Saturday, April 30, 2016


Traveled uptown last night in the rain for a very special event
The sloop "Clearwater" is undergoing its largest restoration ever, at costs of $5,000 a day.  We are focusing our effort on making sure the boat can sail again this year. The sloop is the foundation of our organization, the vessel that brings people to the Hudson River and an inspiration to all who love her. Our work to protect the Hudson River is our primary mission
Sponsored by the New York Society for Ethical Culture
New York City Friends of Clearwater
(Passing the Hat)


Bev Grant grew up singing and playing in Portland, Oregon, where she began her performing career as a child in a band with her two sisters. After moving to New York City, she devoted herself to topical songwriting and social activism, notably in her band The Human Condition. Bev is featured on the Grammy-nominated Best of Broadside album and is the founder and director of the Brooklyn Women’s Chorus. Her song “We Were There” has become an anthem of women in the labor movement, and many other of her award-winning songs can be found on her numerous recordings.

A collective of artists that celebrate, examine and advocate for life through music and poetry. Our art can take you on a journey from the Boogie Down to Berlin, from the border to the bodega. Our style emphasizes lyricism, rhythm and authenticity. We hail from the Bronx and have been rocking the mic since 2005.
As the daughter of folk legend Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary, Bethany absorbed much of this music through osmosis in her early childhood, but it’s her tour-de-force stage presence, mesmerizing voice and deep knowledge of the material allow her to turn these songs inside out and find their less explored, enchanted underside. Rufus Cappadocia is one of the leading voices on the cello today, making a career of going where few cellists have gone before. He has toured throughout the Americas and Europe with numerous groups and is known for his collaborations with artists from all over the world including Urban Tap, The Paradox Trio, and the Voudou Drums of Haiti. After years of experimentation, Rufus plays a self designed Five String Electric Cello that extends the bass range of the cello and expands the tonal possibilities of the instrument.

(excerpted from her own words) "I am here on earth for 102 and a half years, active for many concerns.  I met Pete Seeger around 1962.  I wrote songs through Pete at meetings that took place at the peace pentagon, formerly the war resisters league on Lafayette Street.  I became a puppeteer through my former employment as a nursery school teacher having worked with hundreds of children.  The decades of puppetry and environmental action have flowed by like the wind."

As one of the last black string bands in the U.S., currently based in the concrete hills of NYC, the Hillbillies keep an important legacy alive with a roots, homegrown style that many forget was a key element in the genesis of all the music we cherish as uniquely American—jazz, blues, bluegrass, rockabilly, rock and roll and country. Bringing a fresh urgency to the genre for a 21st Century world in need of some deep musical education, the ensemble led by Henrique Prince (fiddle, vocals) and Norris Bennett (banjo, mountain dulcimer, guitar, vocals)-- featuring Gloria Thomas Gassaway on vocals and bones, William “Salty Bill” Salter on acoustic bass with A.R. and Newman Taylor Baker on washboard and percussion--creates an untamed and joyful vibe that echoes across the generations and transcends all racial and cultural boundaries.

Abigail and Lily were born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in the Hudson Valley. They sang professionally from an early age, first on their dad Tom Chapin's children's records, later on they sang in benefit and tribute concerts honoring their uncle, the late singer and activist Harry Chapin.  Jumping ahead, On September 14, 2010, Abigail and Lily released their second full-length album "Two" on their own label, Lake Bottom Records.  "The one virtue the Chapin Sisters shares with classic sister acts of old becomes apparent when they sing together: that shiver of spotless, familial unity that makes every syllable woundingly poignant." They are committed eco-activists and brand new mothers too.

Judy Gorman performs in clubs, festivals, universities,
peace & social justice events in over ten countries & forty-nine of these United States. Judy's performed on programs with Ani DiFranco, Indigo Girls, Moby, Richie Havens, Carlos Mejia Godoy, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Pete Seeger, Odetta and Suzanne Vega.
Born and educated in NYC, Judy earned a BA in literature and a Master's degree in art history. Before touring full time as a musician, she taught English in Chinatown, assisted in oral surgery, worked at the Guggenheim Museum and Metropolitan Museum of Art, did construction work, community organizing and produced programs for Pacificas WBAI, 99.5 FM in NYC.

Two singers, songwriters, storytellers, educators, historical interpreters and cultural advocates.  Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a city rich in musical and cultural heritage, Kim and Reggie were exposed to range of composers and musical genres. It was the start of what has evolved into the " Bach to Rock" musical approach, with the strongest elements being Folk, Gospel and Jazz.

"The truth is not the facts, the world is not the maps,
And everyday the concrete cracks and the new grass unfurls
Like an analog girl in a digital world."
Judy Gorman

Bernice Silver 
Judy Gorman

Friday, April 29, 2016


New York City
548 West 28th Street
Joseph Gross Gallery
"The Eagle Hunters"
Photographs by Lyle Owerko
 Lyle Owerko is a filmmaker and photographer whose work has ranged from Sundance Channel to Time to MTV. His photos are collected by business, entertainment and celebrity clients, have been used in several films including Henry Singer's The Falling Man and The Omen (2006 film), as well as books such as Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. His work is also included in the permanent archive of the Library of Congress in Washington DC. Owerko travels extensively around the world each year shooting assignments and personal work. He resides in New York City.

Veridian Artists
"Internal Politics: Great Expectations"
Photographic & Mixed Media Invitational group show
curated by Vernita Nemec from April 26th – May 14th, 2016

("The New York Stock Exchange" by Jackie Lima) 
"Recently, Holland Cotter addressed the issue of art and politics in his New York Times essay 3.19.'16 -Making Museums Moral Again- wherein he reminds us of the power of art to address political issues"

("Secrets of Dark Matter" by Jenny Brown  "The Melancholy of Dragons" by Bob Tomlinson, "terra Cotta House" part by Norma Greenwood, "Don't Push" by Robert Cendedella)
"It’s art – what does it mean to you?"

("Boy and Rock" by Alex Woodhouse, "Mickey Mao" by  David Yendes)
 These artists have expressed their concerns about the environment, the presidency and numerous other matters that affect our world today.

("Mom" by Alan Gaynor, "Rump $5" by Ed herman,
"The Dealmaker" by Susan Sills, "Hail Hail" by May DeViney)


Wednesday, April 27, 2016


A day asleep

A mourning dove
her mournful morning call

Triumphant crow
you stole your breakfast

All the day awaiting
the promise of needed rain

Last rays of lovely light
slip toward the night

Oh, grave precepts
along the dharma way


Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Avocados and Half Shell
When they're ripe I'll have them with Artichoke antipasto
Another kind of food
From the brilliant Terry Pratchett who said:
"The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will
insist on coming along and trying to put things in it."
Not precisely Apple Crumbles
More like apple candy goop, but delicious with yogurt
The cook cleans up of course
Yesterday I ate baked chicken on a bed of arugula for breakfast at 5AM, my breakfast lemon yogurt for lunch at 2PM, and had a big serving of apple what-ever-it-is desert for supper at 10PM.



Sunday, April 24, 2016


Saturday opened with rain that was transformed by afternoon sunlight, and passed so quickly it seemed as though time had accelerated.  Waking from a nap, I wondered briefly where I was.  Some dreams take on dimensional reality that's very convincing.
I stole some more violets for the vinegar while the seven o'clock mass was in session.
Even though it was me who carted those violets there in the first place, and me who spread them from place to place over the decades, I still felt like a thief.  Onward then, down to the East river Styvesant Cove park at dusk to a reflected sunset with a 'bird' cloud.
Some Plant Profiles:
Names temporarily forgotten
 Got much too close
 Having focus problems
"Hmmmm" I thought
Waking reality is simply another kind of dream
One perfect Cherry Tree
May I dream as a bee dreams tonight.
Summertime dreams:


Friday, April 22, 2016


Make Earth Day Violet Vinegar
"Fill any-size jar with violet flowers and leaves almost to the top, as firm as a fairy bed I was told. Fill again with apple cider vinegar. Cover with a piece of wax paper or plastic wrap and cap with a lid and ring. (The vinegar will corrode the metal on the lid.) Let steep in a cool dark place for 2-6 weeks, strain, and store in the cupboard. At this point it has been transformed into a medicinal violet vinegar rich in vitamins and minerals. I try to make my food my medicine so I either add a tablespoon to a glass of water or use it in recipes."  I gathered just a little late Thursday, but

will return for more tomorrow and include leaves
Life is Bitter and Sweet
Original Recipe

Thursday, April 21, 2016


 Offering Bowl
On the altar at the Zendo
 Sights Seen Last Night
While walking slowly from 6th Avenue along 20th Street to Third Avenue
 It Used to be a Church
Then the Limelight Club, and now split into three parts:
it's a Gym, a pizza  place and an indoor-outdoor restaurant.
Spring Fashion Display
Changes Every Day
Cherry Blossoms
The Almost Full Moon
"The Freedom to Choose Something Different"