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.

Large Oak

Posted in Environment with tags , , on July 11, 2018 by kozmicdogz

This may be the largest, or at the least a very grand tree that grows in my neighborhood.

Once some power workers from Houston who were here helping to restore power after one of our hurricanes marveled at this tree and said it was the biggest tree they had ever seen.

We are fortunate to have so many large tree friends here that watch over us.

We should be more aware and do all we can to help them.

72 Years Ago Today.

Posted in family, Photography with tags , on June 2, 2018 by kozmicdogz

June 2, 1946 Carmen & Jane


Posted in Dreams on May 7, 2018 by kozmicdogz

Walking along the beach
there is a fire
all I want to do is save the baritone sax.

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