Easterling back at Delaware library Sept. 24


Angela Easterling is back to delight Delawareans with another free concert at the Delaware County District Library on Thursday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. And to make her appearance even more special, she will be joined by guitarist Brandon Turner.

Recognized as a top-notch songwriter in music circles, Easterling was selected for an official Americana Convention Showcase and is also a three-time Kerrville New Folk finalist, a Telluride Troubadour and a two-time Wildflower Performing Songwriter finalist.

Craig Havighurst from “Music City Roots” says: “Angela Easterling has a golden, glowing voice and she writes observant songs about contemporary life. She can weave urban sprawl and cultural shifts into songs as gingerly as love and relationships.”

At her performance on Sept. 24, Easterling will be singing selections from her new album, “Common Law Wife,” praised as a wonderfully cohesive, brilliantly crafted and beautifully sung record that draws on traditional country, Americana and folk music to deliver a host of timeless songs. The beautiful harmonies between Easterling and her longtime partner and musical collaborator, Brandon Turner, are perfectly, delicately balanced and contrast the harmony she speaks of in the song — finding peace and beauty in the hard work done side by side with one’s neighbors.

Her concert is free to the public. I hope you will put this extraordinary concert on your calendar — you’re in for a real treat!

Why is a misleading cue in a story called a “red herring?”

A red herring is something that misleads or distracts from a relevant or important issue. It may be either a logical fallacy or a literary device that leads readers or audiences towards a false conclusion. A red herring might be intentionally used, such as in mystery fiction or as part of a rhetorical strategies, or it could be inadvertently used during an argument. The origin of the expression is not known. Conventional wisdom has long supposed it to be the use of a kipper (a strong-smelling smoked fish) to train hounds to follow a scent, or to divert them from the correct route when hunting; however, modern linguistic research suggests that the term was probably invented in 1807 by English polemicist William Cobbett, referring to one occasion on which he had supposedly used a kipper to divert hounds from chasing a hare, and was never an actual practice of hunters. The phrase was later borrowed to provide a formal name for the logical fallacy and literary device. Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary provided this definition.

What is a shinplaster?

The Finance and Investment Handbook notes shinplasters or fractional currency was introduced by the United States government following the outbreak of the Civil War. These fractional notes were in use between August 1862 and February 1876, and issued in 3-, 5-, 10-, 15-, 25- and 50-cent denominations. The Civil War economy created a shortage of United States coinage — gold and silver coins were hoarded at the time. Treasurer of the United States Francis E. Spinner has been credited with finding the solution to the shortage of coinage: he created postage currency (which led into the use of fractional currency). Postage currency was the first of five issues of U.S. Post Office fractional paper money printed in 5-cent, 10-cent, 25-cent and 50-cent denominations. Based on this initiative, Congress supported a temporary solution involving fractional currency and on July 17, 1862, President Lincoln signed the Postage Currency Bill into law. Postage and fractional currency remained in use until 1876, when Congress authorized the minting of fractional silver coins to redeem the outstanding fractional currency.

What are the seven deadly sins?

Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Envy, Pride and Wrath — or so says The Book of Lists.


Mary Jane Santos

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