Live on Periscope: Gallery 246 ribbon cutting

Bruce I had a grand time this afternoon looking at beautiful art and chatting with the folks in our hometown as we got ready to cut the ribbon on a new art gallery in downtown Batesville, Ark.

To make things official, we had representatives from the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce (of course) and Mayor Rick Elumbaugh on hand.

I’m not a real artist, but I got to practice the “social media art” (I just made that up) of Periscoping during this fun event. It was only my third time to broadcast live with Periscope (a Twitter app), and I have to say I think I’m getting better at it. I held the camera steadier and maybe didn’t ramble quite as much as I did the first two times. (At least until the end, when we were gathered outside to wait for the official photo to be taken. Then I rambled.)

Here’s the video (14 minutes long), followed by some photos I took with my phone. (Note: Periscope doesn’t have a landscape mode, so this is shot in portrait mode. Maybe they’ll read Michael Hyatt’s recent post and get with the program!)

Sorry I didn’t get a shot of the storefront, but I’ll try to do that soon. At first I didn’t realize it was the store that used to belong to my dad’s cousin, Charles Insell (who passed away two years ago this month). It was The She Shop for several years, then Charlie’s Angels (a children’s store), then another retail store, and now an art gallery. Here’s a pic of the interior at the front of the space:

Gallery 246 interiorSome funky, fuzzy snakes that I just liked because they’re whimsical:

fuzzy snake artAnd a closeup:

funky fuzzy snakes closeupA girl who took advantage of the face painting (you’ll see her in the video getting the butterfly painted on). Her brother horned in on the first photo, but then she insisted he get out of the shot so I could photograph her alone. 🙂 Oh, brother!

girl with butterfly face paintThe face painting was courtesy of the multitalented Deborah Davidson, who also painted these:

Colorful paintings Deborah Davidson

I wish I could show you more photos, but I was so busy with the Periscope broadcast that I didn’t take as many still photos as usual. You will just have to drop by the gallery and see all the beautiful art for yourself.

And, hey, if you need some nice pieces for your home or office, I betcha they can help you out.

Gallery 246
243 E. Main St.
Batesville, AR 72501
(870) 668-3631

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Blogging from A-Z – music

Today’s post is brought to you by the letter “M.” (I’m blogging the alphabet in April. Read the details at Suzy & Spice here or the Blogging from A-Z page here.)

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ConfuciusQuoteMusic4I would hate to live in a world without music.

Can you imagine? I can’t.

There’s something indescribable about music, something it does to your soul – a filling of empty spaces you never realized you had.

(And yet I apparently feel the need to try to describe it.)

Music can calm, uplift, unite, honor, inspire, rally, heal …

Read this story about a music rehabilitation program for severely wounded soldiers.

Music is transcendent.

Wrap me up in a symphony like a cocoon that keeps me safe and warm, and soon I acquire enough energy to become invincible. The harsh light of reality doesn’t seem so bright anymore …

… when I listen to music.

(Music awakens the feeble poet in me, just a wee tiny bit.)

Music is basic. It brings clarity, strips away pretense, speaks to our insides.

“For me there is something primitively soothing about this music, and it went straight to my nervous system, making me feel ten feet tall.” – Eric Clapton

And I suppose you could say that, sometimes, it can alter reality. Can you relate?

“Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. … On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio.” – Hunter S. Thompson

I’m never the same after I listen to good music, even for a few moments.

“Music can change the world because it can change people.” – Bono

And even a standard poodle named Django can appreciate a good Beatles tune.

That’s my friend Conrad and his musically gifted dog playing “Norwegian Wood” along with a music student.

What’s your favorite kind of music?

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Tomorrow: N is for No.

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Spicy Sausage Jambalaya

Folks, here’s a great jambalaya recipe that’s healthy! Instead of using the typical andouille sausage, you use turkey andouille. And brown rice instead of white. And it’s wonderful!

In an unusual development, the only thing extra that I decided this might possibly, maybe, need is a dash or two of Louisiana hot sauce, although it’s actually pretty good without it. I did not add it to the pot, because Bruce said it was good just as it was, “although you’ll probably want to add something.” (I usually complain that these recipes are too bland, and I frequently will add garlic or some type of spicy ingredient.) But it’s great without it, although it would be a smidge – just a smidge – better with a dash of spice.

I think the spicy turkey sausage you choose probably makes a difference. I used Butterball, and I probably will continue to choose that brand because it was so delish in this jambalaya. But next time I go to Whole Foods, if I find a natural turkey sausage without all the additives, I’ll probably use that.

I made it yesterday afternoon for Super Bowl Sunday, and as the only guests at our “party” were Bruce, the Spice Dogs and me, there is  plenty left over! (I love leftovers!)

And you wanna know what the best thing is? It doesn’t take long at all to make. The only things you have to cut up are the meat (sausage, chicken), bell pepper and green onions. (I bought a couple of boneless, skinless chicken breasts that were on sale instead of buying the more expensive, already-cut-up chicken tenders.) The rest is just dump and stir. But don’t make the mistake I did in not realizing that you have the long-cooking brown rice instead of the instant. I was ready to put the rice in and realized the recipe said instant rice. So I had to cook a pot of rice for about 35 minutes, then add it to the jambalaya skillet.

But it was worth the wait, and I know you’ve been waiting for a good, easy recipe like this one, which I got from Good Housekeeping. (The only modification I’ve made is adding the hot sauce. Oh, and I used a red bell pepper instead of green or yellow.)

Spicy Sausage Jambalaya
8 ounces turkey andouille sausage, sliced ¼ inch thick
1  green or yellow pepper, chopped
1 14½-ounce can stewed tomatoes
1 cup uncooked instant brown rice
8 ounces chicken tenders, each cut crosswise in half
½ cup water
¼ teaspoon salt
1 bunch green onions, sliced
Dash of Louisiana hot sauce or other hot sauce (optional)

Heat 12-inch skillet on medium until hot. Add sausage and pepper, and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Stir in tomatoes with their juice, rice, chicken, water, hot sauce and salt; heat to boiling on high. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 10 minutes or until rice is just tender. Remove skillet from heat; stir in green onions.

Serves 4.

Nutritional information (per serving): 265 calories, 6 grams fat (2g saturated), 73mg cholesterol, 830mg sodium, 30g total carbohydrate, 4g dietary fiber, 26g protein.

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