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."

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

The Fureys & Davey Arthur

The Fureys & Davey Arthur was one of the most popular Irish folk music groups of the 1980’s & 90’s. The band consisted of the four Furey Brothers, Finbar Furey (uilleann pipes, whistles, vocals), Eddie Furey (guitar, mandolin, vocals), George Furey (guitar, vocals), Paul Furey (accordion) (passed away in 1992)and Davey Arthur (guitar, banjo). They popularized many Irish songs now part of the Irish repertoire: Sweet Sixteen, Red Rose Café, and Green Fields of France, The Old Man, Gallipoli and Steal Away. Finbar Furey composed The Lonesome Boatman for the steel whistle, and as recorded by The Fureys, it is one of the most evocative whistle tunes of all times.

The only CDs I have of the Furey's is The Essential Fureys. I can honestly say that I love each and every one of the tracks. This CD is mostly ballads and Irish love songs instead of their usual pub songs.

This is one of my top recommended CDs.

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