Tuesday, January 31, 2006

- ...- - sources say energy dependence will be sharply criticized this evening - - ...--...---...- ...---

Bush to Say 'America Is Addicted to Oil' in Talk
AP - 34 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - President Bush, in a push to take charge of the election-year agenda, is expected to say Tuesday that "America is addicted to oil" and must break its dependence on foreign suppliers in unstable parts of the world. In his State of the Union address, Bush also is expected to renew his commitment to the central pledge of his inaugural address.

"Our nation is committed to an historic, long-term goal — we seek the end of tyranny in our world," he plans to say. "The future security of America depends on it."

(Editor's note: Live video of the State of the Union available at 9 p.m. ET.)


post tags: addiction, oil, energy, conservation, green living


a note to ideapark.org readers - for green + living queries please see ideapark.org : neighbors.

from the traces stone sculpture inbox

to: traces
from: U. Mueller


here is a better address from
the FANANO - simposion in italy

Biennale Internazionale
di Scultura su Pietra
APT Fanano
Tel.: 0039 - 0536 - 68.696
Fax: 0039 - 0536 - 66.561


ulrich johannes mueller
interdisc. projects
-italy -


tags for this post: art, symposium, sculpture, international stone sculpture symposium, Italy, Fanano, Mueller


to: traces
from: residencies in Hungary moderator

Hungarian Residencies, 2006 EXTENDED DEADLINE!

13th International Artists Residencies/Seminar, Csopak, Hungary 2006
Dates: May 22 - June 15, 2006; June 19 - July 13; July 17 - August 10, 2006

The HMC International Artists' Residencies offers visual artists four-week residencies in the month of May-June-July-August. The residency session concludes with Symposium/Seminar and a major exhibit at Balatonfured.

February 20/06: Last day to receive entry, slides, $35 application fee, and S.A.S.E.
February 25/06: Accepted/Rejected notification cards mailed

Eligibility: Open to all professional artists (writers, painters, photographers....)
For more info and application form please contact us or visit our web site.


tags for this post: art, artist residency, artist in residency, Hungary


to: traces
from: Kate Thomson


ART/ROOM 2005-2006

Part2 Dining Room
Artists: Kate Thomson, Sotaro Ide, Yoshi Tanaka, Nobuyoshi Arai, Mariko Shibata

Tuesday 10th January – Sunday 29th January 2006
11:00 - 19:00
Art Front Gallery
Hillside Terrace A, 29-18
Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0033

TEL03-3476-4868 FAX03-3476-4874

For more information please go to:

For images of work by Kate Thomson & Hironori Katagiri please visit
Ukishima Sculpture Studio home page:

tags for this post: art, exhibit, Japan

Monday, January 30, 2006

from an email this morning

--...--- - there is a bill in the House right now that could shut down MTR if it passes, HB 83, the Stream Saver Bill. If you don't know about it call the Kentuckians for the Commonwealth office at 606-878-2161. --- tags: mountaintop removal, coal - ...---..--

a biography of Sharyn McCrumb


about Virginia author Sharyn McCrumb

Sharyn McCrumb’s award-wining novels celebrating the history and folklore of Appalachia have received scholarly acclaim and ranked on the New York Times Best-Seller lists.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with an MA in English from Virginia Tech, Sharyn McCrumb has lectured on her work at Oxford University, the University of Bonn-Germany, and at the Smithsonian Institution; taught a writers workshop in Paris, and served as writer-in-residence at King College in Tennessee.

Honored for Outstanding Contribution to Appalachian Literature by the Appalachian Writer’s Association in 1997, Sharyn McCrumb’s many awards include: the Sherwood Anderson Short Story Award; Appalachian Writer of the Year Award in 1999 from Shepherd College; the Flora McDonald Award; Morehead State University’s Chaffin Award; the Plattner Award from Berea College; and the 2003 Wilma Dykeman Award for Regional Historical Literature by the East Tennessee Historical Society.

“My books are like Appalachian quilts,” says Sharyn McCrumb. “I take brightly colored scraps of legends, ballads, fragments of rural life, and local tragedy, and I piece them together into a complex whole that tells not only a story, but also a deeper truth about the culture of the mountain South.”

Sharyn McCrumb’s novels, studied in universities throughout the world, are translated into German, Dutch, Japanese, French Greek, Czech, Russian, Danish, Swedish, Spanish, and Italian, as well as being U.S. national best sellers, book club selections, and audio books. She lives and writes at Blackacre, near the Appalachian Trail in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.

St. Dale, the new novel by award-winning Southern writer Sharyn McCrumb, is the story of a group of ordinary people who go on a pilgrimage in honor of racing legend Dale Earnhardt, and find a miracle. This Canterbury Tales in a NASCAR setting was published by Kensington Books of New York in February 2005. Her earlier books include: If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O, The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter, Ghost Riders, and the New York Times Best Sellers, She Walks These Hills, The Rosewood Casket, and The Ballad of Frankie Silver.

The Songcatcher, (Dutton, 2001), uses a ballad as the narrative thread to trace Sharyn McCrumb’s family from the kidnapping of 9 yr. old Malcolm MacQuarrie in 18th century Scotland to his descendents in present day Appalachia, where Sharyn McCrumb’s great-grandfathers were circuit preachers in North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains, riding horseback over the ridges to preach in a different community each week. It is from them, she says, that she gets her regard for books, her gift of storytelling and public speaking, and her love of the Appalachian Mountains.

“In an earlier life, McCrumb must have been a balladeer, singing of restless spirits, star-crossed lovers, and the consoling beauty of nature. … The overall effect is spellbinding.”

-The Washington Post





New York Times Best Seller List – She Walks These Hills- 1995
New York Times Best Seller List- The Rosewood Casket – 1997
New York Times Best Seller List – The Ballad of Frankie Silver – 1998
Writer in Residence: WICE Writers Workshop, Paris, 2001;
King College TN, 2000; Shepherd College WV 1999;
Otterbein College OH, 1998.
Wilma Dykeman Award for Regional Historical
Literature,East Tennessee Historical Society – 2003
Outstanding Contribution to Appalachian
Literature Award – AWA 1997
The Chaffin Award for Achievement in Southern Literature –
The Plattner Award for Best Appalachian Short Story – 1998
Appalachian Writer of the Year 1999 – Shepherd College, WV
Virginia Book of the Year nomination- The Ballad of Frankie
Silver – 1999, The Songcatcher – 2002, Ghost Riders – 2004
Flora MacDonald Award: Achievement in the Arts by a
woman of Scots Heritage – 1999
Kentucky Colonel of the state of Kentucky – 1999
Los Angeles Times Notable Book – She Walks These Hills –1994;
The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter – 1992
New York Times Notable Book – If Ever I Return, PrettyPeggy-O
1990; The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter – 1992; The Ballad
of Frankie Silver – 1998; The Songcatcher – 2001
Best Appalachian Novel Award – The Hangman’s Beautiful
Daughter – 1992


NYT on Sharyn McCrumb

“McCrumb writes with a quiet fire
and maybe a little mountain magic …
Like every good storyteller, she has the Sight.”

- The New York Times


editor's note: Sharyn McCrumb will be reading her work in Floyd, Virginia later this year. please stay tuned to the ideapark.org loop for details, or contact the Jessie Peterman Memorial Library in Floyd. ---...- -thank you for reading the ideapark.org loop. -- january 30 2006 ---...---


page tags: Floyd, McCrumb, author, Virginia, Appalachia

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Sago mine probe stalled by union dispute


via Yahoo headlines. story by VICKI SMITH, Associated Press Writer
Wed Jan 25, 8:48 PM ET

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Plans to begin gathering evidence inside the Sago Mine fell apart Wednesday when International Coal Group Inc. refused to let members of the United Mine Workers of America accompany state and federal investigators underground. more...

tags: Sago

-.- in Iraq, five lady prisoners to be set free - ...---...---

hi folks
hope you all are well
here is a clip from yahoo headlines today


By SAMEER N. YACOUB, Associated Press Writer 54 minutes ago

BAGHDAD, Iraq - The U.S. military said Thursday it would release five Iraqi women detainees, a move demanded by the kidnappers of an American reporter to spare her life, but an official said the release was coincidental. more...


Wednesday, January 25, 2006

film festival in Blacksburg, Virginia

---...---...--- - ideapark.org loop news for Wednesday, January 25 - ...---...--- - Mountain Justice is organizing a film festival in Blacksburg, Virginia to help raise awareness about the social and environmental impact of surface mining. Films will be shown on the Virginia Tech campus. Please stay tuned to the ideapark.org loop for details. - ...---


from the Mountain Justice website:

BLACKSBURG - The first Mountain Justice Film Festival will be held Wednesday evenings in February in 3100 Torgersen at 7 p.m. Guest speakers will be on hand to lead discussions about issues raised in the documentary films.

Mountain Justice at Virginia Tech, a student organization, is sponsoring the festival with the Appalachian Studies Program as a co-sponsor.

The festival begins February 1 with a showing of Part 2 of the PBS series "The Appalachians."
This documentary focuses on the region's natural resources and efforts to save them.

Next, excerpts from several films are planned for February 8. The first two films, "Buffalo Creek Flood: An Act of Man" and "Buffalo Creek", examine the impact of the 1960s Buffalo Creek flood and its aftermath in West Virginia. The film "To Save the Land and People" documents a similar flood in Kentucky.

The film "Sludge", to be shown February 15, explores a recent coal waste flood disaster in eastern Kentucky and the whistleblower case of Jack Spadero. The filmmaker, Robert Salyer, will introduce the film and lead a discussion afterwards.

The festival concludes on February 22 with the filmmaker, Jeff Barrie, presenting his documentary "Kilowatt Ours". In this film, Barrie takes viewers on his journey from exploring the consequences of a coal-based economy to the practical solutions that
individuals can take to create a net zero nation.

Working Films, in partnership with Sierra Club Productions and Appalshop, provided the initial funding for this film festival.

Information about the Mountain Justice student organization is available online at www.mountainjustice.org.vt.edu

Tuesday, January 24, 2006


January 24, 2005 - unsorted content begins here


digital + asset + creation

Monday, January 23, 2006

---...--- - missing kitty - ...---...--...---...----

"Owen" is a friendly black & white kitty who is missing from his home in Blacksburg. If you have seen Owen, please contact his family via the Scratch House news.
thank you.

Sunday, January 22, 2006


---...--- loop news for January 22, 2006 - via yahoo headlines - rescuers have found the bodies of Don I. Bragg, age 33, and Ellery Hatfield, age 47, in the Alma #1 mine in Melville, West Virginia. They are the 13th and 14th victims of mining accidents in West Virginia this year. ---...---

Wednesday, January 18, 2006



...--.....---...---- ...-...--


image - Rev. Jesse Jackson speaking at Burruss Hall, Virginia Tech. Jan. 16 2006


hi readers
hope you are all doing well and having a nice day
it is frosty cold here

the other day I saw Rev. Jesse Jackson speak in Blacksburg.
I learned that there is a national memorial being built for Martin Luther King, Jr.
This will be at the national mall. I will be posting details about the project as I have time.

in other news the ACLU and other groups are suing to halt creepy domestic spying programs, an initiative I LOUDLY agree with.

Thanks ACLU!

Rose-May sent me a great article the other day from Orion about mountaintop removal, and I need to post that soon....

Randal McCloy is out of intensive care and he is breathing on his own, but he has not yet regained consciousness. I just found out that today's sprol.com post focuses on International Coal and the Sago disaster...

right now I am doing some web optimization work for vtls and it is taking up a lot of my time, so I apologize to all the folks who are waiting to hear from me by e-mail. I will try to get caught up with this today.

ok well I must go. please help spread the word about the MLK memorial, they are at a critical fundraising phase

bye, have a great day & thanks for reading.



tags - Sago, Martin Luther King, MLK memorial, ACLU

Tuesday, January 17, 2006


hi everyone, hope you are well
we are getting some lovely rain here today

Burruss Hall was full last night, Rev. Jesse Jackson spoke in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday
above is a photo of the evening

interviews are expected to begin today to investigate the circumstances surrounding the Sago mine tragedy
here is an article about it

also below is a little something on web design from the headlines
bye, have a wonderful day. -Suzy


from the BBC News - January 16, 2005 - Internet users make up their mind about the quality of a website in the blink of an eye, a study shows. Researchers found that the brain makes decisions in just a twentieth of a second of viewing a webpage. more...


tags: Sago, Martin Luther King, MLK, web design

Monday, January 16, 2006


hi everyone - hope you all are well.
Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day
The Rev. Jesse Jackson will be speaking on the Va. Tech campus this evening
details are on the loop

bye, have a great day

Friday, January 13, 2006


hi everyone

hope you are having a nice day
it is much harder to find information on Sago now

here is one thing I found...

some of you with sharp eyes or ears may have noticed a page date or two incorrect in recent loop updates

thanks for spotting that

I have a lot of computer work to do today, a page re-design is taking up a lot of my time
it is interesting work though.



should mirror each other.

Now I need to go work on that, thanks for reading the ideapark.org loop.
have a great day


loop news for Friday - via yahoo headlines - plans for a military flyover are distasteful to many MLK march organizers, according to this AP article. a clip:

The commission voted to add the flyover at a November meeting, and peace activists say an attempt to rescind it failed at a meeting this week. Some said they would stay home this year or wear yellow ribbons during the march Monday as a show of protest.

"If you're going to honor Dr. King, you have to honor the nonviolent point. It's fundamental," said Tommy Calvert Jr., who attended the meeting. more...



do you speak
the answers
might surprise you.



- end of sorted content -


Wednesday, January 11, 2006

hi everyone
it is raining here today
I can't even tell you how much I love the rain

Sago mine news is not in the top page of yahoo anymore, but it is still one click in. a clip:


On Monday, authorities announced investigations were into both the Sago Mine disaster and overall national mining safety. Among the issues to be probed will be the tragic miscommunication that led to the mistaken belief that 12 of the 13 miners had been rescued alive the day after the explosion trapped them Jan. 2.

"I am asking for that because I have witnessed firsthand the unbelievable human suffering that comes from miscommunication," Gov. Joe Manchin said Monday.

Federal and state mine safety officials said they would hold joint public hearings into the disaster. Meanwhile, Sen. Robert C. Byrd (news, bio, voting record), D-W.Va., said federal mine safety officials would be called to testify before a Senate subcommittee that would hold hearings beginning Jan. 19.

"It's time for the decisions affecting America's miners to be made with their best interests at heart," Byrd said in a statement. "That should be the legacy of the Sago miners." more...---...---


I am keeping my internet use to a minimum these days but as I understand it another miner died this past week in Kentucky. I need to check facts on the story and will report more when I know it.

I hear that there is a new wysiwyg web editing tool that is open source and fantastic. nvu or something like that. if it seems good I may try it out.

well I need to go take care of my chores, and see where the water is going.

bye, have a great day & God bless


featured tags in the ideapark.org loop - january 11 2005

-aloha- -anthracite- -carbon- -drainage- -ikigai- -mahalo-
-mokuteki- -pelt- -stein- -symposium- -thrift- -wiki-


Tuesday, January 10, 2006

- january 10, 2005 - 10:34 am - --via yahoo - ...---story by DAVID DISHNEAU, Associated Press Writer---...---...---...---...---TALLMANSVILLE, W.Va. - The sole survivor of the Sago Mine disaster remained in a partial coma but showed signs of brain activity, doctors said Tuesday, and mourners prepared to say farewell to the last two victims of West Virginia's worst coal-mining accident in more than 35 years. more...---...---

tags - sago - mine - accident - mccloy


hi everyone

hope you all are well
I have been adding new things to the loop as I find them, but I have little patience for computer work lately
conditions are perfect right now for outside work and picking up snake skins and rocks etc. I found two very nice snakeskins the other day and some nice pieces of coal.

here is a pet of the week clip a friend found and gave to me after I adopted Cleo. this is from the NRV current october 16 2005 "paws & claws" section.

bye, have a great day. - Suzy


Monday, January 09, 2006

Sago survivor breathing on his own

Sago news for January 9 - 11:36 am - via yahoo headlines - a clip -

McCloy, 26, was taken off sedation Sunday and has been breathing without the help of a ventilator, though he remains connected to the device, said Dr. Larry Roberts, his attending physician at West Virginia University's Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

more -

good morning

hi folks

it is a lovely day today
hope you all are well

guess what I may be helping to organize a goat beauty pageant which will happen this spring
I hope I hope I hope I hope!

this is in conjunction with a land art workshop that will be happening in May.
the goats will not only be judged on beauty, they will be judged on talent as well

I had a great weekend, I carved some quartz and some granite. also got some yardwork done and I learned some more about the compound bow.

readers of the old traces stone sculpture website have been promised some updates for a long time, and I am working on them.

I really, really appreciate your patience
here is an update on that:

- I am gutting the old traces stone sculpture website
- new or recycled content will appear in ideapark.org and related sites
- content will be as trans-lingual as I can make it, so expect to see things greatly simplified
- my eventual goal is to get a wiki up which will make it easy for visitors to feed the site new information in their own language

Cleo appears to be losing her eyesight. She has hidden it extremely well so far, and is almost always cheerful.

anyway we need to go for a ramble now, please have a great day.

new & upcoming tags in the ideapark.org loop - tagweight, tare, methane, mokuteki, rhizobactor, artificial language, ikigai, blindness

Saturday, January 07, 2006

hi everyone

hi everyone

hope you are all doing well

I scanned the internet quickly for news but I didn't want to stay on there for too long, as it is a beautiful day outside and I am hoping to get a little carving done, or at least pick up some stone

Randal McCloy's wife told the media she is playing his favorite music - Metallica - in hopes of waking him up. As I understand it he is in Pittsburgh now. Randal McCloy was the only survivor of Monday's explosion at Sago Mine.

A few days ago I talked with Chris about the spring 2006 schedule for the Jacksonville School. Instead of teaching a class, I am helping to organize a land awareness event on May 6. I think this should be fun. We might have goats there. Please contact someone on the SLEC or Jacksonville School team if you are curious to learn more about this event, or if you are interested in volunteering or bringing a goat.

This project is in the very early planning stages but some announcements will posted soon about it.

Thanks so much for reading, God Bless


Thursday, January 05, 2006

suddenly Appalachia is no longer invisible on the Internet

hi everyone, hope you are well
a cold has caught me so I am sort of in slow motion today

lots of stories on the Sago tragedy today, and on the media catastrophe that followed it

this CNN article on Sago is one of the three most discussed articles on technorati right now and "miner" is currently at #6 in the technorati tag charts

All I can say is, it is about time people started paying attention to our nation's coal basket, and giving its people the respect they deserve.

I have been frustrated for a very long time by shoddy media coverage of Appalachia. Not just by the traditional media. it seems to me that the Internet makes this place look even more invisible.

I just hope that this little window into our region will stay open long enough for something positive to come about.

I know that Big Coal can't grow a heart all by itself, but with a little teamwork maybe we could help it get fitted with some kind of substitute heart, so the people of Appalachia are not always having to bank on miracles while they are working their tails off to keep this country running.

the other day I got stuck behind a train loaded with (what else?) coal.
that is nothing special to see here, but the logos on the railroad cars caught my eye


one after another, these cars passed by me, headed North
if the irony of this escapes you, please learn a little bit more about coal today

if you have flipped on a light switch today it is your duty to know what coal really costs.

thanks for reading. peace.

tags: miner, mining, sago, mountaintop removal coal mining

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

CNN article on Sago

hi folks

I am running late so I need to make this post quick but I just wanted to let you know that a CNN article on the Sago mine accident is one of the top items on the technorati charts right now...and "miner" is the #1 tag in Technorati right now...

bye, take care. thanks for reading.

tags: miner, sago

Sunday, January 01, 2006

happy new year - akemashita omedeto gozaimasu - bonne annee