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There is so much to draw our attention.

Living in the Valley, you will never lack for a chamber concert, a book signing, an art opening, a gallery talk, a gallery walk, a lecture, a reading, a play, a musical, a light opera, an a cappella performance, a ballet, a modern dance concert. Culture abounds.

Tomorrow night, Chris Smither will be playing at the Iron Horse.

I’ve written about seeing him in concert before. He is local, living in Cambridge, Mass; he’s around. However, a lot of folks have never heard of him. He’s been around a long time, has paid his dues, can sing the blues, is one-of-a-kind, an overlooked talent.

Why do I tell you he is playing around here tomorrow night? Why do I post videos and songs? Because YOU SHOULD GO TO HEAR/SEE HIM!

This is also why I prefaced my post as I did. Maybe I will see you there.

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Heavenly Chocolate

My favorites are the the mango habanero and the peanut butter sizzle (in the delightful shape of a playing card), both of which are made right in town by Heavenly Chocolate

I also love the little chocolate coffee cup, made by Michel Cluizel

there are many others, but for that, you might as well read my yelp review

The real story today is about their new black currant chocolates:

Heavenly Chocolate used to carry a black currant heart made by Knipschildt. Last fall, I noticed that they stopped carrying them, much to my dismay.

Didn’t I ask the owner one day around the holidays why they didn’t carry these any more and couldn’t something be done about it? How I pined and pined for these delectable palate-pleasers? And he didn’t he ask me, with attentive interest, what I liked about them? And didn’t I tell and tell?

Soon, I received an email update announcing that their new black currant chocolates were available.

They are really, really delicious and perfect and even better than what they carried before. They are made with a locally-produced black currant syrup (I know this because I buy this syrup for myself right from the producers at the Amherst Farmer’s Market). And do not worry, my friends, this is not a gooey fruit center, no, the black currant is infused throughout the chocolate ganache interior.

I’ve been wanting to write this up for Thankful Thursday for a long time and it’s enough, enough for a pause of gratitude.

It’s enough, yes, but it’s not all–have you looked outside tonight at the sky? The moon is incredible, just a sliver shy of being full.

Until I was in my 20s, I didn’t know that each month, the full moon has a name.

You know what one of the names for the April moon is? The Pink Moon, of course. How much do I love that? Here are some other names for April’s moon: the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, the Fish Moon, the Planter’s Moon, the Wildcat Moon and on and on.

Heading out for a walk right now or at least to hula hoop under the moon.

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You would think that after serving as Production Manager for my daughter’s  7th-Grade production of “Mary Poppins,” I would post “Jolly Holiday” or “Steppin’ Time.” Not so, me laddies and lassies. While I loved being around the students and their play, my head rang with the phrase and accompanying tune of “A British Bank” far too often. For the last six, intensively busy weeks, I have not been able to attend my weekly Sacred Harp sing. Every Tuesday night, from 7-10 pm in Northampton, MA at the Helen Hills Hills Chapel (the chapel so nice, they named it twice), a group gathers to sing from “The Sacred Harp.” This is the longest stretch I’ve gone in the last 6 1/2 years without singing on a Tuesday night.

Here’s a fine example of a song from The Sacred Harp led by David Ivey of Alabama.

I still don’t understand what “the third Heaven where God resides” is. Anybody?

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