Thursday, August 31, 2006

party in Shepherdstown WV on Monday

Hi everyone
I just read in the Front Porch blog that the town of Shepherdstown West Virginia will be hosting a party on Monday (September 4) in honor of Ed Wiley & the Pennies of Promise campaign...
bye, have a great day. -Suzy


tags for this post - marsh fork, mountaintop removal, pennies of promise

Wednesday, August 30, 2006



痕迹 安装在杰克逊维尔中心124室、德、美国维吉尼亚


沼泽小学位于十字路口附近Sundial镇、西弗吉尼亚,直接座落于洪水之路煤20亿加仑液体废料. "铜钱承诺"活动的重点是筹集资金,为学校的儿童在这一新的社会. 更多:



tags for this post - marsh fork, machine translation, Chinese

re-posted from the Ap Voices front porch blog...

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Call The Governor!

Tell WV Governor Joe Manchin…
... that you stand with Ed Wiley, his walk, the building of a New Marsh Fork Elementary School,

1-888-438-2731 or 1-304-558-6000

Not in West Virginia will we allow coal dust to poison our children
Not in North Carolina will we allow coal dust to poison our children
Not in California will we allow coal dust to poison our children
Not in the United States of America will we allow coal dust to poison our children, or make kids attend schools under faulty sludge impoundments holding 2.8 billion gallons of mountaintop removal waste.

Please take two minutes to tell the governor what you think.

Let him know that there is scientific certainty that these children are being poisoned by chemically treated coal dust, and that this shouldn’t go on a day longer!


tags for this post - marsh fork

Tuesday, August 29, 2006


hi everyone
hope you are all well

so here we are. a whole year has gone by since Katrina.

things are very different now down in New Orleans, so they say, though I don't trust the news too much on a day like this. compassion and solemn remembrance are beautiful things - until they get spun and re-worked by opportunists who see Christian kindness as just another handy tool for their ugly box of tricks.

here is my personal news cast for today: the forecast calls for heavy lip service from politicians who are eager to craft public sentiment into a vehicle for their own agendas.

I don't wish to sound cynical, so here is a thought that might prevent that: we have, as a nation, done a little bit of wrestling with the demon of racism now, so as long as we don't let that learning experience slip into the ether, we can say that at least some measure of human progress has been made in the year since Katrina.

here's a good way to start working toward that: let's do a little wrestling with the demon of classism now. it's the least we can do to honor those lost in Katrina. And it's the least we can do for 230 young First Class Citizens who are very much alive, thank God, despite living every single day of this past year in the shadow of a sludge-filled, manmade version of Hurricane Katrina, as if they were invisible people.

What excuse do we have for the children at Marsh Fork? What excuse do we have for their parents? What excuse will we give ourselves if the Shumate Sludge dam does ever break?

How will we live with ourselves if the worst really does happen, and we are suddenly forced to fully come to terms with the sickening irony that has existed in Raleigh County, West Virginia for precisely one year today?


tags for this post - marsh fork, katrina

Monday, August 28, 2006 in Korean

hi everyone
here is something fun and nifty I just found

this is a tool to translate web pages into different languages

for example, here is in Korean

(I probably should call the language Bot-Korean, since this is an automatically generated translation which will probably not be anywhere near as elegant as something translated by a human...)

who knows what kind of humorous little errors there might be on this page...anyway I still think it's neat.

I am looking into the accuracy of these translations to see if this is something reliable enough to put in use on some of my sites.

bye, have a great day.

ps. Important Note!!! these page translations are not always viewable in Firefox.


Hi everyone

Hope you had a nice weekend
It is a beautiful day here today so far, wish I hadn't committed the whole day to geeking out but there are some web updates I really must attend to

The "Spotlight on Marsh Fork" installation is underway at the Jacksonville Center, if you have a little time please try to see it...

this is (tentatively) the last Traces installation that will be happening in studio 124 for the forseeable future so if you enjoy visiting this space please do some more enjoying before September 30 - sign the guest book, say goodbye, wish the Traces project well...oh yes, and buy a bookmark if you like, to help out with the back rent. I just printed some new ones.

Bye, thanks for reading. Have a great day.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Where did the Kanemochi Hokie go?

Hi everyone
hope you are well

so I am told that the Billy Jonas show this weekend at the Sun Music Hall with be extremely good - there will be a family show at 2 pm and an evening performance at 8 pm on Saturday.
for more information please visit

Chris and Bernie will be playing at Tuggle's Gap that day too so if you are in the area try to stop by...

So I went out today looking for the Kanemochi* Hokie to go take his picture but he seems to have disappeared!!!

I am so sad he is gone, he was TOO perfect. (This was the one that was dressed in a pinstripe suit holding a bunch of money.) I have been asking around town to find out where he may have gone but no leads so far.


anyway I hope you are having a very nice day, please take care. If you happen to see the Kanemochi Hokie make sure you get his picture!



*kanemochi = rich guy



Sunday, August 20, 2006


hi everyone
hope you are all well

below is some info on the next Traces exhibit

ja ne, have a wonderful day. -Suzy


Spotlight on Marsh Fork
an exhibit in studio 124 at the Jacksonville Center in Floyd

During the month of September 2006, there will be an exhibit at the Jacksonville Center designed to raise awareness about Marsh Fork Elementary School, a school near Sundial, West Virginia which is located directly in the flood-path of 2 billion gallons of coal sludge.

"Spotlight on Marsh Fork" will be on display in Studio 124 at the Jacksonville Center in Floyd from September 1 to September 30, 2006. This exhibit will feature information on Ed Wiley and the "Pennies of Promise" campaign to raise funds for a new school at Marsh Fork.

If you have materials you would like to distribute or display for the "Spotlight on Marsh Fork" exhibit, please mail or bring it to Traces at the address listed below. The show will open on September 1, 2006 and will run until September 30.

Traces is seeking contributions of artwork and writing by persons of all ages for this exhibit. Pamphlets, brochures, photographs and hand-gathered coal samples are also welcome, and will be installed in the Traces space for the duration of the exhibit.

Items submitted for this exhibit will become the property of the Traces library for creative literacy, and will be distributed to the public or conserved for future Traces installations. Please do not submit items which must be returned.

For more information on the Jacksonville Center in Floyd, please visit their website at or call 540.745.2784.

Traces mailing address

the Jacksonville Center
221 Parkway Lane South
Floyd, Virginia

Thursday, August 17, 2006



hi everyone
hope you are well

here is a picture from last weekend
this is Billy playing at the Bristol Renaissance Faire.

more pictures can be seen here

a very warm thank you to Jill & Leslie, who helped visitors of all ages learn to play the flute, and thanks to everyone who visited the shop to listen to music or try out an instrument.

The Bristol Faire will continue until Labor Day, and is located just off I-94 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Bye, take care & have a great day. -Suzy

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

- -...- end-of-summer exhibit at traces - -...---

- -- ...----...- news for August 8, 2006 - an end-of-summer exhibit is currently on display in Studio 124 at the Jacksonville Center in Floyd, Virginia. Exhibit materials include samples of music, art and poetry along with materials designed to raise awareness about Marsh Fork Elementary School, a school near Sundial, West Virginia which is situated directly in the flood-path of 2 billion gallons of coal sludge. For more information on this exhibit, please visit > traces or call (540) 745-2784. -- - - ----...---...---...--- - news for August 6, 2006 - Pepe Aranda of Solazo will play at Oddfella's Cantina in Floyd, Virginia on August 19, 2006. For more information, please call 745-DINE. - -...-- ----...-- - news for August 4, 2006 - please note the following correction to the music news - the Snake Hollow String Band will play at 7:30 pm on Friday, August 11 at the Floyd Country Store, and will not be appearing there tonight as posted on - - - ...-----...-- - Solazo will be playing at Steppin' Out in downtown Blacksburg, Virginia on Saturday, August 5 at 7 pm. - --...--- - - This weekend Playmore Music welcomes you to a free open-air music concert on the Blue Ridge Parkway featuring music by Forever Now. Details on this event appear below. - - - ...- - a poster sale is being organized by the Traces Library for Creative Literacy in Floyd to benefit special events & exhibits at the Jacksonville Center, including music education initiatives and pet welfare awareness events. To learn more about this project, please visit > news. ---...--- - -- - - thank you for reading the loop. -- - ...-- - tags for this post: art, floyd, music, news, marsh fork elementary, pennies of promise - - - ...---


news release from the Playmore Music blog


Begin Date: 7/31
End Date: 8/5

*Photos available upon request

Event: Tuggles Gap: Playmore! Music Lawn Concerts

Performers: Forever Now

genre: Folk Rock with World Music overtones

Date & Time: August 5 12 -3 (open mic 1-2)

Where: Tuggles Gap Restaurant & Hotel Floyd VA

intersection of Route 8 and the Blue Ridge Parkway, mile post 165

Cost: Free (we will pass the hat for the performers)


Forever Now, a Floyd based eclectic folk rock band, creates original songs and delivers them in an entertaining and engaging style. Forever Now's unique musical style fuses traditional European folk tunes with more contemporary American rock and folk elements. From the rousing crowd pleaser "Is it the End or is it the Beginning" to the haunting, thought provoking "Lullaby for Andrea", Bavarian born musician-artist Starroot shows real versatility as a songwriter. She sings and plays accordion, guitar, and harmonica. Walt Flythe plays guitar and flute, and Rick Hall, plays bass guitar.

The concert is from 12 to 3 this Saturday rain or shine, with an open mic from 1-2. Musicians are welcome to bring their instruments and sit in for a jam or take to the stage for a solo. All musical styles are welcome... Gospel to Rock & everything in between.

Bring your dancing feet & kick up your heels or just relax in the gentle arms of the Blue Ridge Mountains for an afternoon of simple family fun.

* Playmore! schedule, info & photos of Forever Now