Fields of Gold

17 Jan

Have a listen. I was introduced to this song over five years ago, for that I am grateful. Touching, soulful, and a spirit you can almost envelop with closed eyes and open heart surrendering; she passed on but we can still listen. This is a reminder that life is short, it’s over in a day, so live it the best you can.

Go out and listen to that live music wherever you can! Support local artists in many platforms; you might just love it, too. My journey online started then and has been ongoing. My contribution to the arts is through blogging, poetry, writing books, and a love of music. Thanks for following. You can find me on Amazon under the pen Caroline Clemens.

My life is full and extremely busy this winter but I will return in the spring with a post on the lovely Biltmore Estate from my Holiday visit, and a  “If I Were President” post before then.

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I follow Heather on WordPress and am amazed at her dedication towards her skill that she has worked so hard at in her young life. Continued good luck.

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Over the Christmas break at home, I watched with my Mum a TV programme called “Dance Moms”. My Mum is a fan of this program with its many controversies, in the UK it is on 5 Star every weekday with a double bill on a Tuesday. The show comes in for a lot of criticism because it is speculated the fights between Moms are staged to boost the ratings and that some of the competitions are fake. The dance teacher Abby Lee Miller also divides opinion because of her personal teaching style.

I thought it would make an interesting blog post to ask my Mum what it was like being an Opera Mum.

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How would compare yourself with the Dance Moms in the TV programme?

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Photography

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Before I depart for the holidays and parties I wanted to show off, just a little, my pictures from a recent trip to the Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina. This is a tease for a future post on the historic estate still privately owned and maintained. Incredible!

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I took the teens so they could experience something that is meaningful to me. You will need to come back and read my post to find out that answer. Stay tuned.

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I have a poetry collection available on Amazon and after I snapped this photo I couldn’t help but think about my poetry. Poetry is that inner sanctuary that not everyone writes about but when you find a poem that you like it makes you feel connected. One doesn’t have to wonder why anymore … it just is. This picture has a blind enclosure, reflection on the window, and the beauty beyond. My poetry collection is titled “Autumn Quotes” by Caroline Clemens.

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Finally, I’m a stylist now and working on the young is so easy. They already just want to shine and all I do is add a little sparkle!

Thanks for stopping by and come back in the new year. I will have a post on the Biltmore, more photography posts, and maybe some music. I should go out clubbing, that’s what the very young tell me. Who knows?

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A Holiday Novella

5 Dec

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My Holiday Novella is a contemporary story stretching from the south side of Chicago out to Wyoming and back. Brandon is a young man who has lost his parents and almost his will after a tour in the army overseas. Working for his uncle in the barber shop and wanting to escape the noise & crime of the city he reads about an opportunity out west in Wyoming. After he gets there he meets a young girl, Leia, like himself she is just getting by. Just in time for winter, and maybe some cheer, find out what happens when Brandon takes a chance on a new life. Purchase and read from Amazon via kindle. It’s 2.99 or FREE if you participate in their program.

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Classical Music – Andrea Bocelli – by William Price King

27 Nov

Read, Watch n Listen to Andrea Bocelli. Thank you William Price King and Sally Cronin from WordPress!

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Welcome to the first part in the Andrea Bocelli story. The multi-award winning cross over tenor has won not just critical acclaim for his beautiful voice, but the hearts of millions around the world. He is the perfect choice to take us into the festive season as his Christmas Album is packed with wonderful music to bring a sparkle to the occasion.  I will now hand you over to William Price King to take us through the early life and career of this wonderful artist.

51wcyjeld4l-_ss135_sl160_Andrea Bocelli was born to Alessandro and Edi Bocelli who lived on a farm in the village of La Sterza, a suburb of the town of Lajatico, 50 kilometres from Florence the capital of the Tuscany region of Italy. His parents made their living by selling farm machinery and making wine and his family continue to live there today.

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Marblehead Lighthouse

7 Nov

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The Marblehead Lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse in the U.S. still in operation around the Great Lakes. It is almost 50′ tall (though another figure states 65′) and opened in 1820. It is made of limestone, likely from the nearby quarry which is between the rocky ledge on the lake and the cemetery.

Alexander Clemons bought 130 acres and settled here in 1875. Nearby is a recovery center replica that just opened in May 2016 showcasing the history of the area. Click link below for full history and beginnings.

My family and I visited the Marblehead Lighthouse last month and unfortunately for us the Keeper’s building was closed. It is open to the public and served by volunteers. My father was looking forward to seeing a picture of his grandfather in there. His grandfather’s name was Myron Clemons. He was told they have one on the wall. The Keeper’s Museum preserves the history of the lighthouse and it became a state park in 1998.

You can purchase a brick to assist in the preservation here: Marblehead Lighthouse

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The Keeper’s House was built in 1880, with 16 keeper’s and families having lived here. The U.S. Coast Guard used it for a residence hall back in 1947, but in 1968 support began to rise to preserve the old place and it was saved right before they burned it down. By June of 1998 a state park had evolved. Volunteers operate the building as info for tourists and as a museum.

 

From 13 whale oil lamps, which burned and were tended to back in 1821, to kerosene, incandescent electricity, and now to the present 20 watt green LED, it has always been about reassuring  mariners on Lake Erie. A New Zealand Company is replacing the lighthouse lights with this update of LED lighting. The time period went like this: 1921-1858 used whale oil and lard, 1858-1923 used coal oil & kerosene, 1923-2013 had incandescent electricity and 2013 to present uses LED, light emitting diode.

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I like to think this window gave a personal eye view of the lake and a small portal to look out for ships passing by. I know this job was of high importance at the time as supplies and wares were transported and traded on the seas.

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Thanks for stopping by. Sea you next time.

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Caroline

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Migrants Drown in Mediterranean Off Libya Coast — TIME

3 Nov

More than 200 additional migrants have died trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea. The United Nations said Thursday that at least 239 migrants died in two separate shipwrecks off the coast of Libya, according to the Associated Press. Survivors said their boats capsized in rough waters, leaving them stranded in the Mediterranean for hours. The…

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I don’t have the answers; does anyone? Forty tw0 hundred people drowned over the course of the summer seems to require imminent need of help. Caroline

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