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Jan Jam

Ever since I started contra dancing (June of last year), I’ve been hearing about the Jan Jam dance weekend in Urbana. Everyone around here anticipates it each year, and especially this year, since the Mean Lids as well as the Ripples would be playing. The nice thing about this dance weekend for me is that it’s a 15 minute drive or less from where my parents live! (more…)

Gypsy Moon Ball

I went to my first contra dance weekend recently! The Gypsy Moon Ball is held every year in Indianapolis, and I was asked to drive one of the two callers for the weekend down with me Friday night. This was my first time taking my car on a road trip with a passenger, so I carefully lined up a playlist of music devoid of sea shanties or Child ballads. (more…)

Sea Shanties in SF

500+ photos from a folk festival over Labor Day weekend has really been slowing me down! Since I really didn’t take too many photos on my trip to San Francisco, I’ll just skip ahead to that and come back when I’ve finally culled and processed all the photos from the Fox Valley Folk Fest. (more…)

Contra and Chanteys

I’ve been having a good time learning to contra dance so far this summer. I’m finding it quite similar to square dancing, thankfully, which has made picking it up pretty simple, but the significantly-lower average age is keeping me on my toes all the same. I suspect there is a lot I could stand to learn about dancing more gracefully – (more…)

Sea shanties on the plains

Sometimes I feel like my life just refuses to be stable for long. It’s about time I posted a life update on here, since things have been a-changing again. As you may have gathered, I’ve moved back to my hometown for the moment, and have been spending my time taking care of my little canine sister and doing yardwork before the midwestern (more…)

Being UUy

I’ve been getting an opportunity to do a lot of spiritual learning lately. My family gave me a couple of books of Unitarian Universalist meditations and a copy of the hymnal, which has beautiful readings in the back from all sorts of traditions and prophetic sources. I also got a chance to sing a duo of “The Fire of Commitment” at the church here which is available in video form, though I make (more…)

Violin Photos 2

In my quest to get better at portraits with artificial lighting, I decided, at the urging of my photo group co-conspirators, to re-shoot the photos of Tyler with his violin, but with a few changes. Their main complaints had been that the background needed something going on, and that I needed to focus more on the relationship between him and his violin. It seemed that I was close enough on the (more…)

Violin Photos

Since borrowing more sturdy lighting equipment from Steve of the Saturday photo group, I got a chance to take more portraits. Unfortunately, the concept I had wanted to photograph really didn’t work out – in fact, I’m not even going to share a single attempt in that direction. But photographing Tyler with his violin was pretty fun all the same, and I think some of the photos came out well, even if they weren’t conforming to the intention of the shoot. (more…)