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A stellar performance of an old-time fiddle song, Angelina Baker, during which the banjo player and a guitar player break strings at the same time. The fiddle player never misses a beat.
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I have made dozens and dozens of these, trimmed with tassels or chainette or just plain dangling objects. Hard use does not faze them... Ruric has some she's been using as student lenders for TEN YEARS. 
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Edward Gorey is always a part of my end-of-year rituals. Click on the yellow cover and scroll through.

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"In Ireland it is still the tradition to place the statues of the Three Kings in the crib on Twelfth Night or, at the latest, the following Day, Little Christmas."
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The death of screen legend Faten Hamama at the weekend reminds us that Egyptian cinema was developed by a group of remarkable, strong women.
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Found it in one of Shira's FB posts.  It's a very illuminating article.
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Marco Polo describes how fire worship came to Persia.

THE TRAVELS OF MARCO POLO
CHAPTER XI : OF THE PROVINCE OF PERSIA.

"...After three days journey you come to a castle which is called Palasata, which means the castle of the fire- worshippers ; and it is true that the inhabitants of that castle worship fire, and this is given as the reason. The men of that castle say, that anciently three kings of that country went to adore a certain king who was newly born, and carried with them three offerings, namely, gold, frankincense, and myrrh: gold, that they might know if he were an earthly king; frankincense, that they might know if he were God; and myrrh, that they might know if he were a mortal man. When these magi were presented to Christ, the youngest of the three adored him first, and it appeared to him that Christ was of his stature and age. The middle one came next, and then the eldest, and to each he seemed to be of their own stature and age. Having compared their observations together, they agreed to go all to worship at once, and then he appeared to them all of his true age. When they went away, the infant gave them a closed box, which they carried with them for several days, and then becoming curious to see what he had given them, they opened the box and found in it a stone, which was intended for a sign that they should remain as firm as a stone in the faith they had received from him. When, however, they saw the stone, they marvelled, and thinking themselves deluded, they threw the stone into a certain pit, and instantly fire burst forth in the pit. When they saw this, they repented bitterly of what they had done, and taking some of the fire with them they carried it home.

"And having placed it in one of their churches, they keep it continually burning, and adore that fire as a god, and make all their sacrifices with it; and if it happen to be extinguished, they go for more to the original fire in the pit where they threw the stone, which is never extinguished, and they take of none other fire. And therefore the people of that country worship fire. Marco was told all this by the people of the country; and it is true that one of those kings was of Saba, and the second was of Dyava, and the third was of the castle. "
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Vanessa Giddings made herself some Turkish costume pieces and posted a charming narrative and the schematics on her own web site. Shira has given the project the wider audience it deserves by providing a second home for it on Shira.net.

Vanessa Giddings describes her research into Turkish Ottoman costuming items and provides patterns for making your own.
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Dunno.  But the way they crowd ads into the most valuable space on the page, I'd be surprised if too many do it seriously.
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The Golden Journey To Samarkand

We who with songs beguile your pilgrimage
And swear that Beauty lives though lilies die,
We Poets of the proud old lineage
Who sing to find your hearts, we know not why, -

What shall we tell you? Tales, marvellous tales
Of ships and stars and isles where good men rest,
Where nevermore the rose of sunset pales,
And winds and shadows fall towards the West:

And there the world's first huge white-bearded kings
In dim glades sleeping, murmur in their sleep,
And closer round their breasts the ivy clings,
Cutting its pathway slow and red and deep.

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And how beguile you? Death has no repose
Warmer and deeper than the Orient sand
Which hides the beauty and bright faith of those
Who make the Golden Journey to Samarkand.

And now they wait and whiten peaceably,
Those conquerors, those poets, those so fair:
They know time comes, not only you and I,
But the whole world shall whiten, here or there;

When those long caravans that cross the plain
With dauntless feet and sound of silver bells
Put forth no more for glory or for gain,
Take no more solace from the palm-girt wells.

When the great markets by the sea shut fast
All that calm Sunday that goes on and on:
When even lovers find their peace at last,
And Earth is but a star, that once had shone.

- James Elroy Flecker
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"For many Bulgarian villagers the terms muzika ('music') and muzikant ('musician') do not include singing and singers. The terms peene ('singing') and pesen ('song') refer to the domain Americans might call 'vocal music.' This division of what Americans regards as the single category of 'music' into two categories corresponds to the social division of labor, in which men are almost exclusively the instrumentalists and the women are the best singers and the creators of many of the song texts...The narrow pitch range of Shop [region] songs creates an intensely dissonant effect, at least to most American listeners. However, when interviewed, the singers say the sound is pleasant and smooth. They regard their harmony as, in effect, consonant. The women appreciate the pleasurable aesthetic effect of the clash between the two or three close-together tones. They say they are trying to make the harmony 'ring like a bell.' " -- Timothy Rice, 'Music in Bulgaria.'
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Faërie contains many things besides elves and fays,
and besides dwarfs, witches, trolls, giants, or dragons;
it holds the seas, the sun, the moon, the sky;
and the earth, and all things that are in it:
tree and bird, water and stone, wine and bread,
and ourselves, mortal men, when we are enchanted.
-- J.R.R. Tolkien, On Fairy-Stories
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I'm getting ready to suggest we don't let any more Christians into the US.
http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/18/us/virginia-school-shut-islam-homework/
Augusta County, Virginia, schools shut on sheriff's concerns about angry calls and emails over a world religion homework assignment on Islam at Riverheads High.
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World religions, but should still've picked another assignment. 
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The International Encyclopedia of Dance (six volumes) can run cost several hundred dollars if you buy it as a set. But if you buy the volumes one at a time, used, your total cost will be much lower. I bought individual volumes, used, on Amazon, for 1 cent to 16 dollars each, plus $4 shipping per book.
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"Music is a release from the tyranny of conscious thought."
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Fiddle player, costume maker, dance enthusiast, programmer, requirements analyst.  I am considered the epitome of feminine grace and tact .... in New York City.  Momster to three grown children.
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Everyone is employed and no one is in jail.
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Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
She's been my dentist for several years. Whatever problems she may have had with records handling were probably before her office automated their billing and scheduling; I've had nothing but fast and accurate billing and work estimates (her brother runs the office, and he is very efficient). Her office has done cleaning, filling, and bridgework and handled emergencies with dispatch. She and her staff care a lot about the quality of their work. In short, I'm a fan.
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He overhauled two fiddles for me and did it to my great satisfaction. He also has a nice stock of fiddles and bows; he sold me a 3/4 carbon bow for my travelling violin that he just 'happened' to have tucked away. A lovely place and a knowledgeable luthier. I am VERY fortunate to have him in my neighborhood!
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