The Blue and The Gray on Memorial Day 2018

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The Blue And The Gray

(abridged)
by Francis Miles Finch (1827-1907)

By the flow of the inland river,
Whence the fleets of iron have fled,
Where the blades of the grave-grass quiver,
Asleep are the ranks of the dead:
Under the sod and the dew,
Waiting the judgment-day;
Under the one, the Blue,
Under the other, the Gray….

….No more shall the war cry sever,
Or the winding rivers be red;
They banish our anger forever
When they laurel the graves of our dead!
Under the sod and the dew,
Waiting the judgment-day,
Love and tears for the Blue,
Tears and love for the Gray.

National Napping Day (2018.03.12)

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Please join us for the sleep-centered blues show on Walkiing The Blues Away, Saturday, the 10th at 5:oo pm on KRNN Juneau fm 102.7.  ( radio link:  http://www.krnn.org  )

National Napping Day is snoozed on the day after the return of daylight saving time to give folks the chance to catch up on the hour of sleep that they lost out on when clocks changed to the spring time.

A Boston University professor, William Anthony, has been credited with the origin of the event in 1999, primarily to emphasize on the import of sleep. Anthony is  reported to have said, “We chose this particular Monday because Americans are more ‘nap-ready’ than usual after losing an hour of sleep to daylight saving time.”

Year of the Dog (2018.02.17)

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YEAR OF THE DOG ON WTBA, 2/17:  The Chinese zodiac calendar brought us to the “Year of the Dog” this weekend.  You are invited to join Gavin, Wyatt, and John for a blues show in honor thereof on Walking The Blues Away, KRNN radio, 2/17 at 5 pm. ( radio link:  http://www.krnn.org )

Gavin:  This weekend begins the Year of the Dog.

Wyatt:  Yes indeed.  Loyal and friendly… that’s us.

Gavin:  Does this dog-year deal mean we get more biscuits?

Wyatt:  I just hope there are no firecrackers!

National Umbrella Day (2018.02.10)

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NATIONAL UMBRELLA DAY ON WTBA KRNN RADIO, 02/10:  This national is a time to celebrate an umbrella as the rain falls (or the sun shines) rather than be blue about the rain.  There is no doubt that the blues tunes will be coming down on Walking The Blues Away on KRNN Juneau 2/10 at 5:00 pm.

RADIO LINK:  http://www.krnn.org

“Scath Fearthainne” (it’s Gaelic), means, appropriately enough, rain shadow. If there has ever been a more perfect name for umbrella, we don’t know what it is. make sure one of them is strictly for use in the sun!

Clear Cut in the Parlor

The Holiday Tree of December decorated in the living room gave Gavin and Wyatt the dream of howling in the Old Growth Forest out in the prized wilderness….

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…until…

….the Clear Cut of January occurred as the small noble fur tree was taken outside ready for recycling …

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….and their cherished forest had suddenly disappeared.

Happy Festivus (2017.12.23)

Festivus For The Rest Of Us.

“Happy Festivus” is the classic salute of Festivus, a celebration central to the Season 9 episode of Seinfeld “The Strike” which aired on December 18, 1997.  Hence, folks have been moved by the goofy, loony, and wacky holiday to observe Festivus as other significant rituals.

Any Festivus gala must begin with ….

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…the meaning of The Aluminum Pole and next….

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…running to the essential Festivus Dinner followed by….

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… the critical event The Airing Of Grievances, and lastly…

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….the decisive closing event…The Feats Of Strength.

A word of caution to be careful about giving to The Human Fund,

and may we all find our own “Festivus Miracle.”

 

Wright Brothers First Powered Controlled Flight (1903.12.17)

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On December 17, 1903, two brothers of Dayton, Ohio, with an absence of prescribed engineering teaching challenged gravity in their odd flying craft above the dunes of North Carolina’s distant Outer Banks.

We take flight for “Walking The Blues Away” on KRNN Juneau fm 102.7 Saturday 12/16 at 5 pm on the eve of the Kitty Hawk triumph.  Find out how blues music can celebrate the wonderful flight.

 

 

International Animal Rights Day (2017.12.10)

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International Animal Rights Day (IARD) aims to serve the same purpose as it does every year – reminding human beings that every creature on the planet deserves to be treated with equal kindness and respect.

ANIMAL RIGHTS ON WTBA 12/09 KRNN JUNEAU FM 102.7:  You are invited to join us for blues music to mark Animal Rights Day on the eve thereof.

“Only when we have become nonviolent towards all life will we have learned to live well with others.”
― César Chávez

“The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.”
― Abraham Lincoln

A sentient animal is one for whom feelings matter
Professor John Webster
, University of Bristol.