Connie Regan-Blake, with her cousin, Barbara Freeman, inspired me to quit my library job to become an itinerant storyteller. They had quit theirs, and were traveling around the country in a truck-camper as The Folktellers. I went home, bought a Dodge van and hit the road. Connie is still telling, and I am still on her mailing list. She just sent this quote she got from Peggy Seeger: “(life) includes a free trip around the sun every year.” I didn’t notice when our ship passed the Fall equinox this year, but it is really Fall now. The peaches and nectarines at the farmers’ market aren’t that good any more, and we have persimmons lined up to ripen on the windowsill above the sink.
Actually, after I met Connie and Barbara I went home and talked my then partner, Carole Leita, into hitting the road with me. You’ve seen her photographs illustrating my blog from time to time. The Librarian's Index to the Internet grew out of Carole’s bookmarks back when she was an early adopter of the internet for library reference work. It’s a good source of reliable sites. She went on to teach hundreds of librarians effective internet use. Now she’s retired and taking a lot of photographs.
My faithful reader Ted Warmbrand wanted to know more about that folk music collection I heard about on the WPA walk. Here’s what I found.
"A multi-format ethnographic field collection that includes sound recordings, still photographs, drawings, and written documents from a variety of European ethnic and English- and Spanish-speaking communities in Northern California," collected by the WPA California Folk Music Project from 1938 through 1940. Includes profile of Project director Sidney Robertson Cowell. Searchable by keyword; browsable by performer, musical instrument, and audio title. From the American Memory Project of the Library of Congress.
Last updated Mar 23, 2005 
And I found it on the Librarian’s Index to the Internet.
In a site I consider most reliable, TomDispatch, I found this:
Recently, the Times Pentagon correspondent Thom Shanker wrote a piece...which appeared inside the paper on a quiet Labor Day. "Despite Slump, U.S. Role as Top Arms Supplier Grows" was the headline. Perhaps Shanker, too, felt uncomfortable with his subject, because he included the following generic description: "In the highly competitive global arms market, nations vie for both profit and political influence through weapons sales, in particular to developing nations..." The figures he cited from a new congressional study of that "highly competitive" market told a different story: The U.S., with $37.8 billion in arms sales (up $12.4 billion from 2007), controlled 68.4% of the global arms market in 2008. Highly competitively speaking, Italy came "a distant second" with $3.7 billion. In sales to "developing nations," the U.S. inked $29.6 billion in weapons agreements or 70.1% of the market. Russia was a vanishingly distant second at $3.3 billion or 7.8% of the market. In other words, with 70% of the market, the U.S. actually has what, in any other field, would qualify as a monopoly position -- in this case, in things that go boom in the night. With the American car industry in a ditch, it seems that this (along with Hollywood films that go boom in the night) is what we now do best, as befits a war, if not warrior, state. Is that an American accomplishment you're comfortable with?
It makes me itch all over.
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carole leita
i think we talked each other into the trip as i wanted to hit the road to organize women library workers. we certainly had some fine times on our storytelling/organizing trip.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 02:59 PM
This is the placeholder photo in the iWeb blog template I use, but it works for an autumn theme The grapes at the farmers’ market are really good now.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009