Off the porch strong

first_img Lenny Trawick wrote the original score for the folklife play and is the music director for “Come Home.”Not only did Trawick support the idea of producing a CD of Alabama rural “roots” music, he also agreed to be one of the featured artists.The idea for “Off the Porch Strong” was an ambitious one but one with promise, Trawick said.The CD would feature the music that has been played and sung off Alabama’s porches “strong” for generations. The sounds are as sweet as mountain air: The lonesome drift of a fiddle, the easy pluck of banjo strings, the wailing notes from a harmonica, a romping guitar chord, the thump of a homemade drum, a vocal moan. On the surface, they seem so simple, even fleeting as if created to celebrate only the moment or to capture a particular emotion, like love or loss. Yet almost always, they’re drawn from a deeper place, and, when bound together, become a part of a powerful tradition. These sounds, in all their variety and beauty, are America.Those words capsule the New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music Smithsonian traveling exhibition that was featured at the Cultural Arts Studio in Troy in October.The exhibition also inspired an effort by the Brundidge Historical Society to record the roots music that is so much a part of everything that the organization does to preserve and promote the cultural heritage of rural Alabama. Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 12, 2009 Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Print Article Sponsored Content By Jaine Treadwell In 1990, the Brundidge Historical Society sponsored the Bass House Quilt Show, which showcased heirloom quilts of local residents.The quilt show was an overwhelming success and put $46 in the organization’s empty coffer.From that meager beginning, the BHS began ambitious projects that include the annual Peanut Butter Festival, which will celebrate 20 years in 2010, Alabama’s Official Folklife Play, “Come Home, It’s Suppertime,” the Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival and other seasonal storytelling concerts. Latest Stories Off the porch strong Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits You Might Like Hank slept here The town of Goshen’s not exactly a tourist destination, but it does boast a bit of unique hillbilly history. And,… read more By The Penny Hoarder The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… “‘Off the Porch Strong’ is the music that the people of rural Alabama have been playing and singing all their lives,” Trawick said.“It’s who we are. Our roots.“From the very beginning the idea was neat. Variety is the spic of life and the CD was designed so that each person or group would bring their own style of roots music to the recording.”“Off the Porch Strong” features 13 sacred songs and two ballads by singers and musicians who have been a part of the events of the Brundidge Historical Society for nearly 20 years.Wiley White, development director of the Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center, previewed the CD and described the music as “real, honest, straight forward, soulful and deeply emotional.”“It’s the music that I grew up with,” she said.“The music that I love. It brings back so many memories. The piano piece reminds me of my grandmother and the way she played. It’s just a wonderful collection of the music of the rural South and all the songs remind me of people and places. Everyone will find something in these great old songs to treasure.”“Off the Porch Strong” is a fundraising project and all profits from the CD will support the Brundidge Historical Society’s scholarship fund.The organization awards scholarships to high school seniors who have been a part of the cast of “Come Home It’s Suppertime.”“The folklife play is an opportunity for young people to be on stage as actors, musicians and singers,” Trawick said.“There aren’t many opportunities for young people to display their talents in our area and even fewer opportunities to participate in community theater. “We are proud to be able to offer these opportunities to young people and we have had – and continue to have — some of the most dedicated and remarkable young people share their talents with us.”Fifteen high school seniors have been awarded BHS scholarships to date and Trawick said all of them have continued to participate in some form of the arts. Some are members of collegiate choral groups and others are members of bands and church choirs.All of them continue to sing “Off the Porch Strong,” and are, therefore carrying on the tradition of Alabama’s roots music. Email the author Book Nook to reopen Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Skip Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. 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Pleasuring Yourself

first_imgMIRANDA KAUFMANN finds out more about our oldest and most controversial habitAnn Summers has become a high street store, a similar outlet in America called Good Vibrations sponsors National Masturbation month, and the act is central to the plot of films such as the American Pie trilogy and episodes of Sex and the City. We could be forgiven for thinking that sex with someone you love (Woody Allen) is widely tolerated, even accepted.In South Africa, the Government recently ran a campaign to “Join the Arm Struggle and stop raping our mothers, sisters, wives and children: Masturbate, Don’t Rape”. It may be, however, that masturbation is the last taboo. In 1995, the US Surgeon-General was fired after suggesting at a press conference that masturbation should be taught in schools. When the Clinton administration was asked for the official policy on the matter, a spokesman replied that any young people who required a practical lesson in masturbation would be below the IQ requirement to enter school. I spoke to many people while researching this article. None of them wished to be credited with “additional research”.In 1921 Dr Ernest Jones wrote: “Modern Clinical psychology has definitely established that autoeroticism is a normal and quite universal phase of human development, and not, as used to be thought, an abnormal perversion of the sexual instinct”. “Self abuse” had previously been regarded as a disease. As late as the early Fifties a US Public Health Service pamphlet warned “self-abuse may seriously hinder a boy’s progress towards vigorous manhood”. It was thought to be the cause of many other health problems.These attitudes can be traced back to the early 18th century, when a certain quack doctor published Onania, in order to persuade the reading public to purchase his remedies. He lists the following frightful consequences: hindered growth, ulcers, consumptions, loss of erection as if they had been castrated, impotence… and in women: relaxes and spoils the retentive faculty, occasions the Fluor Albus (literally white flux), an obnoxious as well as perplexing illness attending that sex, turns complexion pale, swarthy and hagged, hysterics, consumptions and barrenness – at length a total Ineptitude to the Act of Generation itself. Some women, he goes so far as to claim, from the “Lustful and Excessive Abuse of themselves, have this Propension of the Clitoris, and are thus brought into a Resemblance of the Male Sex”. Early doctors were concerned that masturbation literally drained a man of his vital humour. By 1924 JFW Meagher concluded that “the somewhat popular lay idea that masturbation may cause imbecility, consumption, etc., is not only without foundation, but is ridiculous…to falsely tell a suggestible patient that he will surely die or go insane as a result of the habit does no real good”. So what cures were to be found for this vile disease?The author of Onania recommended his Strengthening Tincture (10 shillings) to combat discharge, or his Prolifick Powder (12 shillings) to cure infertility and impotence. Between 1856 and 1919 the U.S. Patent Office granted patents for forty-nine anti-masturbation devices. Thirty-five were for horses and fourteen for humans. The human devices, made for boys, consisted of sharp points turned inward to jab the penis should he get an erection during the night. A possible solution was marriage. Even Sheikh Ar-Tameeny agrees here. “Hasten towards marriage, the door to all goodness, success and richness”. It was not until the 1880s, with the advent of electricity, that doctors and midwives found help in the form of the vibrator. This was an improvement on the dildo, which had been known in ancient times: LYSISTRATA: … Since the day the Milesians betrayed us, I have never once seen an eight-inch gadget even, to be a leathern consolation to us poor widows…” (Aristophanes, ’Lysistrata’ 410 BC). Early models were developed in the 1880s. By 1906, the appliance looked rather like a hairdryer, and came with an impressive array of attachments. Between 1900-1920, vibrators were marketed in American periodicals such as Home Needlework Journal, Women’s Home Companion and Modern Priscilla. Slogans included “all the pleasures of youth…will throb within you”, “Such Delightful Companions”, “Aids That Every Woman Appreciates”, and aimed at the male consumer “A Gift That Will Keep Her Young and Pretty”. Sadly once these devices began to appear in certain films, they were taken off the market. Men have appreciated other aids in this field. In the 4th century BC, Praxiteles unveiled the Knidian Aphrodite – the first naked female statue.Pliny records that her derrière bore the stains of her appreciative male audience’s lust. Apple pie was not the first edible aid either. He had invented a new stunt, so he put it. “You take an apple and you bore out the core. Then you put some cold cream on the inside so as it doesn’t melt too fast. Try it some time. It’ll drive you crazy at first. Anyway it’s cheap and you don’t have to waste much time”. This is Philip Roth’s rendition : “Oh, shove it in me, Big Boy’, cried the cored apple that I banged silly on that picnic. ‘Big Boy, Big Boy, oh give me all you’ve got,’ cried the empty milk bottle that I kept hidden in our storage bin in the basement, to drive wild after school with my vaselined upright”.While Truman Capote was right when he said the nice thing about masturbation is “you don’t have to dress up for it.” If you prefer staying in to getting dressed up and going out, you may be in danger of practising auto sexual masturbation, a perversion for which no interaction with a lover can provide a substitute. This is by contrast to deprivation masturbation, which occurs as a social necessity, because society does not allow the unlimited expression of eroticism.I shall leave you with the words of Mark Twain. “To the lonely it is company; to the forsaken it is a friend; to the aged and impotent it is a benefactor; they that are penniless are yet rich, in that they still have this majestic diversion”.ARCHIVE: 0th Week MT2003last_img read more

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‘Pusoy’ lands 8 persons in jail

first_imgILOILO City – Eight persons were caughtengaging in illegal gambling in Barangay Tanza Timawa, City Proper. Detained in the lockup cell of PoliceStation 1, the suspects face charges for violation of Presidential Decree 1602,which prescribes stiffer penalties on illegal gambling./PN Police chanced upon the suspects playingthe illegal card game pusoy around3:50 p.m. on March 29. Recovered from their possession were adeck of playing cards and bet money which amounted to P4,170. They were Rodolfo Cuambot, 30; RonilCuambot, 30; Joey Carbaquil, 35; Joebert Carbaquil; Oliver Cuambot, 28; RonelFaigones, 18; and RJ Labrador, 32, a police report showed. last_img

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