I'm another happy resident of Second Life, who - along with my beloved Mireille - owns an arts venue called Ce Soir Arts. Visual arts; theatre; poetry and other writing; and music are celebrated. Come...be inspired tonight!
How nice it was! To relax on the Beach at Ce Soirwith the lovely Mireille and enjoy some old beachy favorites by our friend Baz and some really cool contemporary rock with Anj, topped off with some trance and ambient music by Nuvolino—accompanied by some spectacular fireworks on Ce Soir Beach was a treat. It reminded me of that song by the fabulous summer-fun Beach Boys:
It’s automatic when I talk with old friends
The conversation turns to
Girls we knew when their
Hair was soft and long and the
Beach was the place to go.
Suntanned bodies and waves of sunshine The California girls and a
Beautiful coastline Warmed up weather
Let’s get together and
Do it again
With a girl the lonely sea looks good
Makes your night times warm and out of sight
Been so long
(Hey now, hey now, hey now, hey now, hey now)
Well I’ve been thinking ’bout
All the places we’ve surfed and danced and
All the faces we’ve missed so let’s get
Back together and do it again
Naturally, it’s always a balmy 72 degrees on the Ce Soir Beach. And to accompany the pop culture in our music, our visitors were able to peruse the peachy beachy pictures in the BEACHES Art Exhibit open now (after that fabulous beach party last night!) at Côte de la Mer Galerie & Lawn by creative artists such as Daze Landar, Dolph Beornssen, Jojo Songlark, Larke Longmeadow, Mireille Jenvieve, Olyvia DeCuir, paula cloudpainter, Art by Pieni, Skyspinner Soulstar, Wildstar Beaumont, and Xirana Oximoxi. Amazingly, Mireille actually approved some of mine for inclusion as well. Go figure! CLICK HERE to visit and enjoy this refreshing art exhibit!
The pictures will be displayed at least through the end of July. As for the Beach Party—it was fantastic. So…let’s do it again on Thursday evening, August 03. See you then!
We will definitely miss MoShang the next couple of weeks, but we send him off with a grand BON VOYAGE as he takes to the skies and travels to Rome to share his amazing TB2 and other Groovesizers at the European Maker Faire. His work and his music are wonderfully unique and extremely CHILL… Check him out at Groovesizer.com and stay tuned for updates on his travels and activities. Until he returns on Thursday, 16th October at his regular time of 8 PM SLT at Ce Soir Castle, send him your positive vibes, and catch some of his free and to-purchase music for download at Spotify or iTunes. Enjoy the CHILL…
Greetings! We hope you are having a wonderful weekend and will take a little time to come round to see Ranadeep‘s outstanding exhibit called Fractal Fantasy…it’s striking and beautiful in its color and composition. He is unique and quite visionary in his work. Don’t miss it at both The Gallery and The Conservatory at Ce Soir Arts! I think we might be extending the exhibit, so stay tuned!
While that beauty shimmers at Ce Soir Arts, Mireille and I have been derelict when it comes to posting, but we have good reason. Reasons, plural, as it turns out…
First, it’s SPRING! And then, we have some things to tend to in this more-than-a-year-long effort to bring our house and properties back following some very serious storm damage. Lots has been done, and we are very pleased. Yesterday, for example, more work on Mireille‘s back yard. Wow, did it need it! Leaves and limbs and clumped-up sod have been removed and smoothed out; weeds have been pulled; flowers and plants have been put in; her herbe garden is all set with rosemary, oregano, basil, mint, and more including some bright tomatoes, carrots, peppers – and bright orange marigolds that (I am told) keep the varmints away from the herbes. It’s very colorful out there and the deck is repaired (on that side of the house – LOL) and all decked out! What a return to normalcy this represents! With this done on the outside and the den all fixed up on the inside, we can actually pretend that it’s all done…for a little while. Fortunately, the new roof is holding and work has begun elsewhere too, so we’re good! (I won’t mention that the kitchen is a bit out-of-sorts at the moment! But…we have great restaurants in our area and Mireille is quite clever in sorting out how to grille veggies and the like. So what if breakfast was nothing more than delicious English muffins and coffee? I’m good!)
Just wanted to update and make note that we’re not just lollygagging about. Look for a post from Mireille soon about coming events. Remember that you are always welcome at Ce Soir. Come…be inspired tonight!
While we were away (both on travel for awhile and last week during some work at the house), we found some time in SL to relax. Sometimes, we’d be in different locations IRL and so we’d meet up at Ce Soir for a little quiet time together. Ah, the wonders of our digital metaverse just seem to multiply!
Whatever your endeavor here in the virtual world, I am sure you will resonate with the idea that there are many surprising gifts here. From the art, poetry, music, and creativity we enjoy – to the grace of kindness or the joys and challenges of true friendship that we find – there are wonders to be had here. From role play fantasies to everyday life, it’s an amazing technological feat that we’re even here. Just imagine – the whole of Ce Soir Arts (as it presently exists) floats meters and meters above the home sim, resting on a moving sea and surrounded by a changing sky that goes on forever. Wow.
Enjoy this second life, for it is really our first – just in new perspectives. What could be better? Yes, the many gifts of perspective upon perspective, layered richly beyond our wildest dreams.
Wow, we’ve had quite a week. The Divine Ms. M (as I like to call sweet Mireille), was rushing about tending to some new work going on at the house and property. Yes, it’s still ongoing and we even spent some time at a local bed & breakfast so that we could be out of the way as work progressed in one area of the house that we frequent: our work room! Let’s just say that it’s really a nice den – a one-story add-on to the house that was once (are you ready for this??) a separate garage and workshop for the family who built this amazing home in 1920. I’ll let Mireille fill you in on the particulars, but let’s just say that it’s an American Foursquare with Mission styling that makes one think of Frank Lloyd Wright – on a delightful dose of fantasy. It’s a charming structure and it’s uncharacteristically huge, although the rooms – including the center four of the Foursquare – are smallish with high ceilings and LOADS of windows.
As I am not the style guru of our clan, I’ll step back from that line of commentary to just say a hearty, “Hello!” to everyone and let you know how much I enjoyed this week in SL. Poetry and Song with Russell Eponym was a lovely respite; Russell was, as always, charming and offering a wonderful hour of poetry, prose, ruminations, and more. The music was exceptional and he was in top form with the rest. If you’ve not been to The Magic Tree Reading Spot at Ce Soir Arts to enjoy Russell‘s readings, you must come soon! Every Tuesday at NOON SLT, you will find us gathered ’round and rapt in attention as Russelldelights us.
The Thursday show with Russell was also outstanding – 90 minutes LIVE with Russellis bound to be fun, and it was. Come along next time to enjoy with us! Of course, the wrap on Thursday is always what Mireille calls the elegant slide into the night with MoShang Zhao – The Sound Jeweler from Taiwan who drops in on his travels around the universe to get us relaxed and energized with the very cool Chinese Chill. Come at 8 PM SLT every Thursday night to be mesmerized by the groove!
Of course, we’ve continued to enjoy the beautiful exhibit and machinima of the fantastic artist, Fuschia Nightfire. Romance at Ce Soir is enchanting, to say the least, and we’re going to miss it. We’re keeping those amazing stone and marble sculptures that can be found at the entrances of The Ce Soir Castle. They’re very special and mean so much to me and to Mireille. We are known as romantics, but I must say that we’ve been inspired by Fuschia‘s exhibit to remember the great gift that Ce Soir is to us, and to take more opportunities to enjoy it by dancing or strolling about on moonlit nights. As M might say, “Sigh….” So, thank you, Fuschia!
This past week really was something. RL was hectic and I had to WORK (and I don’t mean my regular gig – I’m talking about WORK to help out with the repairs and renovations). I’m not a construction king (or even a prince), so it was an adventure, let me tell you! But I now know lots more than I ever wanted to about ceilings. They really are a marvel, you know. <insert wry smile here> ANYWAY, there’s another marvel you need to know about. They are known as squirrels. Delightful creatures! They’re beautiful, with their bushy tails and rapid scampering. Those little dudes (and dudettes, I imagine) can CLIMB – and do so so very quickly that you haven’t time to notice, much less do anything about it.
Before I go any further, let me state here – unequivocally – that some of my best friends in SL are squirrels. And there are some whom I admire who might not ever be willing to call me a friend, at least formally. One of whom I am thinking is a very talented artist and a close friend of the dear Mireille. So, I am NOT being at all pejorative in my commentary on squirrels. Quite to the contrary, I am lauding them as some of the most clever and mercurial of creatures. HOWEVER…in the Real of Lives, they do not belong living in my roof! And that, dear friends, is just what one merry band of them tried to do this past week.
The scampering of little feet overhead is not a delight. I am sad to report that it’s quite the distraction. And so, to coax them out, we had to reopen a hole in the soffit and fascia (Please note how technologically sound I am when it comes to construction now? Aren’t you impressed? I know I am!). The guttering guy hadn’t gotten here yet, so we could do this, relatively easily. The trick was getting them to come out! We tried several tactics that didn’t seem to produce any result at all. It was a bit maddening. But, on we went, trying to find a humane way to get the little family to move. Fearing that they were, um, “having babies,” we consulted our local veterinary expert. Assured that the locals had already enjoyed their first spring fling, we left our dreams and fears of little baby squirrels by the wayside and carried on.
One evening, we decided to view a television program. We turned on the television and settled down to watch, all the while keeping an ear at the ceiling. Sure enough, the little critters were up there…and they seemed to stir a bit more than usual. In fact they seemed irritated. EUREKA! They don’t like TV! In fact, they don’t like much of any human noise going on – and VOICES are particularly frustrating to them. I don’t know if it’s not being able to understand that’s the issue, of if they just shy away from the sound of the human voice. AND I DON’T RIGHTLY CARE!
All excited by knowing that our wee guests were upset with the management, we upped the ante considerably by turning up the volume on the TV and talking a bit more loudly than usual about the program as we watched. The squirrels were unhappy. Unsettled. And perhaps, a mite unstable.
But they stayed.
We couldn’t keep up the noise to a high level all night, but we did keep the telly on, and went to bed. Hopeful, we approached the morning only to be disappointed. They were still there. So, we started researching more heavily and came up with several possibilities – the least unsavory of which was the placement of live traps. (Yes, I know I’m a bit vampirish in SL, but in RL I am not so into bloodletting; I’m way too sweet of a guy for that. And, if Mr. Jefferson is reading this…well, dude…) <another smile goes here> Besides, we got to watch one of our fave movies THREE TIMES! (If you’ve not seen Cellular, you just gotta!)
While we researched, Mireille kept the sound wars going. She has trouble with sound since the accident last summer and has to be very careful; to say that she has the best earplugs available is an understatement. (I’d hate to have paid that amount for anything less, let me tell you!) That girl watched shows she’d never watch (or at least let them play in the background while she was working). She played music she hadn’t played in a long time, but we think it was mostly the vocals that did the trick. Mireille was pretty clever about it, and whenever she would leave the room, she turned up the volume to deafening levels. Our cat was intrigued, but being the quiet type, she shied away. And with Mireille‘s sound issues, she didn’t really hear much of anything, so it was only a mild distraction for her. Those earplugs were well worth every penny anyway, but this sealed the deal on that.
I had gotten some live traps, but before I set them, we gave this noise treatment a few days – and it worked! The little critters are off living the high life in a tree somewhere, and we are once again in the blissful quiet of our lovely – although still pretty torn up – home. At least the den is completely finished now and the outside is starting to look like a house with a yard again. Soon, there will be plants and flowers and herbes and vegetables growing out there, and by fall all the inside – and outside – work will be done. Even (as I have been informed) with a new color for the outside!
Who knew that we would have so much fun with all this mess?
First of all, we are happy to have the outstanding RUSSELL EPONYM in at Ce Soir Arts Castle today at 2 PM SLT for 90 minutes of the best folk, blues, and beyond around! Russell‘s velvety vocals and one-of-a-kind picking style (which varies with the song) make for a great time – but add-in his warmth and humour, and you just can’t beat it! Russell joins us every Thursday at the same time and we always enjoy it. The time goes by fast, but it’s always special and loads of fun! Do drop in and enjoy Russell and meet up with the delightfully charming Eponymous Family of friends who gather for dancing and more. You’ll be welcome!
FRIDAY at 1 PM SLT, join us in celebration of CARLOTTA CEAWLIN‘s beautiful art exhibit DREAMSCAPES. The lovely and talented UK songstress, SAINTESS LARNIA will land at the outdoor stage near the Ce Soir Arts Gallery to provide us with an hour of excellent musical entertainment. Saintess is known for her vocals and guitar playing – and for her sweet stage presence and banter. She will treat us to some outstanding covers and some of her very own enchanting songs – tales from the life of a modern girl. Come round and enjoy this special hour of music and art! Dance and hum along to Saintess‘s wonderful music and be sure to visit both the Ce Soir Arts Gallery on the main level and The Conservatory at Ce Soir up at the wintry escape to explore Carlotta‘s gorgeous landscapes. I’m particularly fond of the exhibit up at The Conservatory, while Mireille is especially enchanted by the works at The Gallery. Come enjoy!
NEXT WEEK, we’ll enjoy a very special two hours with the inimitable MOSHANG ZHAO, celebrating Chinese New Year – the Year of the Horse. He won’t be in for his usual set tonight, but come on over for the party on 30th January – from 7 to 9 PM SLT as we prepare to welcome in the Year of the Horse. MoShang will DJ for an hour, taking us on a tour of some of his fave tunes by others and then move into an hour of his own transcendent Chinese CHILL! This smooth groove is something you’ve just got to hear if you’ve not yet, so get out your calendars and make plans! More info coming soon, so don’t miss it!
For all events, you can land HERE and walk to nearby locations or take the teleporter all around Ce Soir Arts. Come on over!
Wow. Mireille and I are speechless – and you know (especially in her case) how rare that is! We’re just completely in awe of the kindness and generosity of folks in Second Life – and especially of those who came in at Ce Soir Arts yesterday. FAB Friday was indeed FABulous, and YOU made it so!
I had almost dared people to come and break my bank (by matching funds raised) in an effort to up the ante on donations at the fundraiser for Creations for Parkinsons TEAM FOX that was three hours of some of the best music in SL – and three hours of some of the best good times, ever! You folks took my dare and met it in fine style, as we exceeded our goals for all three hours of the event! Hoping to raise at least $L5000 during each half-hour of the event, we ended up DOUBLING that amount, receiving $L60000 in donations. That’s wonderful, and we thank every single one of you who even set foot on Ce Soir during those three hours. Those who could not donate shared a beautiful spirit with everyone, and that my friends, is worth its weight in gold – three times over. And those who could share dug deep indeed, demonstrating their generous hearts and sharing a kindness that moves us… Yep, we’re sitting here penning this with tears. Yep! Even me!
We have so many to thank, so let’s start with Barbie Alchemi and her lovely mother, Fran Serenade (and the very cool Creations4Parkinsons too!), who came to inspire us all. Thank you, ladies (and C4P)! Thank you for being here for FAB Friday and for all you do through Creations for Parkinsons for the cause! They came and inspired us and then moved on to another cool event – being featured on XTC Radio. Woots!
TODAY, there’s another fundraiser for the group at Angelwood Bay where the Dazzlers Dance Group will perform and entertain. Contact organizers angel Kingmaker, Eric Difference, or SolasNaGealai to purchase your ticket at only $L300, and do go enjoy at 2 PM SLT!
You’ve seen the lineup from yesterday, but it bears repeating that these outstanding musicians are all dear to us – and not just because they gave of their time and talent yesterday. The truth is, we love them all for many, many good reasons, mostly because they are some of the truly nicest, most creative and kind people we have encountered in our (just this month!) five years in SL. So…a HUGE thank you to:
NOON – Jordan Reyne, noted even though she had to cancel due to medical advice to rest her voice!
*★*The siren of steampunk and industrial folk noir, Jordan Reyne streams live from the UK delivering a riveting set of her original songs. Celtic vocals and looped percussions create one of the most evocative live music experiences in Second Life. *★*
12:30 PM – TwinGhost Ronas, who also stepped in and played Jordan’s half-hour too!
♫ ♬*Sweet and mellow meet moving and thought-provoking in the music of TwinGhost Ronas. With a charming mystical note to top it off, the mix is a compelling deep groove. Soulful rock and pop brilliance fill the air at Ce Soir Castle! *♬ ♫
1:00 PM –Saintess Larnia
✫♫ Saintess can sing a sweet love song or give power to the blues, her voice wrapping itself around your heart. Her own sassy-sexy originals are delightful tales from the life of a modern girl, and here we are, swaying to that sweet Saintess sound! ♫✫
1:30 PM – BAZ (Barry Kettery/Avant)
♬♬ From jazz to blues to classic rock to R&B to acoustic pop, BAZ takes us there. Whether full studio arrangements or solo voice and acoustic guitar or piano, this guy brings pro audio engineering skills, strong musicianship & his quirky personality for us to enjoy! ♬♬
2:00 PM – DRAGONFLY
★✦The truly progressive music of DRAGONFLY is unquestionably of the highest calibre. Undertones of deep and exotic themes rise through the score and capture your imagination, and leadman Joel Eilde has a voice that is unforgettable. You just can’t help but MOVE when Joel is in the house! ✦★
2:30 PM – Lisa Brune
♬♥ •° Lovely Lisa streams live from France with stunning, breathy vocals and sweet ongoing banter. Audiences adore Lisa, and as she serenades, it is easy to see why! She’s a mix of everything wonderful: soft, strong, sweet and spicy – and it all shows in that outstanding voice! °•♥♬
One more round of thanks and then I am outta here to enjoy one of Mireille‘s tasty breakfasts and start another day! Aeon Jenvieve-Woodford looks around for some of M’s café au lait. Oh, wait! I’m the cofeeman! BRB – LOL…
There are some other people to thank – other than YOU, of course. YOU are one of the main reasons we do what we do, so thank YOU! AND…
Sparkie Cyberstar, management for Jordan Reyne
Staciface Schwartz, managernent for TwinGhost Ronas
Lingual Markus, management for Saintess Larnia
sweetpea Shilova, management for BAZ
Bonita Denimore, management for DRAGONFLY
Jack Nichols, management for Lisa Brune
If you have a venue (or a special event coming up), contact these folks! We won’t even start the individual stories…there are too many! Just let us say we admire them. Oh, yeh!
Have a great weekend, everyone! And pop over to Ce Soir Arts for some dancing, relaxing, and wandering about the venue spaces. Enjoy the gorgeous landscapes in DREAMSCAPES by the astounding artist Carlotta Ceawlin, on exhibit at the Gallery and Conservatory at Ce Soir through January.
Even during these past several months as we’ve been taking it a bit slower than 2012 and earlier in 2013, we do like to be busy at Ce Soir Arts. Wonderful artists such as Owen Landar – who shared his newest (and quite astounding) photographic art with us in December 2013 – and Carlotta Ceawlin – whose lovely, mystical landscapes are on exhibit this month at both The Gallery and The Conservatory at Ce Soir Arts– are part and parcel of what we strive to do here: share beauty, express grace, have fun, and inspire creativity.
Well, folks, we’re getting ready to do just that this coming Friday, when one of our fave shows – FABFriday – will return, this time featuring six of SL’s finest musicians offering 30 minute sets to raise funds for Creations for Parkinsons TEAM FOX. To say that we are thrilled to be hosting this event would be an understatement. Like many people, we have someone near to us affected by Parkinson’s and are aware of its sometimes very serious manifestations. Fortunately, our friend is being effectively treated and is doing quite well – and that is testament to the outstanding research being done. The Michael J. Fox Foundation is funding many excellent research projects, and we want to help. So…come on over on Friday for three hours of outstanding music, rip-roaring fun (you HAVE seen the line-up, yes?), and an opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of many people – both now and in the future.
Here’s the deal:1) You come over and enjoy the shows. 2) You donate as much as you can to the charity-dedicated kiosk that Creations for Parkinsons founderBarbie Alchemi will have out (remembering that every single $L makes a difference). AND 3) I’ll match what you give, every half-hour, up to $L2,500 every 30 minutes. Whatever has been donated in each 30-minute timeframe will get doubled – right then and there. Simple! So come on over and break my bank!
It’s almost Thanksgiving and – whew! – my dental appointment got rescheduled, so now I’ll get to enjoy the feast tomorrow! WOOTS! Seriously, I am having a bit of work done, but it’s been delayed until after Christmas. I’m not too sad about this; in fact, it works out better for my schedule, so I’ll be spending the early part of the holiday season relaxing at home with family and friends – and enjoying SL and other virtual environs.
We had a glorious time with our Poet Laureate, Russell Eponym, yesterday at The Magic Tree Reading Spot in Ce Soir Arts. He was in top form and the lovely group who gathered was relaxed and simply delightful, as they always seem to be. What a wonderful hour of poetry, prose, wit, wisdom, and song we enjoyed! Thank you, Russell, for reading to us from such wonderful writers as yourself. When you share your memoirs, it’s absolutely enthralling!
If you missed this week’s reading, never fear! Russell will be reading again next Tuesday at Noon: it’s “same time, same channel,” folks! So come along and enjoy this weekly foray into literature and music that is truly the finest hour of the week. Do plan to join us at The Magic Tree next Tuesday!
That wonderful blogger and photographer Strawberry Singh has offered a fun meme this week. It’s about GEEKS, so you know I had to get involved. I mean, I’m not JUST a geek, but I think I do sort-of qualify. Read the following for more about GEEKDOM and me – and the marvelous Mireille!
What do you consider yourself to be? Geek? Nerd? Dork? None of the above? All of the above? – I’m not sure where I fit here. I’m definitely into intellectual topics, but I’m not nearly as technologically savvy as my better half. I think I’m kinda nerdy… ?? When it comes to Mireille, she’s so wonderfully intelligent and cosmopolitan – I sometimes wonder how it is she keeps hanging around with me, but then I remember: she loves me. I am one lucky guy!
What was the first computer you ever owned? – Oh, wow. We had one of those really early, really clunky models. I cannot remember what it was called, but it had a black screen with green type. Yikes! I think my Mum was a geek!Mireille had (when she was a mere child) a Commodore Amiga 1000. Anyone remember that? 1985…
When and how did you first get on the internet? – Our local ISP offered an online email for the first time in 1990. I dove in! Mireille also had an ISP-based email, also circa 1990. After that, we were HOOKED on the Internet. I remember my first search. I was looking for…BOOKS. Mireille says she first searched the Internet for some scientific information related to her future studies.
Which geek fandom do you subscribe to? – I am a Trekkie! Go ahead, ask me anything! If I don’t know the answer, I know exactly where to go to get it. Aeon Jenvieve-Woodford hears the strains of that beautiful music…and that voice…”to boldly go…” As for Mireille, she’s a bit into Star Trek as well, and she looks great in her Ship’s Counselor uniform! Needless to say, we’re both into virtual worlds! Enuf said! (Oh, and I like comics too! And have you seen the latest IronMan or Thor films?) Speaking of Thor…Mireille has always loved Thor. I would be jealous… OK, I’m jealous. hehe
Star Trek or Star Wars? – We are both Star Trek, all the way. But we’re also big fans of literature. From Beowulf to The Yellow Wallpaper, we’re into it – prose, poetry, and all!
How Geeky Are You? – We did take the test that Strawberry led us to. I scored a 48 and Mireille logged an 88. So, there ya have it! We’re both sorta geeky. Who knew? (Oh, all right! YOU!) hehe…
Thanks for stopping by! Have a WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING…and do pop on over to Ce Soir Arts to enjoy Russell and MoShang, as always, for a Thursday to remember! Mathilde Vhargon’s outstanding abstract art is still showing through the end of the month as well, so visit The Galleryand The Conservatory at Ce Soir Arts and enjoy!
We had an interesting day on Tuesday. Things were going along as usual to begin. We both decided to be on campus for the day, planning to work on a project together and with some colleagues. It was going swimmingly, with lots of laughter as we tackled the inherent issues and came to consensus on almost everything. The sun was shining in a party-cloudy sky and it seemed that Indian Summer was continuing. In other words, all was right with our world.
THEN: the world went dark. I mean PITCH-BLACK dark. We were already in the darkroom, looking at some stills, but this was beyond darkroom dark. We all made little exclamations of surprise, especially Mireille, who is – if I might be so bold as to reveal it here – a bit of a scaredy-cat when it comes to being in the dark. She has good reason, mind you. When she was small, the family vacation was a cross-country drive and they stopped to see some famous caves. The guide took them out on a rather narrow bridge-like walkway (I have actually been to this cave myself and it is a MAJOR drop over the sides). From there, as everyone looked about at the stalagmites and stalactites, they turned out the lights! Of course, this was done to educate the tourists just how dark dark can be, but it really scared little Mireille. (Aeon Jenvieve-Woodford whispers: Awwwww….)
Anyway, it was really dark and evident that power had been lost. It was just about an hour before M and I were to report in at Ce Soir Arts’The Magic Tree Reading Spot prior to a reading with the Poet Laureate of Ce Soir Arts, Russell Eponym at noon, SLT. Mireille wanted to rush home in case the power outage persisted, so she set out. She wasn’t gone a minute before the text message came in from the administration: the power was out all over the valley. M returned with pout on, and the group decided to meet for lunch and then went on our separate ways – to work in dim offices by battery power. Only M has one of those tech-y offices with back-up power and a view. I often complain about this, as I am on-campus every day and she just comes in when she likes. (Aeon Jenvieve-Woodford thinks: Must be nice!)
The bottom line is that we missed Russell. This is not good at all. We very much enjoy his readings, music, ponderings, and ruminations. His wisdom and talents are not-to-be-missed, and we were quite unhappy about the power-out and having to forego one of the most treasured hours at Ce Soir for this week. Of course, Russell managed things beautifully, and with his signature aplomb. Friends and new acquaintances gathered to enjoy the hour, and even without having been there to share the magic, that makes us happy indeed! Russell reported that a nice group gathered and that the hour went off without a hitch. And so, we now focus on the fun we will have on Thursday at 2 PM SLT at Ce Soir Arts Castle. Russellwill treat us to 90 minutes of his wonderful music and charm. Come join the Eponymous Family for this outstanding concert!
Thank you, Russell! Thank you everyone for your kindness and continued support. We truly appreciate each and every one of you and hope that times you spend at Ce Soir Arts will be enjoyable and uplifting to you. It’s always a lovely time when Russell is here…
We are very fortunate at Ce Soir Arts. Not only do we have the lovely venue spaces so lovingly appointed by the wonderful Mireille, we have the distinct pleasure of welcoming the discerning avatars who gather weekly to enjoy the readings and ruminations of the inimitable Russell Eponym. Of course, there are his musical shows as well – always a delight to all – but it is this hour of poetry and prose laced with Russell‘s wit and wisdom (and a song or two!) that is extra- special to me.
You see, I am a professor of English and Literature at a small college in the US. I teach both online and in the classroom, and I enjoy every moment I share with students eager to explore the vast array of breathtaking writings that await us every semester. Russell offers his very own outstanding work when he welcomes us to The Magic Tree Reading Spot, but he also peppers his time with us with some of the most glorious writings from across the broad spectrum of poetry and prose. Names such as Shakespeare, T.S. Eliot, and the delightful Pam Ayres are but a few of those Russell shares with us from across the ages to contemporary times. Drawing on theatre as well including the aforementioned Shakespeare, Russell brings us the finest to enjoy, and his delivery of an incredible array of genres and styles is simply astounding. How many times Mireille has glanced at me during one of Russell‘s programs, smiling at her own delight and that evident on my face as Russell travels the lines. It’s magical indeed!
Come join us this Tuesday – and every Tuesday – at NOON SLT for a delightful taste of Russell‘s store of knowledge and talent. His voice is so facile and his readings are invariably the best to be found anywhere. His choice of readings and music is perfection itself and everyone is taken by the joy of it.
Don’t miss this! Do come and enjoy! You are always welcome at Ce Soir Arts, but what better time to visit than when Poet LaureateRussell Eponym is here!
We had a grand time with Hallowe’en at Ce Soir Arts. Those eerie skies in royal purple, dotted with sparkly stars and appointed in wispy white clouds that rushed past the horizon – it was just as on a spooky night with goblins afoot… It was indeed a frightfully delicious time!
Of course, Mireille placed some of her darker Words & Pictures in at the Ce Soir Arts Gallery, and what fun we had as some of our friends saw it for the first time! Who knew…? Well, I did, and you all have much to look forward to in coming months as I have finally talked M into sharing some of her work in SL. Who knows? Perhaps one day, she’ll bring in some of her outstanding mosaics. These are prized for their beauty and thematic richness. Cross your fingers, and perhaps, just perhaps…!
IRL, we enjoyed autumn weather and the onslaught of ghosts and other scary figures at the door, seeking tricks or treats. Mireille, of course, had brought in the best of treats. Like most people, safety is a big concern, and one of our local (and world-renowned) organic restaurants prepared special sealed packets for the trick-or-treaters – filled with surprisingly delicious natural fare. They offered an array of things that people could choose, so even if everyone on your block went there for their treats, they’d all be different. At our house, each child received a very large and wonderful caramel apple, a tasty popcorn ball, a pack of sugar-free gum, and…a little packet of decorated Langues de Chat cookies. YUM-O! (Yep! I ate a bunch o’ that stuff!)
We also had a spooktacular time with Ce Soir Arts Poet LaureateRussell Eponym reading at the suddenly ghostly Magic Tree Reading Spot on his usual Tuesday. It was a frightfully good time! Russell can do pretty much ANY voice you can imagine and his selections are always spot-on. We thrilled and chilled through the hour and a fine time was had by all. (What’s that noise?…A SCREECH?…ooooooooooooh!)
Russell then came in and sang his signature music on Thursday, and most everyone was in costume – including Russell who was very scary in a friendly sort of Frankensteinian way. The music, as always, was superb – and the Eponymous Family (and a very nice group of new friends) were dressed in an array of Hallowe’en and other lovely finery. What a beautiful 90-minute show! Come join us for this kind of fun and frolic every Thursday at 2 PM SLT. Even on just your average Thursday, there’s a grand time to be had with Russell and fiends. I mean…friends!
To groove us out into the night, the Sound Jeweler, MoShang Zhao came in to deliver the distinctly Hallowe’en-y CHILL. It was a great hour of exceptional chilltronica by the wizard from Taiwan. We were all laid-back and groovin’ to these rich and varied sounds that seem to float about the castle when MoShang is here. As always, it was (as M is fond of saying) an elegant slide into the night…the dark, foreboding night (in this case); it was, after all, Halowe’en! Do come round next Thursday night at 8 PM SLT for another soothing, energizing dose of the best electronica around!
Still taking it nice and easy at Ce Soir Arts, we thank you all for your continued encouragement. M is feeling better and better…and we have some great things coming as winter hints that it plans to blanket us in snow and beauty. For one thing, there’s an incredible new art exhibit just around the corner – and more poetry and theatre ahead. More Gothica coming your way as well, so stay tuned, folks! The lights will indeed lead you home…
Move over, M! It’s me! I have a few things to say this day too…
As you all know, we’re slowly easing our way back to a more active calendar at Ce Soir Arts, mostly because Mireille still tires pretty quickly and because we want the optimum experience for ourselves and everyone. She may be doing remarkably well (considering!), but we need to be gentle where she is concerned. I very much thank you all for your kindness and understanding!
Thursdays have long been filled with fun at Ce Soir Arts! At 2 PM SLT, Russell Eponym joins us for his own folk, blues, and beyond – streaming in LIVE from Wales. Come along and join us at Ce Soir Castle for Russell‘s unique take on some of the best music ever written including some outstanding covers and his own exceptional compositions. His way with a guitar (banjo, mandolin, and even the kazoo) is second to none and you’ll definitely enjoy both his 6- and 12-string guitar fingerstyles as well as his velvety vocals. He has an extensive repertoire that just keeps growing, and there’s something for everyone; humour, love songs, and folk tales set to music fill the hour – along with Russell‘s inimitable style and the banter amongst the lovely Eponymous Family who gathers to enjoy his captivating sound..
THEN, at 8 PM SLT, the Chillmaster, MoShang Zhao joinsus – as he does every Thursday – at Ce Soir Castle. Come on over and relax to the soothing yet energizing sounds of the ever-evolving chilltronica – delivered LIVE and with love from Taiwan. MoShang is an exceptional musician whose sound innovations just keep on coming. His technological genius is something to behold, and you can’t help but dance, for even when the music soothes, it’s about movement and magic. Don’t miss this truly unique sound that travels around the globe to reach us all where we meet at Ce Soir Castle. Super Typhoon Usagi seems to have missed Taiwan, but there was LOTS of rain! We are thinking of you and yours, MoShang!
You have likely noticed as well that the beautiful Catalan artist Xirana Oximoxi has returned to Ce Soir Arts Gallery(and The Conservatory) with a group of excellent new works. Each of the paintings and sculptural pieces are available for purchase; each one is a part of this collection for a reason, although they shine on their own merits. Xirana‘s abstract, impressionistic interpretations are stand-outs and the landscapes evoke an undeniable sense of presence with nature. African themes meander through the exhibit to delight you, and the sculptures are both elegant and playful in feeling.
Xirana‘s artwork will be on exhibit throughout the month of September (and beyond, if we can convince her to stay a week or so longer), so do come by and take some time enjoying her work. You’ll be so pleased you did!
Don’t forget! We also continue with the Poet Laureate of Ce Soir Arts,Russell Eponym, and his weekly readings at The Magic Tree Reading Spot. This magical hour (Noon SLT, every Tuesday) seems to grow richer with depth and delight each week, as Russell shares from across the poetic landscape. Each week, he opens with music and then wafts into a very special Thought for the Day that inspires us all. Then…the poetry and other readings ensue. It is always such a pleasure to listen to Russell, for his acumen, sensitivity, and impeccable readings are a joy! It’s a comfortable, cozy atmosphere, so do come join us every Tuesday for an hour you will treasure.
We’ll return to a more usual schedule, but we’ve seen the wisdom of moving deliberately and with care. We thank each and every one of you for your continued understanding and encouragement. Thank you for visiting at Ce Soir Arts – and please come any time to enjoy the gardens, the art, the lovely music stream. Dance, relax, and enjoy yourselves!
We’re easing our way back to a more full calendar at Ce Soir Arts, mostly because Mireille still tires pretty quickly and because she needs a bit more time between typing sessions. She’s doing remarkably well, but one thing that is very important to me is that she enjoy her time in-world. While we both are avid SLers, we want the optimum experience here at Ce Soir Arts – for us and for everyone!
Speaking of optimum experiences…the wonderful Catalan artist Xirana Oximoxireturns to Ce Soir Arts Gallery(and The Conservatory) with a group of new works that must be seen. Paintings and sculptural pieces are here for you to enjoy and purchase; each one is its own work that can stand alone, but which finds a welcoming niche in this collection. You’ll find her abstract, impressionistic interpretations striking to say the least, and her landscapes evoke a sense of presence with nature that is delightful. The African themes that meander through the exhibit are bright and full of life, and Xirana’s sculptures are both elegantly moderne and playful. I am partial to her colorful giraffes as they bring a feeling of freedom and happiness; they just might have found a home nearby!
Xirana‘s artwork will be on exhibit throughout the month of September, so do come by and take some time with her work. Enjoy the balance of both variety and integrity of this exquisite exhibit and join us for a celebration of her work at some point in the month; it will be a wonderful occasion and we look forward to it!
To go along with this optimum artistic experience, we continue this week with the Poet Laureate of Ce Soir Arts, Russell Eponym, and his weekly readings at The Magic Tree Reading Spot. This magical hour seems to grow richer with depth and delight each week, as Russell shares from across the poetic spectrum. Each week, he shares music, literature, and a very special Thought for the Day that inspires us all. Come join us today at Noon SLT – and every Tuesday – for an hour you won’t soon forget.
Russellalso joins us for his own folk, blues, and beyond every Thursday at 2 PM SLT. Join us at Ce Soir Castle for Russell‘s unique take on some of the best music ever written including covers and his own exceptional compositions. His way with a guitar (banjo, mandolin, and even the kazoo) is second to none and you’ll definitely enjoy both his 6- and 12-string guitar fingerstyle as well as his velvety vocals. He has an extensive repertoire that just keeps growing, and there’s something for everyone; humour, love songs, and folk tales set to music fill the hour – along with Russell‘s inimitable style and the lovely Eponymous Family who gathers to enjoy.
In addition – and not to be missed – is the Chillmaster, MoShang Zhao who will be with us – as he is at 8 PM SLT every Thursday – at Ce Soir Castle. Come on over and relax to the soothing yet energizing sounds of the ever-evolving chilltronica – delivered LIVE and with love from Taiwan. MoShang is an exceptional musician whose sound innovations just keep on coming. His technological genius is something to behold, and you can’t help but dance – even when the music soothes, it’s about movement and magic. Don’t miss this truly unique sound that travels the globe to reach us all where we meet at Ce Soir Castle. We love it – and we know you will too!
We’ll return to a more usual schedule soon, but we’ve seen the wisdom of moving deliberately at this time. We thank each and every one of you for your continued understanding and encouragement. Thank you for visiting at Ce Soir Arts – and please come any time to enjoy the gardens, the art, the lovely music stream. Dance, relax, and enjoy this place of peace.
Something special at the Ce Soir Arts Gallery through the end of August…
Since we are on vacation, you’re stuck with me here at the blog. I know…I’m not nearly as prolific or interesting as Mireille, but…bear with me!
Something good is going on at the Ce Soir Arts Gallery. Mireille is an artist and writer. She does not share this information often, nor has she – in our 18 months of venue/gallery ownership – had an exhibit of her own. She so enjoys working with others to show their work in a way that pleases them, to encourage their continued explorations, to watch others enjoy the expressive vision of an artist or poet. And she’s very good at that; it brings her joy. She and her niece also work closely together and it is a joy for all of us in the family to see what the two of them cook up together. You should have seen that wedding, for one thing. That was really something special.
So…let me return to the topic at hand. We’re on this vacation, and I casually mention to M that the gallery is empty. She knew that, of course, as it was planned. “I have something special coming up in September,” she assured me. And yes, she does! One of our faves is returning with some new works to share. It’s exciting, and we know you will enjoy that exhibit! (Mums the word, for now, though.)
I am known as a pretty persuasive guy – sometimes. And look what I did! I talked Mireille into exhibiting some of her “Words & Pictures” at the Ce Soir Arts Gallery! She has several themes in her artistic arsenal – with some wild photos and great illustrative poems to go with (or vice-versa). But she also has some quiet, sweet, and less ponderous work to share, and so that’s what she has chosen to do for her first venture. She reminded me that she’s “just learning” about SL photography, but I think she’s got something going there already. Visit the Ce Soir Arts Gallery where – just until the end of August – you can enjoy a sampling of her lighter photos and verse. I can’t wait until she shares some of that darker art of hers, but I love what she’s sharing now (even the photos with me in them are great). Go check it out and you’ll see what I mean.
Speaking of art…
Speaking of art…have you seen The Chromatic Diariesmachinima by Anim8tor Cathy and company (the undisclosed studio)? If you’ve not, you’re really missing out on something special. Mireille found it through Honour McMillan‘s great blog. Do click on over to one of those sites and see this wonderful piece of cinematography; it’s beautiful. It’s in memory of a friend who has passed, and it is a tender and lovely tribute. It will move you with its theme and delight you with its professionalism. Well worth your time, my friends.
Well, that’s all for me today. I have some things to tend to and an elegant and lovely wife to take to dinner. See you soon!
Oh, and that third something special? Next time! hehe…
Ah…the vacation continues, and we’re really enjoying the downtime. Mireille continues to improve with her injuries and we’ve gotten a lot done around home. Soon, we’ll turn our attentions to SL, but for right now, we’re taking a little trip for relaxation and fun. Before we go, I’ll pop in-world to check on things and Mireillehas a couple of little projects including a little something for the gallery. I’ll also remind our Subscribe-O friends of the following schedule:
These two are exceptional and both have been with us from our very first week at Ce Soir Arts. Don’t miss Russell‘s dynamic readings and ruminations at The Magic Tree Reading Spot in Ce Soir at noon on Tuesday – or his fine singing and playing in The Castleon Thursday at 2 PM. Both are wonderful ways to invest an hour! Then, join MoShang in The Castle at 8 PM on Thursday for a truly fine concert of unique and groovin’ chilltronica that will soothe and energise you. Sounds like a plan to me – and this schedule will continue throughout the month – and beyond!
NOTE: You can use the teleportation system at the Venue Landing Point to get around the many locales at Ce Soir including The Magic Tree Reading Spot and upstairs in The Castle(Main Venue).
Mimi will be around to send out notices and will come by as her schedule allows, so these shows will go on as usual. Do drop in. Russell and MoShang will be happy to see you – and you’ll have a great time, guaranteed! We might even show up – although next week is more likely for us. We do miss our usual activities, but this vacation is very special. Not only is Mireille getting the care she needs for her wrist, etc., we’re getting some quality quiet time together. We always ensure that we have that, and when we’re online together during a show – whether we’re sitting next to each other on the sofa, lying about on the deck, or stationed across the room from one another, we’re having a ball! Thank you all for that…and for so much more!
Greetings! Aeon here. Mireille is coming along with physical therapy and the like, and she’ll soon be back to drive us all crazy, er…delight us! 🙂
I came in-world this morning to check on things, and was greeted by a very nice surprise from one of the most well-respected bloggers writing about Second Life: Chloé Seljan. Of course, this lovely lady does much more than blog, although hers is one we read routinely for wonderful perspectives on what’s happening in-world. The information is always timely and the photography is always top-notch.
In fact, Chloé – with her associate Taylor Flanagan – owns and manages a wonderful place in SL where you can often find a number of delightful events: PotPourri Markets (they’re planning something special, so you might not be able to get there just now – read on!). Visit theinformative blog that Chloé also oversees to keep up with them – and do visit the location when available, as it is always a lovely environment rich with colour and themes to enchant visitors, not to mention some very fun and entertaining events! They are already in the planning stages for one of our favourite holidays:HALLOWE’EN! It’s 2013, so we’re expecting it’s going to be full of fright and ghoulish fun!
Read on in the blog, and you can also catch up with a review of the many beneficial and enjoyable activities this group put together for the fabulous SL10B by Us. We were excited and happy to be a small part of that series of events celebrating the 10th Birthday of Second Life! Several of the events held by the group benefited the wonderful work of Brique Topaz and Feed-A-Smile. Do check that out as well and get yourself over to the Lavender Field to enjoy great music by some of SL‘s best entertainers and donate meals to feed the Kenyan children being schooled in the programme. Just $L100 feeds a child a healthy meal, so pop on over and drop some Linden Love on those children – even if there’s not a show going on at the moment. You’ll be glad you did!
Oh! I almost forgot to tell you about the surprise! There’s a post you must see on Chloé‘s other blog – CloClo in Second Life – a delightfully informative blog that she maintains to share her explorations of various sims and events in SL. This post is about Ce Soir Arts! Beautifully written and quite flattering to us, it’s a sweet piece of writing with some of Chloé‘s stunning photographs. Wow. Thank you, Chloé! What a nice thing! We are on vacation now, so the schedule of events is a bit attenuated this month, but there are shows happening (see earlier post for details). The Ce Soir Arts Gallery is presently vacant, but that’s about to change! Something very special is coming in for latter August and we have the return of one of our favourites – Catalan artist Xirana Oximoxi – with new works to share in September. We are excited about both, so do check back – and look for some announcements soon!
Again, we thank Chloé for her kind and lovely post about Ce Soir Arts. We are about inspiration here, and we feel doubly inspired on reading her posting. What a treat for us! Merci bien !
We’ve been rather derelict in our blogging duties since Mireille injured her wrist. Well…I’ve been derelict, since she hasn’t hardly been able to type. My apologies for being so absent here, but we’ve been busy – and now that we’re formally on vacation – we’re almost busier than ever! Mireille has her physical therapy and we are still working on projects to bring our house and property back to its pre-storm/storm/community fire/storm/storm/storm condition. To say that we’ve had enough rain to last awhile would be an understatement. Funny how elevation plays such a role in that (he muses)…
Anyway, there’s lots more to report on besides the weather! We are mostly away from SL through the month, although you are likely to see one or both of us from time-to-time. We do need to check on things and we enjoy seeing friends and perhaps enjoying a show or two when we can. Speaking of shows…both RUSSELL EPONYM and MOSHANG ZHAO are continuing their weekly programmes at Ce Soir through the month of August. Here’s the official vacation schedule:
That FABFRIDAY idea’s a good one, so look for one of those late in the month. We had such a great time, last time, so we’ll try to have at least some of the same shows on that fun day, and then – sooner than any of us can imagine – we’ll be back to a more full calendar. It might be a bit lighter for awhile, but don’t worry – your faves from the Ce Soir Society will be playing again soon!
That said, we hope you’re having a fine wrap on your summer (and for our friends “down under,” we hope your spring will arrive soon and bring you lots of sunny days)! We thank every one of you who has sent a note, dropped an IM, or just had a thought of us. Ce Soir is about inspiration, and where do we find it? IN YOU!
The place is open and music is playing, so do go on over and dance, relax, and enjoy some time in the loveliness that is Ce Soir. Look for some interesting things coming up in the fall – including perhaps a whole new place to enjoy! (Hint! Hint!)
We’re pretty excited about tonight’s shows at Ce Soir Castle – and who wouldn’t be?
The lovely SAMM QENDRA is up first at 4 PM SLT and her show is always outstanding. That rich voice with such sensitive interpretations thrills listeners all over the grid. From Broadway hits to the best in easy-listening, this vocalist invites us on a journey of song. Her vocal range is astounding and her connection with her audience touching. Come enjoy Samm and her soul-stirring music. You do not want to miss this opportunity to enjoy what is always a simply stunning performance. Come listen!
Then…in his regular every-other-Wednesday slot at 5 PM SLT, VOODOO SHILTON will take the stage and provide us with a half-hour of his powerful, tender guitar that will move your soul and uptempo tunes that will get your heart racing. Take a world tour, Voodoo-style, with an array of acoustic guitar stylings with an international flavour. Come hear this accomplished musician and have some FUN! Dual streaming with MULDER WATTS at the half-hour!
After MULDER and VOODOO continue the dual stream for another half-hour, MULDER will take the stream and treat us to his voice that is a powerful instrument, ringing rich and clear over the base of lush guitar or keys that he plays so well. Modulating vocals from tender sweetness to cool downtown edge, Mulder invites us into the music, and we follow! A prolific songwriter, Mulder is guaranteed to offer us a unique and opulent tapestry of sound and meaning.
As you know, we’re a bit untimely with things due to Mireille having hurt her wrist. She’s doing well and you’ll soon hear from her again. Until then, I’ve been trying to keep up – or catch up. Some good things have come to Ce Soir Arts in the last couple of weeks, and one is a person who has come to sing or recite at Ce Soir Arts from our very first day: the beloved poet, musician, artist and actor, the inimitable Russell Eponym.
As all his fans and friends do, Mireille and I have deeply valued knowing him for some time. His talents and intellectual acumen are keen and expansive; his personality gregarious and charming; and his kindness legendary. To say that we wanted – from the very first moment – to have Russell as our Poet Laureate and Artist-in-Residence would be an understatement, for there were many conversations about that very topic…we just didn’t ask – until recently. In his most gracious way, Russell kindly accepted. We were ebullient! So, Mireille set to work on a card and certificate to formalise it all, and she did a lovely job, as you will see below.
On 09 July, following yet another of his outstanding, sensitive, and engaging readings at The Magic Tree Reading Spot in Ce Soir, we spoke these words in the presence of many of his beloved friends and followers, all of whom we cherish as well:
AEON: Since we opened Ce Soir Arts in 2012, we’ve enjoyed many happy hours listening to Russell read, ruminate, and sing. Several of you have joined us for those hours and have been uplifted and encouraged, right along with us. Russell has a very special quality that we all admire; his many talents in music, poetry, and all the arts are a gift to him – and by his generosity – to us and to many others as well.
MIREILLE: As we have enjoyed these hours, it came clear to Aeon and to me that we must formally honour Russell for his many accomplishments in the arts and in his work in SecondLife and at other grids across the metaverse. His history is rich with education and artistry, and his willingness to reach across the world to share such beauty is testament to his depth and caring as a person and as an artist. Therefore, today, we formally bestow upon him titles by which we have referred to him from the beginning.
AEON: We welcome Russell now as the POET LAUREATE OF CE SOIR ARTS and as the ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE here as well. Mireille has created a certificate for Russell that is contained in a card and she will now pass this to him with our deepest gratitude and respect.
MIREILLE: Russell, you are indeed someone very special to all of us here today – and to every member of the wonderful Eponymous Family. At Ce Soir Arts, we hold you in the highest esteem, and hereby name you POET LAUREATE OF CE SOIR ARTS and as ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE here. Thank you, dear Russell!
Russell‘s gracious agreement and appreciation were expressed and cheers rose from the crowd. It was a fine moment at Ce Soir Arts, and one we shan’t ever forget! Now, we embark on more readings, ruminations, thoughts of the day, cherished musical interludes – as well as regular and delightful concerts with Russell. Indeed, Tuesdays and Thursdays are our favourite days at Ce Soir!
Do come join us! In fact, this very day, Russell is to read:
♫ ♬*☆* NOON SLT – 23 July – LIVE at Ce Soir *☆*♬ ♫
Russell Eponym, Poet Laureate of Ce Soir Arts, will join us for an hour of reading, rumination, and song that will delight and educate. His extensive knowledge, kindly spirit, and lively wit and wisdom make every hour an unforgettable experience. Reading from an eclectic mix of some of the best poets and writers of all time, Russell keeps us in rapt attention. Sharing his own original writing, he brings us insight and enlightenment, as his Thought for the Day opens us to new ideas and dreams. Russell generally opens with a beautiful selection of music from across the artistic horizon and then brings out the guitar for an original song or two as well. Join us at The Magic Tree Reading Spot. It is magical!