International Guitar Month

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April is International Guitar Month.  The guitar is an old instrument, having  been around for some 3,300 years ago, although they didn’t quite look like today’s instruments. The word guitar is descended from the Latin word cithara, the modern guitar itself is not believed to have descended from the Roman instrument. There are many theories of where the modern guitar comes from.. One commonly cited theory is…

St Patty’s Day

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This last Saturday was St. Patrick’s Day. It is kind of a big deal in our little city with the festivities lasting all weekend.  Everywhere you look there are folks wearing green from the cute to the absurd.  I saw small children with face paint, a baby dressed liked a leprechaun (which was very cute). There were perfectly normal people…

The Ides of March

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Caesar: Who is it in the press that calls on me? I hear a tongue shriller than all the music Cry “Caesar!” Speak, Caesar is turn’d to hear. Soothsayer: Beware the ides of March. Caesar: What man is that? Brutus: A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March. (Julius Caesar Act 1, scene 2, 15–19)   Ominous warning, one…

National Handwriting Day

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In this day of electronic communication, the art of handwriting has gone by the wayside. Or has it? Nope. It is actually on the rise again. “With the popularity of scrapbooking, cardmaking and other paper crafts, we are seeing more Americans returning to pens and pencils for the warmth and personal touch they lend to any document,” Baker explained. “People enjoy…