This morning, an audio visit to Goose Creek. The occasion: robin and tanager calling alternately–until I fetched the mic. So here’s a clip of American Robin, Scarlet Tanager, and Wren (Carolina I think) mixing it up,  with the burble of Goose Creek in the background. I will make my own mix tape of bird and nature noises for my iPhone as an ambient nap-aide.

The the best-laid ones, well, you know. They don’t always follow the script. I had plans for another post topic this morning (yes a rare-these-days premeditated bit) but was overcome by events. Again. And in the process of doing the first thing so that the second could happen, I found one of not many audio files I’ve recorded over the past dozen years. So I thought what the heck, turn on your speakers, hold your nose, and click to play… …to “I’ve Got Plans”–an …

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…and it is not “nevermore” but so much more. They have quite a lot to say. [su_box title=”Got Ravens?” style=”soft” box_color=”#e8d3a9″ title_color=”#235529″]QUESTION: Are you hearing ravens where you live? I’m especially interested to know about other places in Floyd County where these birds may be year-round residences. [/su_box] Their call is the distant throaty croaking you will hear several times, beginning about 10 seconds in. We’ve had these impressive and intelligent members of the crow family living in our valley all along. But I …

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I find myself, once again, staring out the window by my desk, my eyes falling more often than not on the “New Road” that rises out of the pasture just past the barn. We (and especially SHE) follow that path countless times in a week (and SHE in a single day) as a form of meditation, release and habit born of the pleasure it gives us to live IN and not just on this land. And as fate would have it, I came across …

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Image by fred1st via Flickr It isn’t easy in these days of SOLs to stimulate the creative energies of school children. But it does happen. This essay, broadcast at WVTF in April 2010, describes three opportunities I had in 2009 to see school kids encouraged and supported by their teachers to operate outside rote learning mode and for reasons other than to pass standardized tests. Musical excerpts Mike Mitchell Music. [podcast]http://www.fragmentsfromfloyd.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/WVTF_Creativity2.mp3[/podcast]