiddler) introduces it as a Rex Allen tune. Its origin is unknown but it's sometimes called The Donkey Reel.