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Gutted

Posted by Sharon Porter on Friday, November 11, 2016, In : Daily Life 
Drumpf will never be MY president. I am gutted over losing the electoral college when the popular vote represented some sanity. There is some comfort that the REPS have it all now and it is on them to bring america to her knees. Meanwhile, I am researching living in Ecuador or Costa Rica. This country is a redneck cesspool. 
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Readying for holiday ventures

Posted by Sharon Porter on Friday, November 13, 2015, In : Playing Music 
Having a great time getting ready for holiday dances, volunteer playing at care and retirement residences, and playing at jams in the nearby towns. I have been less interested in booking bands that I "front." It is more fun to play instruments than stand up there and just sing. Porter and the Pale Ales is different because I get to play and sing in that one. I remember the days of standing there is some sexy dress and crooning away happily. Those days are past and I have many memories of all ...
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Blue Plate Special played for Cycle Oregon

Posted by Sharon Porter on Sunday, September 20, 2015, In : Playing Music 
I walk my dogs daily at Pioneer Park but I did not recognize the place with all the "city" of Cycle Oregon moved in! What an operation. It is astounding at the support activities that help these cyclists recreate. We played for our set on Friday and then the Fiddle Club from Central School joined us and we accompanied them. Nothing cuter than dogs and kids! They played so well! Kudos to Carla Arnold for her hard work in making them our future players!

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Dulcimer Jam at the Maryhill Museum

Posted by Sharon Porter on Sunday, September 20, 2015, In : Playing Music 
Wow. . .did I have fun jamming with at least three dulcimer groups at the Maryhill Museum yesterday in the magnificentColumbia Gorge area. It is a lovely museum and we played in the rotunda of the Native American exhibit. I learned many new tunes and met some awesome people! Some were friends from the Dulcimer Week in t he Wallowas band camp. . . others are now new friends! The power of music to build community!
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MINI is back!

Posted by Sharon Porter on Thursday, March 15, 2012, In : Daily Life 
My MINI Cooper is back home. Her real name is Pepper. It seems that a very sophisticated sensor went awry telling Pepper that it was 90 degrees outside and the gasoline was mixing wrong for the 35 degrees it really was. All is better. Drove Pepper home form Portland and got to see a full moon reflected in the Columbia River. That made all the inconvenience worth it...and I got a free MINI T-shirt for my trouble to boot! 
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The Ukulele Entertainer (book) by Ralph Shaw

Posted by Sharon Porter on Thursday, March 15, 2012, In : Ukulele 
Even though I subscribe to Ralph Shaw's blog, he has the most interesting and useful articles put into a newly-published book called The Ukulele Entertainer. I have been reading the chapters here and there. I have found that they are the sweetest pieces to read before sleeping. I go to sleep thinking 'The world is all right. Ralph is playing somewhere!" Zzzzzzz.
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Exciting weekend at Hood River Ukefest 2012

Posted by Sharon Porter on Monday, March 5, 2012, In : Ukulele 
Learned so much my brain in fried....that's why I am still up at 2 AM! Slide uke, claw hammer, writing songs, strum styles...whew! I have to get organized with my practice schedule. 

With all that, my Mini Cooper died in the parking lot outside the Middle School and had to be towed to Portland. Lucky me, the tow truck driver, Bob, gave me a lift to my hotel and a salvage company rented me a car to get home to La Grande. No car rental place would be open until Monday. So, I drove home in a Toyo...
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Am I the first?....

Posted by Sharon Porter on Sunday, May 22, 2011, In : Daily Life 
I may be the first person to play a ukulele on Owsley-Hogsback! We hiked up, had a simple lunch, sang some tunes, and saw a sow bear and her cub. Very fun hike!
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Ukin' it up at Colloquium yesterday!

Posted by Sharon Porter on Friday, April 15, 2011,
The CUCU players did a great job yesterday demonstrating techniques from the James Hill Ukulele Method. Players included Maddy, April, Susan, Carol, Annette, Sam, Jaimie, and Barbara. The presentation was made so much more interesting because of their presence! Thank you all!

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Kai Welch makes good!

Posted by Sharon Porter on Monday, April 4, 2011,
Mos' def! Check him out with Abigail Washburn and the Village. Awesome show on Saturday night at the historic Elgin Opera House. 
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Super Strum Circle Tonight!!!!!!!

Posted by Sharon Porter on Tuesday, March 29, 2011,
12...count them...twelve strummers tonight at Strum Circle. Wahoo! They played strong and with quick tempos! Fun, fun, fun!

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Fun times in Ed Tech course!

Posted by Sharon Porter on Wednesday, February 2, 2011,

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Congrats to CUCU!

Posted by Sharon Porter on Sunday, January 23, 2011, In : Ukulele 
The CUCU Ukulele Orchestra played their first pieces on the Collaborate Through Music concert last night at Groth Recital Hall at Eastern Oregon University. Players were  (in no particular order) Maddy Johnson, Kent Anderson, Becky Bechtel, Annette Willliams. Kelly McAlister, Karen Antell, Katie Schraan, April Curtis, Sam Bond, William Bond, and Barbara West. We lost a few to illness and change in term schedules. 

 They played beautifully! Like an idiot, while they were setting up I was killin...
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SO SAD TO LOSE DAVID OPPERMAN

Posted by Sharon Porter on Saturday, January 22, 2011, In : Daily Life 
David Opperman was the cooperating teacher in Union High School who guided several of our instrumental and vocal students teachers. He was always cheerful, inspirational, and loved his kids. I am so sad that a light of the world is no longer shining but in our hearts.

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New arranger in town

Posted by Sharon Porter on Sunday, January 2, 2011,
No, he is not new to town but new to arranging for ukulele. ... Matt Cooper! He wrote two carols for me for church over the Christmas break and they are fab. I needed more than one day to practice them but they will be ready for next year. I am encouraging him to add to these arrangements and work on some others for CUCU. He is interested but time to do the work is always an issue. Here's hoping he is inspired to move this project ahead of many others on his list!

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NPR Interview with jake Shimabukuro

Posted by Sharon Porter on Sunday, January 2, 2011,
Check this interview out...Jake! The amazing ukulele virtuoso!
http://www.npr.org/2011/01/01/132549838/Virtuoso-Shimabukuro-Takes-Ukulele-Seriously?sc=emaf

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CD Released! And are we proud!

Posted by Sharon Porter on Thursday, December 16, 2010,
Get your copy at:CD Baby! I am on cuts with Porter and the Pale Ales, The Summit Ridge Band, Matt Cooper X-Tet, and the Ten Depot Syncopators!

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Finish coats

Posted by Sharon Porter on Thursday, October 21, 2010,

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How the ukulele started!

Posted by Sharon Porter on Thursday, October 21, 2010,

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My "baby" is being made!

Posted by Sharon Porter on Thursday, October 21, 2010, In : Ukulele 
My ukulele is being made by Mya Moe and they post pictures of the ukulele in the process of its birth! I am sooooo excited. I will post pictures!
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Cool OPB spot in ArtBeat about Ukulele Player Jim D'Ville

Posted by Sharon Porter on Thursday, October 14, 2010,
How cool is this????? Check out this link:

http://www.opb.org/programs/artbeat/segments/view/315

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BUSY WEEK FOR CUCU

Posted by Sharon Porter on Monday, October 4, 2010,
Tuesday brings us a beginner session at 6:30 at Groth Recital Hall at EOU and Thursday night is the BIG night for all CUCUs at the old Bohnenkamp Building on Adams Avenue, also at 6:30 PM until 8:30. We are having guests with over 40 ukes to show us! Wow!

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Amazing window sticker ----talk about angry!

Posted by Sharon Porter on Wednesday, September 22, 2010,
I hope that the big rig parked across the sidewalk in the neighbor's duplex is not a permanent resident. From the look of his rig and his window sticker, this is one uneducated and angry person. First of all it is profane and that profanity is protected as free speech. The anger of it, though, is assaulting. I took exception that liberals are not patriotic. Because I do not drag the flag out and wear it on my lapel and plant it in the yard or on my car does not make me unpatriotic. I have tra...
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Wonderful weekend with friends!

Posted by Sharon Porter on Sunday, September 19, 2010, In : Playing Music 
We just had a wonderful weekend with friends Deb and Anne, here from Portland with good dog, Sydney. After a leisure lunch at Mamacita's after we played at Saturday Market, we attended the Gala at the Union County Center for Arts and Culture. We got outbid on every item but had fun anyway. The food was fab and I learned how to bid at an auction. Deb and Anne are excellent coaches. Too bad my pockets aren't as deep as some attendees. This morning we had breakfast with our mutual friends, Pat a...
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Two new members of CU-CU...yes!

Posted by Sharon Porter on Monday, September 13, 2010, In : Ukulele 
We have two new members of CUCU...Annette and Juanette! Annette works at EOU and has received her materials and  mini-session on what we learned in the first session. Today, I am working with Juanette to get her going as well. I am happy to have these dedicated players in our midst!

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Velotones had a great time at Cycle Oregon!

Posted by Sharon Porter on Monday, September 13, 2010, In : Playing Music 
Despite the intense sunshine in the afternoon, the Velotones had a great time in Wallowa, Oregon cheering the troops of cyclists for their lunch stop. We passed 2,000 cyclists through the narrow canyons doing our best to not run head-on with approaching cars as the cyclists often took over the lanes for the cars to use. It was scary business. Luckily, we arrived with barely time to get set up-even though we had left home at 7:30 AM. The site organizer said incredulously, "You need power? Didn...
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Velotones rehearsed today

Posted by Sharon Porter on Wednesday, September 8, 2010,
It was great to have jerry Smith picking today! he is an awesome guitar player. So tasty and quick! We are gearing up to play in Wallowa on Sunday for Cycle Oregon. We will play for three plue hours so....we are playing bluegrass, swing, blues and anything else loose in our memories! Michael was trying to decide which bass to play. There are soooo many choices and limited space to drag all this equipment to the gig. Three cars worth!
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CU-CU is launched!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Sharon Porter on Saturday, September 4, 2010, In : Playing Music 
Fourteen brave souls began our first CU-CU ensemble last night. There are at least three more people who could not make the first meeting. I will work at getting them caught up. I was in an apoplexy of delight! The members were intuitively reading music and we learned C, C7, G, G7, D and F all in one night. They played in rounds and are learning the C scale. I will be writing more about this group but I have such hopes for part-reading now! That will be in October when we start that. I also a...
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Abiyoyo

Posted by Sharon Porter on Saturday, September 4, 2010, In : Playing Music 
One of my favorite stories is one where a young boy saves his town with his little ukulele. I love it! Check out this version by Pete Seeger!

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CU-CU announcement in paper yesterday!

Posted by Sharon Porter on Friday, August 20, 2010,
We arrived home yesterday to the daily paper's announcement of the first CU-CU meeting on September 2nd. I am stoked!!!!!!!!!!!!

 I spent some time working on some three-part arrangements for the group on Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie and Goober Peas and Drunken Sailor. I was also inspired seeing soldiers come home yesterday while changing planes in Phoenix. Very stirring to see those young families reunited. I think I will work on Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier next. I have loved that tune s...
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Cycle Oregon appearance

Posted by Sharon Porter on Sunday, August 8, 2010,

Putting together the Velotones was great fun. We are playing for Cycle Oregon on September 12 (Sunday) in Wallowa. It will be great fun! We are the most eclectic band I have ever played in! The brochure is here:http://www.timepiecemwd.com/cycleoregonfiles/Cycle%20Oregon%20Flyer%202010.jpg

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MAT students made their blogs today!

Posted by Sharon Porter on Monday, July 19, 2010,
We worked on Blogger today and wow! They were great at this. This class seems to understand and do technology with ease. Our tech projects will be easier to manage and they will have more time for creativity! Awesome!

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CU-CU plans are coming together

Posted by Sharon Porter on Friday, July 16, 2010, In : Ukulele 
The plans to begin a ukulele group in the community are forming. Just need a place with parking, a schedule of rehearsals, and money for stands and tuners. I am having the participants buy their own books. It will happen!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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So happy with my graduate classes

Posted by Sharon Porter on Friday, July 16, 2010, In : Teaching 
My Masters students are coming along so well. They are bright, enthusiastic, and insightful. Lucky me! Problem, though....I am so tired that in the evenings I have no energy for grading. Must...get...it...done.

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Today, setting up a practice schedule!

Posted by Sharon Porter on Sunday, July 11, 2010, In : Playing Music 
At the James Hill Ukulele Initiative training this week, we were taught that we HAVE to increase our own playing skills in order to be effective int he classroom. No-brainer, eh? So, I am working on a time to carve out so that I get to it everyday and that is efficient and fun. I am thinking that lunchtime is the next protected time I can use. I already have the 5 am slot filled with exercising at the gym. We will see how that goes.

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It would be too dramatic, but. . .

Posted by Sharon Porter on Sunday, July 11, 2010, In : Studying/Learning 
I had a life-changing event happen this week in Vancouver, BC. I learned about how to teach ukulele to kids of all ages through the James Hill Ukulele Initiative...and by the Master himself. Impressive man. Could grab the money and fame and run with it. Instead he looks behind and, with passion, invigorates generations behind him to evangelize this amazing instrument. His teaching strategies are right on! He understands how we learn, how to present material, pace it, and assess what we have l...
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Getting up the nerve to attack the windows

Posted by Sharon Porter on Sunday, July 4, 2010, In : Daily Life 
My idea of washing windows is to just buy new ones. Given the cost, I must go out and clean the ones we have. Pretty day--no energy for the task. However, duty calls!

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Why a blog?

Posted by Sharon Porter on Sunday, July 4, 2010, In : Daily Life 
Helping Matt with his web page yesterday made me moe determined to get something together for myself. So, I started today. I hope to be able to keep it current and have some fun. Here goes!

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Sharon Porter
La Grande, Oregon
Sharon Porter