Brace and Cooper: Writers in Residence Interview

first_imgI am really glad Eric Brace – long a writer for the Washington Post and front man for his D.C. based roots rock band, Last Train Home – decided to move to Nashville ten years ago.  If he hadn’t, he probably wouldn’t have met Peter Cooper, and the Americana world would have suffered for it.Brace – singer, songwriter, and founder/owner of Red Beet Records – and Cooper – singer, songwriter, Vanderbilt University professor, and writer for The Tennessean – have been churning out some of my favorite records of the last five years or so.Spin a Brace and Cooper record and Americana eras collide.  The duo writes and sings with the likes of Jim Lauderdale and Todd Snider while featuring venerable Americana instrumentalists like pedal steel master Lloyd Green and the late, great dobro player, Mike Auldridge.  Brace and Cooper also co-produced I Love: Tom T. Hall’s Songs of Fox Hollow, a tribute to Hall’s 1974 masterpiece, Songs of Fox Hollow.  The recording included icons like Patty Griffin and Bobby Bare and garnered Brace and Cooper a Grammy nomination for Best Children’s Album.  Such commitment to both past and present is not lost on me.Not too long ago, I had the opportunity to stay up into the wee hours of the morning with these two East Nashville stalwarts.  Over gourmet cupcakes and some of Kentucky’s finest bourbon, our conversation meandered through amazing musicians, great songs and songwriters, and the business of modern country.  More recently, I shot the duo a list of questions to answer about each other.  Their answers justify the providence of their meeting and prove that each is the yin to the other’s yang.BRO – First word that comes to mind when you think of your cohort?PC – Avuncular.  (Writer’s note – I had to look that up.  Means “having qualities of an uncle.”  I agree.  Eric is uncleish.)EB – Taller.  (Writer’s note –I didn’t have to look this one up, but I did find out that Eric is 6’3”, so this is saying something.)BRO – Favorite song written by your cohort?EB – “Elmer The Dancer,” off of Peter’s solo record The Lloyd Green Album that I released on my Red Beet Records label in 2010.  It’s life and love and music and old ways and new ways and change and death and beauty and dancing.  Can’t beat it.PC – “Hendersonville,” because it works as a lovely tribute to John and June Carter Cash yet also manages to delve into the reasons for making music.  “Hendersonville” is a song that is small and tight, and then gets bigger, until we all realize we are in the same frame.BRO – Better on the road iPod disc jockey?PC – We use CDs rather than iPods because of the sound quality.  I’d say I’m the better on the road disc jockey, because I have better classic country and Everly Brother collections.EB – Peter, by far.  He knows a zillion songs and has them all at his fingertips, and he always finds the right ones for whatever road trip we are on.  If it’s not song time, we turn on Marc Maron’s podcasts or MLB games.  Anything to keep Peter from talking.BRO – If not cowboy boots, then . . . .EB – Big, doofy sneakers.  Peter says they’re comfortable.PC – Really ugly, but really comfortable, running shoes, like Willie Nelson wore in the ‘70s.BRO – Best part of playing with your cohort?PC – Eric has a big, warm voice that makes it hard to mess up a harmony.  It’s like someone cushioned the guard rails that I would otherwise be slamming into.EB – Singing close harmony throughout so many songs.  It’s a rare thing, and not many people do it these days, or can do it, and Peter’s great at that.  Plus, standing next to him makes me look like Brad Pitt.  Without the hair.BRO – Cupcakes or bourbon?EB – Bourbon, unless it is 2 A.M. after a gig.  Then it’s bourbon AND cupcakes.  Together, mashed up in a bowl.  Seriously.  We love that.PC – Bourbon cupcakes.  That was easy.You can check out “Boxcars” from The Comeback Album, Brace and Cooper’s most recent release, on this month’s Trail Mix.  For information on upcoming shows or to order up any of their excellent recordings, surf over to read more

Raiders’ Antonio Brown reportedly files another grievance against NFL over helmet issue

first_img Antonio Brown needs to be ‘all in or all out,’ Raiders GM Mike Mayock says Ezekiel Elliott unhappy with Jerry Jones’ ‘Zeke who?’ comment, agent says The NFL and Brown had reached a compromise which would have allowed him to use the helmet model he likes if he could find one made within the past 10 years. But, the league reversed that decision Sunday after the helmet went through additional testing, according to ProFootballTalk. Brown then skipped Oakland’s practice. “Here’s the bottom line,” Raiders general manager Mike Mayock said Sunday. “He’s upset about the helmet issue. We have supported that, we appreciate that. At this point, we’ve pretty much exhausted all avenues of relief. So, from our perspective, it’s time for him to be all in or all out. We’re hoping he’s back soon.”We’ve got 89 guys busting their tails. We’re really excited about where this franchise is going and we hope A.B. is going to be a big part of it, starting Week 1 against Denver. End of story.”GM Mike Mayock issued a statement today regarding Antonio Brown.— Oakland Raiders (@Raiders) August 18, 2019Brown reportedly returned to the Raiders on Monday as the team broke training camp. No practice or walkthrough was held.The Raiders held a team meeting today as camp breaks, and Antonio Brown was there. As a point of clarification, there was no practice or walk through held today in Napa.— Scott Bair (@BairNBCS) August 19, 2019The Raiders acquired Brown from the Steelers in March in exchange for draft picks. He caught 74 touchdown passes and made seven Pro Bowls during his nine seasons with Pittsburgh. Raiders’ WR Antonio Brown filed a new grievance against the NFL in an attempt to be able to wear the helmet he wants, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 20, 2019A report from adds: “(Brown is) arguing that he should be afforded the same rights provided to other NFL players to have a 1-year grace period to phase out his helmet in the 2019 season. He claims the NFL is arbitrarily applying rules.”The helmet Brown wore with the Steelers is no longer on the NFL’s approved list. He lost an arbitration appeal to use the old model earlier this month and reportedly threatened to retire if he couldn’t use the helmet. Related News Antonio Brown’s new helmet fails test; receiver reacts with harsh tweet The Antonio Brown helmet saga continues.The 31-year-old wide receiver has filed another grievance against the NFL over the issue, according to multiple reports, including one from ESPN.  Brown has also dealt with frostbitten feet, an injury caused by a cryotherapy equipment mishap, in training camp. The Raiders have two preseason games remaining before they host the Broncos in Week 1 action Sept. 9.last_img read more

Necking in the Dark: Evolutionists Clueless about Giraffes

first_imgEvolutionary storytelling about giraffes’ long necks goes back before Darwin, but all the tales have one thing in common: they don’t work. Doesn’t matter. Evolution marches on.Nature‘s Editorial this week should have been a supreme embarrassment. But when only evolutionary explanations are tolerated, those in power have no fear of shame. They can toss out various ‘narratives’ and ‘scenarios’ with alacrity, never needing to submit any of them to serious testing or debate. This editorial is a case in point: “Giraffes could have evolved long necks to keep cool,” the headline reads. “Another explanation offered for one of animal kingdom’s most distinctive features.”How did the giraffe get its long neck? The obvious answer — and some of you are probably shouting it at the page or screen right now — is that it evolved as a benefit that allowed the animals to reach and eat higher leaves. Perhaps. Probably, even. That was certainly Charles Darwin’s explanation. But it’s not certain, and other possible origins for one of the animal kingdom’s most distinctive features are still a topic of debate among zoologists and evolutionary biologists alike.So here in 2017, over 150 years since Darwin, evolutionists are still debating the neck of the giraffe. Further reading shows that no evolutionary theory works. Lamarck’s theory was wrong (that adults stretch their necks to reach higher leaves). Darwin’s theory was wrong (that necks evolved to be long first, then were found to be adaptive). Chapman Pincher’s 1948 theory was wrong (that the neck evolved so giraffes could reach water past their long legs; the authors claim that giraffe ancestors “had managed perfectly well with long legs and short necks for millions of years”). Sexual selection theories come and go (that females like long necks, or that males use them to battle for females).Surprisingly, the Editors have something nice to say about Lamarck’s defunct theory: “The French naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck suggested that giraffes’ necks became stretched as they constantly reached for foliage (an idea very much ahead of its time but for which he is sometimes unfairly ridiculed).” Maybe they refer to the fact that Darwin evolved to become more Lamarckian in later editions of the Origin. They wouldn’t want to indirectly disparage the hero of evolution.The latest story getting the Editors’ vote is that giraffes keep cool with longer necks in arid environments.And then there is thermoregulation. Originally, the suggestion was that long necks (and legs) significantly tilted the balance between volume and surface area that determines how quickly animals (and other bodies) gain and lose heat. Giraffes might look as if they have a larger than usual surface area compared with barrel shaped rhinos, elephants and others — but do they? It turns out that few people have tried to measure the surface area of enough giraffes to be sure. That’s what the scientists do in the latest study.They looked at measurements made for dozens of giraffes culled in Zimbabwe. They found that, pound for pound, the surface area of a giraffe is actually no larger than would be expected for any other animal of the same mass. And the creatures are no better at keeping cool, until, the scientists go on to suggest, they turn to face the Sun — as many giraffes are seen to do on hot days.That’s it. That’s the end of the Editorial. Sound convincing? What evolved, a behavior (turning to face the sun), or the neck? If this were a law of nature, every mammal in the same environment should either evolve a long neck, or learn to face the sun, or both. Why not just face the sun with a short neck? Why not just evolve to prefer shade? Why not evolve sunscreen, like the short-necked, fat hippos do? Why not evolve to live in the water, like the hippos? Why not evolve big ears to shed excess heat, like the elephants? Why not evolve to burrow underground? Why not become nocturnal? So many easier options exist for thermoregulation; why the long neck?The Editors fail to list the numerous random mutations that would have had to occur to evolve a long neck. The heart would have to get much stronger. The vertebrae would have to expand. The skull would need an absorbent tissue to prevent the giraffe’s brains from exploding every time it bent over for a drink. Valves in the veins would have to check rapid downward flow when bending over. A giraffe with a long neck but none of these engineering changes existing simultaneously would die.In the Journal of Creation last year, Jean K. Lightner compared neck vertebrae of okapi, giraffe and alleged intermediate fossil form Samotherium from a design perspective.Update 9/20/17: A new paper in PLoS One announces new post-cranial bones (ossicone, astragalus and metatarsal) of members of the giraffe family. The bones, found in Pakistan, they claim cover 1.3 million years of the Miocene epoch. The paper, “The earliest ossicone and post-cranial record of Giraffa,” contains a surprise (but not to creationists). Has the giraffe evolved? No; the fossils “demonstrate that the genus has been morphologically consistent over 9 million years.” The paper has nothing to say about evolution, Darwin, Lamarck or natural selection. Their last sentence affirms this was a surprise: “The described specimens are the first and only Miocene non dental material of Giraffa known, and are pivotal in our understanding of the ever-surprising genus.”The Nature editorial is so inane, it almost seems like the Editors are asking for spitballs and tomatoes. But nobody will shoot their ideas down, because they live behind impregnable walls that skeptical volleys cannot penetrate. Having outlawed all voices from intelligent design or creation scientists, the Darwin guards can just tell stories all they want, laugh, and get away with it. The lapdog media will be sure to honor them appropriately for their wisdom and scientific insight.Like Dr Bergman wrote yesterday, criticism of Darwinism is forbidden because it is politically incorrect. King Charlie’s domain is a totalitarian regime, where non-cooperators are Expelled to fend for themselves outside the walls of the castle. DODOs laugh among themselves, but never take a hit for their silly, unscientific stories. Do they hate creationists all the time? No, because they never hear them. How can you hate a non-entity? In Darwin Fantasyland, giraffes evolved long necks for one materialistic, unguided reason or another. How doesn’t matter. Stuff happens.(Visited 651 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Don’t Quit Before You Reach the Tipping Point

first_imgThe great Aikido master, Ikeda Sensei, says: “Aikido works. My aikido works. Your aikido may not work.”His point is simple and profound (and all you have to do is get close enough to him on the dojo mat and you will feel its profundity as you fly through the air, landing on your back). Ikeda Sensei has spent a lifetime on the mat mastering the fundamentals of his art. He has worked to gain a deep understanding of the principles of aikido. Ikeda Sensei’s aikido works because he didn’t quit, he didn’t give up, and he didn’t walk off the mat. He worked on his aikido, and he gave it time (In his case, a lifetime. You don’t need that long for the results you want).Why “It” Isn’t WorkingThe reason that whatever you are trying isn’t working is not because it doesn’t work. It’s that you haven’t given it enough time to work. You haven’t stuck with it long enough to begin to get results. It takes time for you to get a feel for things and to gain enough competency in “it” to get results.The reason what you are trying isn’t working is because you are giving up too soon.You’ve decided to work with a new approach to making cold calls. You try it for a couple days and find no change in your results. So you quit and quickly fall back into what feels comfortable.You adopt a new sales process. You go all in and do your best on a couple opportunities, but you can’t tell that it’s making a real difference. You set it aside and go back to doing what you have always done.Your company has a new offering. You don’t know if the market is right, if your market is ready. You go out and talk to a few customers and a dream client or two. No one seems overjoyed, so you go back to selling what you have always sold.Anytime you start doing something new, you have to give that new initiative time to reach the tipping point, the point in time when you have done it long enough to start getting results. But most people quit long before they get to that point. They never give themselves time to learn and to gain the competencies they need. They never give the new initiative a fair chance.Aikido works. But your aikido may not work.QuestionsWhat did you try and give up on before you should have?Why does it take some time before new things start to produce results?How much time should give something new before you write it off and go back to what you have always done?What should you be giving more time to now?last_img read more

QSST win Girls 18’s final at NYC

first_imgTwo touchdowns to captain Emily Reed has helped QSST beat NSWCHS in the 18’s Girls final at the X-Blades National Youth Championships in Coffs Harbour. Reed scored one touch down in each half to lead her team to a 6-2 win at BCU International Stadium.QSST and NSWCHS were worthy of their places in the final, being seeded 1 and 2 respectively in the tournament. Leading into the game, both teams had set the benchmark in attack and defence, with QSST only letting through 8 touchdowns in the carnival and NSWCHS only letting through 10.NSWCHS started the game off strong, with Melissa Peters scoring in her first set of six.QSST retaliated and were on the scorecard within the next set of six, scoring through Reed.The opening exchanges were intense, with plenty of ground being made by both teams. However, there was a lot of dropped ball early and QSST gave away several penalties, giving NSWCHS a great opportunity.Despite having several sets of six close to their line in the early stages of the game, NSWCHS were unable to capitalise and QSST pounced.QSST’s Alika Bedford put her team in front for the first time in the 13th minute, scoring in the corner to give the Queensland girls a 2-1 lead.Kirsty Quince scored for QSST 3 minutes later, on the back of a penalty from the NSW team. NSWCHS fought back quickly to score through Rachel Beck in the next set of six.Desperate defence from NSWCHS player, Jordan McGregor in the 19 minute, stopped the score from blowing out and QSST went to the halftime break leading 3-2.Reed was in again for QSST in the opening set of the second half, scoring her second touchdown. Betty Mareko scored 3 minutes later, blowing the score out to 5-2.After a Latisha Gary intercept in the 5th minute of the second half, NSWCHS’ Eliza Naseby was sin binned after an attempt to chase her down.Although NSWCHS had many opportunities in the second half, they were unable to convert these opportunities into points, despite back to back sets of six and ample time close to their line.QSST’s Latisha Gary intercepted the ball in the closing minutes of the game, to put the game beyond doubt for the Queensland girls, with QSST winning by 4 touchdowns.  Kirsty Quince was named player of the match, and Alicia Quirk was named 18’s Girls player of the championships.last_img read more

16 days agoDavid Moyes open to returning to Everton

first_imgDavid Moyes open to returning to Evertonby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveDavid Moyes is open to returning to Everton as manager.Struggling boss Marco Silva is coming under increasing pressure at Goodison Park.Moyes, who left Everton for Manchester United in 2013 after 11 years at Goodison Park, is now the bookies’ favourite to succeed Silva, should the Portuguese get the sack.The Mirror says Moyes wants a return to the Premier League, after turning down the offer of jobs in the Championship and League One in recent weeks.Moyes, who lasted just 10 months at United, is currently out of work after leaving West Ham in 2018, after six months in charge.But the 56-year-old, who also managed Real Sociedad and Sunderland post-United, is now the heavy favourite to become the next Toffees boss – for the second time. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Spanish Town Skills Training Centre Serving the Community for 20 Years

first_img For almost 20 years, the Spanish Town Skills Training Centre (STSTC) has been providing training for professionals, at-risk youth, non-certified and unskilled employees and employers, in partnership with the HEART Trust/NTA. Story Highlights After leaving secondary school, Ms Dixon faced several job rejections for the lack of employable skills, but with one year of training with the institution, she is now a permanent employee with a business establishment in the St. Catherine town centre. Student at the institution, 19-year-old Alexis Dixon, has high praises for the opportunities being provided to her through the Centre. For almost 20 years, the Spanish Town Skills Training Centre (STSTC) has been providing training for professionals, at-risk youth, non-certified and unskilled employees and employers, in partnership with the HEART Trust/NTA.Student at the institution, 19-year-old Alexis Dixon, has high praises for the opportunities being provided to her through the Centre.After leaving secondary school, Ms Dixon faced several job rejections for the lack of employable skills, but with one year of training with the institution, she is now a permanent employee with a business establishment in the St. Catherine town centre.She tells JIS News that, not only was she provided with the training opportunities but the Centre also sourced employment for her.“I cannot give them enough money for what they did for me, or tell them a million thanks,” she states.According to Ms Dixon, the Principal and instructors at the school, make concerted efforts to impart knowledge to the students, while also sharing life experiences as a way of encouraging growth and development. “It really motivated me to push forward,” she adds.She also encourages young persons in and around the Spanish Town area to get their training at the Centre.“[They should] definitely come to the Spanish Town Skills Training Centre. Don’t hide, it is really a great place, and if you want to move forward, that is the place that you can go,” Ms. Dixon states.Located at 56 Brunswick Avenue in Spanish Town, St. Catherine, the Centre offers training in areas such as Commercial Food Preparation, Levels One and Two; and Customer Engagement at Levels One and Two. In January 2019, the school will offer courses in Early Childhood Development.For former student, Rahean Bailey, he says he is grateful for the opportunity to have completed the Level Two programme in Commercial Food Preparation, and the job that the institution assisted him to obtain. He tells JIS News that in the future he hopes to become Executive Chef.Meanwhile, Manager at the STSTC, Ruth James, states that the vision to offer skills to youth from the area, and elsewhere, has been impactful.“We have seen so many young persons whose lives have been changed, and they are doing very well, all over the world, in the hospitality industry, business process outsourcing, and at front desks at hotels. We are impacting a great number of persons,” she reasons.Mrs. James tells JIS News that while the institution provides services primarily to students between the ages of 17 and 35 years, the school also continues to reach persons who are 35 and older.She informs that on an average, 50 to 70 students are engaged in the day and evening programmes.“We offer at least one month’s work experience, and on most occasions these persons have gained permanent employment with the places where they are sent for work experience,” the Manager shares.Mrs. James lauds the HEART Trust /NTA for providing training opportunities for young people, to gain the necessary skills needed for the work environment.“The standard of HEART Trust/NTA, is international; you can go to most countries with (their certificates) and get a job,” the Manager states.The STSTC mission is to empower participants through goal-oriented activities within an environment that is safe and conducive to learning, while promoting respect of self and others, as well as developing a positive attitude towards work skills, academics, certification and assessment, as required by the Heart Trust/NTA.In the meanwhile, President of the Central Jamaica Conference (CJC) of Seventh-day Adventists, Pastor Levi Johnson, who was a founding member of the STSTC in 1999, says the move to establish the school was in response to the needs of the communities in the area.Pastor Johnson, who headed the Spanish Town Seventh-day Adventist Church at the time, shares that the establishment of the Centre was a move to improve the quality of life for community members.He tells JIS News that the CJC provides resources to keep the institution going, and “once there is a need, we can’t say no to them; because we know how relevant the Skills Training Centre is. We see them as one of our key partners”.For Community Training Interventions Manager at the HEART Trust/NTA, Kevin Walker, institutions like the STSTC help the training agency to meet their mandate.For more information on the Centre, persons can call (876) 984-3571, (876) 419-2249, or email at [email protected]last_img read more

Sting To Be Honored By Third Street Music School Settlement

first_imgThird Street Music School Settlement, the nation’s longest running community school is pleased to announce this year’s Spring Gala, “Legends & Leaders” will honor Sting, Grammy Award winning musician and renowned philanthropist and Brenda Harris, Third Street Preschool teacher of 22 years.The gala, being held on May 16, pays tribute to honorees for their philanthropic contributions and leadership in supporting the arts and music education.A long time supporter of music education and an activist for creative arts, Sting will receive Third Street’s Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Arts, joining a roster of previous honorees that includes Yoko Ono, Harold Prince, Philip Glass, and Audra McDonald. The gala raises funds to support Third Street’s work in changing lives through music and arts will be hosted by Pat Kiernan, News Anchor of NY1.“I applaud Third Street Music School Settlement’s commitment to arts and culture and am honored to be celebrating with such a historic and essential organization,” said Gala Honoree Sting.“Third Street is proud to celebrate our 121st anniversary with two incredible honorees this year — Sting and Brenda Harris. We are delighted to acknowledge them for their long legacy of advocating and building musicianship and artistic creativity in their communities and beyond.” said Third Street Music School Settlement’s Anna-Maria Kellen Executive Director, Valerie G. Lewis. “The funds raised from the gala are crucial in ensuring that Third Street furthers our commitment in providing access and quality arts and music education for all those who seek its enrichment.”The Gala Co-chairs are Margaret Crotty and Rory Riggs, Carina Liebeknecht and Andrew Dietderich, Melanie and Neal McKnight, Katie and Matt Sperling. Anniversary Co-chairs include Lisa and Brian Byala, Annabelle Garrett, Jeannie Park and Larry Hackett. Honorary Co-chairs comprise of Barbara E. Field, Philip Glass and Harold Prince.Taking place at Capitale (130 Bowery in Lower Manhattan), the evening begins with a cocktail reception at 6:00pm, followed by dinner and an awards program at 7:00pm. This event will bring together hundreds of luminaries from the worlds of arts, culture, education, media, business, finance and philanthropy for a night of celebration and giving back. Support through attendance, live and silent auction participation and donations will help raise funds that will go towards scholarships and financial aid services for our students at Third Street.In attendance will be representatives from the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, Clarfeld Financial Services, Ernst & Young, Steinway & Sons, Putney, Twombly Hall & Hirson LLP, TD Bank and Westerman Construction Co., Inc. The official media sponsor of the gala is NY1.Tickets to the event start at $500 per person and $5,000 per table. For more information about the Third Street Music School Spring Gala, please contact Katherine Nemeth at 212-777-3240 ext. 26 or email [email protected] For updates, please visit in 1894, Third Street Music School Settlement is that nation’s longest running community music school with its roots tied to the late 19th century settlement house movement. Instrumental in establishing community arts education in the United States, Third Street has been changing lives and its community by providing access and high-quality music and arts instruction to students of all ages and backgrounds, regardless of artistic experience or economic circumstances. Today, Third Street serves over 5,000 students annually, helping them thrive in school and in life by promoting healthy personal and academic development, opening avenues to further study, sparking professional careers in the arts and instilling a lifelong love of learning.Located on East 11th Street in the heart of the East Village, Third Street offers early childhood classes, a unique music-centered preschool, after-school and Saturday programs for children and teens, as well as daytime and evening programs for adults. It also provides in-school arts education through more than 27 school and community partnerships across the city, as well as a year-round schedule of more than 250 public performances. Third Street alumni, many who are professional artists, include violist Masumi Per Rostad of the acclaimed Pacifica String Quartet; 1920’s hit-maker Irving Caesar 9Tea for Two, Bobby Lopez, co-writer of the hit Broadway musical Avenue Q and Academy Award-winning writer of “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen; Ingrid Michaelson, pop singer/songwriter with hits on the Top 40 charts; and Jessie Montgomery, recipient of the Sphinx Award.last_img read more