Oh, My Cod Countdown – week 14

cape cod media center

Oh! My Cod Countdown – Week 14

Where has the summer gone? One more week and The Cape of Cod will be itself once more, although there are always the late visitors and the tourists that prefer the Cape in its Late Summer Splendor.

As a long-time resident, this is the season I do prefer. This morning the temperature was a balmy 57 degrees. I did dig out my sweats. This is my kind of temperature, cool, crisp, and definitely top-down weather. YAHOO!

Travelling from Harwich to Hyannis is easier now, as the traffic weeds down because some schools have already started, and the college students are back in their dorms. It will surge again, as tourists and visitors cram the Cape one more time to bid farewell to summer next weekend. Even though I am sometimes frustrated with this influx of visitors, they do bring with them a certain energy that livens things up, the pace does change.

On an unusual note, I am taking classes at the Cape Cod Media Center. So far, I have done classes in Basic Studio Production, and learned how to run a huge camera (like the ones you see on studio talk shows). Then more work in the control room on how to actually produce your own show (Yikes!) which entails how to work the lighting which is a large board with lots of controls, how to fine tune the audio, and finally the main control board which allows you to direct the floor cameras as to which shots go live. PHEW!!!

It all came alive for me when I got to run camera 3 during an hour long live streaming jazz show, which will air live on channel 99 (our local channel) sometime. The name of the show is LIVE FROM CENTER STAGE. This show spotlights local talent. The four-piece jazz group I was involved with was from Brooklyn, New York, here doing a few gigs on Cape.

Of note: this was my final class in Basic Studio, which was a fabulous experience for me. My next class, Monday, is in Audio Post Production, and Monday night, my final class in basic editing. Starting September 1, 2017 and September 8th, for two Fridays, I will be learning Basic Field Production. Which means I get to run around with a small, hand held camera and film subjects.(?) Any volunteers???

FYI – all this is offered free to members, and membership is $30.00 per year.

Here is their link.

www.capemedia.org

Lastly, my sister in San Antonio has had rain and wind, but no severe damage from Harvey, for which I am very grateful. I did offer to send her a 2-seater kayak for her and Myron, but she declined. Now I have no idea what to send her for Christmas.

Happy Writing

Sharon

Here is the link for the pod-cast.

The New Moon and Solar Eclipse

August 20, 2017

Several items to cover in this blog:

  1. Solar eclipse on August 21
  2. Oh, My Cod Weather
  3. Basic Studio Training and thrown into the deep end
  4. The Seven Qualities of the Human Soul

Actually, there are four separate blogs here, let’s begin with #1.

New Moon & Solar Eclipse

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Amazing that this is happening exactly as we glide from Summer into Late Summer, (The Fifth Season from my last blog) — the meridians of Stomach and Spleen, and the element of Earth. (Anyone having any digestive upsets lately? Stomach meridian)

So many astrologers and the medias (social and other) are running tapes and interpretations for this occurrence. I would suggest anyone interested in following this event, link into the NASA site for the complete coverage.

https://www.nasa.gov/eclipselive-info     https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov

Much safer for your eyes.

New moons happen monthly (what woman doesn’t resonate to that? What man, either, if he should live with her as she goes through this cycle?).

New Moons are the time for new beginnings. Any new moon is an opportunity for new projects, new visions, new relationships, dreams and focusing on your life purpose.

Eclipses happen often all over the world, solar and lunar, offering us (Humans) the opportunity for introspection, and transformation.

This one is A DOUBLE WHAMMY, LOADED WITH POSSIBILITIES. WE GET TO PLAY WITH BOTH.

We get to start something new (if we want to) and we can do some introspection.

such as:

(Are we following our life purpose?) This one is always difficult to fathom.

(Are we giving service where it is needed?) Perhaps this should read, are we spreading ourselves too thin?

(Does your body need healing?) Would someone PLEASE direct me to the new body parts store?

(Does your Soul need a new battery?) That last one was rather veiled, but I think you understand my meaning.

I think you can take it from here.

This New Moon and Solar Eclipse are naturally occurring cycles of nature, it is the TIMING of them that is of interest.

Whoever created this one (I know who, do you?) has a perfectly logical reason, which we will no doubt find out in time.

Here is a link for more information:

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-who-what-where-when-and-how

Meanwhile,

Happy Writing

Sharon

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News from the Cape of Cod Week 8

Sandy Neck Beach

Here is the blog in an MP3…

July 18, 2017

NEWS FROM THE CAPE OF COD – WEEK 8

Here we are in the middle of July already and it doesn’t seem possible. The weather has blown hot and cold, cloudy, and sunny, now rainy, and foggy.

The Fourth of July was momentous, as visitors, and tourists flocked here to celebrate and visit with family and friends. I believe I heard there was an 8-mile back-up as they left the Cape, that was for both bridges.

The photo above was taken by my daughter of Sandy Neck Beach as it juts out into Cape Cod Bay. Beautiful, isn’t it? That is the north side of the Cape. The south side is bordered by Nantucket Sound and the Gulf Stream, which keeps us warm well into September and October.

The Mini Cooper has had her top down frequently and my fun meter is very happy. The fun meter is a gauge on my dashboard that measures how long the top has been down. YAHOO!!! The sun roof doesn’t count. This Mini has been mine for a whole year, now.

Figure 1  My Fun Meter

STORY:

When I was with the salesman considering the purchase of this convertible, the salesman was pointing out all the features. He paused and asked me if I had any preferences that he hadn’t covered. My reply was, “But I wanted a sun roof.”

Figure 2 Yahoo!

 

Mini’s are becoming increasingly visible here. When I first purchased mine in 2006, there were only 3 Minis on the entire Cape. Now, I can happily say that number has increased. We blink lights at each other in passing, and if windows are open, a wave.

The Mini sound system is incredible, and I love to tootle around with the top and windows down, with Herb Alpert and his Tijuana Brass blasting! Oh, yes, I do! So far no one has given me the evil eye!

IN THE WRITING STUDIO,

We welcomed 4 visiting members who are with us until they must return to their other lives. It is refreshing to have 2 poets, which rounds out the group nicely.

I do have plans to start a monthly T. V. broadcast from the Cape Cod Media Center. It will air on Channel 99. Stay tuned.

MY BOOKS:

Preparing for the Cape Cod Writers Conference in August, I updated and revised my WRITING AS A RETAIL BUSINESS, which I intend to sell in the bookstore at the conference. Also, my 2 new books, CREATING A PAPERBACK IN KDP and E-BOOK TO PAPERBACK CREATESPACE EDITION. Both are Self-Publishing with Amazon.

That’s the news for now.

Happy Writing,

Sharon