Coat of Arms, Ambrose Lupo and Sons

This is a graphic representation of the coat of arms issued to Ambrose Lupo (posthumously) and his sons, Peter and Joseph. Numerous copies are floating around the Internet, mistakenly identified as the Lupo family coat of arms, many with no attribution and some with erroneous information about how it originated. Here's the actual story. The … Continue reading Coat of Arms, Ambrose Lupo and Sons

Vieux Farka Toure, Terminal West, Atlanta, GA, 22 April 2015

Vieux Farka Toure, the guitarist from Mali, in West Africa, played Terminal West in Atlanta on 22 April. I had the good fortune to see his father, Ali Farka Toure play at the Variety Playhouse in 1999 or 2000, so I was pleased to be able to see Vieux play this year. Like his father … Continue reading Vieux Farka Toure, Terminal West, Atlanta, GA, 22 April 2015

Alyse Black, Academy Theatre, Hapeville, GA, 14 April 2015

My friend, Alyse Black was in town Tuesday, 14 April and performed at the Academy Theatre in Hapeville, GA. I met Alyse in 2008 when she performed at the Five Spot in Little Five Points, and have been following her career ever since. She's a great singer and songwriter, and her live shows are always … Continue reading Alyse Black, Academy Theatre, Hapeville, GA, 14 April 2015

ARTC, Academy Theatre, Hapeville, GA, 29 March 2015

The Atlanta Radio Theatre Company (ARTC) performed Continuance: Stories Not Yet Ended at the Academy Theatre in Hapeville, GA, March 28 & 29.The show was a benefit in memory of ARTC member Bill Kronick, and proceeds benefited the American Brain Tumor Association. I attended the Sunday performance. Special musical guest was local singer/songwriter Julie Gribble, … Continue reading ARTC, Academy Theatre, Hapeville, GA, 29 March 2015

James Lupo, Isle of Wight County, Virginia, Died 1790

Adapted, with new information, from files at http://www.lupo.org. Almost everyone named Lupo, and many with the common variant Luper, who lived in the Southern United States at the time of the Civil War, descended from one of the three sons of James Lupo, whose will was recorded in Isle of Wight County, Virginia in September … Continue reading James Lupo, Isle of Wight County, Virginia, Died 1790

Random Thoughts, 9 December 2014

If the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans are connected, why are they considered three different oceans? I think a better term for rush hour would be sitting in traffic wasting time and fuel hour. Giving GI Joe kung-fu grip probably wasn't as earth-shattering as it once seemed. I wonder what the six million dollar man … Continue reading Random Thoughts, 9 December 2014

Sidney Cox, Main Street, Tucker, GA, 27 September 2009

Sidney Cox, playing his trumpet outside Rotagilla, a Cajun style restaurant, which used to be on Main Street in Tucker, GA, 27 September 2009. I met Sidney at the monthly brunch Rogagilla used to sponsor which featured my friend, Berne Poliakoff. Sidney frequently sat in with her and Dan Turner, along with other musicians. They … Continue reading Sidney Cox, Main Street, Tucker, GA, 27 September 2009

Listen to the Warm

When I was a teenager, I had very specific ideas about what constituted poetry, rhyming verses, measured lines, lofty subjects like love and death. Then I read Listen to the Warm by Rod McKuen, and everything changed. I was aware of McKuen's work as a singer and songwriter, having seen him on television in the … Continue reading Listen to the Warm

Force of Habit

I'm normally a creature of habit; I buy fruit and don't eat it; I always set the alarm clock earlier than I should, then hit the snooze button until I feel like getting up; I always buy the same brand of toothpaste, even if there are deals on other brands. This behavior on my part … Continue reading Force of Habit