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On Turning 40, Er I mean "25"

When I was a teenager, ages like 30 and 40 seemed really old. When I marked my 25th birthday (for the first time), I felt as if I were grown, that I knew all about life. 571 more words

Maquita Peters

Do You Pop Out at Parties? Boots or Huaraches?

Speaking of Presidents, Poop, Paltrow and Parties (yesterday’s blog), do you pop out at parties? Do you feel unpoopular? Well, do you?

This is something I’d like to explore about myself and welcome your comments and feedback. 157 more words

A Reflection: My Time In Israel and Palestinian Territories, The Conflict Now

Growing up in the Caribbean in both Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, my friends and I played with sheer abandon on miles of forest green pastures. 1,102 more words

Roots & Culture

He Raped Me Now He Wants To Be My Friend

I am a rape victim. I’ve never written or spoken publicly about this ordeal. But almost half of my life later, the traumatic experience stills haunts me. 1,199 more words

Maquita Peters

Old-Time Folk Music: Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger passed away this week at the age of 94.  He was a banjoist, a singer, a storyteller, a teacher, a pacifist, an activist, a communist, a troublemaker – to some, and by many accounts a remarkably generous human being.  565 more words

Old-Time Folk Music: Dom Flemons, American Songster and Co-Founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops


To gain a better understanding of old-time folk music, I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Dom Flemons, the “American Songster” and one of the founding members of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an old-time string band from Durham, North Carolina.  3,220 more words

Old-Time Folk Music: An Introduction to Ethnography and Online Sound Recordings


Old-Time Folk Music, or Old-Time Mountain Music, plays a significant role in my novel.  And although I’m currently eight drafts into my manuscript, I wanted to discuss why I think Old-Time Folk Music is an essential genre of American entertainment that’s worthy of greater respect.  1,475 more words