Over the River!

Posted in Art with tags , , , on April 22, 2019 by kozmicdogz

Referring to over the James River here in Richmond, VA.

The spring event for makers to sell their wares sponsered by Perk Coffee shop in Bon Air Virginia.

See you there with Amy’s Accessories, April 28th from 10am to 3pm.

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Indigenous Gourd Orchestra

Posted in Art, Music, Richmond with tags , , , on March 3, 2019 by kozmicdogz

The Indigenous Gourd Orchestra plays for a benefit to raise money to eradicate invasive species from the James River Park System.

March 1, 2019 – Westower Station on Forest Hill Avenue in Southside Richmond.

For more photos go HERE!

2019

Posted in Photography, Science with tags , , on January 30, 2019 by kozmicdogz

Driving home from work there was more traffic than usual.

Inching along, bumper to bumper,

Looking for an accident, a reason for the backup.

As I got closer to the bridge I saw the reason for the slow down.

It was one in a series of January sunsets that were magnificent.

Feeling good for the first time all day.

100 Years Ago Today

Posted in family, Photography with tags , , on November 11, 2018 by kozmicdogz

Francis and Carmen – 11/11/1918

This photograph was taken 100 years ago today on November 11, 1918.

It was 100 years ago that the treaties were signed between the Allies and the Axis powers ending the war to end all wars, World War I.

On the right is my father, Carmen who was less than a year old at the time, and on the left was his brother, Francis. My grandmother had this photograph taken on Armistice day which also happened to be her birthday. She was 22 at the time.

Both brothers grew up in Washington, DC among family and friends and served in the next great war, World War II. They married wonderful Italian-American women, had children, and lived long and fulfilling lives.

Happy Veterans Day – 2018.

Icepick to the Moon

Posted in Art, Film, Music on October 4, 2018 by kozmicdogz

Friday September 28th director Skizz Cyzyk brought his film “Icepick to the Moon” to Richmond, VA. The film, investigates the mysterious Reverend Fred Lane and his relationship to the Raudelunas arts collective in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

The film showing was at Sound of Music in Scott’s edition. Before the film the ragtag improve group, Waiting for Ladonna played. This onetime musical group featured: Paul Watson (electric guitar & his secret effects) , Danny Finney (ripped paper & water falls), Fred McGann, Rebby Sharp (on the phone, fiddle, and keyboard), Pippin Barnett (percussion & record player), Tom Campagnoli (sticks & soprano sax), and LaDonna Smith (violin).

The film played to a full house and afterwards, more music with LaDonna, George Lowe and others.

For more information on this film and Skizz: Fred Lane

Aaron Neville

Posted in Music, Photography, Richmond with tags , on August 11, 2018 by kozmicdogz

Aaron Neville (b.1941) of the Neville Brothers at the Tin Pan in Richmond, VA – August 10, 2018.

Singing ballads from Nat King Cole, Neil Diamond, Billy Joel, Sam Cooke and original material. Even a rendition of “Love Potion No. 9”

Neville was contemplative and took his audience on a private trip down memory lane, mentioning his recently deceased brother, Linda Ronstdat, and growing up as a child singing for free admission to the movie theater.

An intimate setting with only piano accompaniment, Neville mesmerized the mostly white and over 50 crowd.

Eastern Hercules Beetle

Posted in Environment, Photography, Richmond with tags , , on July 14, 2018 by kozmicdogz

The first Eastern Hercules beetle I have ever seen in person. He was dead but is now a part of this growing menagerie.

This type of rhinoceros beetle will live as an adult only 3 to 6 months in the summer.

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