Friday, November 25, 2011


FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK  has been on blogspot for three years now and I as the author have throughly enjoyed all the folks and reading their wonderful blogs that they write. 

Now I have to take some time off to finish some writing and research projects that I started long ago that have been on the back burner for some time. Thankfully I will only need to have FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK  down until the first of the year -- January 2012. 

In the mean time I have started a fun blog that I can zip in and out of to ease  my addiction to blogging  while I am off. You can check into the blog at PICAYUNE PHOTOS.

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK will still be on line while I am off -- although I will not be contributing any posts nor will I be able to answer any of your fine comments.

Monday, November 21, 2011


Here is the table I wish I was at for Thanksgiving. One that gave thanks to all of nature with its animate spirit (including turkeys) . I found this print at the Library of Congress. Of course you recognize the toast master -- Theodore Roosevelt, our former President and a well-renown conservationist. He was responsible for saving many of our wild lands that we enjoy today -- such as:

Crater Lake, Oregon
Wind Cave, South Dakota
Sullys Hill, North Dakota
Mesa Verde, Colorado
 Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Oklahoma 

Plus other National Park areas like part of the Grand Canyon.

My wish for Thanksgiving is that these areas will continue to be protected from corporate and political greed so that my grandchildren will be able to sit at a table in the wild just like Teddy did with his animal friends above.

Happy Thanksgiving

Friday, November 11, 2011


Just checking in with a big thank you to President Obama for stopping the Keystone XL oil pipeline until a complete environmental review could be done on it. It was set to run from Canada down through the mid-section of our country to the gulf area. This would have devastating effects on our water, air and many other natural environments. 

Among the many folks and organizations against this pipeline was the National Resources Defense Council, NRDC. Here are a few words of what they had to say about the pipeline:

"Make no mistake: a no-holds-barred review of the Keystone XL pipeline will reveal that this entire scheme is a boon to Big Oil and a disaster-in-the-making for the rest of us. It would drive more destruction of the Boreal forest, turbo-charge global warming, threaten water supplies in the heartland, raise gas prices and lock America into the dirtiest oil on the planet for decades to come."

Please watch the YOU TUBE below with Robert Redford thanking  President  Obama for his action.