Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Eli got Mel as a kitten in about 1989. She was always self-assured and assertive. She would face down dogs who dared to pass the house. She and Philo were great friends, though. He came to our house as a puppy, and Mel took to him right away.
Mel has a kidney disease and had lost a lot of weight. We put her on a special renal diet. She also can't hear very well, which means that she speaks very loudly when she is looking for us. Being thin she needs to seek out auxiliary heat -- mostly Linda's lap and our bedclothes at night.
Here she is last summer on the lawn:
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Linda and I were in Bristol, Vermont, on New Year's Eve for "Best Night." Linda's music group, Full Circle was playing at the Baptist Church on the green. On the way across the green we saw Antoinette Jacobson playing her Fire Organ.
Antoinette's sister Nora made a film, Nothing Like Dreaming, about some Vermonters that featured the Fire Organ. She showed it at Colby-Sawyer in 2004. This review explains that Antoinette and Michel Moglia built the large organ used for the film and a series of smaller organs like the one we saw on the Bristol Green.
There is an interesting history of musical instruments that use fire, heat, or explosions to vibrate tubes or pipes. Physicist Georges Fredric Eugene Kastner created one in 1875.