Season of the Sea

from MaritimeDigital Archive

In summer, we flock to the coast and dream of sailing the seas.

Project Gutenberg’s large selection of free books and readings is a great place to load your ereader with seafaring texts.

And while reading, you could be listening to one of almost 50 free music downloads of seafaring songs from Roger McGuinn’s Folk Den.

What’s that vessel on the horizon or even in port? The Maritime Digital Archive Encyclopedia can help you out or simply amuse you.

Importance of Summer

Queen Anne's Lace by Ken Moore

As temperatures approach three figures (Fahrenheit thank goodness) and mid-summer approaches, we look to the ibiblio collections for some relief.

At the archives of the Carrboro Citizen from 2007, Kirk Ross reminds us somewhat poetically of the importance of summer:

The heat is bearing down already and those afternoon showers that truly deserve the name “cloudbursts” are beginning to roll ‘round to slick up the streets and coat the pavement with a low-hanging layer of steam.

This is when we can remind ourselves as well as show the youngsters around us that play is every bit a part of our nature as toil and a good bit more agreeable.

This is the time to remember that a vacation is not an itinerary or a to-do list, but an invitation to step outside of convention and routine — a chance to explore something you never knew would interest you or learn something without even trying.

Roger McGuinn plays with the traditional Scottish ballad of summertime, “Wild Mountain Thyme,” by rearranging it to a reggae beat at his Folk Den
Summer references at Project Gutenberg are nearly unending and will fill almost anyone’s summer reading list with variety.

Back where we began, Ken Moore describes the sturdy heat enduring wild white flowers of early summer: Daisy Fleabane, Daucus carota, Elderberry, Erigeron annuus, and Queen Anne’s Lace, Sambucus canadensis. Perhaps we can take a lesson from these flowers and not wilt despite the heat.

Remembering BB King (and the blues)

BB King visits Bill Ferris' Harvard class November 1974

On May 14, 2015, BB King left this world of sorrow and pain and — thanks in part to his musical legacy — this world of passion and hope. BB and the blues are featured in Bill Ferris’ 1975 documentary on the ibiblio-hosted site:

Give My Poor Heart Ease: Mississippi Delta Bluesmen

Give My Poor Heart Ease is one of a series of films made in Mississippi in the mid 1970s by William Ferris and the Center for Southern Folklore and produced in association with Howard Sayre Weaver. This field work is the basis for Ferris’s 2009 book Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues.

More of BB can be found at the BB King Archive student produced site (also on ibiblio).

To read more about BB, see the Project Gutenberg Self-Publishing Project biography — sourced from the World Heritage Encyclopedia.

Thanks for the Blues, BB.