Month: February 2020

Peas

  Peas are great for growing in a garden and usually pretty easy to grow.    When I was a kid my dad grew mostly ones we’d shell.  Those are certainly very good and I still grow them.   Then we started growing snow peas.    Those I use the most in the summer… they are …

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Parsley

Parsley   Parsley is one of the few herbs or veggies that I find can grow in my house or my yard for 12 months of the year .   with the low amount of sun in November , December and January I usually leave extra light in my plant room for some extra hours at …

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Adolphe Blanc-A composer whose music should be heard more often.

  Adolphe Blanc  is a composer whose music should really be heard and played far more often. Adolphe Blanc A composer whose music should be heard The septet  he composed in 1860   we in the Charles River Sinfonietta  have greatly enjoyed playing and performing and really deserves to be heard much more.   Not only is …

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Chinese Mountain Yam

Chinese Mountain Yam     The Chinese Mountain Yam is a very healthy food that is great to grow in one’s garden.   Sweet potatoes and yams are  both very healthy, and often thought of as identical, but not really much the same at all.   Chinese mountain yams grow  in areas with a good amount of …

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Rose of Mallow

The Rose of Mallow, sometimes called the Tree Mallow, the Swamp Mallow, Marsh Mallow or Marsh Hibiscus,  is a wonderful plant to grow that has flowers that last for many weeks , and  that will be the highlight of the garden while it is blooming . The flowers usually blossom in shades of pink and …

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Ernst Bloch, a great composer of the 20th century whose music we can’t forget

Ernst Bloch, a great composer of the 20th century whose music we can’t forget,  was born  to jewish parents on July 24, 1880 and grew up in Geneva Switzerland.   He studied violin and composition in his native city with Louis Rey and Jaques-Dalcroze starting at the age of 9.  He then traveled to  Brussels Belgium …

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Burdock

Burdock is a wonderful wild plant, sometimes referred to as an herb, that is worth getting to know.  I planted some in my garden  this last year and got great results. All parts of  the plant  have wonderful health benefits.  The long root is known in Japan as Gobo.    It has a unique way …

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Heinrich Hofmann, another wonderful romantic composer whose music has been forgotten

Heinrich Hofmann  was a wonderful romantic composer whose music  has almost been completely forgotten since he died and deserves to be brought back to the concert stage  and more once again.  With some of the grants the Charles River Sinfonietta got for 2020 we hope to give some performances including Heinrich Hofmann’s  Serenade for flute,  …

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