Archive for October, 2012

All Is Well in Wilmington, Delaware!

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

We had our TV on all day yesterday so we could follow the path of the storm. We had done everything we could, cialis sale so all we could do as wait it out. The hurricane was heading straight towards Delaware. As the day wore on we noticed there was a very thin patch of Delaware that would be spared. That was us! We dodged a bullet.

My heart breaks as I see the devastation. So sad, drugstore it’s beyond sad. I pray for those that have lost so much. Thank God for FEMA, sovaldi sale and all those brave men and woman that are doing everything they can to help those that so much in need. It’s unbelievable what has happened in New York and New Jersey! Snow in West Virginia!

If any of you have a story or something to tell, please do. I know I have many customers in states that have been affected, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Please email me or leave a comment.

I feel so blessed this morning.


Waiting for Hurricane Sandy

Monday, October 29th, 2012

I live in Delaware, pharmacy and have a little condo in Rehoboth Beach, capsule Delaware. I am worried about hurricane Sandy as it heads our way. It is already doing its damage at the beach, which is so sad to see. We went down for a couple of days 2 weeks ago. The beach grasses were so beautiful. Everything looked so lovely. I hate to see what it will look like when this storm is over. It’s looks like all of our beaches on the East coast will suffer significant damage.

Our house is surrounded by very tall trees. We will be sleeping downstairs tonight. You can not see it in this photo we have lots of tall trees. There is a very large pine tree in front of our house, you can’t see it in the photo. Pine trees have shallow roots, so we are concerned that the wind could bring it down. If it falls, it will fall onto our house. We have several old hemlocks in the back that we are concerned about too, not to mention a huge tree in the back of the property that is extremely vulnerable.We will probably be without power by tomorrow morning, and I pray if we are that it won’t be for too long. It’s really scary, not knowing what to expect. I have never experienced a hurricane. I can not imagine what winds 95 mph must be like. It has been raining for the last couple of days, and now the wind is picking up. The ground is already saturated and we are expecting 10 inches of rain starting late this evening. I am thankful that I live in an all brick house, but this is all a bit unsettling.

Praying for everyone in the path of this storm.


The Story of the American Banjo

Monday, October 8th, 2012

When I first got my Fall issue of The Simple Life magazine I read an article about early banjos. I just like the look of them, help and thought how neat they would look sitting in the corner of a primitive room. Then a couple of weeks ago, while antiquing in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, I found one. I bought it from a dealer that I have been buying from for many years. He always has interesting things, and is very knowledgeable. I loved the look of it, and the decorative fluted tin piece covering where the strings are attached. I turned it over for a closer look, and smiled when I saw some writing in pencil, apparently done by children, Ethyl and Elmer Kulp, Joe, Home Sweet, and Elmer loves ?, not sure. I am told that the small size of this banjo is a rare fine. I am offering it for sale on my website. Here’s a little history of the banjo–

Banjo playing has historical roots that go back 150 years, late 19th century to early 20th. The original banjos were documented in the Caribbean as early as 1689. The first mention of the banjo in the American colonies was in 1734. It was called a banjer in a Maryland newspaper.

When Africans and Europeans came together in North America, they had enough similarity in their ideas about music for a new musical synthesis to occur despite the dramatically unequal status of black and white populations. In large part, the history of American music, from minstrelsy to jazz, rock ‘n’ roll to rap music, is the story of this continuing convergence of musical sensibilities.

The mid-19th-century minstrel banjo is one of the first manifestations of the meeting of these musical worlds. Along with the fiddle, the banjo was the most popular instrument in African-American music in the United States through the 18th and into the 19th century. In the early 1800s, white musicians began to take up the banjo in imitation of southern African-American players. By the mid-1800s, white professional stage performers had popularized the banjo all across the United States and in England and had begun their own banjo traditions as they popularized new songs. Because these musicians usually performed with blackened faces, they came to be known asĀ blackface minstrels.

Because the minstrel stage depicted slaves and southern life in inaccurate and degrading ways, there are many negative aspects to the legacy of blackface minstrelsy. Nevertheless, as part of America’s first nationally popular music, minstrelsy served to popularize the banjo and make it an instrument shared by both white and black populations. With this popularity came the publication of the first instruction manuals for the instrument and the first factory-made banjos in the 1840s. Soon after, five strings became the accepted norm for banjos, and five-string banjos are the norm today.