Thursday, June 28, 2007
Can your pet say anything? Let me know!
This video is so beautiful it makes me cry. It's like a ballet between the man and the horse. They are truly partners in this dance. They make it look easy but I can tell you that a lot of time, patience and trust goes into this relationship.
This is a wonderful example of what can be accomplished through Natural Horsemanship.
This spring Washington State University hosted Dr. Robert Miller, a leader in the field of Horse Behavior and Natural Horsemanship.
Dr. Miller's visit was a benefit for the PATH program, a part of W.S.U.'s People Pet Partnership. PATH provides recreational horseback riding lessons for adults and children with various kinds of challenges. I am a Certified NARHA instructor for PATH and I find it very fulfilling.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
We also discovered a new way of driving.....the Cretan way! As my tale unfolds please keep in mind that Laure, who learned to drive in Paris where the lines on, and the rules of the road are mere suggestions was as shocked as I at this mode of driving. Suffice it to say that the "Cretan way" is the way of speed, recklessness and a lot of luck!
Here's a typical example. Picture yourself driving along a winding, rural, mountainous road. You are proceeding uphill at about 50 mph, which is a fairly good clip considering the road. Ahead of you are two cars. When the first car in line is about 100 yards from a sharp bend to the left the second car in line decides to pass. I'm not making this up. This was typical. This is the "Cretan way."
I offer the following photo as an example of the types of roads I'm talking about. See the lonely tree? The car that would be passing would be there. The car it would pass would be in the bend to the left just beyond the tree. Crazy, no?
Is it any wonder that we found these roadside shrines everywhere in Crete?
So what does this have to do with driving on the Palouse? Every weekday I drive on a rural highway 15 miles into work. This highway has some turns and hills but nothing like the picture above of the highway in Crete. So I ask you, "Why or why do drivers consistently follow me with a mere two or three car lengths between our vehicles the ENTIRE fifteen miles WITHOUT passing?" As far as I'm concerned if you're driving at 60 mph and you're that close you'd either better adopt the "Cretan way" and pass me or make a pass at me because you're too close!
Suggestion: If you want to get to know me that badly ask me out for lunch or something but I'm begging you, please don't tailgate me for 15 miles. Slow down or move around!
Now, lest hard working law enforcement officers think that I am encouraging drivers on the Palouse, or anywhere for that matter, to drive in a hazardous manner let me say that I am not endorsing the "Cretan way." Please refer above to the pictures of the roadside shrines. Did I mention that they are ubiquitous in Crete? You can see them every few kilometers on just about every road in the country. Obviously, the "Cretan way" is not the best way. On the other hand, neither is driving two or three car lengths behind someone at 60 mph. In my little compact wagon I'll be crushed like an abandoned can of diet soda! Your grill will be permanently fused on the back of my neck; i.e. I don't stand a chance! I admit it, your car is bigger and faster than mine. You win! Just leave me alone.....please....and drive safely. I don't want you to get hurt either.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
More videos of Paul Potts.
Here's a link to a couple of stories about Paul Potts that aired on NPR's "Day to Day" earlier this week.
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Monday, June 4, 2007
On Friday, Northwest Public Radio descended on The Green Frog in Palouse for their Open Mike night to celebrate the birthday of our colleague, Nate Prudhon. Here he is blowing out the candles on his cake with the help of Serena.
This was a particularly great Open Mike. There were a wide variety of singers and instrumentalists and we even had some comedy. Open Mike at the Frog always opens with Tiana. She writes and performs her own songs and is a great personality. She had Sueann Ramella laughing from the very beginning. Here Sueann is throwing out some Open Mike attitude!
Eric is one of my favorites. He has a really nice voice and plays both the guitar and the banjo. He does a version of "Stayin' Alive" that actually gave me a whole new appreciate for disco!
I went up to ask him if he would play "Happy Birthday" when we brought in Nate's cake and he invited me to sing "Fly Me to the Moon" with him. I was so caught off guard that I didn't do a very good job but it was fun anyway and hopefully I'll get another chance in July.
These two men were hysterical! I heard someone say their names but people were laughing so hard that I didn't catch them so will have to ask Tiana. The guy on the right played the guitar while the red-headed guy with the beard played some kind of laptop xylophone and told jokes. There was something about the sound of the xylophone, the guitar and his one or two sentence jokes that went over really well. They need to take this on the road.
Personally, I think that the non-blue humor worked better than some of the bluer and/or more scatalogical references, but I tend to think that blue humor is the easier kind of humor. What he did for most of the time was very clever.
There's some pretty impressive musical talent in those three. Sarah McDaniel you go girl! I heard her singing some nice harmony, Chuck was doing harmony and melody and has a great voice and our very own Laura was the belle of the ball!
Here's Paul, Eric, Terri and Janet doing Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" with the audience joining in.
Janet plays the melodica, flute, recorder and pennywhistle and probably a handful of other instruments as well.
Paul, who is part of Steptoe, seems to play about every instrument known to man. Okay, maybe that's a slight exaggeration but I've seen and heard him play the guitar, violin, mandolin, banjo and harmonica. Well, it was another great Open Mike at The Green Frog. You should really come and check it out for yourself on the first Friday of every months. See you there!