Concerts, Popular Music

2011 Concert Season: Jeff Beck

Jeff Beck World Tour 2011 Pittsburgh, PA - April 23, 2011 One of the songs Jeff Beck and his band played during their encore last Saturday night at the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland was Sly and the Family Stone's "I Want to Take You Higher." Well Jeff, you did. I was uncharacteristically on the fence about going… Continue reading 2011 Concert Season: Jeff Beck

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Literature & Poetry

The Friendship: Wordsworth and Coleridge

I'm currently reading The Friendship: Wordsworth and Coleridge by Adam Sisman. Sisman tells the story of the close friendship and creative partnership between English Romantic poets William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.  I bought the book when it was first published in 2006, but I finally feel like now is the right time to read… Continue reading The Friendship: Wordsworth and Coleridge

American History, My Writing, Pennsylvania History

Rediscovering American History in My Backyard

Upcoming events at local historical sites have rekindled my interest in colonial American history.  The last time I had an opportunity to study American history in-depth was probably during high school.  I've decided that it's time to rediscover Pennsylvania places, people and events that changed the fate of this country by visiting Fort Ligonier and… Continue reading Rediscovering American History in My Backyard

Literature & Poetry, Popular Music

From Wordsworth to Wilson

Since April is National Poetry Month, I thought I would share my favorite poem from my favorite poet, William Wordsworth, a major poet of the Romantic Age in England (probably my favorite period in literary and art history) . One of my future travel destinations is Dove Cottage, located on the edge of the village… Continue reading From Wordsworth to Wilson