Porter Garden Telescope

Porter Garden Telescope – The Perfect Blend of Art and Science

In July 2015 while perusing the gorgeous entries of exquisite cars in the Keeneland Concours d’Elegance in Lexington, Kentucky, I came across a vendor’s booth that housed a phenomenal piece of scientific and artistic apparatus called the “Porter Garden Telescope.” I was smitten! I spoke with Russ Schleipman who was tied to the formal business venture called Telescopes of Vermont.  He explained to me that several decades ago his father Fred discovered the Porter Garden …

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Beauty – Music from the movie A.I. (Artificial Intellegence)

I have a tendency to re-watch movies that resonate with me – those that seem to speak to my soul, whether due to its storytelling, music, theme/subject, philosophy, cinematography, or all of it rolled into one. Recently I watched A.I. – Artificial Intelligence again (for an unknown _th viewing), and of course, was moved by the story and it’s wonderful film score by John Williams. And in this current time of unfolding AI the movie …

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Sleepthief – Afterthoughts

A beautiful piece of music from Sleepthief: Afterthoughts featuring vocalist Lauren Edman. Heavenly . . . . .  Ethereal . . . . . (Featured image by James L. Patterson)

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Sleepthief – Sublunar (Sweet Angel)

Sleepthief – Sublunar (Sweet Angel) Probably my favorite female vocalist for ethereal/dream-pop/angelic/trance-type music, Kristy Thirsk. Hauntingly beautiful (as is all of her music with Sleepthief, Delerium, Balligomingo, and Conjure One). (Featured image by James L. Patterson)

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Paul Cardall – Life and Death

Such a moving and melancholy song.  So wonderfully written and performed. The piano and strings are incredible!  It’s a piece I’d like to have played at my funeral. (Featured image by Debbie D. Patterson)

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Two Steps From Hell – Heart of Courage

Powerful. Inspiring. Epic. Invincible! I was surprised to hear this being played in the opening video montage at recent University of Louisville football games.  I had heard it numerous times previously on my Pandora shuffle of Delerium, Blue Stone, Sleepthief & Conjure One.  It’s composed by Thomas J. Bergerson and has  been used in numerous film trailers, television shows and advertisements.  This song gives me chills; moves me; envelopes me.  It makes me feel like …

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Clannad – I Will Find You

Such a gorgeous song. I only wished they would have somehow woven the entire thing into the movie The Last of the Mohicans. It still was moving, as is the movie. (Featured image by Anne-marie Ridderhof from Pixabay)

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James Todd – Quiet Beauty

The beauty of music . . . . I love to shuffle the following groups on Pandora: Delerium Blue Stone Sleepthief Conjure One I get the most beautiful array of music to listen to in the car to and from work.  I also like to jump to other stations as well:  Sarah Brightman, Josh Groban, Yanni, Claude Debussy, Sara McLaclan. They’re all satiating to my soul . . . . whether it resonates to me …

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What Encompasses “Beauty & Aesthetics?”

This category could hold SO much! For me it denotes those things on this earth and in my life that evoke a deep appreciation and attraction; a soulful resonance within me. It could range from . . . . as simple as making a detailed and appreciative observance of a blooming flower, tiny insect, attractive landscape garden, or as soul-touching as a beautiful piece of music, a particularly attractive work of art, a beautiful person, …

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