Archive for July, 2013

From the Welsh Proms to The 39 Steps July 30th, 2013

On the weekend Lisa and I were in Cardiff, Wales, to visit my friend and occasional songwriting collaborator Grahame Davies, the Welsh poet, novelist, and historian.  Grahame and his family took us to see the Last Night of the Welsh Proms, where we enjoyed a rousing performance of classical and folk music by the Welsh National Opera Orchestra conducted by Owain Arwel Hughes at […]

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Notes from the West Highland Way July 22nd, 2013

After a good week of reading in the National Library of Scotland, I find myself on the western edge of Rannoch Moor on the West Highland Way.  I’ve been walking with my brother Mike for three days, having set out from the charming village of Drymen before skirting the eastern shores of Loch Lomond, and then heading northward to my present location at the […]

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July forecast July 1st, 2013

As of today, I embark upon a year-long sabbatical leave, during which I’ll work to meet two major publishing deadlines and–if the muses allow–write some decent songs.  My leave begins with a visit to the UK, where I’ll attend the Transatlantic Studies Association conference at the University of Northumbria.  After the conference, I’ll head to the National Library of Scotland […]

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