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Ladies are once again in the Ear Bliss spotlight this week as we look at recent releases from Kathleen Edwards and Molly Tuttle. For the Ottawa-based Edwards, her new album Total Freedom is a comeback story of sorts. Her first album since 2012, it marks the end of a six-year period where Edw…

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The day before the autumnal equinox arrived, the weather helped set the proper mood with temperatures so appropriately low that the national meteorologists posted lurid Frost Advisories on various forecast websites.

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Darkness casually faded into the summer excitement of unloading boats for a day chasing albies and striped bass. Galilee’s new boat ramp, designed to launch three boats at once with sturdy docks for coming and going, was bustling. Overhead were stars and stripes of irritating early morning c…

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“I’m tight!” Ray Stachelek yelled from the stern of his Everglades 230 center console. After an hour searching for fish in foggy Galilee, Captain Ray had moved west, along the beach, staying in thirty feet of water, waiting for what he hoped would happen. Now, leaning over the port side, he …

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We reap what we sow. This has obvious implications at this time of year, though if we contemplate our life path, we may see that this does not always have to do with food. There is much interesting spiritual, metaphysical and everyday material on things like karma, sustained effort, attitude…

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“Plants are more interesting than you think they are,” said botanist, teacher, writer, and photographer Carol Gracie, as she discussed her lifelong fascination with the green and growing world. We were talking, by phone—Carol, from her home in rural Westchester County, New York; your faithfu…

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The stellar new album from Austin-based country and roots artist Charley Crockett called Welcome to Hard Times receives the Ear Bliss look-see this week along with the latest effort from The Texas Gentlemen called Floor It! From busking in the streets of New Orleans, New York, Europe and Afr…

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When The Last Jedi debuted in 2017, immediate praise met its throne room fight, in which previous adversaries Rey and Kylo Ren united to take down a swarm of opposing guards after dispatching the head of the First Order, Supreme Leader Snoke. In recent years, though, Youtubers, bloggers and …

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The animal kingdom is vast. There are thousands and thousands of different species of animals across the globe. Most of them are wild, and have limited interaction with humans. Many are domesticated and live primarily with humans. Some have certain breeds and groups that are wild and some th…

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With July rolling right along and water temperatures rising, fishing remains strong. Bigger than slot limit striped bass are hanging all around everywhere and if you can be patient, Hexagenia mayflies are dancing on the Wood. 

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What more can you say about Jason Isbell? Multiple Grammy award winner, darling of the Americana scene, and judging by all interviews I’ve heard with him, a really nice and thoughtful guy, to boot. Isbell’s rise has been almost meteoric. In a normal, non-pandemic world, the release of his la…

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If you still remember your Latin, you’ll recall that omne trium perfectum translates to “everything that comes in threes is perfect.” Of course, “perfect” does not necessarily mean perfectly wonderful and, more often than not, the so-called “rule of three” refers to a complete set of utterly…

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The singer and songwriter Katie Pruitt is one of the new voices on the big tent Americana scene. On her debut for Rounder Records called Expectations, the Georgia native delivers a powerfully honest set of songs of a highly personal nature about growing up gay in the South. They are songs th…

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I have been very dutiful about sticking to the COVID-19 rules, but last week, on a sunny and windy day following a much-hyped-but-less-than-epic nor’easter, I did something that may not have been anti-coronavirus correct. Indeed, the possible-transgression I’m about to own up to may not have…

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And just like that, there’s talk of a thirty pound striped bass off Narragansett Beach. The snow shovel is still on the front step, daffodils have started lifting their heads and we are seeing our first few lice covered schoolies on the beach but a thirty? In a rainy April with still-chilly …