Trail Mix | Annabelle’s Curse

first_imgTim Kilbourne, singer and banjoist of Bristol, Virginia, based roots rock outfit Annabelle’s Curse, shares a singular distinction amongst all of the musicians whose bands have been featured here on this blog.Tim is the one and only musician who has shared a table with me at a mathematics conference for elementary and middle school teachers.It turns out that Tim and I share the same mild mannered alter ego – Southwest Virginia mathematics instructors – when we aren’t busy playing music (Tim’s case) or writing about it (mine).Annabelle’s Curse, one of my favorite regional bands, has just released its latest record, Worn Out Skin. The band has evolved to a quintet after its 2010 inception as a trio, and the music has grown accordingly. Still rooted in the acoustic sensibilities of its earliest days, Annabelle’s Curse shows a greater penchant for effects-laden rock grooves that are wonderfully accented by the vocal interplay between Kilbourne and mandolinist Carly Booher.Featured this month on Trail Mix is “Lovedrunk Desperadoes,” a tune Kilbourne describes as being about beating one of any good relationship’s pitfalls.“‘Lovedrunk Desperados’ is a song about unavoidable confrontation that occurs within any relationship,” says Kilbourne. “It is about accepting that challenge and understanding that conflict does not alter love. Love holds no bounds and it can overcome any dispute.”I recently caught up with Tim to chat about a bunch of things. I didn’t ask him which of these two things – crafting an authentic and rigorous mathematics assessment or writing a catchy riff to match a poignant lyric – was more difficult. Instead, we just got totally random.BRO – Guilty pleasure pop song?TK – Any and all Taylor Swift, of course.BRO – TV commercial you just can’t get out of your head?TK – “Give me a break, give me a break, break me off a piece of that Fancy Feast. . . . ”  That’s it.BRO – If you were a character on Saved By The Bell, who would it be?TK – A hybrid mix of Mr. Belding and Screech.BRO – Beer, wine, or whiskey?TK – Whiskey, whiskey, and whiskey.BRO – Preshow ritual?TK – We always say a prayer before we start. It goes like this – “God of music, God of war, may out hammers be mighty.”BRO – Something you always have in the fridge at home?TK – Eggs and cilantro.BRO – Hiking or biking?TK – I cannot choose between those! I love road biking and hiking.BRO – A week at the beach or a week in the mountains?TK – The mountains. I’m far too white for a week at the beach.You can catch Annabelle’s Curse on December 6th at The Grey Eagle in Asheville with The Black Lillies.For more information on the band, how you can grab a copy of Worn Out Skin, or when Annabelle’s Curse might be appearing on a stage near you, check out the band’s website.last_img read more

ACT contributions will provide aid and assistance following disasters

first_imgACT contributions will provide aid and assistance following disasters ACT contributions will provide aid and assistance following disasters While the ravages of Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast were still being widely reported, Florida was for the second year in a row in the midst of a hurricane season that would not only disrupt lives and property here, but also interrupt legal practices and the courts.Even with all that has been learned recently about disaster preparedness, no one can be entirely ready to deal with the aftermath of tragedy. Some results simply defy expectations, however cautious. That’s why The Florida Bar set up the Florida Attorneys Charitable Trust — ACT — a 501(c)(3) for the exclusive purpose of charitable activities associated with disaster relief.Inspired by the events of September 11, 2001, and recalling Florida’s experiences after Hurricane Andrew, ACT/Attorneys Charitable Trust is a permanent fund offering Florida attorneys an avenue for donations to provide aid and assistance following disasters that curtail legal processes and court activities or which result in reduced citizen access to legal services.“Unlike your donations to The Florida Bar Foundation — which help to provide legal services to low-income people — your support through ACT/Attorneys Charitable Trust will specifically go toward relief efforts aimed at individuals, families and also fellow Bar members,” said President-elect Hank Coxe. “In Louisiana after Katrina, a hastily formed fund provided grants to lawyers and set up temporary business centers for displaced bar members’ use, but it took several months to collect and distribute the donations.”Coxe said in Florida the Bar must be able to react quickly, and with a well-funded ACT/Attorneys Charitable Trust, the Bar will be positioned to provide disaster relief when needed. May 15, 2006 Regular Newslast_img read more

On A Budget? 5 Ways to Eat Ramen for Dinner.

first_img 35 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Food & DiningLifestyle On A Budget? 5 Ways to Eat Ramen for Dinner. by: – July 19, 2011 Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Veggie Ramen Times are tight, budgets are pinched. We had two dollars left in our food budget on Tuesday of last week, so I buzzed to the store and bought the only thing I could think of. Ramen. At 17 cents a package, ramen has to be the best food deal out there.And, it’s a fun deal, too. Because a packet of ramen isn’t just soup waiting to be made. It’s actually a blank canvas ready to be turned into art. Here are 10 super-simple ways to pimp out your ramen and make it into a simple, satisfying dinner.1. Veggie Ramen (pictured above) . Toss a tablespoon of butter into a skillet. Add 2 tablespoons each of thinly-sliced carrots, frozen green beans, frozen white corn, and edamame. Cook just until softened. Add a packet of Pork Ramen, 2 cups of water, and cook until the noodles are cooked through, about 6 minutes. Add seasoning packet. Serve and enjoy.2. Egg Foo Ramen. In a small bowl, whisk an egg with 1 tablespoon of water until well beaten. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a small saucepan. Pour egg into the water, then add the noodles. Cook just until tender. Season with seasoning packet. Garnish with sliced green onions.3. Chinese Chicken Salad. Shred 1/4 a head of cabbage, 1 breast of chicken, and 1/4 white onion. Add 1 package of crushed Chicken-flavored Ramen.  In a small bowl, whisk together the seasoning packet, 2 tablespoons of oil, 2 tablespoons of white vinegar, and 2 tablespoons of sugar. Toss dressing into salad, serve and enjoy.4. Ham Fried Ramen. A simple take on Fried Rice, cook a packet of Pork Ramen until the noodles are tender. Drain completely. In a skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of sesame oil and 1 tablespoon olive oil until sizzling. Add 1/4 cup diced ham and 1/4 cup of frozen peas & carrots to the oil. Immediately toss in the noodles. Crack an egg into the mixture and stir until well cooked and distributed around the noodle mixture. Season with soy sauce, garnish with a handful of diced green onions.5. Parmesan Ramen. Cook a packet of ramen noodles. Save the flavoring packet for another day. Once the noodles are cooked, drain the water from them completely. Top with a pat of butter, a bit of freshly-shredded parmesan, and some chopped Babble.comlast_img read more

PSG Boss Tuchel criticises Neymar over fan incident

first_imgParis St-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel has criticised Neymar over the Brazilian’s altercation with a fan after the club’s French Cup final defeat by Rennes.PSG, who had been 2-0 up, drew 2-2, before losing 6-5 on penalties.After the game Neymar lashed out at a supporter who was filming the PSG players on his phone as they walked up to collect their medals.“You can’t get into a fight with a spectator. You just can’t do that,” said Tuchel.“It’s not easy to go up the steps after a defeat. It’s very difficult for me, for everybody – but we have to accept it. If we lose, we have to show respect.”The defeat ended PSG’s four-year reign as holders of the French Cup and means that, while they have retained the French league title, they have won none of the cup competitions they entered this season, and lost to Manchester United in the last-16 stage of the Champions League.“Did I act badly?” Neymar asked in an Instagram comment. “Yes. But no-one can stay indifferent.”In a separate post on Sunday, the 27-year-old forward said “nobody likes to lose, so I …” before failing to finish the sentence.He added: “Anyone who knows me knows how competitive I am and how much defeat shakes me.“But losing is part of an athlete’s life, makes us grow, makes us think, makes us better. Happy to be able to play again, to score again and feel good on the pitch, but the biggest feeling today is one of sadness.”Neymar was making his first start since January, having returned from a serious foot injury in last week’s Ligue 1-clinching win over Monaco.However, he is now waiting to see if France’s football authorities take any action.On Friday, Neymar was given a three-match ban by Uefa for a foul-mouthed tirade at officials following PSG’s 3-0 home loss to United in the second leg of their last-16 tie.It means he will miss three of the six Champions League group matches in 2019-20.last_img read more