A Call to Help the Homeless is answered by local musicians in County Clare

April 21, 2022: After a leisurely satisfying breakfast at the Old Ground Hotel in Ennis, we headed to Doolin to catch the ferry to see the Cliffs of Moher (see https://kindredspirits.community/2022/04/21/day-three-on-the-wild-atlantic-way/) After being tossed about by sea waves of the North Atlantic ocean crashing into the cliffs (having a delightful time), we rested a bitContinue reading “A Call to Help the Homeless is answered by local musicians in County Clare”

Women in Jazz

We were privileged to attend an event at the Palladium last night that featured world class musicians. All were women with the exception of special guest Michael Ross on bass. Other special guests included jazz legend Rose Bilal, who wowed us with her performance of All of Me and Satin Doll. Rose’s long career includesContinue reading “Women in Jazz”

Enjoying the Richness of Black History

February has been set aside as the specific month (Black History Month) to pay tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve citizenship and equality in the USA. February is a time to turn the spotlight on the contributions, triumphs, and sacrifices of African Americans. It is a time toContinue reading “Enjoying the Richness of Black History”

Tampa Bay Collard Greens Festival

The necessity of cooking collard greens on a Saturday night was precipitated by a visit to the Tampa Bay Collard Green Festival. We saw people walking with large green bags and found our way to the Publix stand with stacks of boxes of super fresh greens. We were surprised to be gifted with two largeContinue reading “Tampa Bay Collard Greens Festival”

Friday night at the Blue Rooster

We had a front row seat to hear Ariella at the Blue Rooster and I mean right up front next to the extra mics and equipment cases. We could almost reach out and touch the fabulous Ariella McManus, who was so kind to sing my favorite song, McGinn, in honor of my favorite Irish lassContinue reading “Friday night at the Blue Rooster”

Sunday pleasures and treasures

Fortified with Dave’s raisin bread French toast, vegan sausage, fresh Florida strawberries and an orange juice banana protein shake, we headed south to Sarasota for a lazy afternoon at Cafe in the Park. We made the same trek this time last year to listen to one of our favorite local bands, Passerine. It’s the firstContinue reading “Sunday pleasures and treasures”

Half Moon over Leafy Green

Today was sparkling clear with the crisp chill of a Northeast autumn, our version of a winter day. We set out for downtown St. Petersburg with high hopes for a parking space and outdoor seating on the sidewalk in front of our favorite raw food restaurant, Leafy Greens. And the Gods were smiling upon us.Continue reading “Half Moon over Leafy Green”

Our favorite band

This is my all time favorite musical group. They were called Ari and the Alibis, but they are now going by Ariella, whether it’s the full band or just Ari and her husband guitarist Nicholas Kraster. Ariella McManus leads the band with vocals, many her original songs. The following story of love and redemption isContinue reading “Our favorite band”

A lazy Sunday afternoon in Paris

We just discovered a fun streaming channel with live hosts. The ones we’ve seen so far have been walking tours of interesting parts of Paris, a walk down the Seine toward the Eiffel tower and a walk around the Isle de Louis in the Seine. It was evening in Paris and a light snow wasContinue reading “A lazy Sunday afternoon in Paris”