Nashville Solar Eclipse 2017

•May 12, 2017 • 5 Comments


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On August 21, 2017 America will observe the journey of a solar eclipse from coast to coast.  As it happens, Nashville, TN is in the path of the TOTAL eclipse…the largest metropolitan area in the country that will experience this celestial anomaly.

This  has not happened  in Nashville since 1478

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I have designed a t-shirt to commemorate the occasion. It pays tribute to the eclipse, the Nashville skyline and also to the classic Hank Williams song “I Saw the Light”.  (On the back it shows the GPS coordinates for Nashville along with the exact time of occurrence in CDT, Nashville time…and also in GMT.)

BTW, these are being screen printed right here in Nashville by Socrateez…

…it’s a Nashville ‘thang’.

I also opened an ecommerce store for this particular shirt and now will  beg make a shameless appeal to all who see this to share it with as many people as you possibly can…

…and to order as many T-shirts as you possibly can!


Available at

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…in America, anyway.  (Readers from elsewhere who would like a one-of-a-kind souvenir of Nashville might have to pitch in a bit for the boat ride …shipping…contact me here or on Toasted Ice)


A total Solar eclipse passing over Nashville will not happen again until 2566.

I expect to be sold out by the next one!!!


Get your t-shirt now!  


Click on any of the pictures or the site name to get to Toasted Ice

Available in S,M,L,XL, only in Total Eclipse Black.


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…all in a day’s work

•December 9, 2016 • Leave a Comment



In Indianapolis for a few days, and events.  The first was the unveiling of the sculptured likeness of 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner Alex Rossi on the Borg/Warner trophy.  I have already posted a few shots from the May 2016 race  here.

The next day, the winning car from the 100th running of the 500 was presented to the Indy Motor Speedway Museum, where it will be placed alongside the winner of the 100th Anniversary of the 500…which also happens to be a Curb owned car.


I’m afraid I may be getting a bit spoiled having had the opportunity to be on Victory Lane twice in 5 years.


And change things up a bit.  This is the incredible bread pudding at a place called Bluebeard that I found in Indy…new favorite…!!!


Across the Great Divide…el Dia de los Muertos

•October 31, 2016 • 4 Comments




It’s Halloween, and that is followed by All Saint’s Day or, el Dia de los Muertos.

On a beautiful Autumn Saturday Cheekwood hosted an extremely fun and colorful celebratory event. (I have mentioned Cheekwood before..)





I won’t give a full history…the research itself was fun and eye-opening…but, the idea that Death is something to laugh about and make fun of seems to be a concept that would be sensible to assimilate.  I mean, you can’t do anything about the inevitable, right?…why not eat, drink, sing, dance, wear make-up and costumes, present prayers and  offerings, and celebrate.

“Death, O Death, where is thy sting?”



The 1800’s artist Jose Guadalupe Posada is credited with picturing  skeletons…las calacas…in ordinary, everyday scenes, such as riding bicycles. This whimsical view of Death is widely displayed on el Dia de los Muertos.





Nashville artist/photographer/cinematographer Julia Gauthier-Burciaga has taken that theme and given it a Nashville touch.




…from calacas on the Opry stage to Printer’s Alley, downtown (including the everpresent bachelerette  parties), to the annual East Nashville Tomato Festival.






Another artist, Jaiya Rose Wendell, was not only providing face paint…







but showed a unique way to recycle Barbie dolls….





Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,
It seems to me most strange that men should fear;
Seeing that death, a necessary end,
Will come when it will come.  (Shakespeare)

Enough words…. Eat, Drink and be Merry, for Tomorrow….

Well….You know….!!!

























Time to Vote!!

•October 30, 2016 • Leave a Comment

It’s election season here in America, so now you have an opportunity to choose.

Here are your choices…..



(Sugar skulls decorated by a ‘foursome’ at el Dia de los Muertos at Cheekwood in Nashville.)  BTW…Your choice will in no way impact your future, your childrens’ future, the economy or World Peace….well, maybe Peace….

Exercise your civic duty….

More to come on el Dia de los Muertos….


•August 10, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Gwendolyn Brown

Gwendolyn Brown

Just so you’ll know that Alaska is not the only thing I’ve seen this year, these are from a Fisk Jubilee Singers concert commemorating the 150th Anniversary of Fisk University.


CeCe Winans

CeCe Winans

The Fisk Jubilee Singers have been traveling the country and performing around America, and the world, since 1871 when they cleaned the meager coffers at Fisk and went on their first fund-raising tour.  They started out performing ballads and patriotic pieces, to mixed reviews and attention, and at a particular point in that 1871 tour, according to legend, they broke into various ‘slave’ songs that most of their audiences had never heard.

Gordon Kennedy

Gordon Kennedy  (writer of “Change The World” by Eric Clapton)


Ruby Amanfu

Ruby Amamfu- (     with Jack White)


Sam Moore

Sam Moore (Sam and Dave)


Jimmy Hall

Jimmy Hall

The Jubilee Singers were the first international music stars to come out of Nashville (They were first recorded in 1909)   and while touring Europe, Queen Victoria was so moved by their performance that she stated that they must be from the Music City of the United States.   Both the name and the group have stuck around!


Keb Mo

Keb Mo


It’s likely that this performance will be released to the public in the Fall of 2016.  If nothing else, Gwendolyn Brown’s version of  “Lord, How Come Me Here” is priceless!!!!  (Be prepared for goosebumps)


Oh…please pardon all the extraneous microphones, etc.  The stage was set up for sound recording as opposed to ‘sight’ recording….oh, well….


•July 25, 2016 • 2 Comments




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Victoria’s Sea-crest

•July 19, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Victoria B.C. was the last stop on our cruise….

A brief glimpse…  Approach_DSC1518-Recovered

The House of Parliament: (Our Pedi-cab driver stated that there was one light for every jewel in Queen Victoria’s crown…haven’t confirmed that there were 3333 jewels in the crown, but it’s s good story…)


Fisherman’s Wharf (floating neighborhood)




In about the middle of this shot, on the left you can see a bit of a pontoon boat (what we call a ‘party boat’ here in the South) that the resident has attached to their house as a porch.


The waterway just past the houses is Victoria’s seaplane runway.


Overlooking Fisherman’s wharf






The oldest ‘Chinatown’ in Canada—    est. during the Gold Rush