2.5 days’ singing: The red book and a woven riddle

This past weekend the 18th Annual Rocky Mountain Sacred Harp Convention took place at the Wild Sage Common House (Wild Sage Cohousing) in Boulder, Colorado. Sacred harp singing, also known as shape note or fasola, is a 200-year-old form of a cappella four-part harmony. If you saw the movie Cold Mountain, you heard two shape-note … Read more

Where are the editors?

Because I was out of town over the weekend, I’ve been catching up on the newspapers as I read the ones that continue to arrive in the gutter, occasionally making their way as far as the edge of the driveway. I wonder why I continue to subscribe to our major local paper. This paper is … Read more

Essay: On moving into the hollow square

by Deborah Robson * Silence fills the room first. This ordinary space occupies the second floor of an old building adjacent to a public outdoor swimming pool, which is drained and covered in blue tarps because this is November. Early on a quiet Saturday morning, a swish-slide of footsteps comes up the building’s stairs, directly … Read more

Quick update: general busy-ness

Activities are coming along swiftly here, although nothing momentous is happening (that’s okay). The second batch of advance reading copies (ARCs) of Ethnic Knitting Discovery arrived from the printer late Wednesday afternoon, and by 7:45 a.m. on Thursday all copies had been assigned to their next destinations and packed for shipping, and were by the … Read more

A day off, part 3 of 3

This is the final post about my bike ride last Saturday. The first gave an overview; the second provided some of the landscape contrasts that struck me. Life along the trail, and what you can notice and participate in, is very different from the experience of driving from one side of the city to the … Read more

A day off, part 2 of 3

This is the second of three posts about my bike ride last Saturday. I’ve got a sampling of images here that show the contrasts in the landscape I passed through; the third post will talk about a few of the critters I saw. On the way out, I simply enjoyed the ride. On the way … Read more