Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Bobbi Nelson, So Much More Than Just Willie's Sister

Bobbie Nelson has been a big part of her brother's band since the early 70's when Willie took her to New York City to help him with the records he was making. 
Willie and Bobbie have remained very close since they were little.  Their parents married very young and the marriage didn't last.  They were raised by their music loving grandparents in the little town of Abbott, Texas. They would compose gospel music after supper and insist the children get involved too.  Bobbi learned how to read and play music by her grandmother at the age of 6.  When Bobbie was 9 and Willie was 6 their grandfather died and their grandmother worked in the fields. 
Bobbi tours with Willie's band and she plays a a 7-foot Steinway.  She is amazing and beautiful.




I know it isn't good to go through life having regrets...but I do have a regret when it comes to Bobbie.  Years back on a very rainy night after a Willie Nelson Concert at the Guild Hall on Long Island in East Hampton, New York I got the priviledge of going inside Willie's bus to "meet & greet" and to get his autograph.  I was so star stuck and amazed that I was on the bus that I completely neglected to acknowledge Bobbie who was standing on my left within arms reach.  She said hello and nodded but I was in a daze.  It didn't dawn on me until I was on the way home while I was screaming with delight at the fact that I was actually in Willie's bus. She too is a living country legend and a very important member of Willie's band and family. Oh well, you can't go back so I won't beat myself up over it.  Thank you Bobbi.
Bobbie and Willie, 2007 Photo by Todd V. Wolfson



http://www.austinchronicle.com/music/2008-01-18/582336/

http://www.soundunwound.com/music/bobbie-nelson/151074

Saturday, February 5, 2011

It's Time for an Early Spring.. and Phil the Groundhog agrees!!

                                                  My backyard Groundhog - this little guy is hibernating in my backyard right now! I look forward to seeing him again this year.

As you know Groundhog day just passed on February 2nd.  According to Phil the Groundhog we should expect an early Spring......that sounds good to me! 

"German tradition holds that if the sun comes out on Candlemas, the precursor to Groundhog Day, the hedgehog (or badger) will see its shadow and six more weeks of winter will follow. When German settlers came to Pennsylvania they continued this tradition, using groundhogs instead of hedgehogs to predict the weather.

The first official Groundhog Day was celebrated on February 2, 1886 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, with a proclamation in The Punxsutawney Spirit by the newspaper's editor, Clymer Freas: "Today is groundhog day and up to the time of going to press the beast has not seen its shadow." The legendary first Groundhog Day trip to Gobbler's Knob was made the following year by a group of spirited groundhog hunters who dubbed themselves "The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club." Clymer, a member of the club, used his editorial clout to proclaim that Phil, the Punxsutawney Groundhog, was the one and only official weather prognosticating groundhog.
Phil's fame began to spread and newspapers from around the world began to report his predictions. Growing legions of fans started making the trek to Punxsutawney every February 2, and with the release of the 1993 movie Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray, the crowds began to number in the tens of thousands. Phil's yearly Groundhog Day predictions are actually even entered into the Congressional Record! " ( Taken from: http://pittsburgh.about.com/cs/punxsutawney/a/groundhog_day.htm)

Just in case you missed the tradition this year:



http://www.groundhog.org/













Thursday, February 3, 2011

Time to Listen to the Spiritual Elders of This Continent...

Me in the white shirt on the left with friend Suzanne on the right, front right my brother Drue and on the left his friend Gregory at the Indian Reservation  for the Shinnecock Indian Nation, Southampton, New York.

Nature Therapy with Nancy Ann: Time to Listen to the Spiritual Elders of This Con...: "Native Americans believe everything is sacred from 'the largest mountain to the smallest plant and animal...' I think it is time to le..."

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Time to Look Into What the Heck We Are Eating!!!

I feel this subject is of such importance that I am posting it on both of my blogs today.  Please take the time to check out the links and videos.
Nature Therapy with Nancy Ann: Whole Foods Not so Whole? ...GMO Supporters: "Organic Alfalfa Field(Picture from http://www.co.clay.mn.us/Depts/Extensio/ExPGRLFO.htm ) The US Department of Agriculture appr..."