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David Byrne’s New Joan of Arc Musical – “In the Fire”

A new rock musical will premiere at the New York City’s Public Theatre on 14 February 2017.  “In the Fire” is set twenty years after Joan of Arc was burned at the stake as a heretic.  Her mother is determined to clear her name.   My novel “Playing with Fire” is still looking for a publisher.  Hope springs eternal.

I can’t wait to see this show.

Here are a few links:

http://publictheater.org/en/Public-Theater-Season/Joan-of-Arc-Into-The-Fire/

David Byrne previews Joan of Arc musical with new song “Send Her to Heaven” — listen

Dominica Beckons

It’s the little Caribbean island you’ve never heard of because DSCN3693 DSCN3699 DSCN3766 DSCN3820 DSCN3839 DSCN3847Dominica is relatively untouched by tourism.  At 250 square miles, with elevations that reach 4700 feet, it is a tropic rainforest with 300 rivers, crystal clear pools, snorkeling, winding roads along the coastline with breathtaking views and a national hiking trail that spans the island.  Unique and friendly (English is the national language) it’s easy to navigate via local vans (once you get the hang of it).  It’s not famous for beaches, there are no large hotels.  Rum punch is potent.  That said, the ubiquitous touring cities stop at the port of Roseau, the capital, and off-load folks who bolster the local economy.  They are gone by 4pm.  More in the next post about the Nature Island, as they called themselves, but for now, colors accent an already gorgeous palate.

Little Lamy & Crude Oil

Just a short jaunt from my home is a tiny train station that services, among other things, the Amtrak line linking us to Los Angeles and Chicago via the Southwest ChiefDSCN3373 DSCN3379 DSCN3387 DSCN3393 DSCN3399.  A controversy now embroils the community because an oil company is proposing to bring crude oil into the station and off-load it onto trucks for transporting to refineries.  Tracks and transporting trucks are outdated and the infrastructure has proved incapable of handling the increased demands.  In the small village, two wells are in close proximity to the proposed off-loading station. A petition against this ill-conceived plan needs your signature. Lamy is named after Bishop Jean Baptist Lamy who served Santa Fe from 1851 to 1885.