America in all its Glory

Mabry Mill, Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia

What a gorgeous shot of Mabry Mill in the Blue Ridge Mountains (Virginia). Such a peaceful, serene setting.

Sitting on the edge of the water. Taking a worm and baiting it on the hook of a line that is attached to a long, thin tree branch. Gently "cast" the line into the water. Now to sit quietly, watching the dragonflies skip across the surface of the calm water. Listening to the frogs calling to one another. All the thoughts of your daily life are no longer with you - all you are thinking about at this moment is the beauty of the trees, where they simply meld into the banks of the water.

Who cares if you ever get a nibble on your line. Just to enjoy this moment that you will never live again. That is life!

Every crime committed by an illegal immigrant should never have happened!!!

Read my posting under Illegal Immigrants.

A quote from President Theodore Roosevelt addressed on immigration in 1907:

"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American ... There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag ... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language ... and we have room for but one sole loyalty, and that is a loyalty to the American people."

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Celtic Music

Over the next few weeks, and perhaps months, I will be providing information for anyone who loves Celtic music. I am an avid fan and have found many wonderful artist that, to many, have not yet been discovered.

Some you may recognize, others not. But I highly recommend the artists and hope you will search them out and hear their music.

My interest in Celtic music came about as a result of my work on my family tree.

Growing up, I only knew that I was part German. I never connected with that part of me. Then in 2000, my Mom came for a visit and for some unknown reason, brought me the information that was in the family Bible her parents had.

The genealogy bug bit hard! And as anyone who has worked on their family tree knows, it becomes an obsession.

Through many nights of staying up until the wee hours and drawing my cousin in to help, we managed to get a lot of names we never knew about. But one of our ancestors line going further back escaped us. We kept running into brick walls.

Finally we managed to break through the wall and boy, oh boy, did we ever discover a gold mine. And I do not mean that in the sense that we found ancestors who had money or title. I mean it in the sense that I discovered who I am.

My line goes back to Scotland and then Ireland before immigration to America. At last, I knew who I was. That is truly what I relate to.

So I go to Irish and Scottish Festivals as well as the Renaissance Faires. My granddaughter, whose father is 1/2 Hispanic, loves going with me. This is a side of her she thoroughly enjoys.

Most of the music I recommend is instrumental, however, there are a few vocals I also recommend.

As I add to my list, I hope you check them out and enjoy. Occasionally, I will throw in one that is not at all Celtic, but that is still a favorite of mine.

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